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Youngsters step up a class

Tuesday, 6th May, 2014

Angus Dowling, Elyscia Mackiewicz, Bianca Johnstone and Jack Cottrell will represent the city at the NSW Primary School Sports Association basketball carnival. Angus Dowling, Elyscia Mackiewicz, Bianca Johnstone and Jack Cottrell will represent the city at the NSW Primary School Sports Association basketball carnival.

By Ethan James

Young Barrier basketball players are preparing to put their best foot forward at NSW Primary School Sports Association competitions this month.

The boys’ side travels to Bathurst for a tournament on May 6 to 9 while the girls’ team will play in Albury on May 20-22. 

Boys’ coach, Sharon Degoumois, said both teams had undergone an intensive holiday camp to replicate the short and sharp nature of the two competitions. 

“It’s great that the kids and parents gave up their time over the holidays,” she said. 

“The kids get on well together and it helps that we’ve been able to get that closeness before the tournament starts. 

“We ran a lot of games and also got them to play in many different combinations.” 

The Barrier boys’ side is one of 14 teams competing at the PSSA carnival. 

“It’s a State competition and the standard is quite high when you consider some of the areas we’re playing against,” Ms Degoumois said.

“Some pick sides from massive pools while we have ours from about ten schools. But the kids always try hard and have a lot of fun.

“The majority come from Broken Hill but we also have some from away - three boys are from Gol Gol and we also have one girl from Wentworth.”

The Barrier boys play six games over the tournament days but have been dealt a difficult draw with four of those matches (North West, South Coast, Sydney South West and CIS) falling on the first day.

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