Primary Hoops stars to hit the courts today

by: Andrew Coakley, Sports Editor

Primary school basketball is set to tip off today at the Jack Hayward gymnasium.

This year's season will be held in honor of Jimmy Culmer and Keith Mullings, and therefore the league for this season will be known as the Jimmy Culmer/Keith Mullings 2013/14 Primary School Basketball League.

Defending champs from last season are Walter parker Pacers (Girls) and the Mary Star Stingrays (Boys), the surprise team from last year, under the watchful eye of coach Fredrick Bastian.

Can the Stingrays keep the surprise going and successfully defend their title this year? Or will the Hugh Campbell Hornets come back seeking revenge and their trophy?

Todayâ s games will begin at 3:30 p.m. when the Stingrays will take on the Freeport Primary Conquerors.

The Martin Town Primary Knights will take on the boys from Bartlett Hill Primary. The Hugh Campbell Hornets will face the BMES Warriors at 4:30 p.m. and the Walter Parker Pacers will take on the Sunland Baptist Stingers.

In the feature game of the day, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. it will be a fight among the birds, as the Tabernacle Falcons will face the Freeport Gospel Eagles.

Before action takes place on the courts, there will be a short ceremony at the gym with special guest speaker Peter Turnquest, Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama.

Honorees Jimmy Culmer and Keith Mullings are expected to be on hand for the official opening and start of the new season.

The primary school girls will see action on Tuesday at the jack Hayward gym when the Freeport Primary Conquerors will take on Mary Star Stingers in the opening game.

The Walter Park pacers will face the Freeport Gospel Eagles; the Falcons will play the Hugh Campbell Hornets and in the feature game, the BMES Warriors will face the Raccoons.

According to president of the Primary School Sports Association, Ozzie Simmons, this new season is expected to be competitive, as all teams will be looking to take home the coveted trophy.

" We know that the kids look forward to an opportunity to get on the basketball court and play, especially in front of their family members, so we encourage all of the parents to come out to the gym where they can and watch their kids play,"  said Simmons.

To ensure that the season remains competitive, especially among the girls' teams, the Grand Bahama Primary Schools Athletic Association will team up with HOYTES to hold a one-day skills Girls Camp, Thursday, October 3.

The camp will be conducted by coaches Gladstone "Moon"  McPhee, Norris Bain, Ivan Butler and Darryl Sears.

All games during the Jimmy Culmer/Keith Mullings 2013/14 Primary School Basketball League will play in two halves with eight minutes per half for boys and six minutes per half for girls.

There has always been some argument on whether or not the primary school players should have more of a season instead of a tournament type league. However, plans are on the drawing board to give primary school players more playing time on the court.

The details of those plans will no doubt come from the Association when the time is right.

In the meantime, the primary school players will continue to make a name and a future for themselves by giving their best on the court for the duration of their league.

The motto for this year's league is 'Working with tomorrow's stars." 

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