Players Zahli Smyth, Myles Hagan, Tyson Blackadder, Broadie Bormann, Bryson Pedro, Jayden Ash and Bryce Crispin, with coach Mark Watkins.
Players Zahli Smyth, Myles Hagan, Tyson Blackadder, Broadie Bormann, Bryson Pedro, Jayden Ash and Bryce Crispin, with coach Mark Watkins.

Players vie for talent squad

A GROUP of seven Grafton basketball players have returned from a special camp with the skills they have learned from a national championship-winning coach.

The players attended the Waratah Camp in Coffs Harbour under national championship-winning coach Mark Watkins.

The players were Zahli Smyth, Myles Hagan, Tyson Blackadder, Broadie Bormann, Bryson Pedro, Jayden Ash and Bryce Crispin.

Players took part in intensive drills in defence and offence and all tried out for selection in the Talented Athletes Program (TAP) camp to be held later in the year, which can lead to a place in the NSW-based intensive training program and on to selection in the NSW sides for next year's Australian championships. All players acquitted themselves very well and should be proud of their efforts.

The list of players who made the next round comes out on May 18.

Mini-ball started on Monday night, with two weeks of trials before players are placed into teams for the competition.

There will be a skills session before the start of the games at 4pm so come along if you wish to improve your skills.

Sponsors for this competition will be announced very shortly, but we still need some help with coaches, managers and bench people to make things run smoothly.

Full training will be provided.

If you're interested, contact Pat or Levi at the Grafton Indoor Sports and Entertainment Centre.

There has been quite a bit of discussion about the new rules at the centre.

These will be looked at more closely during the next few weeks to see if changes should be made.

Please contact Pat at the centre if you require input into these or any other concerns with the local competition.

The association is also looking for experienced players to help coach and help new teams/players understand and enjoy our great game.

Contact the centre if you're interested.

Grafton rep teams travel to Port Macquarie this weekend to contest division one in under-18 men and under-14 and under-12 girls.

This will be a good hit-out for all teams as country championships are just around the corner.



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