YAMBA Prawn Bowl has become the must attend pre-season tournament for Northern New South Wales basketball sides after the weekend's competition packed out Raymond Laurie Sport Centre.

With 10 sides enterred in the Men's A Grade level it was a tough competition for the sides with the Tamworth squad full of youth and tenacity finishing as eventual winners running out 49-43 point victors in the final against Bellingen Orange.

But it was a fight for the Tamworth side who narrowly overcame the expeirence of North Coast-based side BeefTruck in the semi-finals. It was the extended bench of Tamworth which alleviated the signs of fatigue as they outlasted their opponents.

In A Grade women the Jaca Queens featuring a few familiar Grafton faces fought their way to the final to face off against an undefeated The Wrek from Byron Bay. The Jaca Queens thrived on their underdog status in the final and closed out The Wrek with solid zone defence.

Prawn Bowl organiser Steve Smith said it was a fantastic event and expects the tournament to continue to grow in the coming years.

"Overall it is the best weekend we have ever had at the Prawn Bowl," Smith said. "There was a lot of great sportsmanship and it was played in a really good carnival atmosphere.

"It grew this year, and I believe we will continue this solid growth in the years to come. Eventually we will run out of court space."

Prawn Bowl Results:

Men's A Grade

Winner: Tamworth; Runner Up: Bellingen Orange

Women's A Grade

Winner: Jaca Queens; Runner Up: The Wrek

Men's B Grade

Winner: Grafton Vikings; Runner Up: Ballina

Women's B Grade

Winner: Bellingen; Runner Up: Byron Bay



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