By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
SOME of the best basketball talent that Fiji can offer will be on display tonight at Sportz Central when Suva based team the Bryceland Warriors take on our own Coffs Harbour Suns.
Team Manager for the Warriors Lydia Sokosoko believes that the four matches the team is playing on the North Coast this week can only benefit them.
"This is a very big opportunity for them," Sokosoko said.
"We're just preparing for our new season in Fiji and that's the reason why we decided to bring them along, so it's more like a pre-season tour for them."
Last night the Fijian team travelled south to take on the Port Macquarie league team.
Coffs Harbour will also be hosting a return clash on Friday night.
The team includes six members of the current national team and this tour allows the new members of the national squad a chance to blend in with their more experienced teammates.
"We have two of the players who have just started playing in the national team and these two new ones will be learning a lot from the other players," she explained.
"They've been playing a while but they haven't represented the country yet so with most of the national reps on the team it gives them some experience."
Newly elected Coffs Harbour President Judy Smith believes that the North Coast tour is a giant pat on the back for the area.
"The members who came for the youth tournament recognised that this is a nice community to come into," she said.
"It's the whole thing really, it's not just the basketball, it's feeling safe in our environment and that Coffs Harbour's a nice sized place for them to come, Sydney even Brisbane is too big for them to feel that they belong."
Basketball fans who attend the two matches at Sportz Central this week are sure to get some entertainment value from the contests.
"It will be pretty even, the Fijians are very athletic, very spontaneous," Smith explained.
"Much like any of the other games that they play like rugby or whatever, they do unconventional things and it becomes a great spectacle."