Domestic comps underway

AFTER two weeks of grading games, all teams in the domestic competitions are now ready to face the start of pointscore games this week.

The competition draws for all 21 divisions have been completed and are posted on the CHBA website. Teams will receive their copies of the draws this week as well.

There has been a pleasing increase in numbers in the senior competition, with 40 teams participating. This increase has resulted in additional games on both nights.

With additional games there is a need for additional referees and Sandra Mottram would welcome a call from senior players who would be interested in refereeing. In the senior competition we have seen Alda McGuire, Lyn Bastic and Jenny Howarth return to the courts with their 'black and whites', and I am sure there are other former referees in the senior ranks who might be interested in helping out. Please leave your name and contact details either at the basketball office, with the court supervisor, if you don't catch up with Sandra.

Saturday competition will run from 9.00am to 4.00pm on all courts. Schools represented in the Saturday competition are Kororo (14 teams), St Augustines (13 teams), Bishop Druitt College (12 teams), MHOC (11 teams), Christian Community School (six teams), Toormina (two teams), St Francis Xavier Woolgoolga (two teams), Narranga (two teams), Sawtell (one team), and Bonville (one team).

Numbers in the high school competition has seen a decrease this season, which is most disappointing for the association. JPC have maintained their excellent numbers thanks to the work of school basketball co-ordinator Leroy Conroy. JPC have entered 16 teams, BDC have 10 teams, while Jetty High, Toormina High, Orara High and Woolgoolga High each have just three teams. The Christian Community High School has two teams and Bellingen High has one team.

Development Manager Ray Tomlinson, himself an experienced PE teacher, will be talking to local schools over the next few weeks to see that we can't get more players onto the courts.

Learn-to-play classes start next week

Development manager Ray Tomlinson will commence the Resco Learn-to-play classes next Tuesday at 5.00pm. Pre-registration for this program is essential, and should be done by the end of this week with Matt Crawley in the basketball office up until 6.00pm each night.

The six-week program is aimed at young beginner basketballers, and for the cost of $40, participants will receive expert coaching, a reversible playing singlet and a water bottle, thanks to the support of the Newcastle and Hunter Youth Development Trust.

Applications to attend the clinic are available on the website

Waratah under 14 talent ID camp in Coffs

PETER Lonegan, assistant coach to the Australian Opals in Beijing, will head the coaching staff at the Waratah under 14 development camp which will be held in Coffs Harbour on Sunday, March 8.

While the Waratah camp is the first step in the NSW Basketball representative pathway, it is also an opportunity for division 1 and division 2 representative under-14 players to learn more about the game from one of the best coaches in Australia. For those talented players hoping to gain selection to the NSW Talented Athlete Program (TAP), you must attend this camp to be selected into that, and other NSWBA talented player programs.

The cost for the one-day camp is $50 with application forms available on the CHBA website. Application forms for this program need to be sent to Basketball NSW, not to CHBA.

Division 2 Rep trials finished

UNDER the expert eye of NJL co-ordinator Anna Murat, the final round of representative trials where conducted last Sunday.

All division 2 teams were finalised, and with coaches appointed to all teams, training will begin in earnest.

Thanks to coach Greg McGinniskin for coming to the rescue of the under 18 boys division 2 team, which was without a coach. CHBA will now fill division 2 teams in under 12 boys and girls (two teams), under 14 boys and girls, under 16 boys and girls and under 18 boys.

NSW Basketball has introduced a new division 2 State championship (State Cup) this year. This will allow the winning teams in each division 2 age group in the NJL competition to go through to a State championship. If past records are anything to go by, CHBA should have its fair share of teams at this new State Cup finals series.

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