Local talent for Country SA
Saturday, 13th January, 2018
Six talented local basketballers will hit Albury this weekend after being selected to represent South Australia Country at the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup.
The players attended trials and training camps over the last three months to win selection and have been training hard ever since.
This year will be Angel Simmons’ sixth and final year at this carnival as she is in the top age Under 18s. Angel has played as a tall through the years and will play the same role this year. She is stronger than she looks and is a classy defender who has no problems putting her body between the player and the basket. Her coach will be looking for her to play strong under the ring both offensively and defensively.
Beattie will also be lining up for the Under 18s as a bottom age player. Bailey has continued to improve over the last 12 months and his work ethic is impressive. He is an all-round player who puts in 100% in any position he is asked to play. Bailey loves to score points and will be hard to stop.
Butcher will be playing in the Under 16 Magpie alongside Ellie Simmons. Last time the pair played together they won the gold medal. Butcher is a tall player who rebounds well and also has the advantage of being a left hander who can run the floor. She can shoot well from the three point line and under the ring which makes her a player to watch out for.
Angel’s younger sister is a determined guard who is willing to play any position asked of her. She is very strong with the ball and is proficient at feeding the post players and spot on with her long passes. Simmons’ loves to defend and won’t back down no matter the size of her opponent.
Johnstone will also be playing Under 16s this year for the Sharks. ‘BJ’ is a gutsy player who will take on anyone on the court. She loves to drive to the basket and draw the foul and is a high percentage shooter from the foul line. Johnstone is a committed basketballer who loves the game and gives it everything she has.
Beattie, younger sister of Bailey, will be attending her first carnival in Albury this year as an Under 14 player. Beattie is physically strong and if she uses her size to her advantage she will be hard to stop. She could be played as an off guard or a tall during the carnival and should be able to handle the challenges of this level.
Although Tonkin did not make the cut this year as a player he was named as a reserve for the Under 14 boys. Tonkin is the mini Steph Curry of Broken Hill and should be proud of his efforts. He was unlucky to miss out on a spot as the coaches were impressed with his talent and dedication.
Broken Hill Basketball wishes these players all the best for the championships.