South Western Times

Import hopes for Slammers

- JUSTIN FRIS

The South West Slammers are hopeful talented American import Mari Stewart will be able to return to the club for the 2021 NBL1 West season.

Slammers official Russell Donovan confirmed the club and Stewart have agreed to terms — and providing she is able to enter the country and meet all criteria with her special exemption (as with all imports across the league) — she could be in Bunbury by May to suit up for Anita Reca’s side.

Stewart, who hails from Templeton in California, was only able to play in the pre-season last year, before returning to the US as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened.

The American is expected to add some bite to the Slammers’ offence, due to her shooting ability and coachable nature.

∎ Hoops fans are encouraged to head along to the South West Sports Centre over the next couple of days, with the Bunbury Basketball Associatio­n hosting the eagerly awaited 2021 Noongar junior basketball carnival.

Beginning from 8am tomorrow and ending on Saturday evening, quality Indigenous basketball­ers will grace all courts in an event based on celebratin­g culture, family and good sportsmans­hip.

Teams

Under-9: Binar 76ers, Bunbury All-Stars, South West Ballers, Magics. Under-11 mixed: Binar Nets, Yarkiny, Magics, Bunbury All-Stars. Under-13 mixed: Binar Celtics, Bunbury All-Stars, Binar Lynx, Binar Pistons, Bundaras, South West Ballers 1 and 2. Under-15 boys: Binar Kings, Binar Magic, Binar Wildcats, Bunbury All-Stars, South West Ballers. Under-15 girls: Binar Mustangs, Binar Mystics, Binar Storm, Leonora Blazers, Bunbury All-Stars. Under-17 boys: Binar Bulls, Binar Clippers, Binar Warriors, Jambinbirr­a, Leonora Blazers, Westside Warriors, Collie Warriors, South West Ballers, Bunbury All-Stars. Under-19 women: Tiddah Girlz, Blazers, Djookin, Bunbury Bears and South West Ballers.

 ?? Picture: Justin Fris ?? Mari Stewart is keen to return to the South West after a short stay last year.
Picture: Justin Fris Mari Stewart is keen to return to the South West after a short stay last year.

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