Narrandera Indoor Stadium becomes The Castle once again this weekend as Western Junior League Basketball returns to Narrandera for Round 3 action.
U12G, U14B, U16B and U18B teams play in Narrandera, with the U12B, U14G, U16G travelling to Leeton.
The remainder of the split round fixtures will be played at venues in Bathurst and Lithgow.
Round 3 results will determine cut-offs and divisional groupings, so coaches will hone in on key focus areas at this week’s training sessions and set up strategic plays for next weekend.
The U12B and U14G teams were sharing top of the ladder positions after Round 2, with the five other teams all in contention to play finals in Bathurst in early May.
With 10 teams in this division, the U12B are one of five teams leading on equal points. The team is enjoying its first year together and is undefeated to date. Points wise, the U12G are close to the leaders. This is a great effort for the team who were all new to rep basketball in 2019.
Currently placed third of 12 teams, the U14 Boys are looking towards Round 3 to consolidate their ladder position. The U14 Girls enjoyed an unbeaten run through the first two rounds and are sharing the number one ladder spot in a field of 12.
The ladder is tight in the U16B division with seven points separating the eight teams. The Knights are in the mix and will be looking for any opportunity to lift their ranking. With a bottom-age team this year, the U16G have been improving each week. Round 3 will give them an opportunity to throw all they have at the ladder leaders.
The U18B and West Wyalong meet twice in Round 3 and both teams will be looking to shake the other from their shared position.
The Round 3 weekend will be jamb-packed in The Castle as match start times are scheduled from 8am through to 7.45pm on Saturday, followed by another 8am ball-up on Sunday.
Interested supporters and spectators are encouraged to come along to cheer on the Knights.
In the local Narrandera Basketball Autumn Competition, 210 juniors are playing across Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in three age divisions based on their school year – Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
Week 7 is underway, enjoyment and improvement, particularly in the younger players, is obvious. The Association also offers Aussie Hoops sessions on Thursday afternoons, tailored to suit children aged five to 10 and concentrates on skills development.