Junior basketball is beginning to build momentum in Goondiwindi as a squad of under 16 years boys spend their Monday afternoons doing drills at the PCYC.
The dedicated young squad have made significant progress over their first 10 weeks with the development program and basketball co-ordinator Michael Steepe is thrilled.
“There’s been a dramatic change,” Steepe said.
“Some of them didn’t know basic, what we call zone defence, or how to play in a stuctured-type game. But now, they’ve come a long way and it’s very pleasing to see.”
The program started after the Goondiwindi Basketball noticed their junior division waxing and waning. Pleased with Mel Rice’s rapport with the younger players, club members started looking for a way to build on her junior basketball program.
“We put the call out to the high schools asking if there were any kids that know how to play basketball, but they’re interested in developing further,” Steepe explained.
“We didn’t get a big response, and it was only by chance that it was one Monday afternoon we were down here after juniors, and these guys were over on another court playing amongst themselves.”
While they may have had an unconventional beginning, the squad are well on their way, and Steepe is keeping his eye out for tournaments to test their skills later in the year.
Following the success of the current program, Goondiwindi Basketball are looking to expand their junior development.
“We’re definitely looking at starting an under 14 group as well, and an under 16 girl group,” Steepe said.
“If there are any kids out there that have an interest in basketball, know how to play, and that want to learn more, it’s that next step from just junior basketball.”
For those who are new to the game, the regular junior basketball program is set to return after Easter, in term two.
“Those kids that don’t know how to play basketball, that’s their chance to come along and learn the basics of the game. Then hopefully one day they transfer into a squad like this,” Steepe said.
The programs are free, with the only cost a small membership fee to the PCYC.
To learn more, visit the Goondiwindi Basketball Facebook page or come by the PCYC.