Ga­tors on roll first up

Shepparton News - - SPORT - By Tyler Ma­her

Evan Gaskin (left) and Josh Wil­liams played for the Shep­par­ton Rolla Ga­tors in their first match on Satur­day night. Neville Thorn’s side de­feated the Bendigo Wheel­chair Braves 31-18 and it is hoped the teams can have a re­match in the fu­ture.

The Shep­par­ton Rolla Ga­tors took to the court for the first time on Satur­day night.

Play­ing against the Bendigo Wheel­chair Braves, Neville Thorn’s side took the hon­ours 31-18.

‘‘We had a win, which is a good start,’’ he said.

‘‘It was pretty close right the way through and it was good to get the guys out there and have a roll.’’

Ev­ery Rolla Gator spent time on the court dur­ing the win, and Thorn said his team was grate­ful for the sup­port it re­ceived from the crowd.

‘‘Any more than five peo­ple is a crowd for us, so it was good to play in front of 30 or 40 peo­ple by the end of it,’’ he said.

‘‘I was very pleased with our ef­fort, and it’s great when you can be ap­plauded for a good bas­ket or some­thing like that.’’

While there is no sec­ond match locked in for Thorn’s side just yet, he en­cour­aged every­one to con­tinue sup­port­ing the Rolla Ga­tors by com­ing to train­ing on Tues­days from 6 pm at the Shep­par­ton Sports Sta­dium.

A pos­si­ble re­match with the Braves could be staged next month, with the Bendigo side trav­el­ling to Gee­long.

‘‘There’s no con­fir­ma­tion yet, but hope­fully this game will gen­er­ate more in­ter­est,’’ Thorn said.

Greater Shep­par­ton Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion man­ager Tony Long con­firmed his or­gan­i­sa­tion’s con­tin­ued sup­port for the ini­tia­tive.

‘‘It was a re­ally en­ter­tain­ing game and every­one en­joyed it, which is what we want,’’ he said.

Wheely good time: Shep­par­ton Rolla Ga­tors play­ing-coach Neville Thorn was thrilled fol­low­ing his side’s con­vinc­ing win in its in­au­gu­ral match.

Siz­ing up: Shep­par­ton Rolla Ga­tors player Josh Wil­liams lines up the bas­ket dur­ing the Ga­tors’ first match on Satur­day night.

Su­per­star: Evan Gaskin has been an in­flu­en­tial mem­ber of the side.

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