By Derek Schlennstedt
The Sherbrooke Basketball Association is gearing up for another season and there are now opportunities for both individuals and teams to get involved at all levels.
The current season is drawing to a close with finals for the domestic competition running over the coming weeks.
The season though has been a big success with over 60 registered teams, as well as regional representative teams for both juniors and seniors.
The finals will see teams from every club involved with both the depth and standard of play improving every year.
This season saw the successful introduction of the girls Under 14 competition for the first time and Sherbrooke hopes to continue to build on this with more opportunities for male and female players at both the domestic and representative levels.
Association Secretary Pam Ball said basketball is a great team sport and is gaining popularity in the hills community.
“It’s a great time for Sherbrooke Basketball, we are seeing strong community involvement, professional development at all levels and growing player numbers particularly at the junior levels,” she said.
The construction of a new basketball stadium at Upwey is also about to commence in coming months which will further improve facilities for the players.
Currently the Association uses venues at Monbulk, Upwey and Cockatoo and players, coaches and the association look forward to utilising the new facility.
Sherbrooke Basketball welcomes interested players and teams for the upcoming season and for those interested, local clubs can be contacted directly.
Those interested in becoming a Kallista Comet call Darren on 0447 551 522, or to become part of the Kallista Thunder call Matt on 0433 171 735.
Those in Selby, Belgrave and Tecoma can become part of the mighty Mountain Dragons by contacting James on 0437 436 012 or the Selby Slammers by calling Jay on 0417 778 018.
Last but certainly not least are the Sharks who can be contacted by calling Steve on 0401 027 851 and cover the areas of Menzies Creek, The Patch and Monbulk.
All summer domestic competitions commence the week beginning 11 September and seniors currently play out of Upwey and Cockatoo on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Junior competitions take place at Cockatoo and Monbulk stadiums on Saturday.
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