New kids on the court will not be easy beats

Taj StubberAlbany Advertiser
Railways Basketball Club's Henrick Alforque and Kane Shephard.
Camera IconRailways Basketball Club's Henrick Alforque and Kane Shephard. Credit: Laurie Benson

Newly formed basketball club Railways Tigers will field a strong A-grade men’s team in their debut season.

They will have nine teams, from a Year 5 girls’ team to a men’s A-grade side.

Railways will go into their inaugural season with plenty of confidence having put together a mixture of experience and youth.

Big men Kalin Lane and Shane Braimbridge will be pivotal to their hopes while star shooters Henrick Alforque and Kyle Smith will play key roles.

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Coach Grant Smith said his side had all the ingredients for success.

“We are a very well-balanced side having four guards and three post-up players,” he said.

“We have a mix of pace and strong-bodied players.”

Smith warned that his side would not be pushovers.

Railways Basketball Club's Kane Shephard and Henrick Alforque.
Camera IconRailways Basketball Club's Kane Shephard and Henrick Alforque. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

“We will worry a lot of sides throughout the season. We will be highly competitive,” he said.

“We won’t be an easy walk-over team.

“We will play with plenty of pace and keep it simple on the court. We are not going to over-complicate anything”.

Although there is work left to do, Smith believes his side can feature at the pointy end of the season.

“Certainly we think we can make finals. We have the team to make it there and Shane Braimbridge believes we can go all the way.

“Every player can play offensive. We need to tidy up our defence a bit but we will work together as a team and gel.”

Railways will start their season against last year’s grand finalists Barking Owls.

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