Game enjoys boom
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.