St James Yamba basketball team - competing at the NSW Catholic schools basketball championships Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
St James Yamba basketball team - competing at the NSW Catholic schools basketball championships Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Youngsters head to state titles with full support from school

SOME OF Yamba's finest young basketballers will compete in the New South Wales CCC state championships this weekend.

Yamba's St James Primary School boys Years 5/6 basketball team will battle it out with 36 teams from across NSW Country and Sydney with the aim of being crowned NSW's best.

To be making the trip at all is a huge effort for the school, with their serious approach to team composition paying off.

Raymond Laurie Sports Centre and Yamba Trawlers head coach Steve Smith said it was an outstanding effort.

"All the boys have trained well and made picking the team very challenging, especially given their improvement over the last term," Smith said. "They've been training four times a week - twice at school in their own lunch times and twice a week at the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre.

"They're all really proud to be representing their school and know they have the full support of the all 94 students and staff at St James."

Yamba Trawlers' involvement should not be discounted, as the extra practice outside of school hours only boosted their chances of qualification. Several players are involved with the Trawlers, and their experience helps the other players who may not have played the sport as much. The team travel to Sydney today.

 

The students would like to thank principal Murray MacDonald who was more than happy to send the players to the competition. The team will benefit from the experience for years.



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