Vikings test run Dolphins
THE Grafton Vikings begin their assault on the newly-named Waratah State League this Sunday with an away game to take on the much-fancied Port Macquarie Dolphins.
The Dolphins finished the 2010 season in third place and were the most improved team throughout the season.
This year sees them with an unchanged playing roster and they are expected to move further up the ladder in 2011.
The Grafton Vikings on the other hand are a new-look team, with a new coach and no less than six rookies in their squad.
Dion Parbery takes over as head coach after coaching Grafton junior teams for a number of years including the past three years as head coach of the successful Vikings Youth League program.
Last year's head coach Nathan Martin has taken a step back from the coaching role and will be one of just three players from last year's Vikings team to take to the court.
The balance of the team will come from the 2010 Youth League squad.
Parbery has also been strong in the recruitment stakes signing the services of 202cm centre Sid Hume and lightning-quick guard Toby Jefferies.
Hume will add much-needed height to the Vikings' line-up and is renowned for his shot-blocking along with his soft touch around the basket, something the Vikings lacked in 2010.
Parbery is known for coaching teams that have a fast offensive transition game and an attacking defensive game, giving Vikings fans much to look forward to during the season.
Vikings supporters can look forward to their team's first home game of the season next Sunday (April 10), at 11am, when they come up against the Ballina Breakers at the Cage.