Bannister Creek PS basketball program a slam dunk


Jack Dowd, Brayden Darrington, Grace Bailey, Brad Dowd (coach), Chloe Hind, Brodie McLean and Cayden Shaw. Picture: Jon Hewson d469841
Jack Dowd, Brayden Darrington, Grace Bailey, Brad Dowd (coach), Chloe Hind, Brodie McLean and Cayden Shaw. Picture: Jon Hewson d469841

BANNISTER Creek Primary School’s basketball program is reaping results with two teams coming first in the interschool Kalamunda Club grand finals last month.

Coach Brad Dowd, who established the Lynwood school’s basketball program in 2015, said all four teams entered in the competition made it to the grand final.

He said the All-Star girls’ team defeated Greenmount Primary School and would compete in the district finals in term 4 and the Future-Stars boys’ team defeated Carmel Adventist College.

Mr Dowd runs basketball skills clinics at the school throughout the year to introduce more children to the game.

“As a result more and more kids are taking up basketball as their chosen recreation,” he said.

“We usually have one or two kids who have played basketball before, but a lot of the kids we select have never actually played the game, so we select them on athletic ability and willingness to learn.”

He said the All-Star teams trained for eight weeks prior to the event and the Future-Stars teams 4 weeks prior.

“The All-Star division can advance to the District Finals and possibly the Champion Schools Cup, whereas the Future-Stars only play on the day,” he said.

The Kalamunda Club is part of the School Slam Series organised by School Sports WA in conjunction with Basketball WA.

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