City farewells top trio
Friday, 30th November, 2012
By Ben Sheffield
This Sunday will see the conclusion of local basketball for 2012, with Grand Final Day to be held at the R. K. Sanderson Stadium complex.
While there will be the usual array of emotions as teams experience the joy of victory and the grief of defeat; there will be some sadness for everyone, as Sam, Jasmine and Lachlan Simmons play their final games of Basketball in the city.
All three have been prominent players in the junior grades and representative teams that have travelled abroad, but their family will be soon making a permanent move to Mildura.
Broken Hill Basketball Association President, Grahame Semmens, said that all three players have immense talent in the sport.
"Samuel, Jasmine and Lachlan will be sorely missed by our Association and combined Broncos teams," he said.
"Sam has been a regular member of SA Country state teams, as well as at national level.
"He is one of the most respected players within the Broken Hill Basketball Association and S.A Country team.
"His younger sister Jasmine is also a talented player and has represented the Broken Hill Broncos and SA Country at state level.
"Jasmine will play for SA Country in January in the under 15's division, which is being held in Ballarat.
"Jasmine has a very bright future in Basketball and I believe she can go on to play at the highest level.
"The youngest of the family is Lachlan who has just been playing with the Broncos for over 12 months.
"He is now playing with the under 14 boys and just loves his sport; Lachlan has been a pleasure to coach," he said.
Mr Semmens said that all three players will be missed by the local basketball fraternity.
"Broken Hill Basketball's loss of the Simmons family is Mildura's gain and it is sad to see them leave.
"On behalf of the Broken Hill Basketball and all sporting bodies, I would like to wish the Simmons family all the very best in the next chapter of their family's life.
"All the best to Jamie, Michelle, Sam, Jasmine and Lachlan; we will miss you," he said.
Grand Final day on Sunday will tip off at midday with the under eights Grand Final and matches will continue all day, with the women's A grade final at 5pm and the Men's A grade final at 7pm.
The day will conclude with the 2012 presentation of all winners and runners up awards, along with the most valuable players in each grade.
Other major awards, including the All Star Five, in both men and women's grades will also be presented on the night.
Admission into the stadium is free and canteen facilities will be available all day.
Grand Final Day will be the last event held at the stadium for the year, with the Sanderson Stadium courts being resurfaced over the coming weeks.