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Hoop dreams: Local boys compete in Adelaide

Broken Hill lads Will Stephens and Jedd Smith got to test out and grow their skills in a recent interstate competition.

The boys were selected as part of a nine-player squad that participated in Adelaide Invitational last weekend.

The event was set up to act as a stepping stone for youngsters who would like to develop their game.

Dustin Stephens, Vice President of the Broken Hill Basketball Association, said it was great to see local players chosen to compete in the four-day carnival.

“It’s been a fair while since we’ve had anyone,” he said. “It’s not as common as it used to be, but the boys had a crack at it, which was good to see.”

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Will and Jedd represented one of three South Australian country teams that went up against two teams from Adelaide and another two teams that traveled from Tasmania.

The Magpies finished fourth overall and were the best country team in the tournament.

Mr Stephens said the boys, who played in the under 14s division, represented themselves fantastically in a tough competition and set an excellent example for other young local talents.

“When you get picked, it’s a good pat on the back,” he said. “It’s not easy, and the boys have put a lot of hard work into it.

“The younger kids will have a look at the boys and want do to it.”

About 80 kids were trialled for the SA country teams that were eventually trimmed to 27 to make up the three squads.

Will and Jedd attended training in Adelaide since making the final cut last November.

Mr Stephens said the experience has helped the juniors enhance their knowledge of the sport and build on their skills.

“They loved it and got to meet a lot of kids from different towns,” he said. “They had a smile on their face the whole time.

“That’s what it’s all about, and they got to learn under different coaches.”

Under 13s, Chace Glover, Silas Torney, and Jahayla Knott are eager to get to SA for their training season, having missed out on their first camp in SA due to COVID and border-related issues.

All players will now set their sights on the local league, with the competition set to resume early next month.

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