Basketballers have bounce in their step
By GREG WHITE
A TRIP to Chatswood for the Combined Independent Schools (CIS) Primary Girls basketball trials has paid off for three students from Bishop Druitt College.
Alex Galbraith and Adrienne Oates have been included in the New South Wales CIS team with Lauren Smith selected as reserve for the PSSA carnival beginning on May 29.
While all the girls agree the competition adds to their confidence and is a great way to make new friends there's another bonus to playing at a higher level.
"It's the challenge," Alex told the Coffs Coast Advocate.
"One of the best things is watching the style of somebody you play against and working a way to get around them.
"After a while it starts to sink in and helps when you're playing at home, knowing what to watch out for."
Team mate Lauren nods her agreement while mentioning the new techniques she's learning.
"Our defence is improving and we're getting the confidence to plan new strategies and put them into practice."
State selection has increased the girls' workload with weekly trips to the city to train with the squad.
It's become necessary to travel by air putting an extra cost stress on the families involved so a fundraising raffle is being organised to provide some relief.
Third team member Adrienne said the girls were now involved in basketball three days each week.
"We spend about eight hours every week training and playing," she said.
"That's not counting what's involved in state selection."
Coach Eleanor Hine said the girls' selection had added a new dimension to their school's sporting diversity.
"In the early days we were primarily recognised for the success of our rugby union teams and not much else," she said.
"But that's changing and it's wonderful the girls are getting the same opportunities as the boys have been accustomed to."
Alex, Lauren and Adrienne will enjoy their big moment from May 29 - June 1 at Terrigal on the Central Coast.
It opens an opportunity to take part in the national tournament at a venue still to be decided.