LAYING DOWN THE LAW: Grafton Vikings' coach Rob Blinman will again take his place on the sidelines as the Vikings try it out in the Gold Coast Celtics Classic.
LAYING DOWN THE LAW: Grafton Vikings' coach Rob Blinman will again take his place on the sidelines as the Vikings try it out in the Gold Coast Celtics Classic. Matthew Elkerton

BASKETBALL: Golden trial for invading Vikings

BASKETBALL: With about six weeks before their regular season is set to kick off it has hit crunch time for the Grafton Vikings basketball side.

In an effort to maintain match fitness and claim glory on a big stage, the Vikings have entered into the Gold Coast Celtics Senior Classic Carnival to be held Carrara Indoor Sports Complex today and tomorrow.

The Grafton Vikings will not be taking a full strength squad with a few players nursing injuries on the sidelines.

"We're only entering the B Grade competition for the tournament," captain Dan Boorman said.

"We have a few guys missing and we are lacking a bit in the height department so we thought we could utilise it to work on and maintain our structures.

"Because our season is starting so late we have just been searching around for carnivals."

According to Boorman the idea of winning the tournament while not important in the grand scheme of the Vikings season, it is still a top priority for the captain.

"The result is not so important in a sense," he said. "But obviously we are going in this to win it.

"The Vikings made the grand final at the regional carnival recently so we head into this one in form.

"We haven't had much local competition happening of late so I know everyone is ready to roll and get into some action."

The tournament will assist the Vikings in nailing down their playing structures ahead of the Far North Coast season.

"Not everyone gets to play together on the same team during our regular local competition so this is a chance for the boys to work out those combinations," he said.

"We have had quite a few scrimmages together of late but not so much organised training sessions.

"Coach (Robert) Blinman will get that started soon."



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