Extra teams added for season in basketball
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE'S inclusion in last year's Australian Basket- ball Association Southern Cross Division premiership appears to be reaping rewards.
An increase in player num- bers for the new Gladstone Amateur Basketball Associa- tion has resulted in additional teams being added to the men's and women's competitions.
This follows the Port City Power's Southern Cross debut last year ? an event which has also resulted in an increase in women's player numbers.
Five teams will contest the men's first division competi- tion with the possibility of an- other being added. Six will contest the men's second divi- sion while the women's teams are yet to be graded.
GABA vice-president Pau- line Kelly said a number of past players had returned to the fold along with former ju- niors who had returned to Gladstone.
'We've got an extra 30 play- ers in the seniors alone and the juniors have just been inun- dated with players,' Kelly said. ' We're hoping we may get another men's division one team. There's still a few play- ers on the fringes who haven't joined an established team.
'All the teams already have a full complement of 10 play- ers. Last year some were going on court with only four or five players.'
Kelly believed the increased training demand on the Port City Power squad members would improve the overall strength of the local competi- tion with the Power's men's and women's players passing on their skills and knowledge to clubmates.
The GABA men's division season starts tonight.