Arsenal of big guns

The Suns State League teams are hotting up for a sensational season, with both a men's and women's team vying for victory.

Last season the Suns men's team brought it on with the crowd pleasing aerial antics of Mitchell Cork and the master of game control in Josh Allen.

Game spectators enjoyed a battle of the titans as the opposition couldn't handle the strength and unity of our twin towers in Scott Davies and Shannon Rowe.

The depth of the team shone through to overcome many close moments, utilizing every ounce of skill exudible from Dirk Miller, Garth Wales and rebounding techniques and scoreline count of Phil Ely.

So what do we have in store this season!

Coach Phil Atkinson is proud of his proposed formidable lineup.

The team now boasts four quality bigs ranging from 195cm to 200cm.

Co-captains Davies and Rowe, will be joined by newcomers from the 2004 Goulburn Bears in Joe McGann and Sean Murphy.

Miller, Wales and Ely are back in 2005 along with Craig Hanlon and Nathan Schmidt after a lay season.

Along with John Hogan, Mitchell Cole and Kyle Martin stepping up from the Under 18 men, rookie Nathan Ainsworth will provide gigantic entertainment plus in the challenge.

"They are looking pretty confident but I'm not sure how they will gel," Atkinson said.

The teams of the Northern Conference will be facing what is purported to be the greatest arsenal of big guns, so buckle up spectators for the record shattering assault of the Suns.

A zebra can change its stripes

They say a leopard can't change its spots but the new Coffs Harbour (Basketball) referee's committee are hoping they can invigorate the program which has made little headway for a few years now, and have, at the very least, many more 'zebras' running up and down the courts of Sportz Central.

Maybe we can also change the stripes!

A series of meetings has been arranged, and if referees are interested in continuing in the roster, they should attend each meeting applicable to their competition.

n Monday, March 7 at 7pm meeting for Monday referees.

n Wednesday, March 9 at 9pm for Tuesday/Wednesday evening referees.

n Friday, March 11 at 8.15pm for Friday night referees.

n Saturday, March 12 at 8am for Saturday morning referees.

NSW Basketball will be holding a Level 1 referee accreditation weekend in Coffs Harbour on March 5 and 6 in conjunction with courses for coaches, scorers and statisticians.

These courses are being advertised to all North Coast Associations and a strong out of town presence is expected.

Our association will be hoping to accredit a number of local identities as 'presenters' during the weekend so that we will not need in future to call in the big guns to run courses.

Inquiries about any of the courses on March 5 and 6 should be directed to Association Administrator, Tracie Smith on 6651 1452.

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