Giants ex­cited to be part of Big Q

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BAS­KET­BALL: The Gran­ite Belt Giants en­joyed their first game of re­gional bas­ket­ball de­spite los­ing to the War­wick Wild­cats 85-62.

The Giants re­cently de­cided to be­come part of the in­au­gu­ral South-West Queens­land Bas­ket­ball League Big Q.

Giants player Damian Petrie said the team had a great time while play­ing the War­wick side at WIRAC last Fri­day.

“I think we were down by 20 points in the first quar­ter,” Petrie said.

“They were a lot more tal­ented but we were able to keep the 20-point mar­gin.

“We played pretty well to put 62 points on the board.

“We’re all just a bunch of lo­cal fel­lows,” Petrie laughed.

The Giants’ un­der-18s team is also part of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The U18s lost to the War­wick side 31-17 but

Per­tie said play­ers still had “heaps of fun”.

“For their first game they did re­ally well. They im­proved a lot,” he said.

Petrie said they got the chance to play against a dif­fer­ent town and that was all that mat­tered.

He said the Giants were ex­cited about the chance to play more games in the Big Q com­pe­ti­tion, es­pe­cially at the lo­cal YMCA.

“I think that’s the good thing about the comp,” he said.

“We get to play a home game and fam­i­lies and friends can come down.”

While the lo­cal bas­ket­ball com­pe­ti­tion con­cluded in Au­gust, the Big Q is a great chance for lo­cal bas­ket­ball play­ers to keep the ball rolling.

This week­end, the Giants will face USQ, the team from the Univer­sity of South­ern Queens­land.

Last week­end, the USQ Re­serve Grade de­feated the Run­nin’ Rebels 62-54 while the A-grade team came out win­ners over the Har­ris­town Run­nin’ Rebels 96-68.

So, if you have time on Fri­day, make your way to the YMCA to sup­port our Giants and watch some great games of bas­ket­ball.

Petrie said game times were not yet de­cided but should be sim­i­lar to last week’s with a 5pm start for U18s and 6pm start for the men’s game. Visit the Giants’ Face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion.

PHOTO: SEAN TEUMA

FREE SHOT: Damian Petrie from the Gran­ite Belt Giants’ A-grade team that is part of the in­au­gu­ral Big Q bas­ket­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

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