Title campaign ends
The under 12, 14 and 16 Coffs Harbour representative teams who travelled to Wollongong last weekend have all ended their run in the NSWBA Championships.
The most successful Coffs Harbour team were the under 12 girls who can rightly lay claim to being the sixth best team in this age division in the State.
Coach John Wallace said the team have had a tremendous year finishing first in Northern Junior League, second at the NSW Country Championships and sixth in the State.
Last weekend the girls had a nail biting two point win over the Bankstown Bruins and a more convincing 34 point win over The Entrance, but we went down to 16 points to the Sydney Comets.
"We were missing our captain Bronte Emanuel who had broken her finger one week before the tournament and we certainly missed her tenacity and hard work," Wallace said.
"Last weekend was an exceptionally good tournament for Ruby Mayson who averaged 15 points a game in the finals.
"Laura Bamford, Nicole Howarth, Nikki Wallace and Tiarne Saunders all averaged 10 points a game.
"Thankyou to all the parents who helped get the girls through the season and a special thanks to Naomi Markham for her tireless efforts in running the NJL program on behalf of Coffs Harbour Basketball."
Always an astute observer of opposition teams, Herb Haddon summed up his under 14 girls' performance.
"I noticed the difference in improvement in the other teams from when we played them in the pre-season, especially in the 'toughness' area," he said.
"They obviously play in tougher leagues and it shows.
"As we know we can't get that in NJL, and our Western counterparts had the same problem.
"Our teams are simply not used of having teams 'in their face' all game, every game, something for us to assess prior to our 2006 season."