Declans Boyz, a Shepparton basketball team set up in support of quadriplegic teen Declan Carter, have swept all before them this season.ESTELLE GRIEPINK August 25, 2014 3:14am
Decs Boyz - (back) Matthew Williams, Claney Carter, Tim Karolidis, (front) Staci Rogers and Sam Wagdin.
Declan Carter may be hundreds of kilometres away from home, but his loyal boys are shooting goals for him here in Shepparton.
The Decs Boyz basketball team was formed to show support for Declan, 17, who became a quadriplegic following a horrific car accident earlier this year.
Declan’s brother Claney, 23, said he thought it would be a nice idea to name the team after Declan, who is undergoing rehabilitation in Kew.
‘‘I got Declan into basketball when he was a bit younger and I actually coached him,’’ Claney said.
‘‘It was a bonding thing for us and we’d always play basketball in the backyard — that was our thing.’’
Claney said Decs Boyz did not lose a game all season and had been looking forward to seeing Declan at their grand final.
Declan’s parents Keith and Karen had planned to take Declan to Shepparton to watch the grand final, but after Declan became ill the plans had to be scrapped.
That didn’t stop his parents driving from Kew to Shepparton to film the game, before driving straight back down to Kew to show Declan.
Declan said it was ‘‘pretty cool’’ his parents had gone to the effort of the four-hour round trip.
‘‘I was really looking forward to going to Shepp and seeing the game and was pretty disappointed when I couldn’t go,’’ Declan said.
‘‘Decs Boyz had two injured players and no subs and they still won — they all played a great game.’’
After the game, Declan was presented with the grand final trophy and his very own Decs Boyz top.
‘‘Not many people have a basketball team named after them and (Claney) is the best brother,’’ he said.
‘‘I love him heaps and they are all great guys.’’
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District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
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