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Basketball boys in city

Tuesday, 3rd May, 2011

BOYS BARRIER PSSA BASKETBALL TEAM: Back: Chad Hipwell (Alma), Jack Christensen (Gol Gol), Will Stoeckel (Gol Gol), Sage Hocking (Railwaytown), Regan Ellis (Morgan Street), Sharon DeGoumois (Coach). Front: Joel Raeck (Gol Gol), Tom Cottrell (Gol Gol), Shawn Clarke (Gol Gol), Bailey D’Monte (Burke Ward), Rhys Mutch (Burke Ward). BOYS BARRIER PSSA BASKETBALL TEAM: Back: Chad Hipwell (Alma), Jack Christensen (Gol Gol), Will Stoeckel (Gol Gol), Sage Hocking (Railwaytown), Regan Ellis (Morgan Street), Sharon DeGoumois (Coach). Front: Joel Raeck (Gol Gol), Tom Cottrell (Gol Gol), Shawn Clarke (Gol Gol), Bailey D’Monte (Burke Ward), Rhys Mutch (Burke Ward).

The State's best primary school basketballers will converge on the city today as Broken Hill hosts the 2011 NSW PSSA Boys Basketball carnival.

Around 140 children from various regions around NSW will take part in the three-day carnival, with State selection honours up for grabs.

Broken Hill will be represented in the Barrier team, which features five local players and five players from Gol Gol.

Barrier coach Sharon DeGoumois said the carnival would be a good test of the players' ability to work as a team despite limited preparation.

"The team looks good. We've had a couple of trainings now - one in Broken Hill and one in Gol Gol - but it's hard to know how they'll go given it's their time playing together," she said.

"But we've got a very fast team and we're hopeful of being competitive and getting a few wins on the board. We'll just see which players step up as the carnival goes on."

While the carnival should prove a great experience for the young players involved, away from the court Broken Hill is set to reap the benefits of the influx of visitors.

NSW PSSA Vice President Tracey McKinniery said the event would provide a boost to the local economy while giving visitors a glimpse of life in the outback.

"When you think about all the accommodation, restaurants, pubs, car rentals, it all has a flow-on effect and that's fantastic.

"And the kids have all been really excited to get out here, along with the managers and parents.

"I think kids know of Broken Hill and they hear about it, but I don't think many would actually get here on their holidays.

"The families know about the hospitality here, and just like coming to iconic country towns, which Broken Hill is."

Ms McKinniery also praised Jarvis Semmens, Sharon DeGoumois and other organisers of the event, and predicted a good week of competitive play.

"At the moment I can't give enough credit to the local organisers, it's looking like they've done a magnificent job.

"They've done an enormous amount of work in their own time... and it's all so the kids can have a fantastic time."

The carnival begins this morning at 9am, with Barrier's first game scheduled for 10am against the Western region team.

Finals and playoffs will be held on the third day of competition, with the grand final taking place at 12.30pm Thursday.

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