State basketball a first for Northam

Wheatbelt basketballers will get a chance to see a State Basketball League (SBL) game on their own doorstep, when the Perry Lakes Hawks Basketball Club play the Kalamunda Eastern Suns Basketball Club in Northam on July 8. 

This is the first ever SBL match played in Northam.

Perry Lakes Hawks player Natalie Burton said this is a great opportunity for the town and sport equally. 

"Having games of this quality played in Northam will not only be a chance to see two of our best state league basketball clubs play – but it's an opportunity to support and develop basketball locally,” she said. 

“It is hoped that state level basketball games of this calibre will hopefully inspire the next generation of wheatbelt basketballers.”

The teams will play at the Northam Recreation Centre, with the women’s game beginning at 2pm and the men’s game at 4pm.

The Perry Lakes Hawks Basketball Club will also take part in a community engagement program comprising of a player clinic and coaches forum in the lead up to the July 8 matches.

“Participating in the clinics and watching these games might also inspire a future Wildcat or Lynx Basketball player,” said a spokesperson for the event. 

Former Wildcats development players Ben Purser and Rob Cassir will be participating in the clinics, along with Natalie Burton and Perth Lynx player Toni Farnworth.

Tickets will be available from the door, with Adults at $5, Juniors for $1 and kids under the age of 5 entering for free. 

The Department of Sport and Recreation is supporting this project through the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme funding provided through Basketball WA.

Important times: 

  • 10.00am Perry Lakes Hawks open shooting session
  • 11.00am Kalamunda Suns open shooting session
  • 2.00pm Women's SBL match
  • 4.00pm Men's SBL match
  • 6pm All teams autograph session     

Developing sport in regional towns and centres is an important focus for the Department of Sport and Recreation.