Marcus Hubble of Yaralla Port City Rollers passes the ball as a traffic jam developes at the shooting area. Pic : Murray Ware
Marcus Hubble of Yaralla Port City Rollers passes the ball as a traffic jam developes at the shooting area. Pic : Murray Ware

Rollers ready to shine

THE new kids on the block still had a bit to learn in the CQ Wheelchair Basketball tournament at the weekend.

Yaralla Port City Rollers hosted the first round of the 2010 competition at Kev Broome Stadium, but the home-ground advantage wasn’t enough to keep oppositions Frenchville Force and PCYC Razorbacks at bay.

The Rollers lost to the Razorbacks 62-18 in the first game before going down to Frenchville 66-31 later in the day.

With the wheelchair basketball program only kicking off in Gladstone last year, the Rollers were the youngest group in the three-team competition.

Yaralla co-coach Mirrin Rashleigh said while the squad was learning quickly, it was more of a social than competitive team.

“Being a young team in the comp we’re still trying to find our place,” Rashleigh said.

“But everyone had a lot of fun and that’s the type of team we play in.”

She said the team had begun to gel and the younger players were starting to gain more confidence.

This confidence should grow, with the signing of experienced National Wheelchair Basketball League player Adam Bates.

“He did bring new knowledge and confidence into the team,” Rashleigh said of Bates’s first game of the CQ season.

“(The team) can definitely learn and develop from him.”

The current season will only run for three rounds between now and May.

A new season will begin in July this year and run until April 2011.

Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association regional co-ordinator Michael Oxley said the competition would hopefully expand to four or five teams by the end of the year.

Both Capricorn Coast and Mackay teams will attend a development round this season and Oxley expected at least Mackay would join the 2010/2011 season when it started in July.



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