Junior ‘Jordans’ on the up
ALL six members of the Emerald Basketball's under-12 side looked like future Jordans, when they pulled on their green representative strips at the weekend.
Under-12s baller Sam Karanicolos said it was good fun representing Emerald and he even got a few baskets along the way.
"We got a few wins and played pretty well," Karanicolos said. "I got a couple of baskets which was good.
"It is hard representing Emerald but it's really fun.
"I am very proud to make this team. We train pretty hard every week.
"We play Rocky next and might beat them if we play well."
The teams dribbled, shot and dunked their way all Saturday and Sunday as Emerald hosted its first Central Districts Carnival in about 20 years.
Clubs from Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg took on Emerald at the PCYC in highly competitive fashion, despite temperatures skyrocketing.
"It really has been a fantastic weekend; such great participation from all clubs," Jurd said.
"The atmosphere has been great and the attitude from all the towns has been really positive and all shown great sportsmanship with great competitiveness."
"Next, the majority of them will go to Rockhampton in January, so we have a bit of a break before a few carnivals then the state championships in June.
"We don't really stop training, our regular season goes all year and straight into rep.
"So we have been training two or three times a week in the heat, the kids have done great."
Jurd said the three Emerald sides represented the region very well and the competition would help their all-round games.
"The Emerald teams have all gone really great, our under-12 girls have been winning the majority of their games," he said.
"Our u12 boys are a fresh and new team and have really been developing well - they put in some really good performances.
"Our under-14 boys have been coming up against some bigger teams and are finding it a little difficult but the experience will do them a wonder of good.
"They are a little bit small and have to get used to a bit faster paced game and play more as a team.
"But the potential is definitely there, they showed really good signs."