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17 July, 2021

Stadium abuzz with basketball

MACKAY’S multipurpose stadium was buzzing with basketballers tipping off for their U14 state championships and grand finals at the weekend. The turnout over the last week was a boon for the Mackay region with players coming from all over Queensland, while still obeying the COVID19 rules and wearing masks while not on the court. Each team had their own individual tent outside for upcoming matches.

By Jacob Cumner

MACKAY’S multipurpose stadium was buzzing with basketballers tipping off for their U14 state championships and grand finals at the weekend.

The turnout over the last week was a boon for the Mackay region with players coming from all over Queensland, while still obeying the COVID19 rules and wearing masks while not on the court. Each team had their own individual tent outside for upcoming matches.

 Basketball Queensland chief executive Graham Burns said teams from throughout the state converged in Mackay to play out the championships. “With around 40 or more teams there were three division. The division one competition was between Cairns and Mackay, so these teams  have done extremely well.” Mr Burns said.

 “This event is huge for the girls attending the championships, and the winners of these three divisions will be heading to the national U14s club championships, which will be held in Victoria in September  if everything goes well (with COVID-19 restrictions).

The Division One Gold Medal Game between the Cairns Dolphins and the Mackay Meteorettes Cairns managing to come away with the win. The Division Two Gold Medal Game saw the Burdekin Wildcats face Southern District’s Titans, with the Burdekin coming out on top.

 And the Division Three Gold Medal Game played out between Emerald Chargers and Townsville Lightning with Townsville taking victory.


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