Training is in full swing for Cootamundra’s under 14 Cougars.
They will play in the Western League, travelling to Narrandra, Orange, Leeton and Bathurst for the finals.
It has been an exciting time for players Samantha Graham, Amelia Chambers, Alex Oliver and Ruby Watterson using their skills learned under coach Paddy Ballard to gain selection into the Southern Sports Academy.
Samantha, Amelia and Amelia Hassett, who joins the team from Adelong, have also made it into the Country Premier League team.
Samantha and Amelia Hassett achieved selection in the Australian Country junior team that played in Albury last month.
Also in the team this year are former netballers Halle Derrick and Abbey Reiynolds, who have adapted to the game well, Odessa Tregear, who continues to improve her skills and Jaime-Lee Kerrison, who has returned from Queanbeyan.
The team plans to nominate for the Country Championships in June and hopes to qualify for the State Championships later this year.
Meanwhile, tickets are still available for the Two Grand Slam.
To play in the Western League association, the Cootamundra Junior Basketball Association must pay a nomination fee of $4000.
The players have been hitting the pavement selling tickets into the Two Grand Slam to help foot this bill.
The Two Grand Slam, hosted by the Cootamundra Junior Basketball Association, has a first prize of $2000 and five draws of $100 each.
Tickets are $10 each and available from Tina Wales at Delta Agribusiness or Melinda Chambers at NRMA.
The Two Grand Slam will be drawn on April 6.
The team is also looking for sponsors if any local business wishes to support the next generation of basketball enthusiasts in Cootamundra.