Basketball rivalries shoot their shot for Coast Cup


Women’s and men’s teams will play at the the ladies’ match at 6.30pm. Picture credit: Jeffrey F Lin

WA’s state basketball league rivals Mandurah Magic and the Rockingham Flames will go head-to-head in Rockingham this Friday for the Coast Cup.

Both the women’s and men’s teams will play at the Mike Barnett Sports Complex starting off with the ladies’ match at 6.30pm.

All eyes will be on Ricky “Amazing” Grace’s son and rising star Jerami Grace after he scored 100 per cent in free throw goals during Mandurah Magic’s match against South West Slammers last week.

Incoming Rockingham Flames Women’s Coach Tom Knowles says the game on Friday is expected to be fast and physical because of the competitiveness between both Peel teams.

“We have a huge advantage as the game is at our home ground, the Magics have been our competition for years but it also depends on the crowd,” Mr Knowles says.

“Rockingham creates the best atmosphere in the league, exciting the crowd et cetera and that’ll definitely help motivate the players to perform even better.”

Mandurah Magic’s Senior Men’s’ Coach Aaron Trahair says the Flames are a tough team to beat as they are currently third in the season’s ladder, having beat the Cockburn Cougars during round one last Friday.

“We watched the Flames game from last week and have implemented new strategies that’ll take away their strengths and hopefully win us the game,” Mr Trahair says.

The Coast Cup is an annual competition supported by West Coast Radio’s Coast FM that both local teams play to score the winning cup.

This is the first time the Coast Cup will be played in the revamped WA state basketball league, NBL1 West which comes under the east-coast’s NBL1 banner.

Mr Trahair says this change isn’t like anything WA and its players have experienced before, creating new possibilities and improving the overall state basketball experience.

“We’re under the new NBL1 banner which is exciting for the players more than anything.” Mr Trahair says.

“The exposure they get from social media and the exposure I’ve seen since week one is amazing,”

“It’s a real pathway for players to get to the NBL.”

New scoreboard screens have been installed, entertainment for crowds, an increase in food options and prizes have been added to make the experience on Friday better for the crowd.