And Seymour's newest national representative made a surprise presentation.CHALPAT SONTI May 29, 2014 3:23am
It was an emotional night on many levels when the Seymour Basketball Association held its annual presentation of awards on May 16.
The night, as usual, kicked off with the Shane Williams Memorial Award, presented by Shane’s mother Carol Harrop, to Joel Durham.
The award is for a basketballer who consistently trains and shows dedication to the sport. Joel is a member of the under-18 side and was chosen for the award by coaches and administrators.
This year there was a new annual award — named in honour of the late Paul Comte, and presented by his widow Liz — for a female player who shows commitment and dedication to the sport.
Paul Comte was a stalwart of women’s basketball in Seymour and the first award in his name went to Rosie O’Sullivan.
Seymour’s latest Australian representative, Gabe Richards, was on hand to present the annual awards in her name to junior basketballers then had two other tasks.
The Opals star presented a life membership of the association to Martin Raby, who has been involved with the sport in Seymour for many years as a coach, referee and on the committee — among other things.
Raby started off in the sport coaching his children and has been involved ever since.
Richards, who recently toured the US with the national side, also presented her Opals shirt to Craig Hockley, in recognition of his efforts in her development.
Hockley recounted those efforts to the Telegraph.
‘‘We got her into basketball at under-14 level,’’ he said.
‘‘She was a netballer and we had to talk her mum (Karen) into letting her play.
‘‘It was definitely a great thrill being presented with that (shirt) and I’m rapt with it. It’s not the sort of stuff you look for, but to get a bit of thanks is great.’’
When teenage sensation Jack Hammond arrived in Tongala with his dairy farming family in January, his name sparked interest in several coaches across the district.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons have secured a vital win over Wangaratta Magpies at JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
On Wednesday, April 22, 11 walkers from Shepparton Adventure Club travelled to Strathmerton then on to Ulupna Island.
Uniformed police are being plucked from the district’s 16-hour stations to work with one-member stations so officers are not patrolling on their own.
A Rochester woman who stole more than $250 worth of money, cigarettes and food from her workplace of four years has been convicted and fined $500, plus court costs.
The final 25 players have been chosen to represent the Goulburn Valley Football League in their quest to regain the number one football ranking in country Victoria.
A 640 000 bird proposal finally gets the green light from Strathbogie Shire Council.
Record cattle prices were recorded at the Finley Saleyards on Friday
People in rural and remote areas are significantly over-represented in the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Barooga will host an information forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme on Tuesday night.
The Deniliquin Rodeo Arena was in full swing for the recent Deniliquin Classic Barrel Race.
GrainCorp has announced an investment of $50 million to increase oilseed crushing capacity and efficiency at its Numurkah facility in Victoria.
Mark Soyer represented Australia at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Canada.
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