27 January, 2023
Lochy scores at Country Basketball Cup
Gilgandra Basketball Association member and Balladoran local, Lochy Nolan, recently returned from competing with the NSW Under 16s Kookaburras state team at the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup.
This week-long competition which
has been running since 1985; was this
year held in Albury all last week with
upwards of 60 teams and 700 players,
coaches, and officials taking part.
This included state teams from all
over Australia and New Zealand competing
in the U14, U16, and U18 age
groups. After being selected for the
NSW team at a State Performance
Program in 2022, Lochy and the
Kookaburra’s first faced NSW Weka,
Unfortunately Lochy injured his
ankle in this first game, but then took to
the court on day two of the competition,
firstly defeating the Albury Wodonga
Bandits 55–50 before losing to the Vic
Despite this loss, Lochy made his first
points of the competition in the
Bushrangers game before continuing to
make baskets on day three of the competition.
He didn’t score enough, however,
for his side to beat the Tas Kangaroos in
a close 56–51 loss.
However in the last of
the pool matches, Lochy ably assisted
the team to defeat the SA Magpies 73–
70. With Lochy’s family watching from
the courtside, finals matches began on
the Friday, January 20, with NSW
Kookaburras facing the second NSW
State team, the NSW Waratahs in the
In a close match, the Waratahs took
the win, leaving the Kookaburras to play
for their final placing on the ladder. In
the number four playoff, Lochy’s NSW
Kookaburra’s defeated the Tas Tigers
89–72, with Lochy scoring eight points,
his highest score of the competition.
His final game was the number seven
playoff with the team again facing
Albury Wodonga and repeating their
high-performance result to win against
the Bandits, leaving his Kookaburra’s
NSW team finishing the competition in
seventh position overall.
Back in Gilgandra, Lochy and the rest of the Gilgandra Windmill U16s team, have resumed training for their first round of the Waratah Western Junior League, preparing themselves to head to Griffith in February.