Albany pair named in WA Country under-18s
Albany pair Tyler Willmore and Henry Alforque are preparing to represent WA Country after their selection last week in the WA under-18 men’s side that will take on the best basketballers in the country later this year.
After an extensive trials and training process, the Albany Basketball Association representatives were part of the final 10-man travelling team picked by head coach Aaron Ducas.
Henry Alforque will pull on the WA colours at the national championships for the second time, previously going at under-16 level two years ago while the journey has been far different for basketball newcomer Willmore.
With an extensive soccer background, Willmore only began playing basketball in the past four years and is now part of the WA set-up heading to the Australian Junior Championships in April.
The 16-year-old was delighted to be picked at his first State tryouts.
“I’ve got a big soccer background and got into basketball three, four years ago,” Willmore said.
“Last year I quit soccer to focus on basketball so I was pretty happy to get picked. I want to impress the coaches even more.”
For Henry Alforque, the aim will be to have a greater impact than his previous national champ-ionships.
“Hopefully I can do a bit better than two years ago,” the 17-year-old said.
“I didn’t know what to expect back then but we have a good team and have a good chance of having a crack.
“I play point guard and it’s a talented team so I just want to make sure I contribute in a big way.”
Henrick Alforque was named as one of six reserves for the men’s team while Albany’s Indianna Weeden is a reserve in the under-18 WA Country women’s side.
The championships will be held in Townsville, Queensland from April 13 to 20.
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