The Blasters open their CBL North East campaign with a home double-header this weekend.By Chalpat Sonti
The timing might be lousy but Seymour’s men’s basketball team will play the hand it has been dealt as it begins its 2013-14 Country basketball league season at the weekend.
Unfortunately the Blasters are down to play a home double-header on one of Seymour’s busiest weekends of the year, probably robbing the club of a decent crowd at Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre.
The season opener against Shepparton is at 7
Making matters worse, the Blasters will be without Brett O’Donnell for about six weeks due to an ankle injury. One thing the side will have is a relative form line, with Shepparton beating Wangaratta at the weekend.
For all that, the clashes promise to be two different types of games.
Key playmaker Robbie Sartori, fresh from a Big V season with some of the Gators, said Saturday night’s game promised to be more ‘‘run and gun’’ with the guards to the fore.
The tall Wangaratta side posed a different dilemna, especially as Seymour won’t have the services of Christian Brock.
‘‘We’ll be struggling for rebounds and they’re a big side who’ll collapse back into the zone,’’ Sartori said.
‘‘We’ll have to shoot well to beat them.’’
That was a weakness for the Blasters last season but coach Craig Hockley knows it’s time for his young guns to step up.
‘‘It’s whether or not they can take the next step,’’ he said.
‘‘They’ve all been training good and hopefully they can step up and handle it physically. Skill-wise and talent-wise we’re fine.’’
Shepparton’s diverse multicultural population will have access to a more comprehensive range of services thanks to a $150,000 grant to map the area’s multicultural communities and identify gaps in service provision.
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.
The murder trial of Echuca woman Tracey Kerr has been adjourned until next year.
Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
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.
Christmas is a time of giving and UnitingCare Cobram has joined forces with Target to ensure no stocking is left empty this festive season.
A Korean company has a proposal with the NSW Government to built a $90 million ethanol plant in Deniliquin.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
Diane Young celebrated 30 years of service at Devenish Primary School.
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