Junior Basketball a growing success in 2008

July 22, 2008

It is great to see our junior basketballers having fun and showing so much enthusiasm for the sport, for which many of them is new. The rate that they are improving their skills, whether it be general co-ordination, knowledge of rules or playing ability, is amazing.

In the Monday group the Good Sport ribbons went to Will Johnson and James Skinner. You boys could show adults a thing or two about fair play. Giving 110% effort all afternoon, the Good Try ribbons went to Isaac Harris and Cody McGarrity. Well Done ribbons for all round ability on the day had to go to Andrew McGarrity and Angus Elton. Good job, guys, and a fantastic effort by the rest of the group. Keep up the good work and I am sure your name will be here soon.

The Friday group had a quick rules recap and a few warm up drills before entering into their skills challenge. With numbers down a little, (school holiday fever) two groups went head to head for two fifteen minute sessions. Team one was led by Maddison Eastcott with her great ball control and combined with the fantastic defensive efforts of Krystal Cooper, Tori Allen won round fives challenge. It was keenly contested though by the ever improving Brielle Mack leading Team two. Brielle showed the best all round ability of the two teams on Friday although the rebounding of Ellen O’Rourke and Latrelle Mclachlan’s shooting made it a close challenge.

Though everyone is not mentioned, don’t think that your efforts were not good enough because without you there is no team and participation alone makes you a winner regardless.

All the trainers were extremely impressed with the improvement of all players in such a short time. It’s great to see a sport in Bingara that involves age groups from 4 to 55 and I am proud to be a part of a committee that offers fun, fitness and the benefit of sportsmanship. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers involved with junior ball, the parents who encourage their children to learn to play and be active and all the wonderful girls and boys whose faces light up when they get the ball in the hoop.