Ryan Stolberg with his children Tyla and Liam are hoping for big numbers at their 2011 sign-ons this week to help the sport recover from the floods.
Ryan Stolberg with his children Tyla and Liam are hoping for big numbers at their 2011 sign-ons this week to help the sport recover from the floods. Sarah Harvey

Force calls time to move on

AS THE Ipswich Force attempt to recover from the flood damage their stadium received in January, a veteran player has called for those who love the sport to put the floods out of their mind and return to the game.

Force centre Ryan Stolberg said today’s main sign up for this year’s club basketball season at the Force’s Ipswich Stadium would be a good way for family’s to move on from the tragedy.

Stolberg said exercise forced people to think only about what was around them.

“Our stadium is a mess at the moment, but things are looking up for us,” Stolberg said. “We want kids to come back to the sport.

“The floods were horrendous but as a family to get out and have fun together is the best way to move on.

“The games begin on the 14th of Feb and it will get the endorphins going, get the kids back in the moment having to focus on the game.

“We just want to provide families a chance to take their minds off what happened.”

A five metre-high wall of water trashed the Ipswich Basketball Stadium in Bundamba during the flood peak two weeks ago.

The floor of their main court, which hosts Ipswich Force’s Queensland Basketball League games and hundreds of matches throughout the year, had to be completely gutted while the canteen and seating areas were also ruined.

The Ipswich Force owns the stadium and because they are a non-profit organisation that does not pay tax, they are not eligible for government grants.

And like most of Ipswich, they had no insurance cover for flooding.

Stolberg said the club had dipped into the remaining funds it had and while it was still going to be long battle to return the stadium to its former club they have some extra help coming.

“We have 30 tradesmen who will be working and sleeping at the stadium for three days,” Stolberg said.

Ipswich basketball club sign on dates:

Brothers Basketball Club/ Comets Basketball Club – Ipswich Stadium Wednesday, February 2, 3.00pm - 5.00pm.

Springfield Brumbies – Springfield College Senior Campus, Wednesday, February 2, 5.30pm - 7.30pm.

Easts – Ipswich Stadium, Thursday February 3, 5.00pm - 6.00pm.

Mount Crosby – sign ons held this week on normal training nights: Monday 5.00pm U10’s, U12 Girls- Open, Tuesday 6.00pm for Boys and Wednesday 6.30pm for U14 Girls and Open Girls.



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