Members of the under-16 boys Bellingen Braves basketball team.
Members of the under-16 boys Bellingen Braves basketball team.

Braves in stunning debut

THE fledgling Bellinger Braves under 16 boys basketball team has made a tremendous start to the Northern Junior League winning their matches against Tamworth, Inverell and Coffs Harbour on the weekend.

Coach Tania Orchard was extremely proud of the team comprising Wade Howard, Phillip Hudson, Byron-Troy Brown, Taylor Schimidt, Kurtis Dries, Harry Landers, Chris Davis, Beau Mathews and Grayson Crossmy and had nothing but praise for each player.

"Their commitment to training was 100 per cent which was evident in their play in all their games this weekend," Orchard said.

"They executed all training drills they had learned prior to the start Northern Junior League."

In the opening match, Tamworth were formidable as we had expected pressuring the Braves and making them step up.

Accurate shooting from Wade Howard backed up by powerful Grayson Cross's domination under the boards both offensives and defensive.

Byron-Troy Brown executed some amazing baskets and top scored in this game.

Saturday evening saw the second game against Inverell.

"The boys made me so proud by showing sportsmanship and compassion against a team that lost a valuable player to injury," she said.

Chris Davis showed speed and drive through his athleticism which was instrumental throughout the weekend.

Strength was contributed by Beau Matthew as was evident in his control and rebounding and Kurtis Dries showed maturity and confidence throughout the games and his assists were precise.

The last game on Sunday was against Coffs Harbour Suns.

Bellingen Braves had a convincing win against Coffs Suns who never gave up.

But the dynamic teamwork displayed by the Bellinger Braves throughout the game was to be admired.

Phillip Hudson's maturity helped him controlled the team through his experience as a reliable point guard.

Harry Landers tenacious defensive style contributed to our successful weekend.

All round complete player for the weekend would have to go to Taylor Schmidt whose effortless rebounding, passing, shooting was amazing.

Orchard said she was over whelmed by the support shown to thefledgling association at all their games over the weekend and thanked all sponsors and staff.

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