Teenager hopes to impress in all-star role

Colac’s Sam Barrow is among six district basketballers who will make their debut in Colac Basketball Association’s All Star Fundraiser tonight.

TEENAGER Colac basketballer Sam Barrow hopes to make the most of his selection in tonight’s all-star basketball match.

Barrow, a dual Colac Basketball Association senior championship winner, is among six district players to receive their first selection in the association’s annual fundraiser.

He’s not entirely new to the concept, having participated in the event’s three-point shoot-out last year and taking the whistle to officiate the showcase event.

But the Year 11 Trinity College student said he would much rather take the court as a player.

“I umpired the game last year, it was just something different that Colac had never done before – something fun,” Barrow, 16, said.

“I was pretty happy to help out when I was asked to play. I love playing basketball and the fact it’s going towards some good local causes made me want to get involved,” he said.

Officials will split the proceeds of the event, which kicks off at Colac’s Bluewater Fitness Centre at 6pm, to support Cororooke’s Delorenzo Family and The Daniel Reddie Foundation.

Nathan Delorenzo is undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a stroke in May.

Daniel Reddie, the late boyfriend of Colac’s Lara Lynch, died while travelling in Croatia in August.

His family has created the Daniel Reddie Foundation to raise money for research into and support for suffers of endocarditis, a heart condition.

A host of talented district basketballers will join Barrow in making their all-star debuts, including sporting all-rounder Shaun Keast, veteran Adam McNamara and Colac Kookas Marcus Larcombe, Matt Williamson and Matt O’Dowd.

“It will be good playing a bit of fun basketball with some of the better players in Colac, we got some pretty big crowds last year,” Barrow said.

Returning for their second

all-star appearance are Hawks duo Kevin Hinge and organiser Pete Williamson, and Colac Kookas Justin Williamson, Shaun Dell, Matt Lucas, Russell Whiteford, Ben Martin and Nathan Lemke.

Barrow, who will also contest the three-point shoot-out alongside sharp-shooters Shaun Rosevear and Michael Ritchie, will use the match as training ahead of his junior representative commitments with the Kookas’ under-18 squad.

The team will contest a Hamilton junior tournament this weekend.

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