Vikings' coach Robert Blinman talks with his troops in the fourth quarter during the Grafton Vikings v Byron Bay Beez Sunshine Conference grand final at the Grafton Sports Centre.
Vikings' coach Robert Blinman talks with his troops in the fourth quarter during the Grafton Vikings v Byron Bay Beez Sunshine Conference grand final at the Grafton Sports Centre. Matthew Elkerton

Vikings look to shine in Conference opener

BASKETBALL: Grafton Vikings captain Sam Wicks is hoping a big crowd will be at the Grafton Sports Centre this weekend to cheer on the Vikings in their first match of the second annual Frigid Air Sunshine Conference.

The Vikings, still smarting from their agonising two-point loss at the hands of Byron Bay Beez in last season's grand final, will be out for revenge in the opening round not only for themselves but also for their supporters.

"It was tough going down in front of the fans,” Wicks said. "It makes you really want to come back and give them the match they deserve.

"It would be awesome to get another big crowd to the season opener.

"We have a few more juniors coming through the ranks and the recent success of the Midnight Basketball program means there has been a lot of young people who come and watch us train and get pretty in to it, so hopefully some of them can turn out as well.”

Vikings' Sam Wicks during the Grafton Vikings and Lismore Storm Sunshine Basketball Conference opener at the Lismore Basketball Stadium.
Vikings' Sam Wicks during the Grafton Vikings and Lismore Storm Sunshine Basketball Conference opener at the Lismore Basketball Stadium. Matthew Elkerton

It won't just be the men putting on a show for the home crowd with women's basketball a welcome addition to the conference this season.

The women will be hoping to improve on their season so far after narrowly going down to Lismore Storm in pre-season action last week.

GAME DAY: Grafton Vikings host Byron Bay Beez at Grafton Sports Centre, Saturday March 4. Women's tip off at 4.30pm, followed by men's action from 6.30pm.

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