The Gold Coast Bulletin

BOUNCING BACK AT AN EXCITING TIME

- With Joel McInnes

WELL, the dribble is back, coinciding with prime time, rim-rockin, out-ofyour-seat-jumping, live basketball action returning to the Gold Coast.

State League is back, with the biggest change being the new branding of the league.

NBL1 North is now the premier Queensland basketball competitio­n, with the second and third-tier leagues branded QSL1 and QSL2.

The Gold Coast Rollers will have their opening QSL1 match against Southern District on Saturday, which will also be the Bulletin’s live-stream game of the week.

In NBL1 North, the Gold Coast

Rollers host Ipswich Force in the opening round on Sunday at the Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium.

Most teams have focused on local player recruitmen­t with major issues surroundin­g bringing in overseas athletes.

With other states already starting their season earlier, the NBL1 North will be more enticing to NBL players to sign after this current season.

The Rollers have struck gold with

Brisbane Bullets guns Jason Cadee and Anthony Drmic both committing to the Rollers this year.

North Gold Coast Seahawks will open their QSL1 season with a doublehead­er road trip which includes games against Brisbane and Logan.

GOLD COAST’S WEEKEND HOME GAMES AT CARRARA:

NBL1 North: Sunday – women at 1pm, men 3pm. QSL1: Saturday, women at 11am and men at 1pm.

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Gold Coast Rollers players Jaze Morris and Lauren Mansfield are ready for the NBL1 and QSL season launches this weekend. Picture: Tertius Pickard
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