DESPITE not being able to get a team registered for state league basketball and losing a couple of boys to Bellingen, Grafton has kept its core playing group together and is pushing to claim the Prawn Bowl this weekend.
The Grafton side has been weakened by the loss of star players Sam Wicks and Dylan Beneke to Bellingen, however coach Danny Boorman said he was still happy with his core group of guys and will keep them active throughout this year.
"There was a problem with not having enough referees registered," Boorman said.
"We tried to rectify the issue as soon as possible but we were still one month late on deadline and Basketball NSW are strict on deadlines.
"We are pretty happy with the core group of guys that are still part of the team and we're still keeping active and getting involved in carnivals throughout the year, including the Prawn Bowl this weekend."
The Grafton side will meet their former players, Wicks and Beneke, throughout the Prawn Bowl competition.
Boorman said he was raring to get into the game and that the trash talking had already begun.
"Definitely looking forward to Bellingen," he said. "We've been talking a bit of trash to our boys who are playing for them.
"Playing against some boys in the state league will give our boys good competition and will show the standard that we need to be come our return to the state league next year."
The trash talking may need to cease according to former Grafton player Beneke with him saying that what happens on the court will tell the true tale.
"We're all in a group conversation online," Beneke said.
"Danny and a couple of the old boys have started the trash talking. They might be able to walk the walk for about the first quarter until their old legs give out.
"It's been really good to play for Bellingen, it's a good atmosphere. Ideally, I would have liked to play for Grafton but stuff fell through and I was lucky enough to get a chance with the Bello side.
"If Grafton put a team in to state league next year then I am obliged to come back and play for them."