Hoops Against Violence basketball challenge builds awareness

ORGANISERS are planning a Hoops Against Violence rematch.

Horsham Senior Constable Les Power said Ballarat's police and Koori basketball team gave Horsham's side 'a lesson in basketball' during a friendly game on Wednesday night.

The visiting team took home the Hoops Against Violence shield from the inaugural event.

But Sen Const Power said Horsham would play again for the right to bring it back home.

"We'll have another one in about six to 12 months time," he said.

He believed the final score was about 69 to 48, but said it was more about the experience than the result.

"There was absolutely fantastic sportsmanship," he said.

He was equally pleased by the enthusiasm from children

participating in a junior round-robin tournament and skills session.

"All of the kids who attended got special Hoops Against Violence T-shirts and were running around with them on, playing basketball," he said. "They all seemed to be enjoying themselves."

Wimmera Superintendent Graham Kent said the initiative had been a great opportunity for police and the Koori and wider community to get together and have some fun, while raising awareness about family violence.

"It remains the number one priority for Victoria Police, to work with the community to reduce the harm and impact of family violence," he said.

"We understand the long-term implications for victims and

perpetrators, and we want to try to arrest that."

Emma D'Agostino

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