Game en­joys boom

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has been in­un­dated with in­ter­est from young play­ers and could have about 600 chil­dren tak­ing part in the 2016-17 sea­son.

More than 500 ju­niors reg­is­tered for the up­com­ing sea­son at a KBA meet-and-greet last Wed­nes­day, with an­other 90 also en­rolling in the Aussie Hoops pro­gram for pre-pri­mary and kinder­garten chil­dren.

The num­bers are enough to form 61 teams, an in­crease of 22 on last sea­son, and will mean the KBA has to use all nine bas­ket­ball courts of the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex, from 3-8.30pm, each Wed­nes­day to fa­cil­i­tate all the games.

KBA pres­i­dent Cassie Perry said com­mit­tee mem­bers had been blown away by the num­bers.

“We started with 76 kids back in 2013 and now we have 600 plus, so it’s been pretty huge growth,” she said. “Wed­nes­days will be a hive of ac­tiv­ity.”

Ms Perry said in con­trast, player num­bers in the se­nior com­pe­ti­tion had re­mained rel­a­tively steady be­tween last sea­son and this sea­son.

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