Ellie Hewitt (left) and Rebecca Black are thrilled with their selection in the NSW state team.
Ellie Hewitt (left) and Rebecca Black are thrilled with their selection in the NSW state team. ROB WRIGHT

Girls selected in state team

IT’S getting to the point these days that whenever a state basketball team is announced, it’s more of a surprise when a Coffs Harbour player isn’t one of those selected to wear NSW colours.

After the recent PSSA girls state carnival was held, once again Coffs Harbour players were named to represent NSW at the Australian Schools Championships.

The Coffs Harbour pair of Ellie Hewitt and Rebecca Black are now preparing to take on the best young players in the country after shining at the state carnival.

Hewitt who goes to school at Mary Help of Christians, was a member of the Polding team that won the state title. Black is a Bishop Druitt College student who played for the CIS team that finished as runner-up.

The NSW team will be coached by one of Dubbo’s finest state league players, Claire Hargraves, who will give the girls a great deal of confidence going into the National Championships.

Both Ellie and Rebecca will be attending a three-day training camp in Sutherland where they will be joined by the three Coffs boys selected in the state team, Jayden Gianoli-Wilson from St Francis Xavier, Woolgoolga and St Augustines’ Remy Bordignon and Jacob Sincock.

The camp is to prepare them before heading north to Darwin for the Australian titles in early July.

Coffs Harbour Basketball are supporting the efforts of the representative quintet by having their development manager, Matt Shanahan, run early morning sessions for them each Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30am. These sessions are designed to have the players performing at their peak at the National Titles.



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