Dixon keen to shine on the big stage

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Albany basketballer Brodie Dixon is the only local player heading to this week’s Southern Cross Challenge in Victoria.
Camera IconAlbany basketballer Brodie Dixon is the only local player heading to this week’s Southern Cross Challenge in Victoria. Credit: Laurie Benson

Emerging Albany guard Brodie Dixon will be the sole representative from the region to play at the annual Southern Cross Challenge tournament, which begins tomorrow in Wantirna, Victoria.

The daughter of former State Basketball League player Jason Dixon, Brodie will play for the WA Country under-15 women’s side at the competition that consists of teams from States and Territories in Australia.

The 13-year-old said she was itching to get started and was hoping to have a solid showing in her role as a point guard. “I’m hoping to come back with more confidence,” she said.

“We have a pretty good team, I’m at the two spot — a point-guard.

“We’ve been to training (sessions) and tryouts in Perth and our first game is tomorrow.” The Bethel Christian School student plays in division 1 of both Year 8 and Year 10 girls’ competitions in the Albany Basketball Association and also plays A-grade with Magpies.

Her father played for the Raiders back when Albany competed in the State Basketball League and Brodie has done a lot of her training and practice with him.

Albany basketballer Brodie Dixon.
Camera IconAlbany basketballer Brodie Dixon. Credit: Albany Advertiser

The WA side fly out today ahead of their opening game against NSW Metro tomorrow morning.

The under-15 women’s team also face Victoria Metro, Victoria Country, South Australia Country and South Australia Metro in their pool games.

Fellow Albany player Margie Jones has been named as a reserve for the under-15 women’s team and Matthew Jerrard is also an emergency in the under-15 WA Country men’s side.

Last year the Great Southern had four players attend the tournament across the under-15 and under-14 country teams.

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