THE courts were on fire last weekend as the high voltage Coffs Harbour Junior Representative Suns claimed hard earned victories in the Coffs Bananacoast Community Credit Union basketball carnival, to once again take home five of the eight grand final trophies.
With ten teams in the eight finals, Coffs juniors continued their renowned winning tradition in this the 14th Annual Odd Age carnival.
Fifty teams from Lismore, Grafton, Tamworth, Hornsby, The Entrance, Dorrigo and Port Macquarie, nominated for the carnival.
The Saturday schedule commenced at 9am and saw non-stop action until 9:30pm that night with games re-commencing Sunday morning at 8am.
Odd Age season is a fantastic time for players of all levels to learn skills and teamwork, and to play a good standard of basketball in a competitive environment.
Congratulations to all players, coaches, managers, officials and supporting parents for the best weekend of basketball to end a fantastic season for 2004.
First gold of carnival
The Coffs Harbour Under 13 girls hit the floor running on the weekend with four equal teams selected to play against two teams from Lismore, and 1 team each from the strong Hornsby and The Entrance clubs.
The girls played with determination in the round games which resulted in three of the four teams making the semi finals, with two of our teams having strong wins against The Entrance.
The fourth team in the semi final was Hornsby.
In the semi final, Coffs (1) battled strongly after losing their key player to injury in the 1st 10 seconds if their game against Coffs (2).
Showing strength of mind, they pressed on but had to settle for a very commendable 10 point loss.
The other semi, saw Coffs (3) play well against Hornsby.
It was a very intense game of defensive ability to be just edged out in the final minutes.
With true country spirit the Coffs girls took to their undefeated Sydney counterparts, Hornsby.
Playing some great defence, it was a very one sided opener from Coffs 2 who dominated early proceedings and set up a very handy 10-point lead at half time.
Not to be outdone the Hornsby girls came back strong in the second half.
Exhaustion kicked in, but the Coffs girls hung in to win by four points.
It was the first Grand final of the weekend and the Suns were seriously hot.
A very satisfying, deserving and happy win for the girls and rookie coach Christie Hardwick.