Penrith Basketballers Ready to Open Season Against Sharks

The Penrith Panthers senior men's basketball team commences the 2014 Waratah Championship League (WCL) competition this weekend, with an away game against the Sutherland Sharks on Saturday night in Sutherland. 

 Louis Brandt winds up for a huge slam dunk - photo courtesy of Noel Rowsell (

Louis Brandt winds up for a huge slam dunk - photo courtesy of Noel Rowsell (

Penrith will field a couple of new players and a new coach in 2014, with 2013 WCL Women's head coach John Hennessy moving into the men's program, following the retirement of long-serving head coach Jeff Cooper. 

Sydney Kings Development players Louis Brandt, Ben Kearins and former Blacktown Storm Youth League small forward John Macham will be among the players to watch this season. 

Inspirational point guard Krenz Carlos has also moved further west from the Blacktown Storm's Youth League program, whilst shooting guard Noah Cleur has transferred from the Macarthur Heat State League program. 

Penrith has played just one trial game during the pre-season, losing 89-82 to the Northern Suburbs Bears in Crows Nest. 

Brandt led the Panthers in that game with 24 points, ahead of Cleur 12, Kearins 11 and Jarrod Sorenson 11. 

Former Sydney Kings NBL point guard BJ Carter has taken over the reins at Sutherland and whilst he has a very youthful squad, the Sharks always come ready to play hard-nosed, intense basketball. 

This could be one of the more entertaining games of the first round but the Panthers will undoubtedly be hot favourites to win. 

Tip-off is at 7pm on Saturday night at the Sutherland Basketball Stadium.