Strong Wild­cats fam­ily ties in Stir­ling Sen­a­tors

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education -

THERE is a def­i­nite Wild­cats flavour in the Stir­ling Sen­a­tors men’s team this sea­son.

The team is coached by for­mer Perth Wild­cat cap­tain and coach Mike El­lis and has El­lis’s son Cody, Calvin Bru­ton’s son Austin and Bob Witts’ son Tom.

The Sen­a­tors are cur­rently fourth on the State Bas­ket­ball League lad­der.

El­lis, who is on the Illawarra Hawks’ ros­ter and re­turned to the Sen­a­tors for a third sea­son, said he had grown up with the club and en­joyed play­ing along­side his mates.

“I’ve been in­volved in the sport of bas­ket­ball my en­tire life,” he said.

“My fam­ily has been part of the club since it be­gan, so I grew into it. I started play­ing with Stir­ling in the U12s.

“I love the com­pet­i­tive side of any sport, not just bas­ket­ball, but my favourite part about it is the ca­ma­raderie.

“I have mates all around the world be­cause of the game.”

For Bru­ton, bas­ket­ball is sec­ond na­ture, with his broth­ers El­liott, Calvin Ju­nior (CJ), mum and dad all play­ing.

He is now in his fifth sea­son with the Sen­a­tors and said he had played the game for as long as he could re­mem­ber.

“I’ve been around bas­ket­ball since I was born, but have been play­ing for a team since the age of seven,” Bru­ton said.

“I have a huge love for the game and the many friend­ships I’ve made along the way. My dad has been an in­spi­ra­tion to me and my older broth­ers and while I have had as­pi­ra­tions to play at a higher level, I'm a bit old for that.”

As for El­lis, who is Aus­tralian bas­ket­ball roy­alty, when asked what it was like to play for his Wild­cats leg­end dad he said it was a great to work to­gether.

“They (my par­ents) were very sup­port­ing in what­ever I wanted to do,” he said.

“I think I put all of the pres­sure on my­self in­stead and there was more pres­sure when I was coached by him at a younger age.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d455574

Austin Bru­ton, Tom Witts and Cody El­lis.

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