BALLIN':Hervey Bay rep basketball players are set for a weekend of tough competition, on their home court, for the last round of the Central District Carnival.
BALLIN':Hervey Bay rep basketball players are set for a weekend of tough competition, on their home court, for the last round of the Central District Carnival. Valerie Horton

Hurricanes focus on minimising margins during development

WHEN Hervey Bay Basketball Association reactivated its junior representative program last year organisers knew it would take time before they could compete with the region's heavyweights.

The Hurricanes returned to the court and were blown out by the gun players from Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Gladstone's highly-developed programs.

The plan was to improve.

The Hurricanes hierarchy knew they wouldn't be world beaters the moment they stepped on the court, but a focus on minimising margins has developed Hervey Bay into a solid outfit.

Hervey Bay will hit their home court for the final Central Basketball Carnival of the year, and the last carnival before next year's state championships.

Male basketballers will compete in U16s, U18s and U23s, while the U16 Girls will feature three teams.

While their Central Queensland counterparts will play-off for places in the state titles' top two divisions, Hervey Bay Basketball's Michelle Jordan said the 16 Boys team already knew it would compete in division three next year.

Jordan said each game, particularly those that involve the powerhouses, is unmissable.

"There will be a few close games in there," she said.

"The primary goal for (Hervey Bay) this weekend is to minimise those margins. That's the aim. Instead of getting blown out by 100 points (particularly at their first CDC), we go for less than 100, then less 60.

"Between the first rep carnival last year to now they've improved so much."

It is hoped that aim on development will see the team compete at a similar level to the likes of Bundaberg in years to come.

Games will be played at Hervey Bay PCYC from 9am to 7.30pm on Saturday, and 8am to 3pm on Sunday.



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