Prawn Bowl proves delicious
COFFS Harbour women and the Byron Bay men were announced the Queen and King Prawns in their respective categories for the 2011 Prawn Bowl, played on Saturday at the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre in Yamba.
Both sides had to overcome teams from Grafton, Ballina and the Lower Clarence, and displayed toughness and the ability to maintain a high standard of play on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court for the whole day.
This ability allowed both sides to go through undefeated and receive the Prawn Bowl filled with 5kg of fresh Yamba Prawns.
In the men’s final Byron Bay took on the favourites in Coffs Harbour in a match that proved to be a physical game which, in the end, suited Byron Bay.
The physicality aspect of the game was handled well by both officials and allowed both teams to play without too many stops and starts.
In the end Byron just proved too solid, winning 41-39.
Top scorer for the game was Matt Shanahan, the Coffs Harbour captain/coach, with 13 points.
Matt also had an opportunity to win the game with a three-pointer on the final buzzer which rimmed out.
The scorers for Byron Bay were evenly spread with all players featuring on the scoresheet.
Brock Vado finished top scorer for Byron Bay with seven points.
The women’s decider was played between Coffs and Grafton with Coffs skipping away 39-25.
Top scorers for the game were Amy Durbridge with 18 points for Coffs Harbour and Emma Kopcikas with 14 points for Grafton.
The highlight of the carnival was seeing the Lower Clarence Trawlers’ men’s and women’s sides playing and doing well, improving with every game.
The organisers of the carnival encourage more of the Lower Clarence people to catch the basketball bug, as both the men and women along with junior sides are looking for more players to play in up and coming basketball carnivals as well as in the local basketball competition.
At the end of the day the talk was of next year’s Prawn Bowl carnival with more towns and cities keen to compete for the Yamba prawns.
The forecast is for the Prawn Bowl carnival next year to increase dramatically with more men’s and women’s sides travelling to the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre in Yamba from Queensland down to Newcastle.
This may force the carnival from a one-day tournament to two.
Thank you to all volunteers, referees and sponsors for making the day a success.