RIGHT: Lismore Stormjunior representative Xavier Mason, 8, at the Lismore Basketball Stadium yesterday.
RIGHT: Lismore Stormjunior representative Xavier Mason, 8, at the Lismore Basketball Stadium yesterday. Patrick Gorbunovs

Junior teams are off to Grafton

LISMORE'S young basketball guns are preparing to sharpen their skills and contest for regional bragging rights.

A handful of sides in different age divisions - under 11s, 13s, 15s and 17s - will take part in this weekend's Grafton Odd Age Carnival.

Sides from Ballina and other areas of northern NSW will also be among those at the round-robin competition, which followsa similar recent carnival in Lismore.

Lismore Under-13 girls coach Angela Richardson said the two-day event promised great entertainment.

"We are looking for participation and fun," she said.

"I guess it gives the players a chance to put the skills they have learned in training into practice.

"I am looking forward to seeing how they go."

As well as the hosts, teams from Kempsey, Tenterfield, Yamba and Ballina will travel to Grafton.

Richardson expects some tough competition.

"The 17 (years) boys have the biggest test," she said.

"They will play Kempsey, Taree and an Academy side from Tenterfield.

"The 17 (years) girls will have to play Bellingen, which is always challenging.

"It will be a busy couple of days but it should be good."



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