Suns simply stunning

THE Coffs Harbour Suns Junior representative teams travelled to Tamworth last weekend for a round of NJL division 1.

Winning 20 of the 24 matches played across a number of age divisions proves the success of the weekend for the Suns.

The under 12 Girls No.1 team had comfortable wins against Tamworth, Lismore and Coffs No.2 to lead the NJL competition with six wins from six matches.

Improved performance was evident with the way the girls played excellent team defence, limiting their opponents to very few scoring opportunities. Lizz Laurie, Rebecca Black and Ellie Hewitt were the standout performers.

The No.2 team recorded a couple of stunning victories against Lismore and Grafton. The team took away from this weekend a sense of accomplishment that all their hard work at training really paid off. The team's first game was against Lismore where our defensive and offensive skills took the Storm's division 1 girls by surprise, with the Suns having a convincing 48-34 win. The Grafton girls have also been training hard and put up a good fight but the Suns were too strong and won 64-20.

The under 16 women are playing up in the under 18 girls' division and they still won three of their last four games against older opponents.

The Suns certainly gave the leaders Tamworth, a scare only being defeated by three points in a very long and physical game with 13-year-old guard Billie Bourke stepping up to the challenge and not intimidated by her older opponents, matching them in offence and defence. The form continued as they defeated Grafton 86-15 thanks largely to 21 points from Laura Bamford and another 17 from Courtney Martyn.

The next day Lismore were beaten by 25 points with Sam Bastic and Siarn Woods leading the way with a display of dynamic defence before a 12-point victory over Port Macquarie where a physically tired Alex Gailbraith dug deep, causing havoc at both ends of the court scoring 20 points and dominating the rebounds.

The Under 14 boys were never forced to extend themselves and showed their real potential. Tamworth 1 was the only hope of getting a good game and with the below zero temperature working in favour of Tamworth, the Suns started very slow. However, it was not too long before the boys took control up 34-13 at half time before cruising away to a win of more than 60 points.

Leading the way, Jordon Black was outstanding on the boards, backed by Mathew McHeyzer.

The next three games for the weekend were against division 2 teams, Kempsey, Armidale and Taree with all of these games becoming blow out scores to the Suns.

The Suns Under 14 boys' second team also had a successful weekend winning their games against Tamworth 2 and Taree by well over 50 points.

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