Kooka following in mother’s footsteps

Colac basketball recruit Georgie Finn is impressing in her first season with the Kookas.

Colac basketball coach Hayley Dewar says there are a lot of similarities between gun recruit Georgie Finn and her late mother and champion basketballer Bec Finn.

Bec Finn was one of Colac’s greatest basketballers, winning a record eight association best-and-fairest awards, two Vic Country titles with Colac’s senior representative side, while representing Vic Country’s under-18 side in 1983.

Georgie Finn has enjoyed an impressive debut season with Colac’s Country Basketball League women’s side this year, averaging an equal team high 8.8 points per game.

Dewar, who played alongside Bec Finn as a youngster, said the mother-daughter duo shared similar traits.

“They both have an x-factor that is hard to describe, but when they turn it on they can win you the game, they’re both hard at it,” she said.

“Bec had a sneaky left hand and used it to perfection, she was a true legend on and off the court.”

Georgie, like Bec, is also a talented netballer and joined the Kookas this season to play alongside Colac Tigers netball teammates Em Murfitt, Gabi Rieniets and Emma Hawker.

She has recently finished trials with the Geelong Cougars representative netball club, with whom she won a Division One state title this year.

Finn said a delayed start to the Cougars’ pre-season was also part of the reason she joined the Kookas this year.

“We start in early January so we get a fair bit of a break, that’s why I was keen to get involved with the Kookas and use it to keep up my fitness,” she said.

“It sounded like something I’d enjoy after hearing about it through Em Murfitt, they’re a great group of girls.

“I hadn’t actually played basketball for the past two years, so it’s been a bit of a shock stepping back on the court.

“It’s definitely a step-up from local basketball, there are a lot of good players in the league so it can be a bit intimidating at first, but I’m enjoying it.”

Finn said she was excited to follow in her mother’s footsteps.

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