An amazing year
WHAT an amazing year of major competition and changes.
Coffs Harbour Basketball Association (CHBA) and its members have been aptly rewarded for their strong efforts with many achievements and acknowledgements received throughout 2004.
During the school holidays various camps were run in conjunction with the Coffs Harbour Community Indoor Stadium, covering sports such as volleyball, touch football, AFL, softball, futsal soccer and basketball.
Thanks to the wonderful ongoing support of Chris Simpson and McDonalds, and the encouragement extended to our young athletes to 'give it a go' and participate in a fun, team sport, the McDonalds High School and the McDonalds Primary School competitions have flourished.
The public's insight into this great sport has been broadened with the great media coverage afforded CHBA from the Advocate Newspaper, NBN TV, Prime TV, 2CS/105.5FM and 2CHY 104.1 FM and through it's own web site, which is an invaluable source of information nationwide, publicising our sponsors, leading news stories, etc at www.coffs.basketball.net.au
In fact, along with the first ever live-to-air radio coverage of a State League game by Matt De Groot and Steve Smith for 2CHY 104.1FM, the Association and it's publicity sponsors, were fortunate to receive the highest tribute with the best game promotion and best media coverage awards from Basketball NSW for 2004.
In January, nine Suns' players represented Country NSW in the Australian Junior Country Basketball Cup in Albury: Emma Brennan, Hayley Cassell, Christie Coombes, Ashlea Brennan, Millie Bendell, Tess Robinson, Matt Hartsuyker, Katie Henry, Eden Conklin.
Talented referee Josh Chiswell was also selected for this major competition and together with Justin Baldwin and Ian Campbell, capably controlled not only the State League games but also the pre-season NBL match.
Success for the Under 14 girls NSW Waratahs team was a dream come true when they beat those Victorians to win the Presidents Perpetual Cup 2004.
Another couple of Coffs Harbour Suns players, Ashlee Challinor and Kyle Martin, participated in the Port Macquarie Pacific Slam tournaments in January.
The Suns were well represented at these prestigious events by John Haddon, Denise Challinor and Ellen Brennan in tour coaching and team management staff.
Season Sunrise, the dawn of the Suns season for the Northern Junior League Basketball, was again held for the new Coffs Harbour junior representative teams.
Coach Phil Atkinson predicted that the Good Guys Suns Men's State League Team 2004 would prove to be 'the formidable force of the north.'
Never a truer word was spoken as the excitement of high standard basketball drew home crowds of over 500.
With the accolades of New South Wales as their crown, the team was triumphant with close third in the League and the 'Coach of the Year' for 2004.
Kieran Hogan was awarded Basketball New South Wales 2003 NSW Northern Junior League referee of the year.
Coffs Harbour featured well in the Northern Country Development Junior Waratah Camp with the successful selections of Kane Browning, Robert Linton, Bryce Allen, Rebekah Atkinson, Hayley Smith and Kate Wallace.
Laura Bamford, Breanna Philpott, Rebecca Wilson, Girinee Wonisch, Marnie Donnelly, Michaela Smidt, Chantell Barnett, Zak Challinor, Damian Town, Jarrod Austin, Phillip Hudson and Taylor Smidt were chosen as members of the Mid North Coast NSW Primary Schools girls' and boy's basketball teams who participated at the PSSA State Championships at Broken Hill.
From this highly competitive venue, Jarrod Austin was the first North Coast player to be selected to the State PSSA boys basketball team.
For their brilliance on the court, zone representatives Eden Conklin, Katie Henry, Caitlyn Donkin, Mitchell Haddon, Rikky Singh, Peter Benson and Kyle Martin became members of the NSW Combined High School Regional teams that participated proudly at the State Championships.