Narrandera Knights Basketball has had a cracking run at round three of the Western League, with a tentative five out of five teams in the finals, two of which are at the top of the ladder.
The Western League runs competitions over a two-day period, which was played at the Narrandera Sports Stadium on the weekend.
Rex Evans, director of coaching for the Narrandera Knights and coach of the Under 14 Gold girls’ side, said the teams achievements were to be proud of.
“They’ve finished on top for all the teams. I’m really pleased with how they’re going,” Mr Evans said. “It’s a huge achievement to have all five teams in the final. To have two teams in division one is good too.
“We’re by far the smallest club in the league. We have five teams; there are some clubs that have over 100 teams. Bathurst has over 100. We’ve got some really talented kids and they’ve all worked hard.”
This round was the last before the finals, which will be held in Bathurst on May 5 and 6.
The Under 14s Gold girls team were undefeated in their campaign and managed to finish at the top of the ladder in division one. The Under 12 boys also finished their weekend undefeated, and are second on the ladder in division one.
The Under 14 Blues girls’ team have qualified for the finals in Bathurst in division two. The Under 14 boys had a tougher weekend than the rest, but have still managed to get through to the finals, scraping in by a single point. They are currently fourth in division two.
The Under 16 boys had three wins, and are on first place in division two.
Mr Evans said that the teams’ success was through the efforts of the coaches. Kerry Vaughn coaches the under 12s, Chris Small the under 14 boys, Terry Kerr coaches the Under 16 boys and Matt Dylan trains the Under 14s Blue girls’ team.
Knights players are also heading up to Bathurst in the school holidays for a CDC training day, which will last for two days.
“There was really good local support for the teams on the weekend. Four of the teams played at home, and the Under 14 boys played in Leeton.
“Bathurst often dominate the finals because of the support they get from the home crowd, so it was nice to have that coming our way on the weekend. I’m very thankful to the locals who showed up to support the teams.”