NBL commissioner gives Coffs Blitz ?thumbs up

THE commissioner for the National Basketball League, Rick Burton, has given Coffs Harbour the 'thumbs-up' following last week's pre-season Blitz.

At the after-tournament function at Opal Cove resort, Burton said: "The tournament was perfectly organised, and ran without a hitch. It is a great testament to the volunteers and local organising committee that an event of this magnitude could be held in a regional city. Well done, Coffs Harbour."

And as further confirmation of the success, CHBA president, Judy Smith, is now able to confirm that a proper-season game between the West Sydney Razorbacks and the Townsville Crocodiles will be played in Coffs Harbour on January 10, 2007.

"Coffs Harbour Basketball was invited to host the January game some months ago, but we had kept it under wraps until after meeting during the Blitz with the Razorbacks and Crocodiles staff," Smith said.

"I am pleased to say that the management of both NBL teams were delighted with the outcomes of last weekend, and so we can now publicly announce the January game."

And even more accolades for the Coffs Harbour volunteers came with the decision to run the season-proper game with Coffs Harbour Basketball officials on scoretable and statistics.

"There was an expectation that the NBL might import international-level bench officials from either Sydney or Brisbane to cover the season game, but following our performance last weekend, both teams were happy with the level of skill shown by our local bench staff, and they will be rewarded with doing the January game," she said.

"Another great result for the Coffs volunteers, especially 'Team Blonde' who did a magnificent job on the grand final scorebench."

More than 90 volunteers from the Coffs Harbour basketball community provided unbelievable service over the weekend, and full congratulations on a job expertly done.

"For the past few months, we have had volunteers undertaking so many different jobs, to ensure the success of the Blitz," Smith said.

"On behalf of the NBL teams and officials, I would like to thank everyone for their outstandingly valuable contribution to the Blitz.

"While some of the volunteers had a great view of the games, and got up close to the players, others worked tirelessly in the background and saw little of the action.

"I would like to especially thank the hospitality staff who worked under very tough conditions over the Blitz, but provided an incredibly successful service to the players, referees, coaches and VIPs.

"A great event, the volunteers had fun and we really put Coffs Harbour on the national basketball map."

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