Emerging south-west basketballers are ready to test themselves at a higher level.
Seven Warrnambool junior squad players are preparing for the Australian Junior Country Cup and Southern Cross Challenge competitions, which will both be played in January.
Wil Rantall, Matilda Sewell, Amon Radley, Malakye Cunningham and Riley Nicolson will play at the country cup in Albury.
Finn O’Sullivan and Mia Mills will compete at the Southern Cross Challenge in Melbourne.
Jess Bouchier and Leah Bartlett are emergencies for the country cup.
Rantall, the younger brother of Australian under 17 representative Jay, is small forward-power forward who excels in “spreading the floor and kick-out passing”.
The recently-graduated primary school student will play for Victoria Goldminers in Albury and is likely to play against his Warrnambool teammate Radley, who is part of the Victoria Bushrangers’ roster.
“He’ll play as a big man, a centre or a power forward,” Rantall said.
“He’s very strong inside the paint.”
Rantall believes O’Sullivan will be a tough match-up for his Southern Cross Challenge opponents.
"He’s very quick and he’s got good ball handling and can drive pretty well,” he said.
He’s very strong inside the paint, a centre or a power forward.Wil Rantall on Amon Radley