Albany kids make champs team

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Albany basketball talents Brock Anning, Keanu Weeden, Tom Kellow-Andersson, Bailey O’Neill and Isaac Austin, all 12.
Camera IconAlbany basketball talents Brock Anning, Keanu Weeden, Tom Kellow-Andersson, Bailey O’Neill and Isaac Austin, all 12. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Half of WA Country’s under-14 men’s team will be made up of Albany juniors after five local products were recently named in the team to tackle the 2014 Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup in Albury-Wodonga.

Brock Anning, Isaac Austin, Tom Kellow-Andersson, Bailey O’Neill and Keanu Weeden, who are all 12 years of age, are the five Albany players named in the 10-man County Cup team that will make the trip east this month.

Playing in the under-14 men’s division 2 at last weekend’s Basketball WA State Championships, the under-14 WA Country side went through the competition undefeated with four wins in the perfect preparation.

Coach Trish Marsh said the team improved with every game they played last weekend.

“They did play exceptionally well,” she said.

“They played up an age group in division 2, out of their comfort zone.

“It was my first opportunity to see the team play together and I was very impressed … as a team the 10 boys came together well.”

Marsh said she is excited about heading to the upcoming Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup with this side.

“It’s a tough tournament,” she said. “Hopefully they can come away with some wins.

“I am confident they will do us proud.”

Marsh also paid credit to basketball in Albany and local junior coaches for the hard work they have put into young talent.

Mt Barker’s Jasmyne Jones will play for the under-14 WA Country women’s side at the same tournament while Albany’s Jenna Onions is a reserve.

Albany’s Aleesha Narkle will play for the under-15 WA Country women’s side that will compete in the Southern Cross Challenge in Knox, Victoria in January.

Denmark’s Toby Burton is in the under-15 WA Country men’s side also travelling to the Southern Cross Challenge, with that side to be coached by Albany’s own Haydn Kirkwood.

The under-14 boys are having a curry night this Saturday at Vancouver Cafe to raise money to get them to across to Albury-Wodonga, the cost is $30 per person and to book ring Nicole on 0427 423 111.

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