NSWCountry basketball selection

NUMEROUS Coffs Harbour representative players attended the 2004 NSW Country basketball tour selection camp last weekend.

There were several venues for the weekend: The under-14 men and women were at Niagara Park (CCYC); U15, U16, U17 and U18 women trialed on the Central Coast at the Gosford Stadium and the U15, U16, U17 and U18 men were at Maitland Stadium.

The training camps were extremely competitive and tough. The players worked hard under the direction of coaches.

Two teams were selected, Kookaburras and Waratahs, in each of Under 18, Under 16 and Under 14 age groups, to participate in the Albury Country Junior Basketball Cup to be held from January 17-22.

Correspondingly, two teams were also selected in each Under 15 and Under 17 age groups, to participate in the Pacific Coast Slam to be held at Port Macquarie from January 20-25.

Teams are selected to balance the players as equally as possible, and Coffs Harbour athletes featured well with their outstanding abilities and capabilities.

Coffs Harbour Basketball Association is celebrating the successful selection of the following players to represent their State in the New South Wales Country teams:

U14 women: Sammy Cooper, Nikki Cannon, Jerica Lacey and Ashleigh Smith; U15 women: Hayley Cassell, Aimee Durbidge and Abbe Sweetman; U16 women: Rebekah Atkinson; U17 women: Millie Bendell, Ashlea Brennan and Clare Thomson; U14 men: Sam Wallace, James Rendoth, Petnoy Wonisch and Jarrod Austin; U15 men: Simon Cross; U17 men: Matt Hartsuyker; U18 men: Kyle Martin.

Unfortunately a few of our players were unable to attend the trials due to injury or other commitments.

Coffs Harbour Association also congratulates and thanks Laurie Van Loo, Herb Haddon and John Wallace who have undertaken the enormous opportunity to coach at these 2005 tournaments.

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