Time to get really loud
AS coach of Coffs Harbour's State League women's team Herb Haddon loves the fact that the biggest crowds are always at Coffs Harbour home games.
Now he's throwing down a challenge to the local basketball community - he doesn't just want the crowd at Sportz Central to be a big one, he wants it to be a loud one.
“The crowd will be bigger this week simply because we're playing Grafton and a lot of people come down and they're pretty vocal in their support for Grafton,” Haddon said.
“We've got to match that and actually try to be louder than them.”
There's never any doubting the rivalry that exists between Coffs Harbour and Grafton on a basketball court.
For years there hasn't been any love lost between the guys but now that some of the Suns girls have transferred to the Vikings this season, that rivalry is set to take off with the women as well.
“That will be very strange actually,” Haddon admitted.
“I'm not sure how that will work.”
While personnel might create some issues, form isn't one.
After a disappointing start to the season the Suns girls have won their past two matches with the defensive pressure against Tamworth a highlight.
“It was a good result last week, a 35-point turnaround from the loss we had and I was very happy with that,” the coach said.
While the women are aiming to secure a top-two berth in their division, the men who are playing in the early game for once will be within reach of the semi-finals if they can pull off an upset victory against the usually sizable Vikings' men.
Tonight at Sportz Central
5.00pm: Suns Men v Grafton Vikings
7.00pm: Suns Women v Grafton Vikings
Entry - $5 for adults, $2 for children or students, only $1 if in a Coffs Rep polo shirts or Coffs Colours.