For Harrigans, family ties are the key to basketball success
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE secret behind the large home crowds that the Coffs Harbour Suns enjoy may just have been revealed.
The numbers are getting swelled by one family.
Not that you can blame the Harrigans for showing up in force to Sportz Central each time the Suns take to the court.
Cousins Rachel and Kady ply their trade in the women's state league team while Rachel's brother Josh is enjoying his first full season in the men's team.
"We've got a pretty big family," 20 year-old Josh said.
"There would be at least five, six or seven family members in the crowd at each game."
Tomorrow evening, the Harrigan family will be able to watch all three players on the same night for the second and last time this season when the Suns tackle the Gosford City Rebels.
"The Sydney teams love playing against us because they get to play in front of a crowd," Rachel said.
"When we play away, we probably play in front of only 10 or 15 people," Josh added.
This season is only the second year that the Coffs Harbour girls have been in the state league and a win tomorrow evening will see the Suns cement themselves a semi-final berth.
Anyone who attends tomorrow is assured of watching a team that gives the full 100 per cent each week.
"Height isn't one of our strong points," Kady said of the women's team.
"All the players have a lot of different strengths and play in a lot of different positions."
The Harrigan trio have a history of trying their hand at any sport that comes their way but it's basketball that has captured their imagination.
Their choice of sport has nothing to do with the family ties though.
"We're a tight family anyway," Rachel added.
"We're always seeing each other."
Another family reunion in the stands is assured tomorrow at Sportz Central.
The women's game will be tomorrow night's feature game, tipping off at 7pm.
The Camera House Suns men will play at the earlier timeslot of 5pm.