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Young stars to play with the best

Friday, 14th January, 2011

Representing Broken Hill (back from left) are Andrew Donnelly, Keenan Ellis, Heath Harris, Samuel Simmons and coach Grahame Semmens. (Front, from left) Conner Ellis, Eathan Smith, Cobe Mutch, Whitney Smith and Isaac Cumming. (Absent - Maddie Hoystead) Representing Broken Hill (back from left) are Andrew Donnelly, Keenan Ellis, Heath Harris, Samuel Simmons and coach Grahame Semmens. (Front, from left) Conner Ellis, Eathan Smith, Cobe Mutch, Whitney Smith and Isaac Cumming. (Absent - Maddie Hoystead)

Eight local basketballers will be heading to Albury next week to compete in the Australia Country Championships.

Another two will be going to Port Macquarie for the Pacific Slam.

The Country Championships will see the teams from country Victoria, NSW, SA, the Northern Territory, WA, Tasmania and New Zealand compete in the week-long competition.

The Pacific Slam is for "in-between age groups", according to Basketball president Grahame Semmens. 

"All players have been training right through December and all of January," Mr Semmens said.

"All are fit and ready and Broken Hill can be extremely proud of all our young basketballers."

Mr Semmens said they had have put in a lot of time and effort into training for the competitions.

"They haven't had much time off ... they have been pretty busy," he said. Isaac Cumming, Kobe Mutch, Conner Ellis, Andrew Donnelly and Eathan Smith will play in the boys' under 14 team for the SA Country Magpies, which will be coached by Mr Semmens.

Whitney Smith will play for the Country Magpies in under 14 girls, Keenan Ellis will play for the Magpies in under 16 boys and Heath Harris will play for them in under 18 boys.

Samuel Simmons and Maddie Hoystead will endure a 20-hour bus ride to Port Macquarie where Sam will play for SA Country in under 15 and Maddie will captain the under 17 girls team.

If all goes well, the "kids could represent Broken Hill at a national level," Mr Semmens said.

The basketballers will play up to eight games over seven days. Both competitions start on Monday.

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