Suns qualify for state finals

HAVING the perfect record throughout the State League season has paid off for Coffs Harbour’s women’s basketball team.

Despite losing Saturday night’s clash against Bathurst, the Suns have still qualified for this weekend’s state finals, to be played in Newcastle.

There were three qualifying matches played at the weekend, with the three winners plus the season’s best-performed loser qualifying for the final four.

This arrangement meant that the Suns didn’t have to win on Saturday night to make it to the final four teams in New South Wales for the fifth consecutive year.

Bonnie Kuchel led from the front against Bathurst, scoring 17 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Goldminers securing a 60-51 win.

Kate Harland and Nicky Baade also proved damaging on the scoreboard for Coffs Harbour, scoring 12 and 10 points respectively.

On Saturday the women’s team meets Queanbeyan in the knockout semi-final.

The girls aren’t the only team to make it to the state finals.

The Youth League boys will also be travelling to Newcastle, where they will be playing against last year’s runner-up Manly-Warringah for a spot in the state final, which is being played on Sunday.



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