Seymour won't have a women's basketball side, but the men are raring to go.By Chalpat Sonti
Seymour won’t have a senior women’s basketball team this year, but it is full steam ahead — and back to the future — for the men.
A lack of numbers — just six committed and not for each week — meant the decision was made early to give the Lady Blasters a break. The side has met with great success in the Country Basketball League in the past decade.
Men’s coach Craig Hockley said of the six women, two were just out of under-18s, and a coach would also have had to be found.
But there are plenty of men available, even with Nathan Gorman (moved to Sydney) and Leigh Hockley (long-term ankle injury) not turning out again. Veteran Christian Brock is rated 50-50.
Balanced against that are youngsters Zac Pell, Leo and Max Viitala and Jordan Hockley who played senior basketball last season, and Bailey Gregson and Tim O’Sullivan will step up from under-18s.
‘‘Our young kids will be another year older and I’m hoping they’ll step up,’’ Craig Hockley said.
‘‘They’ve all had experience and played state basketball and they’ll need to step up I think for us to take the next step.’’
Hockley said the side would go back to the old-style fast-paced game plan. Last season the Blasters switched to a half-court slower, physical style which suited older players.
‘‘Being so young we have to play up the floor more and keep it open,’’ Hockley said.
‘‘It’ll be back to being more up tempo and I think that group will play some pretty good basketball.’’
The league will sport a new look this season, with Deniliquin out and Castlemaine, Albury and Echuca all returning to the fold.
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After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
A small kitchen fire in Campaspe Community Children’s Centre caused the centre to be briefly evacuated this afternoon.
More residents coming forward to make official complaints is behind a rise in assaults in the Campaspe region, according to police.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
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Reigning Murray Valley Cricket Association premier Strathmerton was far too good for Finley on Saturday, registering a 115-run victory.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
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