Vikings’ Dylan Parbery appeals for a penality on Saturday.
Vikings’ Dylan Parbery appeals for a penality on Saturday.

Vikings score two wins

GRAFTON Vikings Youth League team had an excellent start to their season with two wins at home on the weekend.

In Saturday’s game against the Central Coast Crusaders the Vikings were in control from the start, with a 16-point advantage at quarter time and never let the lead slip to come away with a 92-73 victory.

The return of Hamish Denshire strengthened the talent of the team with the centre scoring 20 points.

All players contributed well in this game with the under-18 players - Jack Murat, Callan Crapp, Kyam Shannon and Aron Crispin - stepping up and playing well in their first games of senior basketball.

Sunday’s game was to be a much tougher affair against the Newcastle Hunters who were undefeated all last season.

The Vikings came out strong in the first quarter again, surprising the visitors with an 11-point lead.

Point guard Levi Parbery was knocked unconscious in the second quarter and had to sit out the rest of the game, but James Whitby with 35 points and Dylan Parbery with 21 made sure the game was never in doubt.

Sean Traby, Anthony Kopcikas and Hamish Denshire contained the Hunters offense all game.

Newcastle threw everything they had at the Vikings but the team withstood all the pressure to score a very impressive 102-76 victory.

Coach Dion Parbery was pleased with all his players in their first games and is looking forward to a successful season with this talented young team.

Newcastle threw everything they had at the Vikings but the team withstood all the pressure to score a very impressive 102-76 victory.



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