Lower Clarence Trawler James Whitby in action during the inaugural Prawn Bowl last year.
Lower Clarence Trawler James Whitby in action during the inaugural Prawn Bowl last year.

The stakes are high in Prawn Bowl

THE Raymond Laurie Sports Centre will today host the Northern New South Wales pre-season basketball tournament, known as the Prawn Bowl.

In its second year, the Prawn Bowl has doubled in size, with organisers accepting entries in the men’s and women’s competitions from the Coffs Harbour Suns, Grafton Vikings, Ballina Breakers and Byron Bay, along with the hosts, the Lower Clarence Valley Trawlers.

Teams will be participating in a round-robin format during the tournament, with Coffs Harbour Suns and Ballina Breakers the two favoured teams in the men’s and women’s events to take home the Prawn Bowl and receive kilos of the famous Yamba prawns.

In the men’s competition, Coffs Harbour will be nominating two sides and coach Matty Shanahan, a 12-year NBL veteran and the 2010 NBL pre-season tournament-winning coach, believes both his men’s teams will be competing in the play-off game for the Prawn Bowl.

“I want Coffs 1 versus Coffs 2 in the final,” he said.

In the women’s competition, all teams look to be fairly even, with two youthful, inexperienced teams in Coffs Harbour and Ballina looking to prove their worth to respected coaches.

Grafton has a team boasting players with many years of experience and will need no coaching.

The Lower Clarence Trawlers women’s team has good numbers and enthusiasm and will definitely improve with each game it plays.

The organisers have been happy with the interest in the tournament and the future looks great, with teams from Newcastle to Brisbane showing interest in playing next year.

This will push the Prawn Bowl over both days of the weekend.

The Prawn Bowl basketball tournament will be played today at the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre in Yamba. The first game will start at 9.30am.

Games will feature the best players and teams from northern New South Wales, along with former, and future, NBL players.

The men’s play-off will be at 4.30pm, while the women’s last game is at 2.30pm.

Organisers want to use the event as a way to showcase basketball to parents, children, primary and high school children and the general public within the Lower Clarence Valley.

It is hoped to encourage and develop junior players who go on to represent the Lower Clarence Valley against other New South Wales towns.

Admission is free, so go to the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre today to check out the exciting basketball action.



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