Suns ready for the challenge
IT'S a long road back to the top but the Coffs Harbour Suns women's team is about to start the journey.
After being State League champions in 2013 and 2014, the Suns girls slipped a few rungs down the basketball ladder last year.
But starting on Saturday night, the first steps toward returning to the top of the tree will hopefully be taken.
The Suns girls will open a double header at Sportz Central when they face long-time rival Newcastle before the men play Maitland at 7pm.
Coach Connie Woods said it was difficult to know exactly where the Coffs Harbour girls stood in the pecking order at this stage but she was confident the work done in the off-season would stand the Suns in good stead.
"It's been a long wait for the season to finally start but the girls are ready to play," Woods said.
The core of the team from the past couple of seasons remains, although the Suns will have to do without captain Bonnie Kuchel for the first month while she overcomes a knee injury.
To counter that, the squad has added Hannah Ryan to the roster, who has youth league experience with the Sydney Comets.
Ryan is in Coffs Harbour while she continues her medical studies.
Woods says she will be happy on Saturday if the Suns make life difficult for the Hunters' shooting game.
"We've focused on defence," she said.
"Hopefully we're a fit, quick team that will push the ball. We like to play a fast style of game."