Ashlea Brennan, a member of the New South Wales under 18 Kookaburras team works hard to maintain control.
Ashlea Brennan, a member of the New South Wales under 18 Kookaburras team works hard to maintain control.

Suns juniors ready to fire

By DEBBIE HARDWICK

THE difference between ordinary and extraordinary is doing just a little extra.

Senior and junior Suns are seriously hot and set to light up the courts in 2006.

With coaches focusing on teaching and teamwork, Suns will be ready with a radiating aura of confidence plus.

2005 was yet another successful year for both juniors and seniors alike.

But striving for the best, as all competitors do, they hope to entertain all spectators with their scintillating basketball skills and record shattering efforts.

The Suns are very proud to have nominated fourteen junior teams into the Northern Junior League competition and two senior teams into the State Basketball League for 2006.

The Northern Junior League competition encompasses teams from this district including Grafton and 2006 newcomers Bellingen, travelling as far north as Ocean Shores, Murwillumbah and Lismore, to the chilly highlands including Armidale and Inverell, down to frosty Tamworth and out to the Mid North Coast including Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Kempsey.

The State League competition will more than likely include teams such as the Hornsby Spiders, North Sydney Bears, Gosford Rebels, Newcastle Hunters, Grafton Vikings, Lake Macquarie Lightning, Central Coast Power and of course, the Suns with two great teams, which should provide outstanding spectator viewing at home games.

Although preparation time is limited before the commencement of this physical time of year, it is still anticipated that the Suns will be worthy ambassadors for Coffs Harbour, on and off the court, and give it their all in the true Aussie tradition.

Pre-season mustang round-up

n THE first pre-season event for the Division 1 junior representatives will be rounding up the Mustangs at Maitland on February 3 then travelling to The Entrance for a skate with the Lakers on February 4.

This bi-annual challenge organized by the three Associations has been undertaken for many years, and sometimes the teams have travelled through inclement weather, under dangerous conditions to reach their first goal of the weekend.

But there is no faint at heart and no fun if there is no challenge.

Teams will travel by bus and together will provide the vocal spectator support for each other.

In contrast to the previous challenges on Coffs Harbour turf in 2003 and 2005, the Suns will be limited in spectator support, but are sure to be eager in their first hit-out to turn up the heat for their opposition.

On February 18-19 the Suns part their ways as some travel south to the Gosford Classic carnival.

Historically, Coffs Harbour have been the perennial strength of Northern New South Wales, so together, juniors and seniors, they will be a force to be reckoned with as the Northern Junior League spreads its wings on April 8 and 9 and the State League look forward to late March/early April.



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