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COFFS Harbour’s basketball fans will get to see the men’s State league and the youth league teams in action this Saturday when they take on the Toowoomba Mountaineers in a pre-season hit out.

Of special interest to all fans will be the appearance of new development officer and former NBL player Matt Shanahan.

Although the team has been in training for some months, Matt will only arrive in Coffs Harbour on the day of the match after driving from Melbourne. However, he is confident that he will be fit and well and will contribute to the team effort on the night.

“The aim for the State league men’s team is to treat the pre-season game against Toowoomba as a real game, giving the guys the opportunity to show what they can do if front of a big crowd,” men’s State league team coach Brad Sibraa said.

“We will be trying a lot of new things, which means that sometimes we may look a bit out of control.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to play against a high quality team where we hope to challenge ourselves as well as them.”

The senior men’s team will be: Matt Neal, Darcy Kean (vice-captain), Andrew Williams, Jake Wittleton, Chris Tonks, Jesse Browning, John Hogan, Mitch Cole, Robbie Linton (captain), Jimmy Robinson, Harold Jones, Ben Dunn and Matt Shanahan.

The youth league (under 22 years) team has only been together for a couple of weeks but have been working very hard at practise.

With coach Laurie Van Loo overseas for this game, Craig Edwards and Steve Markham will take over the coaching role and will ensure the team works to its capacity.

The youth league team is: Luke McGinniskin (c) Bryce Davis, Travis Slater, Ben Slater, Nick Hughes, Michael Maurice, Nathaniel James, Joel Brennan, Ethan Thornorough.

The youth league game against Toowoomba youth league gets under way at 5.00pm at Sportz Central while the senior State league team take on the ABA Mountaineers at 7.00pm.