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Predictions to be proved right

Coffs Harbour’s Blake Kelly rises for a rebound in the youth league.
Coffs Harbour’s Blake Kelly rises for a rebound in the youth league. BRUCE THOMAS

EVERYONE was warned that Coffs Harbour’s youth league basketball team had talent.

We were all told that with some experience under the players’ belts as well as the additional size that comes from being a year older, the young Suns would be able to compete against anybody.

This afternoon the predictions get put to a stern test as the group faces Cessnock at Sportz Central.

Last week against Central Coast Power Red the representative youth league team ran roughshod over an opponent that wasn’t able to match it with Coffs Harbour’s size, speed and teamwork.

A solid 110-34 win was just what the doctor ordered to give this group some confidence that it can be successful at this level.

Now it’s a matter of seeing how successful it can be.

The team has talented players across the floor in Blake Kelly, Bryce Davis, Brodie Calvert and Luke McGinniskin.

Having spent some time with men’s state league team, this group of young men must now show the benefits of working under the watchful eye of former NBL veteran Matt Shanahan who has taken these boys under his wing.

The challenge is there, now it’s time for the boys to meet it.