TOP EFFORT: Celebration time for happy Byron Bay junior basketballers and coaches after a great performance at this year’s North Coast Classic Shield.
TOP EFFORT: Celebration time for happy Byron Bay junior basketballers and coaches after a great performance at this year’s North Coast Classic Shield.

Young girls shine against their older rivals

DAVID may have slain Goliath, but he cannot hold a candle to the Byron Bay under-12 girls' basketball team.

The side saw off older players to take three wins from four matches in the finals of the North Coast Classic Shield competition.

It was also a weekend to remember for the shire's boys team, which won all three of its contests to take its title.

Matt Ogle, coach of the girls' team, said he was delighted with his charges efforts at the closely fought competition.

"The girls' competition was very exciting, with a number of games coming down to the wire," he said.

"Some of our girls are only nine-years-old and were up against girls who are nearly three years older.

"In a game where height is important, our girls had to be highly skilled to win when often they didn't hold the height advantage.

"Our girls displayed great tenacity and I'm incredibly proud of our results."

The girls took out Lismore, Yamba and Grafton during the event, suffering their only defeat against a tough Ballina team.

Talented young basketball players from across the region took part in last weekend's competition, which aims to provide players in the age group with valuable experience.

Byron Bay's boys' team retained its superb unbeaten record this season, winning all four of its matches at the competition to take the title.

Nash Campbell, who coached the boys side, said he was "incredibly proud" of his team's efforts.

"We built this fantastic team from scratch this year," he said.

"The boys have worked incredibly hard to achieve this outstanding result. It is their outstanding ability to focus which sees them win game after game."



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