Women back on the winners' list

IN just their second State League game for season 2009, the Suns women travelled up to Lismore to match up with their highly rated Storm opponents and came away with an excellent 72-52 winning result.

The Suns women started well with guards Nikki Baade, Brooke Seccombe and Sammy Cooper fast breaking and sinking match-winning baskets while the taller brigade of Jessica Bailey, Bonnie Kutchell and Crystal Bailey dominated the rebound boards.

Lismore managed to get back in the game with a tight zone defence but the leadership of team captain Katie Henry and some key baskets from Abbe Sweetman sealed victory for the visitors.

The Suns State League men also clashed with top of the table Lismore Storm without key players Chris Tonks and Robbie Linton but thankfully with new recruit Jake Willetton to add some much-needed rebound height to their team.

Regulars Matt Neal, Craig Hanlon, Jesse Browning and Nick Hughes gave their best effort against a much larger Storm brigade keeping in close contact with the home team until a couple of three pointers on the half-time buzzer gave Lismore a comfortable lead to start the second half.

The Storm gradually increased the gap to take the game 97-63 with young Obi Moneke making his debut appearance for the Suns to gain valuable court time and experience.

The Suns men travel to Port Macquarie this Saturday to take on the aggressive Dolphins before earning a three-week break with their next game at home on April 18 when Coffs Harbour will host Tamworth Thunderbolt men and women in an exciting double-header. Mark your calendars basketball fans.