New look Giants ready

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

Deni Ju­nior Giants’ 2017-18 sea­son is look­ing even big­ger and bet­ter than pre­vi­ous years.

The young Giants will this year at­tend rep­re­sen­ta­tive tour­na­ments with eight teams, an in­crease of two teams from last sea­son.

This will in­clude an Un­der 12 mixed team, U-14 girls, U-16 girls, U-18 boys, two U-14 and two U-16 boys sides.

After a suc­cess­ful year on the courts last tour­na­ment sea­son, the Giants com­mit­tee has worked hard dur­ing the off sea­son to en­sure on­go­ing suc­cess.

The as­so­ci­a­tion worked hard not only to se­cure on­go­ing spon­sor­ship from lo­cal busi­nesses, but added the in­clu­sion of ma­jor spon­sors Cen­tral IGA, El­ders, Rod­wells, De­niliquin RSL, Park Agri­cul­tural ser­vices and De­niliquin Freighters. They were also able to pur­chase new uni­forms.

Pres­i­dent John Fitz­patrick said it’s im­por­tant to lis­ten to what your play­ers and fam­i­lies want to en­sure fu­ture par­tic­i­pa­tion and suc­cess.

‘‘Ev­ery­one loved our stand­out or­ange uni­forms but they were just so heavy and hot,’’ he said.

‘‘To have our on­go­ing spon­sors as well as the ad­di­tion of our ma­jor spon­sors this year has al­lowed us to pur­chase new light-weight uni­forms ideal for player com­fort.

‘‘With­out this sup­port from our spon­sors, it would not have been pos­si­ble.’’

The Ju­nior Giants held an evening for their of­fi­cial team pho­tos where the ma­jor spon­sors were pre­sented with a club sin­glet as a to­ken of the Giants’ ap­pre­ci­a­tion last Fri­day.

Ear­lier in the off-sea­son the Giants com­mit­tee was also able to hold a Level 1 coach­ing course to en­sure all coaches are well equipped to pass on skills and knowl­edge to play­ers.

The com­mit­tee have been lucky enough to se­cure a skills devel­op­ment day for their play­ers just be­fore the start of the tour­na­ment sea­son.

‘‘We are look­ing for­ward to hav­ing Chris from Bas­ket­ball NSW join us to­day and to­mor­row and pro­vide two three-hour skills ses­sions for all play­ers,’’ Fitz­patrick said.

‘‘This is such a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for all the play­ers to en­hance their skills be­fore the first tour­na­ment and we are pleased we are able to fa­cil­i­tate this for them.’’

The Giants open the rep­re­sen­ta­tive sea­son on Oc­to­ber 27 and 28 with their first tour­na­ment in Swan Hill.

‘‘The Deni Ju­nior Giants com­mit­tee would like to thank their coaches, play­ers, fam­i­lies and of course our gen­er­ous spon­sors — with­out these peo­ple, we would not be able to achieve what we have so far,’’ Fitz­patrick said.

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