Basketballer follows in sister’s footsteps

LORNE basketballer Lochie Donne hopes his upcoming Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup campaign will lead to a spot at a national championship.

Donne, who has just turned 16, will line up in one of Victoria’s three under-18 squads to contest the country cup at Albury and Wodonga.

Selectors will use the tournament to pick a Vic Country squad to play in Perth later this year.

Lorne’s Lochie Donne will represent Victoria at a week-long Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup at Albury Wodonga next week. Victoria will field three teams.

“I’m hoping to do my part to help the team win but if there is some selectors I guess it would be nice to get noticed,” the 195-centimetre forward said.

“I’d like to play for the Vic Country squad at the nationals one day.”

Donne, who represented Victoria at Port Macquarie in 2010, will follow in the footsteps of older sister Zoe who led an under-18 Victorian squad to a gold medal finish last year.

He will line up in Victoria’s bottom-age 18s squad, which has contested the Pacific Coast Slam in the past.

“I’m kind of nervous but excited at the same time, because my sister said it’s a pretty good experience,” Donne said.

“I’m looking forward to playing basketball, it’ll be good for my basketball to play against different states but the social side as well, I know a few of the guys from Port Macquarie so it should be all right,” he said.

Donne, the son of Lorne’s Stephen and Sheryl Donne, said he had worked hard to prepare himself for the weeklong competition, which kicks off Monday.

The youngster travels to Geelong three nights a week to play in the Victorian Junior Basketball League on Friday nights and Basketball Geelong’s domestic competition on Wednesday nights.

He also takes part in an Aspiring Supercats program with Geelong Supercats coach Jamie O’Loughlin on Thursdays.

“I’ve been shooting a few times a week and we had a training camp to learn a few offences and scrimmages,” Donne said,

“I don’t really have many expectations, I’ll just try to play hard and make sure I don’t slack off.”

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