Waitaki Herald : October 29th 2014
32 WAITAKI HERALD, OCTOBER 29, 2014 De Geest has goal in sight By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org breaking into the New Zealand under-16 squad. De Geest is one of 32 young players nationwide selected to attend national trials for the side, after being identified through national tournaments and Basketball NZ’s national talent development programme. He’s been a standout player for Waitaki Boys’ over the past 12 months and was a member of the school’s junior V side which won the junior section of the Otago secondary schools basketball competition in August. De Geest’s coach Ian Cathcart W said his young player’s selection for the national U16 trials is no surprise and he has every possibility of making the cut. ‘‘His chances are pretty good I’d say. He’s definitely going to be prepared and he’s doing the work but it’s really about how he performs at the trials.’’ The first trial will be held from December 10 to 13 in Auckland. The camp will assess players using a series of teaching and testing sessions, ending with a game session. After the initial camp, 20 players will be invited to a second trial in January, with that num- FROM Page 27 aitaki Boys’ High School basketballer Max de Geest is on the cusp on ber being cut to 14 which will make up the national squad of 10 team and four reserve players. Cathcart believes de Geest has the attributes required to thrive at national level. ‘‘He’s probably one of the better shooters I’ve seen. Max’s strength is his ability to shoot the ball and that’s what national coaches are looking for, particularly when they go overseas.’’ Cathcart also praised de Geest’s work ethic, which he described as outstanding. ‘‘He’s probably shooting 400 to 500 shots a day. His selection for the trials has come as no surprise to me because I see the work he does. ‘‘He’s probably doing about three hours of training a day . . . he’s keen as. He’s always training and wants to work hard.’’ De Geest is also developing other areas of his game, which Cathcart believes will stand de Geest in good stead. Basketball at Waitaki Boys’ is as strong as it’s ever been, with de Geest’s junior teammate Thomas Crutchley recently being selected for the New Zealand U16 development side. ‘‘It’s exciting times,’’ Cathcart said. ‘‘We’ve put a lot of time into these kids and we’re seeing the results. ‘‘They’re top kids who are really keen and are putting in the work.’’ Point-scorer: Waitaki Boys’ High School’s Max de Geest puts up a shot. De Geest has been selected to trial for the national under-16 basketball side. Photo: SUPPLIED SPORT/MOTORING Plenty of tow: The hydraulics run separately on the Dexta. Proud owner: Allan Andrews loves his Dexta. The restoration: Allan Andrews photographed the tractor’s restoration. New paint: The grates at the front are trademark of the 1959 Dexta. Bright, shiny: The new paint job makes the Dexta highly visible. Know how: The manual for the Dexta. Olden days: The original ad for the Dexta.
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