St John's basketball team to face national rivals
DEDICATION is the buzzword for the St John's College Woodlawn girls basketball side as they prepare to face national rivals.
The eight-strong team of Matilda Beasley-Kenk, Shania Donnelly, Mackensie Egan, Chloe Daly, Eloise Bashforth, Teagan McWhirter, Caralie Wilson and Katie Bugden are preparing for the forthcoming Marist National Basketball Tournament.
Talented young players from Marist schools across Australia will take part in the Alice Springs event.
Coach Tammie Creary said she was delighted with the hard-working attitude of her charges, who recently asked to step up training sessions in order to ensure peak performance.
"The girls came to me and said they wanted to train twice a week," Creary said.
"They really love the sport; they are just keen and they want to do their best.
"They are totally committed, which is great to see."
Lismore's Trinity Catholic College is also sending a team to the event, which will feature round-robin preliminary games.
The leading sides will then contest the Championship division, with the others battling it out in the Plate section.
Creary said her team faced a tough task.
"The standard is pretty high," she said.
"It is as tough as any age group school competition can be.
"We expect the sides from Victoria to be strong. Their junior development programs are very good.
"We would like to make the Championship divisionif we can."
The team will also travel around the Alice Springs area during the event, seeing some of Australia's most popular landmarks.
Creary said that whatever the result, she expected her players to gain a lot from the tournament.
"It is a great event," she said.
"The girls get to meet players from across the country and play against unfamiliar opposition.
"It is also great for the girls to travel Australia and see something special.
"The girls always try their hardest and give 100%.
"It is a great event and I love being part of it."
YOUNG basketballers players across the region are preparing to take the first step towards potential state honours.
The opening rounds of the Northern Rivers section of the NSW Combined High Schools knockout are on Monday.
Successful teams from the event at the Lismore Basketball stadium, will go to the next round.
Matches start at 9.30am and will run for most of the day.