Taree basketball stadium upgrade continues

Lachlan Prowse from Taree on court at the John Davidson Country Basketball Jamboree in Tamworth.

Lachlan Prowse from Taree on court at the John Davidson Country Basketball Jamboree in Tamworth.

WORK on the floor refurbishment at Saxby’s Stadium in Taree is progressing well and other improvements including new backboards, the relocation of the scoreboards, the upgrade of the canteen and plenty of fresh painting have all been completed.

High quality entrance carpet will also be fitted from the front doors to the stadium office to help remove dirt and grime from shoes before they step onto the playing surface.

It’s all exciting times at Saxby’s Stadium made more so by the new Summer League competitions to tip off with muster days when school resumes after the holiday break.

The schedule for the musters is girls born 2005 and before on Tuesday, October 10  at 5pm, boys born 2005 and before Friday October 13 at 5pm and children born 2006 and later on Saturday, October 14 at 9am.

Summer League basketball is all about having fun and learning the fundamental skills of the game and the Taree Tornadoes invite all new and existing players to take part in what is set to be the most exciting time in basketball circles at Saxby’s Stadium for a long time.

Several of the current crop of Taree Tornadoes junior representatives are making waves in the sport and this week Lachlan Prowse and Annika Scott as players and Cory Wilkinson as a referee attended the four-day John Davidson Country Basketball Jamboree in Tamworth.

The Jamboree has for a long time been used as a vital sporting and personal development springboard for the state’s best under 12 girls and boys players from around the State and Taree Basketball is proud of Annika, Cory and Lachlan on being selected to attend such a prestigious event.

Taree Basketball experienced a very successful junior representative year in 2017 and it will wrap up with a presentation day at Crowdy Head Surf Club on Sunday, October 8 from 11am for all players, parents and supporters of the Taree Tornadoes.

Meanwhile Bruton Basketball will again deliver a fundamentals clinic at Taree, this time on October 4 and 5.

Taree was the first venue for the clinic, three years ago.

CJ Bruton, Austin Bruton, Elliott Bruton, Shakira Harmony and Calvin Bruton were invited to Taree by Paul Healy, to coach and promote their basketball program.

“Since that time it's been onward and upward as the Taree Tornadoes have renovated their basketball stadium, established a basketball culture and community and reinvigorated the junior competition,’’ Calvin Bruton said.

“This year the Tornadoes had seven junior teams compete in the NSW Country Championships and came away with four championships and the Brutons are very proud to have played a role in that transformation.’’

The clinics will from from 9am to 3pm each day.

Saxby’s Stadium is the home of Taree Basketball and details about junior, women’s or men’s basketball may be obtained on  6551 7456, by email tareebasketball@hotmail.com, on the net at www.taree.basketball.net.au or track down Taree Basketball on Facebook.