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Basketballers well prepared for interstate clashes

Thursday, 8th January, 2015

(Back from left) Angel Simmons, Andrew Donnelly, Eliza Cumming, Chelsea Masclet, (front from left) Elyscia Mackiewicz, Bailey Beattie and Sammarah Edge (Back from left) Angel Simmons, Andrew Donnelly, Eliza Cumming, Chelsea Masclet, (front from left) Elyscia Mackiewicz, Bailey Beattie and Sammarah Edge

Broken Hill Basketballers have been putting in the hard yards throughout the holidays preparing for the upcoming Australian Country Championships.

The championships will be held in Albury next week alongside the Southern Cross Challenge at Knox, Victoria.

Angel Simmons will compete in the under 15 Girls team at Knox, while six of the city’s promising young players will take the court at Albury.

Samarah Johnson and Elysia Mackiewicz will play in the under 14 Girls and Bailey Beattie will play in the under 14 Boys.

Eliza Cumming will play in the under 16 Girls, Chelsea Masclet will be in the under 18 Girls, along with Andrew Donnelly in the under 18 Boys.

“All players have worked extremely hard over the break and in the extreme heat, it is a credit to all the players for their commitment and dedication to basketball,” said Broken Hill Basketball Association president, Grahame Semmens.

“I am very proud of all our players and would like to wish them all the very best for the upcoming week, and I know that they will all do their very best.”

Along with these players, four other locals have been training as hard and will play in the under 13 Championships in Adelaide in April this year.

“Bianca Jonnston, Meg Butcher, Ellie Simmons and Hayley Beck have all worked just as hard,” said Mr Semmens, who will be in charge of the under 14 Girls SA Country Redback team.

This is the first year that both NSW and SA Country will enter three teams.

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