GALLERY: Hoops event scores maximum points in senior comp
BASKETBALL: Plans will be put in place to host an even bigger senior basketball carnival next year.
This optimism comes on the back of an extremely successful event held at Kev Broome Stadium and the adjacent PCYC courts on the weekend.
"Everyone was very impressed with the carnival including the players who came from Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bundaberg and Brisbane," organiser and Devilicious Red player Kellie Green said.
She also said one of the towns down south is thinking the same.
"They were thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such an awesome event and Bundaberg has expressed an interest of holding one of their own in a similar fashion," Green said.
The main focus of such a carnival is to narrow the gap between QBL and the weekly top-tier competitions to make it easier for emerging players who aim to make the transition to QBL ranks.
"The under-23 boys and girls' divisions were a success with noticeable up-and-coming talents like Lachie Wilmot, Luke Knight, Ben Knight, Ben Harvey, Jace Arnold, Albert Maunga and Alvin Kahondo for the boys and Darcy Arnold, Kadee Barrenger, Jordie Porter and Caterina Davoli for the girls," Green said.
"It even sparked conversations with the Bundaberg U23 girl's coach in an aim to get our girls and them to join forces and make a representative team together."
Green said a lot of volunteers spent countless hours getting the carnival organised.
"The biggest highlight for the weekend was the basketball community all coming together to work to make the carnival the success that it was," she said.
"We have an awesome team of players, referees and volunteers and everyone pitched in and utilised their skills and volunteered their time, for the good of the club.
"This is what I was most proud of this weekend.
"We also had some great players come out of retirement like Barry Maluga who took the court with his old team Devolds and he spoke highly of the carnival and the organisation."