Building society shows its support

THE Coffs Harbour branch of the Newcastle Permanent Building Society has cemented its support for the local women's State League basketball team by presenting a cheque to cover the cost of uniforms and warm-up shirts for the team.

"Newcastle Permanent is very pleased to be able to support this new sporting team," branch manager Darren Kidd said.

"I know the girls will be travelling all over NSW and I hope our contribution will help to off-set the costs of being involved with such a big competition.

"It is a credit to the local association and to the girls themselves that they have entered into the demanding competition, but it can only be good for the city and for women's basketball."

Receiving the cheque was State league chair, Judy Smith, who thanked Newcastle Permanent for its support.

"We have been overwhelmed by the support shown for the women's team. Newcastle Permanent's support is most appreciated and it will assist us in our endeavours to reach the playoffs in our first year of competition."

Although there is a great deal of travel involved with the competition, the best thing is that teams from Goulburn, Bathurst, Lithgow, Dubbo, Newcastle and Gosford will all be coming to Coffs during the season.

The Camera House Suns next home game is Saturday when the men take Grafton at 5pm and the women take centre court in the feature game of the night at 7pm against the Dubbo Rams.

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THE boys and girls identified and invited from the first term McDonald's Saturday Primary School Basketball Competition will participate in the 2005 program on Thursday afternoons at Sportz Central on Court 6 from 5 to 6pm each week.

This is the fourth year that the CHBA has run this program in conjunction with McDonald's, and the benefit to our young up-and-coming athletes, has been most outstanding in successfully grooming young players with knowledge and fundamental basketball skills.

Ken Lowry, 2005 president, has once again taken on the challenge to head up the 2005 Future Stars program and aims to continue to help players enjoy their basketball and achieve whatever goals they may have in the sport.

This year Ken will bring with him an assistant coach in State League player, Katie Henry, and also to involve a different guest junior coach every week, alternating girl and boy.

Further invitations will be forwarded out in the next term. If you have received an invitation, please advise the Basketball office 6651 1452 of your intentions.

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IN April, the Coffs Harbour Suns Under 16 Division 1 men travelled to Lismore to play Grafton in the first round of the Northern Junior League competition.

From the outset, the Suns controlled the boards through great rebounding by Simon Cross and Matt France who revelled playing against two guys a year older.

Most Valuable Player, Bill Ballard, stole the show with blinding pace and precision shooting, to score an amazing game high of 29 points. The Suns were rewarded for the effort, winning 117-44 win.

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