Alumni versus senior boys; teams named for basketball fundraiser

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Ashburton College senior A boys players (from left) Brad Douglas, Riley Sa and Caleb McNulty face off with Ashburton College Alumni invitational players Ashlee Strawbridge, Paul Robinson and Mark Douglas in preparation for the fundraiser game in Ashburton tomorrow.

Three generations of basketballers from the Douglas clan have been named in the teams to take the court tomorrow’s Ashburton College versus Alumni fundraiser match.

Douglas-patriarch Gavin, and son Mark ‘Roasty’ have been named on the alumni team and high school student Brad Douglas, son of Roasty, on the Ashburton College team.

Gavin played on the college team in 1968 and Roasty in 1992.

Roasty is also coach of the college team and, alongside assistant coach Paula Strawbridge and manager Suz Burns, are fundraising to take an 11-strong squad to the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament in Invercargill next month.

Also on the alumni invitation side are siblings, a father and son, and an uncle and niece. Six alumni players have also coached the college side at one time over the years.

The alumni team are; Hunt brothers Kieran (2015) and Gareth (2017), Doug Coley (1978) and son Dan Coley (2021), Phil McGrath (1985) and niece Barrine Ross (2014), Ross Templeton (1977), Andrew Shepherd (1999), Brian Kerr (1981), Wayne Eddington (1989), Phill Hooper (1986), Paul Robinson (1993) and Craig ‘Rocket’ Rodgers (1989).

They will be joined by Pip Johnston (1998), Pete Kirwan (1998), Mike Johnston (2012), Leighton Kerr (1994), Kampbell Stills (2020), Kody Sutheridge (2015), Ashlee Strawbridge (2019), Fletcher Arnold (2017), Tommo O’Brien (2017), Nick Fechney (2017) and Marc Juntilla (2018).

The college players to join Brad Douglas are: Riley Sa, Jamie Reid, Caleb McNulty, Micky Young, Malachi Drye, Parker Bradford, Ethan Reodique, Jet Aguilla and Jacob Swan.

The game, on at the Mid Canterbury Basketball stadium, on Oxford Street, in Ashburton on Saturday, starts at 5pm.

Entry cost is $5 and there will be sausage sizzle, raffles and an auction for a painting of Jordan, Lebron and Kobe, as well as a signed and framed Canterbury Rams singlet during the evening.

Doors open from 4pm.