ON THE BALL GREEN AND GOLD TAR­GET FOR BOY

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH

TOWNSVILLE young gun Sam­son Frol­ing will try to cap a stel­lar fort­night of bas­ket­ball by earn­ing his first callup to wear green and gold.

Frol­ing, 15, heads to Can­berra for an Aus­tralian un­der- 17 camp where he aims to se­cure a spot in the na­tion- al ju­nior team for the world cham­pi­onship qual­i­fiers in New Zealand later this year.

He will be un­der the watch­ful eye of Aus­tralian coaches and it would make for a great few weeks af­ter help­ing Queens­land North to the un­der- 16 na­tion­als cham­pi­onship in Ulver­stone, Tas­ma­nia last week.

It was the first time the Queens­land North team, made up of play­ers from Cairns south to Bund­aberg, has won the na­tional ti­tle.

For­mer Townsville player Sam Haughton, now based in Mackay, was also on the team which was man­aged by Townsville’s Carl Ward.

Frol­ing av­er­aged 17.2 points at 48 per cent, 11.3 re­bounds and 2.2 as­sists, rank- ing him in the top 10 for points and re­bounds.

Frol­ing said it had been an en­joy­able week and they were pleased to re­alise one of their team goals.

“We had a good group of boys and we all played re­ally well,” he said.

Frol­ing said he hoped to fol­low in the foot­steps of sib­lings Harry, Keely and Alicia, who have all played for the Aus­tralian un­der- 17 team.

Townsville play­ers also fea­tured in the un­der- 16 Queens­land North team, with Hay­ley An­drews, Majella Carey and Alexan­dra Fowler help­ing the team to a sev­enth placed fin­ish.

Claudia Bras­sard was coach, with Mark Wro­bel and Mike St- Mau­rice.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

AIM­ING HIGH: Sam Frol­ing.

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