GALLERY: Home sides shine in seaside comp

WARRNAMBOOL will be well represented in Seaside Senior Basketball Carnival finals today.

Organiser Sharon Blackney said the three-day competition would wrap up today with semi-finals and grand finals at the Arc.

“We have a few local teams that will at least end up in a semi-final and that is always good,” she said.

Warrnambool senior committee member Tim Rayner echoed Blackney's thoughts.

“The Mermaids have performed extremely well as have our young Seahawks,” he said.

“There will be lots of local teams present in finals.”

The carnival has attracted 57 teams from as far as Adelaide and Melbourne.

Blackney said the south-west had thrown its support behind the 42nd tournament.

“We have about a dozen local (Warrnambool teams) and a few from the district — Portland, Colac and Terang,” she said.

“So it’s been well supported by the south-west contingent and we have obviously had teams from Adelaide, Ballarat, Melbourne, Geelong and Ararat.

“We are seven teams down on last year’s numbers and we’re hoping to get feedback this year by asking some of the teams and clubs.”

Blackney said the carnival’s first two days were successful.

“The weather has been with us so the stadiums have been kind (in terms of temperature),” she said.

“A lot of players have been coming back for years and years and their bodies are holding up well this year.

“We have had good matches and everything is going along smoothly.”

Redback-Ararat player Aaron Carlton won the three-point shootout. He defeated 25 people to take out the title.

justine.mc@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

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