Suns' women take title

COFFS Harbour Suns took the A-grade women's title at the Jacaranda Carnival held at Grafton Sports Centre.

The Suns held out Sydney visitors the Hearts to win the grand final 41-32 and keep the trophy on the North Coast.

"It was an awesome weekend and has been a very busy time for all involved," tournament manager Sarah Baker said.

"We had 55 teams compete over the two days and the finals reflected the strong quality of basketball we saw played across the board.

"Well done to the winners from Coffs Harbour."

Meanwhile, nine Coffs Harbour Basketball juniors have been selected in the North Coast Academy of Sport Squad. Liam James, Lochlan Sambrook, Blake Smith, Troy Wallekers, Gabe Ellicott, Allisha Wallekers, Janica Duncombe, Cortney Smith and Danielle Macmahon have met the criteria and will be admitted.

North Coast Academy of Sport is one of 11 regional academies throughout New South Wales.

With the support of Basketball NSW and the underpinning North Coast Associations, the academy has been identifying and developing talented junior basketballers since 2005.

Currently, about 26 athletes are selected annually into the squad.

As well as intensive training camps, squad members also receive an athlete education program, which includes sports nutrition, sports physiology, sports psychology, core strengthening, and drugs awareness.

The NCAS Basketball program is endorsed by Basketball NSW and supported by NSW Country Basketball.



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