Stadium abuzz as juniors turn up

IT WAS very encouraging to see so many Under 8 and Under 10 boys and girls turning up for the Junior Hoopster's program last Friday night.

The stadium was a buzz with activity during the first session back after the school holiday break with many players getting a feel of the game for the first time.

I don't think I've seen so many players on the floor at one time during a single session. Welcome to all the new players and parents and I hope to see you all again out and about tonight.

JUNIOR president Tony Cotter was also impressed by the growing numbers in the Under 12 and Under 14 ranks, probably as a direct result of the new season set up that was adopted by his committee, which will continue through until next year.

Tony advises that there is still plenty of time for any intending player to sign up and he is looking forward to increasing the playing ranks even further as the season progresses.

A MEETING with BQ is scheduled for next weekend in Brisbane to sort out the make up of the State League competition for next year. We'll soon find out the results and where we will sit in that overall picture. The season will commence in April next year and some of us can't wait. Nominations close today for prospective remaining coaching and manager positions for the Port City Power teams and we will be able to put the names against all those positions sometime next week.

THE WNBA got under way last weekend and it was good to see so many WNBA and other overseas players getting back into the swing of things with Lauren Jackson getting a lazy 39 points for the Canberra Capitals in their big win over the AIS and Belinda Snell snaring 33 for Sydney Uni in their loss to Bulleen. Our only Queensland franchise Townsville, thrashed Perth 100-57 but went down to the powerful Adelaide side 93-84, while Sydney lost both of their opening games.

It looks to be shaping up as another bumper season as all prospective Opals eye the chance to again play for their nation at next year's Commonwealth games.

Last year's champions, the Dandenong Rangers remain firm favourites to repeat the dose this year.

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