THE first Waratah League basketball marathon at Sportz Central couldn’t have gone any better for the three Coffs Harbour teams.
All of the Suns teams recorded wins and coach of both the men’s and youth teams Matt Shanahan said: “There was a good sized crowd on Saturday night. The support of a very loud home crowd was greatly appreciated.”
The women’s team was very impressive, dominating Bellingen from the start to come away with a convincing win.
The team has had a lot of changes with the addition of some of Coffs Harbour’s younger but very talented players in Siarn Woods, Tiarne Saunders, Rochelle Goodhand, Sammy Bastick and Bronte Emmanuel as well as new coach Connie Woods.
These girls have been able to blend into the women’s team very smoothly and are complimented by the veteran players Aimee Durbridge, Kate Harland, Bonnie Kechel, Sam Cooper, Ash Markham and Nicky Baade.
Leading scorers for the Hoey Moey Suns against the Braves were Aimee Durbridge, who returned for her first game of the season in style with 28 points, while the very consistent Bonnie Kuchel scored 13 points.
The Youth League team is continuing its flying start to the season.
The Suns were expecting a real test against the undefeated Maitland team, which had some very athletic and talented players, and they weren’t disappointed.
Coffs Harbour made a great start and built up a healthy buffer which they were able to maintain throughout the game.
The Maitland side threw everything at the Suns to try and get back into the game but the boys showed great poise and focus and came away with a very encouraging 73-63 win.
Leading scorers for the Suns were Brodie Calvert with 16 points and Luke McGinniskin who scored 12.
The men’s team has had a slow start to the season prior to Saturday night’s clash against arch rival Grafton, managing only one win from three starts.
Facing a Grafton side undergoing a rebuilding phase, the Suns put in the best performance for the season dominating the Vikings from the start and coming away with a convincing 107-69 win.
Leading scorers for the Hoey Moey Suns were Ryan Swift with 30 points and Jessie Browning 25 points.
After the Easter long-weekend the men’s team have a massive home game against a very talented Tamworth team.
This game will see the return of Coffs Harbour’s favourite son Robbie Linton from a successful first season in college in Canada.
Coffs Harbour’s successful weekend sees both the women’s and youth teams sitting pretty atop their respective tables with the men’s team steadily improving in a bid to emulate the success of last year.