Ben hop­ing to strike gold

Bundy player has un­fin­ished busi­ness

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SHANE JONES

JOUR­NAL­IST

Bund­aberg’s Ben Wright has a point to prove when he dons the Queens­land colours again early next year.

Late last month, the teenager was se­lected to play for the under-20 side at next year’s na­tional cham­pi­onships in Gos­ford.

Wright was the only player se­lected from the Cen­tral Queens­land re­gion, with oth­ers com­ing from Bris­bane. Gold Coast, Townsville and Mackay.

“It’s been good, see­ing the hard work and train­ing and gym pay off,” he said.

“I’ve now got to stay in the men­tal­ity of train­ing hard.”

The rea­son Wright is so fo­cused is the burn­ing de­sire to claim gold for the side.

The small for­ward played for the under-18 Queens­land North side that lost to Vic­to­ria Metro in the fi­nal ear­lier this year.

The side went down

BAS­KET­BALL:

de­spite lead­ing late in the con­test af­ter Vic­to­ria stormed home.

Wright said there should be no prob­lems this time around.

“Our team is a very good team and I think we should take the com­pe­ti­tion out,” he said.

“The real threats will be Vic­to­ria and New South Wales and I don’t they will be as com­pet­i­tive com­pared to us.”

Wright is now con­cen­trat­ing on mak­ing sure he per­forms well to im­press Amer­i­can col­lege scouts.

He hopes the tour­na­ment can lead him over­seas.

“I’ll be a smaller player, so I’ll be work­ing on my quick­ness and ball han­dling,” he said.

“I’ll be work­ing on my shoot­ing to make it more con­sis­tent.”

“I’m go­ing to have to show a bit more of my skills and what I’ve been work­ing on so I can get col­leges to recog­nise me.”

The cham­pi­onships are on from Fe­bru­ary

7–11.

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