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Preparations underway for basketball season

Wednesday, 11th September, 2019

Some of the grand finals action at the Sanderson Basketball Stadium in 2017. Some of the grand finals action at the Sanderson Basketball Stadium in 2017.

With the start of the 2019/20 Broken Hill basketball season still a month away, there is action aplenty at the RK Sanderson Stadium.

At the recent AGM, Steve Lihou was appointed as the new President for the association, an appointment that he is excited to fill.

“I am a father of four active kids who love basketball and I’m really passionate about getting the kids of Broken Hill active and participating in a team sport,” he said.

“It’s not all about being the next Michael Jordon but about having some fun, meeting new people, gaining additional skills in a safe and friendly environment.

“My vision is to have Sanderson Stadium as that busy hive of activity that it was many years ago - for children and adults alike.

Steve’s vision for the future has been assisted with the renovations that have taken place in the off-season near on completion. 

“Thanks to the previous committee, we were successful in gaining a grant from Sports Australia Community Sports Infrastructure for $175,000.

“This will increase the standard of our stadium - solar panels for the roof, better lighting for the courts and an air-conditioning system that will increase the comfort for both our players and spectators in Broken Hill’s sometimes harsh conditions.”

The 2019/20 Basketball season starts on October 16, 2019. Both Steve and his committee of helpers are excited about what is to come in the season ahead.

“This season we are looking at developing all facets of basketball from our tiny tots and junior players through to our senior competitors and umpires.”

A number of ‘Come and Try’ sessions have been set for all potential basketball players. This is an initiative set up for anyone who may have thought about trying the game. These session will provide children with a positive introduction to basketball, incorporating skill activities, and minor games in a fun and safe environment

The first ‘Come and Try’ session will be held today from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, with additional sessions to follow on Saturday, September 21, from 10am to 11am and the final session Thursday, September 26, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

People may choose to come to just one ‘Come and Try’ session or all three. There is no cost for these sessions - participants just need to bring a drink of water and a readiness to have some fun.

The Broken Hill Basketball Association aims to have a representative program that strongly aligns with the SA Country Basketball and Basketball Australia player development pathway, and provides opportunities for all players to play at the highest level they can achieve.

With this in mind, locally with the focus still on the development of our junior players, we are making changes to our representative ‘Broncos’ teams. Each age group will select their ‘Broncos’ team from a squad of identified players. 

To become an identified player and be selected into this squad, individuals must attend at least one of the designated trial sessions. 

Having been a basketball dad for a number of years now, Steve strongly encourages all players looking to take their game to the next level to attend these Broncos trials.

“I have seen first-hand the positive aspects that these representative teams can have on kids - the strong bonds of mateship that they build within their own team as well as with other Broken Hill teams.

“It’s a wonderful thing to watch from the bleaches the comradery that exists when we are all cheering for the Broken Hill teams.

Broncos trials are taking place on Sunday, September 15, and Wednesday, September 18.

Individual player and team nominations for the upcoming season will be accepted for age groups in the junior grades and for women, men and unisex in the senior grades. 

For further information for anyone interested in participating in any of the upcoming events, check the Broken Hill Basketball Stadium - RK Sanderson Facebook page or come down to the courts and chat to any members of the Committee. 

 

WHAT: Come and Try events

WHEN: First session today, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

WHERE: Sanderson Basketball Stadium

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