Foursome to lead Grafton's charge
AN IMPROVING local game forced Levi Parbery to step up his game as North Coast prepares for a record-breaking showdown at the CHS Championships Basketball Titles.
The 17-year-old joined Kyam Shannon as Grafton youngsters in the 10-man representative side to travel to Albury next month.
A starring role at Yamba’s trials last week earned the duo their stripes but Parbery knows he must improve further to match the state’s best.
But he says the region’s recent progress should result in a stellar showing.
“I have made it the last two years but I was still really happy about it,” he said.
“I was not really sure (if I would make it though) because the level is getting better.
“It’s pretty tough but we should go all right with the team we have this year.”
The squad finished sixth in 2009 and Parbery’s strengths - ‘passing and dribbling’ – mean his career path continues on an upward surge.
It all began through some family ties when aged five.
“My mum and dad were really involved and my brother started playing – that’s how I got started,” the point guard said.
“I take it pretty serious but I’d be happy to play maybe State League and Youth League.”
Parbery plays for the Grafton Vikings in the under-22 Youth League.
Teammates Shannon recently won the North Coast Academy of Sport’s award for the Most Improved Player for 2008/2009.
Fellow young stars Hayley Lothian and Bryce Crispin will also take part in the event, having been chosen in North Coast’s PSSA Championship side.