Giants keen to play in ‘Big Q’ league

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT - Ben Drewe and Kim Micke

BAS­KET­BALL: A one-off game against the War­wick Wild­cats may have sparked the Giants’ wish to join a new bas­ket­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

While this sea­son’s lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion has con­cluded, plans for a re­gional com­pe­ti­tion have been re­leased.

Teams from Toowoomba, Gat­ton and War­wick are con­firmed starters for the in­au­gu­ral South-West Queens­land Bas­ket­ball League, or Big Q, which starts on Oc­to­ber 14.

The Giants are now ask­ing play­ers to voice their in­ter­est in join­ing this new com­pe­ti­tion that could give bas­ket­ball across the re­gion a timely boost.

Stan­thorpe Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Damian Petrie said if the play­ers’ in­ter­est was there, they would be keen to play in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We ab­so­lutely want to en­ter teams,” he said.

“But we are check­ing player avail­abil­ity at the mo­ment.”

Petrie said they would like to en­ter un­der 18s and A-grade teams and that be­ing part of the com­pe­ti­tion would be a great ex­pe­ri­ence for all play­ers.

If enough play­ers got to­gether to com­mit to Big Q, four to five games could be seen played in Stan­thorpe.

The com­pe­ti­tion is set to run for eight to 10 weeks over the com­ing months.

Teams have the chance to join as or­gan­is­ers ex­pect to fi­nalise en­trants at the end of Septem­ber.

Big Q or­gan­iser Pop Dick­er­son said the bas­ket­ball com­mu­nity needed to get be­hind it.

The league aims to give play­ers in­creased ex­po­sure to qual­ity com­pe­ti­tion stan­dard of play and im­prove the skills of play­ers.

It is the lat­est of nu­mer­ous at­tempts to es­tab­lish a sus­tain­able re­gional league.

Prize money will be on of­fer for the men’s and women’s A-grade and re­serve-grade com­pe­ti­tions.

Big Q mar­ket­ing and PR man­ager De­spena Dick­er­son said she could see long-term ben­e­fits com­ing out of this com­pe­ti­tion for the whole re­gion.

Visit the Gran­ite Belt Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AIM­ING HIGH: The Gran­ite Belt Giants, a rep team of the eight best play­ers, faced the War­wick Wild­cats in a one-off bas­ket­ball game ear­lier this month. Now the Giants want to play in the Big Q league in south-west Queens­land.

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