THE Coffs Harbour Under 15 women had two even teams for the Coffs Coast Classic and it showed how even they were, with only two piints the difference in the first round clash.
Maturity and patience eventually won the title for Coffs Black.
Coffs Red led by eight points with only one minute to go.
But a few rushed shots and bad passes got Coffs Black back into the game.
The teams also played and won against tough opponents Port Macquarie, Lismore White and Lismore Blue.
The final was a show down of the two Coffs Harbour teams once again. This game was more controlled by Coffs Black who became eventual winners by 8 points.
This weekend was the end of a very positive odd age season for the Under 15 players.
Both coaches were extremely happy to see a lot of the skills and drills that they had practiced throughout the season, come to fruition during the weekend.
This team in 2005 has a lot to offer Coffs Harbour and will be a force to reckon with during the Northern Junior League Competition.
The coaches would like to thank the girls for their on and off court behaviour.
They are a credit to their families, and many thanks are also extended the parents for doing bench duty when called upon.
A special thank you goes to Naomi Markham and Marion Cassell for their ongoing support and help throughout the season, which was very much appreciated by the girls and the coaches. Good luck for the 2005 season.
Rose to the occasion
In three even teams, the Under 13 boys were so even that it was a three-way tie to see who was going to play The Entrance in the Grand final of the Bananacoast Credit Union Coffs Coast Classic.
Seven games were played over the weekend, most of which were close encounters.
This was a huge effort by all involved.
One of the best games was between Coffs White and the notoriously tall, The Entrance.
The Coffs boys hustled and chased every loose ball and then ran the floor brilliantly.
They had the crowd on their feet cheering with only five seconds to go and a win in either teams' sights.
Coffs boys didn't lie down and gave it their all, to only miss out by one point.
It was easy to see that Grafton Under 13 boys had been working hard on their skills since the last carnival and they came prepared to play hard.
Coffs Black was not expecting the determination and skill level from Grafton, so got off to a slow start.
This allowed Grafton to gain a healthy lead.
With renewed vigor, Coffs Black lifted their game in the second half.
They attacked the opposition, pulling out some fast breaks but couldn't catch up enough to win at the final whistle.
All the Coffs verses Coffs games were very exciting as the boys really rose to the challenge.
It was great to see the immense respect that all the boys have for their teammates and opponents whilst still being very competitive.
The Entrance were undefeated up to the last game of the round when they played Coffs Red.
The Reds came out hard, going to an early lead and although The Entrance team lifted their defence, they were unable to make a complete recovery.
Coffs Red beat the undefeated Entrance team by 12 points.
In order to sort the final point tally and find a component for The Entrance in the Grand Final, it took a close count back on points.
After an anxious 10 minute wait, Coffs Black won the right to play The Entrance in the Grand final.
They then took the court for the eighth time in two days hoping for the Champion title.
The Entrance boys had time to regroup after their earlier loss and although Black played great basketball, The Entrance held on to win by six points.