Milestone for Kookas legend

After debuting as a 15-year-old a decade ago, Colac basketball legend Sam Barrow will become the first player in the club’s history to reach 100 Country Basketball League games this weekend.

When Colac basketballer Sam Barrow made his Country Basketball League debut as a 15-year-old, he never expected he’d go on to make club history.

Barrow, now 24, has been a mainstay in Colac’s senior program during its decade in the league.

Starting out during the early days of “70-point floggings”, to captaining the Kookas to two championships, Barrow will become the first player in the club’s history to reach 100 CBL games this weekend.

Colac association president Peter Lemke said 100 games was a milestone that would not be achieved often.

“It’s going to be rare, considering we only play 10 to 12 games a year, it’s taken Sammy 10 years to get here,” he said.

“He probably played another 150 junior games for Colac as well; he’s just a great servant of the game and the association, and he’s the first one to reach 100 games, which is great.”

Barrow got his start in the CBL in the Kookas’ inaugural season in the league in 2010-11, through encouragement from the Kookas’ first co-coaches Matt Lucas and Juddy Williamson.

The teenage point guard had already been playing in Colac’s senior domestic competition for a year.

Barrow top scored with six points in the Kookas’ first ever match, a 74-point loss to Mount Gambier, the start of a winless season.

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