Shooting for the stars

By Liam Nash

As temperatures start to skyrocket, courtside fever starts to heat up with a band of talented Cobram youngsters heading to Shepparton Sports City for the 44th annual junior basketball tournament on this weekend.

From Friday to Sunday, the Tiger cubs will face off against some of the state’s best in the sport and will be immersed in a highly competitive environment throughout the weekend, an opportunity rarely presented at local level.

Since first sending 10 local basketball products to Benalla for a tournament in February last year, Cobram Tigers representative program coordinator and under-14 coach Simon Borg is elated at the fluctuating interest from young players.

“We have taken teams to compete at tournaments in Echuca, Swan Hill, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Bendigo, Wodonga and Benalla and this year marks the first girl’s rep team we've had in 30 years.

“This week we're sending 27 of our basketballers, three teams, to compete alongside hundreds of teams from Victoria and NSW in the Shepparton junior basketball tournament.”

Borg has witnessed first hand the blossoming basketballers in the Moira Shire and is hopeful each and every player will take something away from the tournament.

“It's great to be able to give our Cobram basketballers the opportunity to challenge themselves further at tournament level,” he said.

“We have a small, but passionate, basketball community here in Cobram, which we would love to grow at both domestic and tournament levels.”

And in the local scene, the Cobram Basketball Association season came to a close in spectacular fashion as the senior and intermediate grand finals were played out last Tuesday.

In the senior section, the Magic put on a showstopping performance to edge out the Hawks in overtime, while a resolute Kings side proved their worth against the Bullets to take out the intermediate division title.

● The domestic competition starts back in February and expressions of interest from players, coaches, volunteers in the Cobram and surrounding areas, are encouraged to contact Simon Borg at [email protected]