Echuca basketballers Nic Couroupis, Matthew Hore, Mathew Lias, Tristan Lindberg, Annabel Johnson, Jake Martin, Meg Rohde, Luke Rosendale and Olivia Taverna will vie for a place in the Victoria Country side.By Geordie Cowan
Nine young Echuca basketballers will vie for a spot in Victorian Country sides in Bendigo this weekend.
Nic Couroupis, Matthew Hore, Mathew Lias, Tristan Lindberg, Annabel Johnson, Jake Martin, Meg Rohde, Luke Rosendale and Olivia Taverna, all aged between 11 and 13, have gone through an extensive process to reach this point.
They started by being selected in the academy program earlier this year and have since had training sessions once a week.
The players had another camp in Mildura in July, where they were selected for top and bottom-age for the area and will now attend the Gold Nugget camp this weekend.
Echuca Basketball Association coaching director Chris Clyne said it was great to have so many district players selected for the trials.
‘‘The Gold Nugget camp is a big event for the young kids,’’ he said.
‘‘It shows they are in the top 30 athletes in their age group in country Victoria, so it is a massive achievement for them.
‘‘If they are lucky enough to be selected, there’s been a lot of players at these tournaments who have gone on to play for the Boomers and the Opals, so it’s a great way for them to play some high-quality basketball against people from other states and internationally as well, with teams from New Zealand and Oceania.’’
Those selected for the Victoria Country will compete in January, with the top-age players in Albury and the bottom-age players in Knox.
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