WARRNAMBOOL will have three chances in the under 16 boys’ section of its Seaside Junior Basketball Carnival this weekend.
Twelve teams will take to the court in the two-day competition’s bumper section.
The 23rd classic has attracted 81 teams, including 15 Warrnambool squads.
Age groups range from under 12s to under 18s.
Warrnambool junior squad co-ordinator Craig McLeod said he expected the Seahawks’ multiple under 14s boys’ and under 16 boys’ teams to push for grand final berths.
“We are usually pretty strong in our own local competition, so we hope to fare all right,” McLeod said.
He said the association wanted to increase female numbers in its domestic program, which would have a flow-on effect to its representative teams.
“With the girls, we are hoping to build a base and keep them up and coming,” he said.
“We hope these girls have a bit of success over the weekend.
“Tim Gainey is coaching the under 18 girls and that is a bonus.”
Country Basketball League games will be played at the Arc to maximise attendance on Saturday night.
Warrrnambool Mermaids and Portland Coasters will play at 6pm and Warrnambool Seahawks and Portland Coasters at 8pm.
Teams from Bendigo, Millicent, Horsham, Terang, Timboon, Portland, Hamilton and Colac will compete in the Seaside tournament.