The basketball blitz that has Lesmurdie buzzing

Ivor Burge WA State team members AJ Stewart, David Rulyancich and Shannon McInley. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d411208
Ivor Burge WA State team members AJ Stewart, David Rulyancich and Shannon McInley. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d411208

The WA Under 20 mens’ and womens’ state teams and the WA Ivor Burge mens’ and womens’ State teams, for players with intellectual disabilities, will battle it out with eastern states teams at Ray Owen Stadium from February 16-22.

WA Ivor Burge mens’ team coach Chris Saligari said it was a huge coup for Lesmurdie to host the event.

‘It will be the third nationals hosted at Ray Owen Stadium,’ she said.

‘It will be a bonus for the local community, with 28 teams attending and families and support staff injecting thousands of dollars into the community via accommodation and tourism.’

Ms Saligari said the biggest excitement among competing players was that US scouts would be checking out the talent in search of future Australian Boomers squad members.

She said the Ivor Burge teams were training hard for the competition.

‘It is the second year WA has had an Ivor Burge womens’ team,’ she said.

‘They are being coached by Lizzy Falconbridge, who is a WABL coach, and her assistant coaches are Shannon Pass and Kailee Booth ” who are both WABL players for the Eastern Suns.

‘The team is looking good.

‘The men are a talented group with a lot of height and speed. David Rulyancich is 18 years old, fast and dunks the ball quite easily.’