WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Yamba Trawlers Under-14 Girls won the 2014 North Coast Shield. Now in Under-16s, the team has trained hard and will take to the courts in the inaugural Junior Prawn Bowl at Raymond Laurie Sports Centre this weekend. PHOTOS: CONTRIBUTED
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Yamba Trawlers Under-14 Girls won the 2014 North Coast Shield. Now in Under-16s, the team has trained hard and will take to the courts in the inaugural Junior Prawn Bowl at Raymond Laurie Sports Centre this weekend. PHOTOS: CONTRIBUTED

Raw talent ready for Prawn Bowl

BASKETBALL is expanding in every direction in the Lower Clarence.

Yamba Trawlers are set to enter an under-18 men's side into the Northern Junior League this season. As part of its preparations the side will be in action at the Yamba Prawn Bowl on March 7-8 in B Grade Men.

Meanwhile the Trawlers have bucketloads of teams entered into the Junior Prawn Bowl, being held for the first time this Saturday and Sunday, February 28 and March 1.

The junior weekend has been introduced to precede the existing senior tournament, which has been run successfully for the past five years and continues to go from strength to strength.

The events will attract some of the strongest basketball talents on the North Coast of New South Wales.

Organiser Steve Smith has already received over 20 nominations for the Junior Prawn Bowl with teams from Bellingen to Byron Bay to make their way to the home of Trawler Basketball, the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre.

The senior Prawn Bowl has attracted teams from Port Macquarie to the Gold Coast. The level in the A Men and A Women competitions will be high while there is a more social emphasis on the B grades. The full weekend of basketball caters for all abilities.

The Yamba Trawlers junior and senior programs will be well-represented with teams in all grades. A total of 17 teams from Yamba will be fielded across under-12s, 14s, 16s and 18s in the juniors and B Men, B Women, A Men and A Women) in the seniors, with four teams represented in the under-12s alone.

All the talk is whether Yamba can finally win a Prawn Bowl, or will a side from Byron Bay, the Gold Coast or perhaps Bellingen take the prestigious prize of the Yamba Prawn Bowl filled with the world famous Yamba Prawns?

All local players interested in suiting up for the Trawlers in the carnivals or anytime through the year are encouraged to get along to the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre.

Development officer Smith runs training sessions for players based in the Lower Clarence Valley region on Tuesday afternoons at the centre from 3.30pm to 4.30pm for aged four to seven and 4.30pm to 5.30pm for ages eight to 12). For players in the under-16 and under-18 age groups training for all abilities is Mondays 4.30pm to 6pm.

The Trawlers are also now taking junior and senior teams for their huge winter competition.

To nominate a team please make contact with the Yamba Trawlers or Raymond Laurie Sports centre via http://www.raymondlauriesportscentre.com.



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