Sport

Bigger and better things expected in 2018 and beyond

New committee and sponsors for Narrabri Basketball Association

Giulio Heimoana and Kaleb Teer in action earlier this season

Basketball in Narrabri was as solid as ever in 2017.

But recent developments have left organisers confident that the sport will be an even stronger force next year.

Firstly, the Narrabri Basketball Association will enter 2018 with its biggest committee yet.

At the Association’s annual general meeting several weeks ago the 2017-18 committee positions were filled.

Merv Bushby and Michael Hewett, who are both keen players for Wilga, took on a shared dual-presidency role.

Sarah Hewett took on the secretary role, Trish Lawty resumed her role in treasurer and registrar, and Tiffany McManus took on the draw coordinator position.

All three are also local players.

Finally, Sharmaine Cunningham, Renae Tibbett and Shane Christie took on committee member roles.

Christie recently became involved with basketball in Narrabri, when his daughter Alyssa signed up for junior basketball.

He has since been the driving force behind bringing two sponsors on board.

“The two companies that have come on board with us are Persas, who are a pneumatic hydraulic tool company based at Rutherford, and Banksia, who supply labour to Narrabri underground,” Christie said.

“Banksia’s Adam Moss is a keen basketballer and sponsors part of the Lithgow Lasers as well.

“We talked to them both about our junior shirt situation, and the goal is to have a sponsored shirt for each child who plays when the competition starts next year in February.”