State League Suns women?s coach, Herb Haddon.
State League Suns women?s coach, Herb Haddon.

Haddon appointed coach

By DEBBIE HARDWICK

HERB Haddon has once again been appointed as head coach for the Coffs Harbour Suns State League women's team.

Laurie Van Loo who has also been appointed to the team in 2006 as the assistant coach.

Back from an amazing inaugural season in 2005, Herb feels that 2006 will be a more structured program with the women's competition falling into two conferences.

"This might also prove to bring more home games to our community," he said.

Haddon has been involved in basketball for more than 20 years, playing, coaching and administrating.

He brings a tremendous amount of enthusiasm into the program and also a thorough knowledge of the game.

It is early days but Herb believes that every successful team he has been involved with had one thing in common, good aggressive defence.

Van Loo aims to not only support the State League program, but hopes to continue to help players enjoy their basketball and achieve whatever goals they may have in the sport.

At this stage, Northern conference will be fortified by 2005 league winners Gosford City Rebels, the Newcastle Hunters, the Hills Hornets, newcomers North Bears and of course, the ever-growing strength of the Coffs Harbour Suns.

The Southern conference will include the Dubbo Rams, Bathurst Goldminers, Lithgow Lazers, Penrith Panthers, Wagga Wagga Blaze and the Goulburn Bears.

n Coffs Harbour Basketball Association is seeking expressions of interest from people wishing to take up Representative Head Coaching positions for the men's State League team for the 2006 season.

The Suns men's team has been at the top of the ladder over the last couple of years and is already pumped for the new season with intentions of bringing home the gold.

Expressions of interest should be lodged at the Basketball office as soon as possible or faxed 6651 4047 or email to cofsbask@midcoast.com.

Senior men and women are invited to try out for positions in the Coffs Harbour Suns 2006 State League teams.

The first pre-season scrimmage for the men will be held at Sportz Central on Sunday, January 22 and the women's will be held at Sportz Central on Sunday, January 29, both from 4 to 6pm.

All players, including students studying at the Southern Cross University in 2006, are most welcome.

Cost is $5 and bring along a water bottle and sweat towel.



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