WATCH: Young players put through a stern Mackay test
BASKETBALL: It was six hours of intense basketball training for more than 40 players from Gladstone, Bundaberg, Townsville, Mackay and Emerald in Mackay on the weekend.
These players are striving to crack into the Queensland North under-16 team at the nationals next year.
Gladstone players Thasindu Chandrasekara, Jack Small, Marley Evans, Lennox Evans, Ben Knight, Alvin Kahondo, Albert Manauga and Seth Collins took part in the four 90-minute sessions under the watchful eye of North Queensland state performance manager Brady Walmsley.
"This was one of two trial camps we have with the second one to be in Cairns next weekend,” Walmsley said.
"There's an even distribution of the numbers in terms of athletes trialling.”
Walmsley said the trial camps were designed to expose players to the Queensland North style of play and to assess if the players were suitable under this program.
"It's two-pronged and I think we had a good day today (on Saturday),” Walmsley said.
The coach, who has also been appointed to lead the McDonald's Gladstone Port City Power men's team, said the players adhered to the instructions drummed into them by himself and his assistants, who included Power women's coach Ray Cooper.
"By the end of that third session on Saturday, we had a full complement of stuff we could do offensively and defensively,” Walmsley said.
"So the players were able to pick those concepts up quite quickly.”
Players went through scratch matches yesterday and Walmsley said the Gladstone contingent had put in the effort over the two-day training camp.