Ian Jensen

A class above

THERE were eight Coffs Harbour Suns junior representative teams which travelled to Tamworth last weekend for the first central venue round of Northern NSW Junior Basketball League.

The girls' teams proved simply sensational winning 11 of their 13 games with the boys' teams close behind with 10 wins and three losses.

Following on from their recent success in The Entrance pre-season carnival, the Suns 12 boys' division one team dominated with classy wins over Tamworth Thunderbolts 65-46, Suns second team 81-14 and the diminutive Lismore Lakers boys 79-0.

The Suns 12 boys' second team started well with a 44-33 win over Lismore Lakers and a convincing victory over Grafton Vikings 71-11 before their 14-81 loss to their Suns division one counterparts.

Coffs Harbour had three 14 girls' teams involved in the Tamworth carnival with their classy Suns division one team outstanding in comfortable victories over Suns second team 84-21, Port Macquarie Dolphins 102-14, Tamworth Thunderbolts 92-14 and the gallant Lismore Lakers 87-17.

The Suns second 14 girls team bounced back after their initial loss to their division one counterparts with a brilliant victory over home team Tamworth Thunderbolts 65-42 before dropping their third and final weekend game to Port Macquarie Dolphins 53-50 in a nail-biter finish which could have gone either way.

Star performers for the weekend were Suns 14 girls' development team boasting three wins from three contests.

With Bronte Simpson, Mia Phillips and Rani Ward dominating the rebounds and Alisa Wallakers and Grace Autry-Hall running the fast break lanes the development program girls shocked Lismore Lakers 65-38 before accounting for the enthusiastic Bellinger Valley Braves 47-33 and Inverell Sapphires 64-17 in their final game.

Highlighting the depth of the Coffs Harbour basketball program, the Suns 16 girls' second team stamped ownership on the 2009 NJL division two competition with three devastating weekend victories.

Leading by example captain Georgie Hewitt guided her team to impressive wins over Grafton Vikings 82-23, Armidale Lions 67-11 and Port Macquarie Dolphins division one girls 61-38.

Rochelle Goodhand, Alanah Watson, Sarah Gleeson and Bianca Oberleuter also proved positive scorers while Nikki Wallace and Emily Roberson were rock solid in defence.

Coffs Harbour Suns 18 men dropped their first game against Armidale Lions 73-69 in a contest that could have gone either way before knocking over Kempsey Kookaburras 109-24 and then receiving a disappointing forfeit against Ballina Breakers.

The Suns 16 guys split their weekend results with two excellent wins against Tamworth Thunderbolts 77-42 and Ballina Breakers 62-52 and losses against Taree Tornadoes 61-83 and Grafton Vikings 54-69.



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