Ju­niors hit Perth courts

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha’s ju­nior bas­ket­ballers are rar­ing to make their mark in their debut at the WA Coun­try Cham­pi­onships com­pe­ti­tion.

Six teams of ju­nior play­ers from Kar­ratha Basketball As­so­ci­a­tion — four boys’ and two girls’ teams — will for the first time join se­niors at the WA Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Perth this month, with the girls’ games start­ing this week­end.

It comes after an ex­plo­sion of ju­nior regis­tra­tions for the KBA at the start of the 2016/17 sea­son, when more than 500 chil­dren signed up.

KBA pres­i­dent Cassie Perry said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had been over­whelmed by the level of in­ter­est in the Coun­try Cham­pi­onships from its youngest mem­bers.

“That just shows the strength of our ju­niors,” she said.

“This is the first year we’ve done ju­niors (at the com­pe­ti­tion) and to be taking six teams ... it was an ex­plo­sion re­ally, be­cause we ba­si­cally thought we’d get two.”

The girls’ un­der-12s and un­der-13s sides com­pete this week­end, while the boys will play the fol­low­ing week.

The KBA is also taking four adults’ teams — two men’s and two women’s — to the se­nior WA Coun­try Cham­pi­onships tour­na­ment from March 4-6.

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