Vikings youngsters impress

THIS weekend Northern NSW futsal will be training on Saturday morning followed by North Coast CHS open boys training in the afternoon.

Then the Vikings men and women will play their first game for the season from 5pm on Saturday.

Then on Sunday the North Coast Academy of Sport netball program will hold training.

In all, a busy weekend at the centre.

Basketball

THE Vikings Youth League men had a successful away weekend to Maitland and Cessnock, splitting their weekend games to give them a 3-1 win/loss record.

With six home games left, they are in a good position to make the play-offs.

The boys went down 91-78 in a tight game against perennial NSW country powerhouse, Maitland, but with some positives coming out of the game.

Three of the under-18s in the team - Levi Parbery, Anthony Kopcikas and Shaun Traby - were oustanding and kept the Vikings in the contest with their all-court games as well as being the three leading scorers.

Then on Sunday against an association similar to Grafton, the Vikings dominated the game, winning 80-58.

Again, it was the three younger players who stood out, while another under-18 player, Sam Wicks, also stood up in this game. They now have a few weeks off to polish their games.

This weekend the senior men and women take the limelight.

On Saturday night they will line up for their first game for the season when they take on Lismore in Grafton. The women will play at 5.30pm and the men at 7pm.

This weekend some of the juniors are on the road to Tamworth for the first game in the junior league. The under-16 men are Grafton's best chances of doing well. This team should start to step up this season. They have played together now for a few years and they should now start winning.

With players the calibre of Crispin, Crapp, Shannon and Johnston, they have the talent, but must start putting it together.

Volleyball

AFTER a couple of years in the wilderness volleyball is starting to pick up at the complex and we now have another team wanting to play. At the moment the complex is struggling to fit everything in, but with some rearranging we have been able to fit the extra game in on a Thursday night. This is a good problem to have.

Netball

NETBALL is one of the sports that can accommodate more teams and players.

This is not expected to last too long. More teams and players can be accommodated on Tuesday night. So if you are interested please come along and nominate a team or yourself.

Unisex netball/multi sports

ALL teams and players who have expressed an interest in these sports are advised that due to the pressure on court time these sports have been put on hold until next term. You will be contacted before the end of this term about when they will be starting.

Badminton

THIS sport is in danger of losing its time at the complex due to lack of regular numbers turning up each week. They have enough numbers on their books, but with players turning up one week out of four it does not make it worthwhile for the complex.



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