Player num­bers push the Heat to a new level

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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