More opportunities for young basketballers

Colac’s Grady Murnane, pictured, and Elijah Reid became the fifth and sixth juniors to make their CBL debuts.

Colac teenagers Grady Murnane and Elijah Reid have become the latest junior basketballers to make their Country Basketball League senior debuts this season.

Murnane, the younger brother of Colac Kookas CBL player Denver, and Reid both got court time late in the Kookas’ blowout 86-102 loss to Bacchus Marsh on Sunday, joining fellow under-18 players Isaac Moran and Mitch Thornton in the side.

Fellow junior Oscar Barrow has also debuted earlier this season, while Zara Walters debuted for Colac’s women’s side.

“We had four players from the under-18s play on Sunday and all four of them were on the court together in the last few minutes,” Colac team manager Peter Lemke said.

“And the applause they got from the home crowd when taking the court was really exciting,” he said.

“We actually outscored Bacchus Marsh with those guys on the court.”

Murnane finished with a three-point shot just before the final siren, while Moran, two points, also hit the scoresheet.

Thornton scored two points in the Kookas’ narrow loss to Bellarine the night before.

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