Plenty of smiles for these young players at the Ballina Basketball Association skills session.
Plenty of smiles for these young players at the Ballina Basketball Association skills session. Stuart Turner

Junior basketballers pick up tips from Sydney Kings player

Erin Cattle unleashes another shot at the hoop during the Ballina Basketball Associaion skills clinic. Juniors enjoyed various drills under the watchful eye of top player Thalo Green. Photo Stuart Turner / The Northern Star
Erin Cattle unleashes another shot at the hoop during the Ballina Basketball Associaion skills clinic. Juniors enjoyed various drills under the watchful eye of top player Thalo Green. Photo Stuart Turner / The Northern Star Stuart Turner

OPPONENTS may find Niva Ewald tough to stop when basketball action comes round again.

The 13-year-old was among the players enjoying this week's Ballina Basketball Association skills clinic.

Juniors from across the region enjoyed the two-day event, picking up tips from former University of Washington and Sydney Kings player Thalo Green.

Lennox Head's Niva said the event, which saw the children enjoy drills aimed at beefing up shooting, passing and general technique, had been great fun.

"I've enjoyed it," the Emmanuel Anglican College student said. "I think it's going to help my game.

"I like how basketball is really fast. You've always got to be thinking.

"I guess when I do something good on the court I feel proud. It's pretty satisfying.

"I think I like being able to push myself on the court."

Plenty of smiles for these young players at the Ballina Basketball Association skills session. Photo Stuart Turner / The Northern Star
Plenty of smiles for these young players at the Ballina Basketball Association skills session. Photo Stuart Turner / The Northern Star Stuart Turner

Association junior president Eva Ramsey said she hoped the scheme, which was held at the town's Southern Cross Gym, would be useful for participants.

"Thalo is an extremely good coach," she said.

"He has experience of some of the best coaches in the world, so he knows what he is talking about.

"I love seeing the kids come to clinics like this. Basketball is a great sport and teaches a lot of life skills as well.

"We hope the kids learn the basics of basketball, have fun and learn more about the game."

Ballina Basketball Association runs totball for players aged 5-7 on Monday nights at the centre.

The scheme runs from 4.30-5.30pm.

Miniball for players aged 8-10 takes place on Wednesdays (4.30-6pm).

To register, call Ramsey: 0428 874 346.



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