Teams peel off winning scores in Prawn Bowl
THE SIXTH edition of the Yamba Prawn Bowl basketball carnival has proved it has become a must-play event for teams in Northern NSW and Southern Queensland.
This year there were several new teams coming from as far south as Port Macquarie and as far north as Brisbane.
After a crazy Saturday at the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre, where 24 games were played, the finalists had been decided after each team played its minimum three games.
The Yamba Trawlers A men went down narrowly to the eventual Prawn Bowl Champs Port Macquarie to just miss out on a spot in the semi-finals.
All the eventual finals teams battled their way through some tough competition to earn their respective places in the Vet mens, A mens, A womens and B womens. The teams that made it through to the grand finals were; Gold Coast Steelers and Yamba (Vet mens), Gold Coast Celtics and Hellhounds (B women), Byron Bay and Ballina (A women) and Port Macquarie and Bellinger Braves.
All of the grand finals were intense, hard fought games with all teams wishing to get their hands on the coveted Yamba Prawns.
The Yamba Vet men took out a tightly contested match against the defending champs Gold Coast Steelers despite a late surge that almost carried them to victory.
The final score was 34 - 28 to Yamba Vets.
The Gold Coast Celtics used a dominant second half to propel themselves into the champions spotlight defeating the Hellhounds 37-17.
In the A womens 'The Wrek' from Byron Bay successfully defended their 2014 Prawn Bowl title taking out the highly fancied Ballina squad 31-29 thanks to some clutch free throw shooting from Penny Williams.
In the A mens it was a battle of the two State League sides Bellinger Braves and Port Macquarie Sharks and despite the quick start from Bellinger, Port quickly found a groove with some slick ball movement and drives to the hoop. Port went into ½ time with an 8 point lead that they never relinquished coming out on top 41-28.
Yamba Basketball would like to thank all the referees who helped out this weekend, Daniel Toyer who provided the prawns fresh out of the river on Sunday morning, all of the volunteers who helped with the barbecue and scoring games and of course all the teams for coming.
It was a very successful carnival and we look forward to seeing everyone again for the 2016 Prawn Bowl.