Inter-town baskets

A new inter-town basketball competition known as the Camagong Basketball Challenge will be played this summer allowing players to represent Mudgee at the next level.

Organised between the basketball associations of Mudgee, Narromine, Gilgandra and Dubbo, the competition will see juniors, women and men play for their towns.

The decision to begin a district competition follows the successful social day of competition held at Narromine a few weeks ago.

The Camagong Challenge will be open to teams in the under 12s, under 14s, under 16s and under 18s, as well as the seniors.

Associations are able to enter two teams in any of the divisions if their numbers allow.

The proposed date for the start of the competition is Sunday, October 21 for the juniors and Sunday, November 4 for the seniors.

The competitions will run on a monthly basis on alternate days to allow associations the opportunity to fill full teams.

The grand finals for juniors and seniors will be held on Sunday, March 24.

Mudgee Basketball Association president Geoff Robinson said this would be the first competition of this format to be held since the now defunct Macquarie Conference series was held several years ago.

“The aim of the competition is to promote basketball at the grass roots level and give junior players especially, a higher standard of basketball than their local competitions,” Robinson said. “It’s also a pathway to higher representation.”

Robinson said the Camagong name for the competition was based on the rivers that run through the towns.

“Ca” for the Castlereagh River in Gilgandra, “Ma” for the Macquarie River in Dubbo and Narromine, and “Gong” the ending of Cudgegong River in Mudgee.

If teams would like to nominate it will cost them $50 a team and the closing date for nominations will be Friday, September 21.

Robinson said Mudgee is planning to enter teams in all age groups and he is calling on all players to become involved.

“Junior players are especially invited to make themselves available even if they are not currently playing, or have not played before, as training will be scheduled for all teams,” Robinson said.

NEW COMPETITION: Players like Brooke Colley will be able to represent Mudgee in a new summer basketball competition organised between Mudgee, Narromine, Gilgandra and Dubbo basketball associations. Photo: SANDY SMITH 190911ssbasketball7003

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