FOR the 14th year, Coffs Harbour will be brought to the forefront of sporting excellence with the Coffs Bananacoast Community Credit Union Junior Odd Age Basketball Classic to be held on December 4-5.
Fifty six teams have entered the competition including teams from Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Lismore, Hornsby and The Entrance.
Odd Age carnivals offer a great opportunity to play against teams of similar or higher standard during a development season, and helps to prepare athletes and coaching staff, for the intensity and competitiveness of the new-year season.
Games commence 9am Saturday and 8am Sunday, at the Coffs Harbour Community Indoor Stadium at Bray Street.
Finals are set down for 2:40pm Sunday with Under 11 and Under 15 divisions, and 3:30pm for Under 13 and Under 17 divisions. Suns 13 girls in top company
Coffs Harbour Under 13 girls representative basketball team made the long journey to Bankstown over the weekend of November 20 to compete in the Premier Division of the 2004 New South Wales Odd Age tournament.
In their first game Coffs drew the tournament favourites - Sydney Comets.
This was an extreme learning curve to play against the biggest, fastest and strongest team in New South Wales as their initiation into the big league.
In what turned out to be a very physical game, the Suns strove markedly forward - never taking a backward step.
The scoreline of 83-21 did not do justice to the game, and no-one left the stadium disappointed with their performance.
In their second game, the Coffs girls bounced back with a Herculean effort to win by 60-21 over the Hornsby Spiders.
They had defied all odds.
You reap what you sow or in basketball terms, throw!
Riding on a high from the team's enormous come-back, they walked into a semi final against the Illawarra Hawks.
Illawarra, widely regarded as the top New South Wales Country team, started strongly running the floor at every opportunity and exerting great defensive pressure on the Coffs attack.
At half time, the Suns were behind by 19, but with their well-known determination and guts, they again took to the court.
Action came thick and fast with the Suns rising to the occasion to come within nine points of the lead.
This was scintillating basketball at a hectic pace and when the Suns' energy wavered, Illawarra'a dam broke with a cascade of baskets to win 53-33.
Congratulations to every member of the team who kept their poise under pressure conditions and fought like champions with heart and effort.