Chris Lynch (left), Matt Pirie and Carla Pirie have been chosen for the Queensland North under-18 training squad.
Chris Lynch (left), Matt Pirie and Carla Pirie have been chosen for the Queensland North under-18 training squad.

Basketball trio driven to succeed

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE CHANCE to play at next year's national championships is busy driving talented Gladstone basketball trio Matt Pirie, Chris Lynch and Carla Pirie.

The trio was selected for the Queensland North under-18 squad after impressing with the Central team at the regional championships in September.

Fifteen-year-old twins Matt and Carla have been playing the sport for more than 10 years, while 16-year-old Chris started at the age of nine.

All three are rated good chances of making the Queensland North team having shown great improvement throughout 2004 having played with the Port City Power team. Talented forward Carla passed the first camp in Townsville and said there was big competition for spots.

'Six girls got cut at the end of the camp, it was really tough competition and I was glad I got through,' she said.

Matt is a similar player to his twin sister and hopes he is able to rise to the challenge of the first camp.

'We have all been helping each other at training to try and make the team, so hopefully the hard work pays off,' he said.

While point guard Chris, who lists his favourite player as Ray Cooper is just enjoying the chance to play at the best level he can.

'It is a great experience to take on the best and I think I am a good chance of making the team,' he said.

Matt and Carla said they could not have even got to this level without the support of dad Bob and mum Janelle, while Chris mentioned the influence of his parents John and Maree on his career.

'If it wasn't for our mum and dads we could not get anywhere, they have really been a big help for us.'



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