Kooka calls on youngsters for winter competition

One of Colac’s most decorated basketball exports has called on the district’s young players to get involved in Colac Basketball Association’s revamped senior winter competition.

Entries close on Friday for the competition, which will be the first full season at Colac’s Bluewater stadium since 2013.

Keith Harrison

Colac CBL coach Keith Harrison said the winter season was a perfect opportunity for Colac’s aspiring young players to test themselves, with players able to enter individually before officials split them into even teams.

Harrison played his first senior game in Colac as a 15-year-old before forging a successful career in Australia’s SEABL and Big V competitions, and leading Colac’s senior men’s team to the 2015 Country Basketball League championship.

“From a coaching and development perspective, the best way to learn is the play against the best and the best players in the region are generally those senior players who play all year round,” Harrison said.

“So for any kids looking to develop, Colac’s winter competition is probably the best chance to step up and see where they fit and what they need to improve,” he said.

“Anyone with basketball ambitions, who are around 15 or 16 or older and go all right, would be very smart to have a crack and see where they’re at, they might be further advanced than they think.”

Harrison said there were plenty of experienced basketballers in Colac to provide on-court leadership following the growth of the Kookas’ CBL program.

“Anyone who has been in that program would have a lot to give, probably more than they even know,” he said.

“And because the association evens out the teams, you’ve got a better chance to win and have a competitive hit-out.”

Harrison said he hoped a successful winter comp would flow into the Colac association’s summer comp, which had just four teams competing in the A Grade men’s and five in the A Grade women’s competitions last summer.

“I think we’ll see a big rise in numbers heading into the next summer season; not having a stadium was a huge dent in the last few years,” he said.

“With the new stadium, people will want to just go and put shots up, and I think the A Grade comp will turn around in no time.”|

Interested players can visit the CBA website for more information.

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