May day official start for CQBL
BASKETBALL: The new Central Queensland Basketball format was a resounding success.
The Central District Carnival-type competition - albeit for adults who want to play in a high-standard competition - featured Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Noosa.
Gladstone men's playing coach Daniel Green led his team to an undefeated start in the four matches last weekend in Bundaberg while the newly-assembled women stood up for three quarters in each game before fading late.
"We're undefeated and I guess top of the ladder," a happy Green said in which he indicated that there will be a second round in coming weeks.
"Saturday's games were good and the first game against Noosa was close and they had former Gladstone Power legend Aaron Nagas in their team."
A late rally by Gladstone got the job done by three points.
"Saturday night's game was against Bundaberg and they talked it up during the week and had a crowd there," Green said of the 80-60 win.
But that was all to no avail for the hosts who were pumped by a Gladstone team that run deep in the bench.
"Our strength was player one to nine and everyone and any stage stepped up and had their moments," he said.
Meanwhile Newsmail reports that the official start of the CQBL competition is scheduled on May 6 and the round robin matches to finish in August.
Hervey Bay, Gympie, Bundaberg will join Gladstone and finals will be held between the top four teams in the men's and women's competitions.
It means that there will be no QBL players in this competition which, according to Bundaberg Basketball publicity officer Andrew Bainbridge, will even out the teams.
Maryborough, despite saying they would enter teams next year, are trying to find teams to compete in the competition this year.
The competition structure will now be sent to Queensland Basketball for confirmation before the season proper for the CQBL can begin.