Olympic coach re­turns to Roma

Bas­ket­ball leg­end holds work­shops

The Western Star - - SPORT - Alexia Austin Alexia.Austin@west­ern­starnews.com

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful run of Roma work­shops, NBL cham­pi­onship coach Brian Kerle is bounc­ing back to the PCYC to host a free ju­nior de­vel­op­ment week­end.

Start­ing from today, ju­nior and high school stu­dents can at­tend one of three free bas­ket­ball ses­sions to work on their ball han­dling and shoot­ing skills.

Kerle has had an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer in the sport, serv­ing as a coach to teams such as the Bris­bane Bul­lets and the Aus­tralian men’s Olympic team in a 40-year pe­riod.

In 1984, Kerle was awarded coach of the year af­ter lead­ing the Bul­lets to their first grand fi­nal play­off in four years, which was held in Mel­bourne.

Though un­suc­cess­ful in that in­stance, los­ing in a tight match to the Can­berra Canons, Kerle and the Bul­lets re­turned stronger than ever in 1985 to clinch vic­tory, tak­ing home the grand fi­nal tro­phy.

Mara­noa bas­ket­ball coach and event or­gan­iser Mat Gane said the event was a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to prac­tise bas­ket­ball skills un­der the guid­ance of a world-class coach.

“We’ve had great at­ten­dance at our pre­vi­ous work­shops and the kids al­ways have a great time,” Gane said.

“Brian brings with him a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence, pro­vid­ing the kids with qual­ity coach­ing. It’s a great way for both boys and girls to have a crack at the game and im­prove their mo­tor skills.”

The ju­nior clinic will be held from 3.30–5pm today, fol­lowed by the high school clinic from 5–6.30pm, both at the Roma PCYC.

To­mor­row there will be two clin­ics suited for begin­ners aged 14 years and younger, run­ning from 9–10.30am and 11am–12.30pm at the PCYC. All clin­ics are free. Up­com­ing hol­i­day work­shops will be dis­played on the Mara­noa Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion's Face­book page, with train­ing ses­sions and three-on-three matches planned.

PHOTO: MAR­GUERITE CUD­DIHY

BALLERS: Mat Gane, Sarah Cook, Michael Tucker, Kyla Mac­Don­ald and Daniel Baeck with Brian Kerle at last month’s work­shop.

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