Teenagers to debut for Kookas

INCOMING: Colac Kookas’ senior men’s basketball team will have six new faces this season. Pictured from left are Denver Murnane, James Headlam, Jesse Burn, Matthew Lloyd and Lachie McHenry. Rhys Lemke is absent.

INCOMING: Colac Kookas’ senior men’s basketball team will have six new faces this season. Pictured from left are Denver Murnane, James Headlam, Jesse Burn, Matthew Lloyd and Lachie McHenry. Rhys Lemke is absent.

Three Colac teenagers will make their senior debuts when the Country Basketball League kicks off this weekend.

Kookas Matthew Lloyd, 16, Denver Murnane, 16, and Rhys Lemke, 15, will all take the court in tomorrow night’s season opener against Portland.

Lemke, a former state junior representative, is the younger brother of former Kooka Nathan Lemke, while all three have represented both the Colac and Geelong associations at junior level.

They are among a host of new faces in the club’s senior men’s team this season, along with Geelong-based talls James Headlam and Jesse Burn, and guard Lachie McHenry.

Colac coach Keith Harrison, who will lead the team for a fourth season in 2016-17, said the young trio had well and truly earned their spots for tomorrow’s clash.

“They’ll all be debuting this weekend, they’ve put in the hard yards at training to make the team,” Harrison said.

“If you add current players like Morgan Fenton and Sam and Jack Barrow, we’ve got a good group of aspiring young basketballers this season, and it’s fantastic to have them eager to develop their game,” he said.

“It’s all about preparing them for the future because we’ve had a few players retire so hopefully one day these young guys can fill the shoes of guys like Juddy Williamson and Matty Lucas.”

Colac takes on Portland on the road tomorrow night, before meeting last season’s runner-up Warrnambool at Warrnambool on Sunday.

The Kookas’ senior women’s team will also meet Portland and Warrnambool this weekend under new coach Hayley Dewar, and will have four players making their CBL debuts.

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