Top representative basketball action this weekend
BASKETBALL: Kev Broome Stadium will showcase the best of Central Queensland talent today and tomorrow.
Some of the finest under-14 and U12 girl and boy basketball players from Gladstone, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Emerald and Bundaberg will take to the courts at the main stadium and the adjacent PCYC.
Gladstone's U14 Power player Erin Harvey also plays in the Monday night women's competition, which she says has helped her game.
"Playing on Monday nights has helped me against the taller players and I know how to get around them," she said.
That is a trademark of her game and you will often see Erin doing the "Euro-step" to get around defenders on her way to the hoop.
Erin's team takes on Bundy today at 11.40am and she says the Ray Scott-coached team will relish the challenges where it will play Rockhampton 2 later today and again tomorrow, followed by Rocky 1 in the final game tomorrow.
"We're going to have fun, work as a team and try our best," Erin said.
Solid one-on-one coaching sessions with Ray Cooper have benefited Benji Bell's game. The U14 player is keen to show all he has improved when Gladstone Power will test itself against Rockhampton 1 at 9am today.
"Training has been good and energetic and if we play to a high standard, then we will do well," he said.
"This first game against Rocky we need to play hard because they're a good team this year."
Benji's team backs up this morning's match with a 3.40pm encounter against Hervey Bay.
Games against Bundaberg and Rockhampton's second team follow tomorrow morning and afternoon.
Alyssa King comes from great basketball stock, with older brothers Declan and Isaac and sister Sarah accomplished players.
She will play in Gladstone's U12 girls team which has a date against Rocky from 10.20am today.
"I have improved a lot with my defence and footwork," Alyssa said.
"We have a good team and everyone is keen to go."
Jack Lymbery is one of those versatile players in the U12 boys side and will be a key for his. The young Power will play Rockhampton 1 at 9am today.