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Byron Beez U/16 girls NJL champions. Photo supplied

Jenny Ogle

The Byron Bay Beez representative teams had a great 2018 as three out of the six competing in the Waratah Northern Junior League won their championships

An example was the U/16 girls who fought a fierce grandfinal against  arch-rivals the Bellinger Valley Braves.

The Braves were able to establish a big lead early in the game and things looked bad for the Beez, as they trailed 19–4 early in the second quarter; however, strong teamwork and determination saw the Beez snatch the lead late in the fourth quarter.

With only seconds to go, and a two-point lead, the Beez fouled and gave the Braves a chance to tie the game from the free-throw line; however, the shots were unsuccessful and the Beez held on for an amazing win.

Big congratulations also go to Beez players Isy Crawford, Laila Campbell, Jackson Ware, and Harley Kent, who have been selected to represent NSW Country at the Australian Junior Country Basketball Cup held in Albury later this month.

They could well be selected in the Australian U/16 Country Team.

The Beez also nominated six junior teams to play in the North Coast Shield competition against Grafton, Lismore, Yamba and Ballina, with five teams bringing home a championship trophy.

Our local social competition has also been strong during 2018 with six A-grade men’s teams, eight B-men’s teams, six women’s teams, 12 primary school teams, and 11 high school teams.

Games start in the last week of January 2019.

Byron Beez U18B NCS Winners 2018.

Byron Beez U12B NCS team 2018.

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