Olympic coach returns to Roma
Basketball legend holds workshops
After a successful run of Roma workshops, NBL championship coach Brian Kerle is bouncing back to the PCYC to host a free junior development weekend.
Starting from today, junior and high school students can attend one of three free basketball sessions to work on their ball handling and shooting skills.
Kerle has had an illustrious career in the sport, serving as a coach to teams such as the Brisbane Bullets and the Australian men’s Olympic team in a 40-year period.
In 1984, Kerle was awarded coach of the year after leading the Bullets to their first grand final playoff in four years, which was held in Melbourne.
Though unsuccessful in that instance, losing in a tight match to the Canberra Canons, Kerle and the Bullets returned stronger than ever in 1985 to clinch victory, taking home the grand final trophy.
Maranoa basketball coach and event organiser Mat Gane said the event was a perfect opportunity for children to practise basketball skills under the guidance of a world-class coach.
“We’ve had great attendance at our previous workshops and the kids always have a great time,” Gane said.
“Brian brings with him a wealth of experience, providing the kids with quality coaching. It’s a great way for both boys and girls to have a crack at the game and improve their motor skills.”
The junior clinic will be held from 3.30–5pm today, followed by the high school clinic from 5–6.30pm, both at the Roma PCYC.
Tomorrow there will be two clinics suited for beginners aged 14 years and younger, running from 9–10.30am and 11am–12.30pm at the PCYC. All clinics are free. Upcoming holiday workshops will be displayed on the Maranoa Basketball Association's Facebook page, with training sessions and three-on-three matches planned.
BALLERS: Mat Gane, Sarah Cook, Michael Tucker, Kyla MacDonald and Daniel Baeck with Brian Kerle at last month’s workshop.