Break­ing into CBL North East com­pe­ti­tion

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Ge­or­gia Smith

Be­nalla is set to have a men’s bas­ket­ball team in the Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League North East re­gion com­pe­ti­tion for the first time.

The Be­nalla Break­ers will com­pete in the 14-round sea­son against Shep­par­ton, Wan­garatta, Myrtle­ford, Wodonga, Sey­mour and Wal­lan, with the first round kick­ing off this week­end.

Be­nalla Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Wally Arm­strong has been named coach of the side, with as­sis­tant coaches Nich Spencer and Michael McBay also help­ing with the lo­cal team.

Pres­i­dent Arm­strong said the push to have a men’s team in the CBL com­pe­ti­tion was some­thing that had been dis­cussed for a num­ber of years.

‘‘There has been a lot of hard work be­hind the scenes and all of the past com­mit­tee mem­bers de­serve recog­ni­tion for where we are at now,’’ Arm­strong said.

‘‘It’s about hav­ing that path­way lished for lo­cal kids. es­tab- ‘‘This will be a new ground­ing for us.’’ Be­nalla’s home games will be played at the Be­nalla In­door Recre­ation Cen­tre, which in the past eight months has seen a num­ber of up­grades to rings, back­boards and shot clocks, as well as a new score­board sys­tem.

Games will be played Satur­day nights and Sun­day after­noons.

Arm­strong said there would also be ju­nior games played be­fore the men took to the court, and half-time en­ter­tain­ment for spec­ta­tors.

‘‘It will be great to have lo­cal sup­port at our games,’’ Arm­strong said.

The Be­nalla Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is also run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion for lo­cals to come up with a team mas­cot to be used through­out the sea­son.

The cre­ator of the mas­cot deemed to have the best de­sign and mean­ing will win a bas­ket­ball give­away.

Be­nalla’s first game is against reign­ing cham­pi­ons Sey­mour Blasters this Satur­day at the Sey­mour Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre at 7 pm.

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