Burrowes takes on leadership role with Benalla Breakers

By Meg Saultry

Sam Burrowes will lead a new look Benalla Breakers men’s team this season, after the experienced player was named captain last week.

After a turnover of players between seasons, Burrowes said this year’s squad was made up of a younger cohort.

As one of the youngest players last season, Burrowes has become one of the older players.

The Benalla product said he looked to take on more of a leadership role among the team this year.

“Yeah, I’m one of the more experienced players and I’ve been pretty vocal throughout the pre-season,” he said.

“Being named captain though was still a good surprise.”

While there are drawbacks to having a younger list, Burrowes said his team would play to its strengths during the 12-game season.

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“We’ll get out there and play fast and grow over the season,” he said.

“Being young, we should be able get up and down the court quickly.

“But the drawback is some of these teams have been playing together for 5-6 years.

“We’ll see how we go when push comes to shove.”

Skipper Sam: Benalla's Sam Burrowes (right) will lead the Benalla Breakers on court this season.

With Benalla's first challenge Shepparton on the road, Burrowes said the season opener could “definitely be a trial by fire”.

“They are a really tough team. It’ll be an eye opener for us,” he said.

But Burrowes said it was home games the team was was most excited for.

“Absolutely, last year we had something like 200 to 300 people turn up and support us,” he said.

“The atmosphere was awesome.”

The Country Basketball League is set to be Burrowes' summer offering, following his winter season with the North East Bushrangers.

He is likely set to continue his work in starting point guard, after a solid season in the role with the Bushies this year. 

“I’ll look to be vocal and control the offence,” Burrowes said.

“CBL is a good place to work on things, before you take it into higher competitions.

“I’m excited for the season to start.”