Tamworth basketball five on national stage

FIVE Tamworth junior basketballers will be shooting for success when the Australian Junior Country Basketball Cup starts in  Albury on Saturday.

Taylor Skelton contests the Under 18 section with her NSW Country side and Nathaniel McGrath the Under 14s with his NSW Country boys’ side while three Tamworth girls – Miah O’Sullivan, Jessica Watt and Josie Chick are all in the NSW Country Under 14 girls’ side,  Tamworth Basketball Association publicity officer Troy Jeffriess said.

“The AJCBC is a stepping stone to higher representative honours and has been run for over 25 years,” he said.

“It has seen the likes of Australian Basketball superstars and current WNBA/NBA players such as Lauren Jackson, Patrick Mills and Matthew Dellavedova compete. 

“Many of our Olympians have also played.”

The Tamworth juniors will be playing for NSW Country against SA Country, WA Country, ACT, Victoria Country and New Zealand. 

They will train for two days then play for five.

Whilst the AJCBC is been held in Albury, five more Tamworth juniors will be competing in the Pacific Coast Slam which will be held in Port Macquarie and also from January 11 to 18. 

They will play against teams from New Zealand  and other NSW Country teams as well as selected Allstar teams. 

“The PCS has been running for over 15 years and has also been a good breeding ground for former and current Olympians,” Jeffriess said.

The Tamworth juniors contesting the Pacific Coast Slam are Whitney Martin, Hannah Page, Stacey Thrift (all  U15 women) and Riley Murphy and Matt Gambrill (Under 15 Men).

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