Player numbers push the Heat to a new level
PORT Douglas Basketball Club Inc is enjoying its best participation numbers in its history, with all grades coming to the pointy end of the season.
More than 150 men’s, women’s, Under 16s, Under 13s and Aussie Hoops (5-11 years) players have registered with the Port Douglas-based club in 2016, no longer making Douglas Heat one of the smallest associations in the state.
Last Thursday night, the ladies spring competition decider was played with basketball newcomers, Samadhi Soul Wildcats crowned champions against Café Fresq Almost Angels, 28-21. Wildcats captain, Michelle Teasdale, was awarded grand final Most Valuable Player, while Jade Philp (Almost Angels) was awarded season MVP, and Rexlyn Gordon (Indigenous Allstars) won the encouragement award.
The men’s spring comp finals are wide open, with the six team spring comp enjoying an even contest throughout the season. Paddy’s Celtics have had an exciting unbeaten stretch, but could face tough finals opposition in Hemingway’s Brewers, Sonics, Reece Rockets, The Saints or Myths and Legends. The men’s grand final will be decided Wednesday, December 7.
Under 13s finals start next Wednesday with tussles between Ironbar black, Salsa light blue and Happy Pools dark blue. Palmer Sea Reef red girls managed a couple of wins at the end of their season; while the Under 16s wrap up Saturday, November 12, and Aussie Hoops finish Wednesday, December 7.
Douglas Heat also took kids and adults teams to the Cairns Top of the North FNQ Challenge at the weekend to play rep sides from Cairns and Mareeba. The Heat men were a stand-out, thrashing Cairns Tropics 73-18, and Mareeba 60-27. Well done to all.