Basketball tips off with a girl’s academy

The Byron Beez with coach Matt Ogle: 2018 U/16 division Northern Junior League champions.

Matthew Ogle

The Waratah Northern Junior League season is ready to tip off in two weeks, and the Byron Beez are buzzing with excitement.

The Byron Bay Basketball Association (BBBA) will be fielding more teams than it has before, putting six junior teams (girls and boys)from U/14s up to U/18s on the courts.

Over the past four years BBBA NJL teams have had many successes, including the same girls squad winning their division three years in a row, from 2016-2018. Boys teams also claimed the championships in 2016 and 2017.

Showing a great level of commitment to the sport, and with the help of dedicated coaches and parents, some players have won NSW Country selections in the past, including Isis Crawford, Laila Campbell, Harry Blair, and most recently Harley Kent, and many hope to pursue their chosen sport at a professional level. 

The Byron Beez U/18 girl’s team are all bottom-age players this season, and have included players from other towns owing to lack of numbers at NJL trials.

Skills clinic

Keeping girls in sport is a priority for BBBA, and with this in mind, it is holding a Beez Academy Basketball Clinic at the Cavanbah Centre for girls of all levels, this weekend, Sunday 8 March, from 9.30am–12.30pm.

The clinic will be conducted by the girls’ representative coaches and all participants are asked to bring a ball if they can. Cost will be $5.

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