PRIMARY school basketball at Saxby's Stadium was first played in term four 2011 with the vision at that time to build the competition to a level where there would be enough teams involved to fill both courts for the entire Saturday morning.
It is pleasing to report that the vision was fulfilled last Saturday morning when 16 teams across three divisions played from 9am to 12.30pm at Saxby's Stadium and the children all had fun and displayed good sportsmanship at the same time.
It was Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who once said "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm" and Taree Basketball would like to thank everyone who has enthusiastically promoted the sport to primary school children over the last couple of years to achieve the current results and we can't wait until Saxby's Stadium fills up again in the morning with young people enjoying basketball, everyone's game.
The expansion of the competition has seen a greater need for referees and the fact several Taree Tornadoes junior representative players recently completed a beginner's referee course in Port Macquarie was timely as they were able to bolster the numbers.
It is a big step from gaining knowledge at a course to transferring that knowledge onto the court controlling a game and all the new referees, who worked beside more experienced officials did a very good 'first up' job.
Although it is a long way to the end of the competitions in mid December 2013, Wingham Blue and Wingham Red were both out of the blocks very quickly in round one of the boys year 5/6 boys division and their opponents will need to play well to lower their colours in the weeks ahead.
While Wingham played well in the boys year 5/6 boys division, it was St Joseph's who rattled up big wins in the girls 5/6 division as Titaniums and Slamdunks both turned in solid performances and like the Wingham teams in the boys division will be hard to beat as the competition rolls on.
The mixed division for children in years 3/4 division was played with lowered backboards and a smaller ball and with plenty of players entering the court surface for their first taste of basketball the excitement level was sky high.
All three games produced close and exciting basketball and it will be interesting to watch the improvement in fundamental skill levels of all players as the competition unfolds.
The start time tomorrow is 9am and the draw is available on the Taree Basketball website, www.taree.basketball.net.au All children playing in the competition will need to pay a $20 NSW Basketball registration fee and the weekly game fee is set at $5.
The canteen at Saxby's Stadium was broken into overnight on Monday, October 14 with mainly boxes of lollies and a few drinks stolen. It was obviously children with an adult driver and if you know a car full of lolly boxes or children with pockets full of green or red frogs please contact Taree Police.
There are a couple of teams involved in the women's competitions on Tuesday nights who are seeking additional players and if you are out there and would like to give basketball a try, simply contact Taree Basketball.
Saxby's Stadium is the home of Taree Basketball and details about junior, women's or men's basketball may be obtained on the telephone at 6551 7456, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or on the net at www.taree.basketball.net.au