Good numbers for basketball come and try day

Twenty-six boys turned out for Tumbarumba Basketball Association’s come and try day at Tumbarumba Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Following the success of Tumbarumba Basketball Association’s ‘I Am A Girl’ come and try day that attracted 46 girls to the their courts earlier this month, 26 boys turned out for another come and try day at Tumbarumba Stadium on Monday afternoon. 

In a tough two-hour session that was designed by Basketball NSW Regional Development Officer Isabell Forbes, local youngsters were taken through the basic skills of basketball before finishing with a game.

Tumbarumba Basketball Association President, Fiona Klavins, said a good mix of kids turned out for the event.

“It was good and what was particularly pleasing about this one, was the good representation of kids in primary school and high school,” Mrs Klavins said. 

“At the end, we could have two games going. One primary and secondary game, and the (Snowy Valleys) Council even lowered one set of hoops for the junior players, which was really good.”

It was a trying two hours, and Mrs Klavins said her players enjoyed the afternoon.

“Isabel (Forbes) from Basketball NSW gave us a program we could use, and we went through some skills, some dribbling, a game called cone heads and we went through passing and shooting before having a game,” Mrs Klavins said.  

“We also touched on a little bit of the rules, but we didn’t want to bombard them, and there were some high school students who helped demonstrate the moves.

“The boys did well. It was a long session, being two hours, and they played for 45 minutes after an hour or so of skill sessions.”

Mrs Klavins thanked her two referees for helping on the day.

“Alex Lilly from Tumbarumba Public School, he refereed the primary school game, and Brent Edwards refereed the high school kids and we can’t thank them enough,” Mrs Klavins said.

Following the session, Mrs Klavins confirmed there would be a Monday afternoon competition bouncing off in 2022.

“After the session, I let them know about our plans for next year,” Mrs Klavins said. 

“We will be running competitions on Monday afternoons. Aussie Hoops will be for 5 to 10 years kids from 4pm, then at 5pm we will run an under 15s mixed competition, and at 6pm there will be a 16-plus mixed opens competition.

“This will be run at Tumbarumba Stadium and that will be starting in week one of term one next year.”

With good numbers thus far, and so much interest in the new competition, Mrs Klavins looked forward to next year’s inaugural competition. 

“It is really exciting to see the support and to see the parents excited as well,” Mrs Klavins said. 

“I know as a parent; I like it when there are activities on.”

With the competition start-date closing in, recruiting and training coaches and referees is at the top of Tumbarumba Basketball Association’s to-do list.

“For us we will have a focus on training referees and coaches, and that will help with the longevity of the competition,” Mrs Klavins said. 

“If we don’t have enough people to train, we won’t be able to run the competition, so we need all the support we can get.”

Basketball action will continue at Tumbarumba High School today, with Wagga Basketball coach, Zac Maloney, running hour-long sessions with years 7 to 11 in a bid to get more players interested in playing the sport locally.