Senior carnival to bridge the gap in basketball competitions
BASKETBALL: Teams from as far south as Gympie and Bundaberg will play in a senior carnival this Friday and the weekend.
Action will start from 5.15pm on Friday and continue with games from 8am on Saturday through to the final match at 7pm between under-23 men's teams Swish and Heat.
Event organizer Kellie Green said it is hoped this will lead to more carnivals in the future and on a more regular basis.
"The aim of this competition is to provide more opportunities for our young basketballers to play more basketball outside of the regular weekly competition and bridge the gap between our, Port City Power team, which is in the State Queensland Basketball League," she said.
"It is also about giving everyone a go and trying to increase participation and a strong sense of community among Gladstone basketballers as a whole."
"The plan is to hold an annual carnival like this one for all our basketball community to have the opportunity to be involved, as well as get the conversations and planning started with our CQ region teams like Bundaberg, Rocky, Mackay, Gympie Noosa, Maryborough, Emerald and to develop a similar competition based on the junior CDC representative teams model.
"Many people are very excited to have such a large carnival held here in Gladstone and have personally sent messages saying thank you and great work."
Games continue into Sunday from 8am through to the final game at 3pm.
The games to look out for will be in the U23 men's and women's grades.
Heat and Sparks face off at 8.15pm on Friday while Gladstone and Bundaberg will meet at 11am and again at 1pm in the U23 women.
Players can wind down on Saturday night at the Powerhouse Bar - upstairs at Kev Broome Stadium. There will be live music as well as a bar shoot-out and ping pong competition and people can also book for a barbecue breakfast on Sunday morning.
"It's going to be a great weekend filled with some awesome basketball and important junior development," Green said.
"I have also put experienced QBL players as coaches for the four U23 Gladstone teams in the competition.
"I am aiming to get these young guys to build relationships with these men and learn from them and look up to them as their mentors and role models."