Action from the Coffs Harbour Suns under 14 division two match in the Northern Junior League competition at Grafton on the week
Action from the Coffs Harbour Suns under 14 division two match in the Northern Junior League competition at Grafton on the week

Junior teams undefeated

Coffs Harbour division 2 teams travelled to Grafton last weekend for the fourth round of the NJL competition, both the boy's and girl's under 14 teams returning home with an undefeated record.

The Under 14 men's Division 2 team, with wins in both game retain their season-long undefeated status.

The first game was against a very gutsy Grafton team.

Coffs Harbour took the lead from the tip off and remained in the lead all game.

The half time score was 57 to 17 and a determined effort by Coffs Harbour saw the final score at 106 to 25.

Six Coffs players reached double digits in scoring, with Luke O'Brien celebrating when he scored the 100th point for the team.

To their credit, the Grafton team never gave up and made Coffs Harbour work hard on their offence.

Great teamwork and strong offence plays were displayed by centre Kaden Hartcher (who top scored with 25 points), team captain Jonathon Mackay, and forwards Matthew Wright and Morgan Bodewes together with strong support from guards Angus Leahy, Bradley Chakos and Luke O'Brien.

The next game against Taree was a much closer match, with both teams scoring basket for basket in the first two quarters.

The half time score was very close at 32 to 30 Coffs way.

Outstanding defence by Bradley Chakos and a superb performance by Luke O'Brien, who pulled in a majority of defensive rebounds, with combined offensive fast breaks by the big players, Jack Campbell, Jonathon Mackay, Matthew Wright and Kaden Hartcher saw the Coffs Harbour team surge ahead in the last two quarters.

Despite suffering an injury and playing on four fouls, guard Angus Leahy returned to the court in the final quarter and together with Morgan Bodewes, who put in a solid performance over the weekend, worked hard on both offence and defence for the team.

Good teamwork, and great vocal support from the team's parents helped bring the boys home to win the game 70 to 52.

All players displayed good teamwork and good sportsmanship over the weekend and now go into the finals as the team to beat as they have won all 12 games played so far this season.

The under 14 girls division 2 team also recorded two wins from two games in Grafton.

The Suns first game was against a smaller and much less experienced Grafton team.

Coffs took the lead early with a full court man-to-man press and a fast breaking running offence.

At half time the Coffs girls were well in front and continued on in the second half to record a 115 to 9 win.

The second game against Gunnedah was more of a challenge for the Coffs girls.

Gunnedah were bigger and faster than the previously beaten Grafton and contested the loose ball at every opportunity.

Both teams got into foul trouble as the game progressed.

Coffs were winners in the rebound department and shot the ball better than Gunnedah to keep them well ahead on the score sheet and take the game 95 to 50.

Over both games Tiarne Saunders, Marnie Donnelly, and Laura Bamford were the main scorers for Coffs.

Nikki Wallace, Ashlyn McCluskey and Sarah Bamford distributed the ball well in attack and were relentless with their pressure defence.

Jasmine Kennedy and Rachel Vercoe had too much height and energy for their opponents rebounding strongly at both ends of the court.

n OFTEN local players don't get the opportunity to compare what is happening in our association with other associations across the State.

n THE position of competition supervisor for the senior women (Tuesday night) and senior men (Wednesday night) has become available.

People interested in applying for the position should go to the CHBA website and complete the form found under the 'Policies and Manuals' section of the website.

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