Collie’s Slammers cap off season this week

Collie's South West Slammers: Jackson Broadbent, Morgan Becker, Abbey Barber, Connor Silvester, Odin Kirk, Reid Becker and Nina Bercene. Photo: Ashley Bolt
Collie's South West Slammers: Jackson Broadbent, Morgan Becker, Abbey Barber, Connor Silvester, Odin Kirk, Reid Becker and Nina Bercene. Photo: Ashley Bolt

Collie’s South West Slammers will play their final game of the 2018 WA Basketball League regular season this weekend, capping off the winter basketball competition.

Jackson Broadbent and Connor Silvester’s under 16 division three boys team currently sits seventh on the ladder and is still in contention to play finals, but will need a win against Rockingham this week and some other results to go its way.

It was the first time both boys had been selected to represent the Slammers and Connor said it was a great experience.

“It’s a much higher level than the local basketball competition, so it’s been good to help me develop as a player,” he said.

The under 16 division two girls team, which has been led by Morgan Becker, has already secured its place in finals but is a chance to move into the top two with a win over Joondalup this weekend.

Odin Kirk (under 14 division two boys), Reid Becker (under 12 championship boys) and Nina Bercene (under 12 division two girls) will all end their season with the Slammers this weekend, with all three teams sitting in ninth position and out of finals contention.

Abbey Barber ended her season competing for the Slammers in the State Basketball League division one women’s competition in July.

Abbey played nine of the team’s 13 games, with the team fighting hard against more experienced teams to finish the season with three wins.

Abbey said it was a tough experience being called up from the under 18 division to compete in the senior women’s team.

“The SBL division one is a much better competition than I was used to,” she said.

“The results didn’t go our way but it was a really good experience to be playing against the best players in the state.”

Collie Basketball Association secretary Simone Fraser said having seven players represent the Slammers was a great achievement.

“It’s a huge boost to our association and I know these kids will be great role models for our new season,” she said.

“They’ll bring new skills they’ve learned to our club and hopefully that can fizzle through to our other players

“It also inspires some of the other kids in our competition to aspire to that level and give it a go.”

Fraser said now the Slammers’ season was coming to an end, focus would shift to the Collie Basketball Association’s summer competition.

She said registrations would open on September 4, with the season beginning the week of October 8.

Men’s and boys’ games will be played on Monday nights, with women’s and girls’ games played on Tuesdays.