Roos slice through Orange

The Kiama under-18 basketball team: coach John Trappman, Tim Stewardson, Aaron Mercieca, Will Woolfe, Andrew Bailey, James Poelczer, Connor Larkin, Karl Norris-Johnson; (front) Lee Warren, Matt Stewardson, Eddie Agar and Tas Fredericks.

The Kiama under-18 basketball team: coach John Trappman, Tim Stewardson, Aaron Mercieca, Will Woolfe, Andrew Bailey, James Poelczer, Connor Larkin, Karl Norris-Johnson; (front) Lee Warren, Matt Stewardson, Eddie Agar and Tas Fredericks.

KIAMA Basketball has brought home its first major representative title in a decade or more after the success of the under-18 boys team at the NSW Country Championships, held in Maitland last week.

The Kiama Roos took out the Division Three title with a hard-fought comeback win over arch-rivals, Orange, to the tune of 45-38.

The team went through the championships undefeated, accounting for Kempsey (41-33), Maitland Mustangs (37-18) and Bathurst Goldminers (39-26).

In the semis they again faced off against Maitland, bringing it home 35-29.

Aside from the parents, the proudest person on the sideline was long-term Kiama representative coach, John Trappman.

"John is the backbone of our representative program and the heart and soul of the club," Kiama Basketball Association president Mark Bowmer said.

"He's trained many of these boys since under-12s, and he deserves this win as much as anyone."

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