Sharks coach opens up training session

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 29/03/2014

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Southland Sharks coach Paul Henare is opening up the doors to his training session on Monday night to give the general public a glimpse at the preparation to game one in the 2014 National Basketball League.

Henare will link up with the Sharks on Monday following his time with the Breakers as an assistant coach for the Australian Basketball League.

Henare has agreed to let the Southland public to watch the squad go at each other in a ''scrimmage'' session.

The session will start at 7pm and will be held at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill.

American import Brian Conklin will also link up with the Sharks on Monday while Breakers player Reuben Te Rangi will join the team on Wednesday.

The Sharks will open their NBL title defence against Otago in Invercargill on Friday.

Meanwhile the Southland Basketball Association finally got to run their first home tournament in four years when a Zonal under-15 tournament was held at the ILT Stadium Southland last weekend.

Teams from North Otago, Otago, Eastern Southland and Southland competed to gain entry into a qualifying tournament for the BBNZ nationals later in the year and the Southland teams did themselves proud.

The Southland boys went through the tournament unbeaten and with their closest rivals being North Otago who they beat by five.

The Southland girls team finished second to Otago but have several weeks now to prepare for the rematch in the qualifying tournament in  Dunedin in a month's time.

This weekend the Southland under-17 and under-19 squads will be in Dunedin for their tournament to move into the qualifying stage in Invercargill in May.

Numbers are very strong in these age groups and have been building very well with additional training by SBA development officer, Kevin Braswell.

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- The Southland Times

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