Children on court at The Skills for Schools Development Fun Day.
Children on court at The Skills for Schools Development Fun Day. David Nielsen

Kids enjoy time on court at special fun day

WHISTLES blowing, balls bouncing, feet pounding and screeching along the polished wooden floor boards: 340 primary school children are screaming with glee.

It's so loud you can barely hear the siren sound to signify the end of each round of skills competitions.

What might sound like some people's worst nightmare was pure bliss to Ipswich Basketball and the Active After School Communities last Friday.

The Skills for Schools Development Fun Day, involving eight schools, was a huge hit.

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Ipswich who arrived at 7am to help me prep lunches for 400 people.

In two divisions (grades 3 and 4 and grades 5 and 6), skills competitions were run throughout the day with points allocated to each team.

QBL players Nadeen Payne, Emma Langford and Lauren O'Sullivan teamed up with schools as their ambassadors, encouraging and cheering them on. State league stars Jerel Chavis, Martin Iti, Alex Desroches and Jason Ralph also made appearances to help spur the teams to victory.

The celebrities versus the all-star schools teams skills competition was a highlight.

With all the schools gathered around one court, the atmosphere for the students team was electric.

The celebrities' chatter could not be heard over the deafening war cries and cheering from the schools.

Congratulations to West Moreton Anglican College in the Grade 3-4 division and to Grandchester State School in the Grade 5-6 division for taking out the winning spots..

Both schools were awarded basketballs for their school as well as each winning team member receiving their own prize courtesy of the Commonwealth Bank.

WMAC donated their basketballs to division runner up Leichhardt State School.

Pictured are two kids enjoying the day. More photos appeared in yesterday's QT.


Tough QBL opponents

IPSWICH Force QBL teams tip off against Brisbane tomorrow night in the only match for the round with all other teams having a bye weekend.

The Brisbane women are in third, one spot ahead of the Force.

Force will be without key players Emma Langford (Opals) and Stacey Howard (hamstring injury), providing a true test of character in the away match.

After a convincing win against South West last weekend, the 10th-placed Force men will need to maintain its intensity and lift another notch if it wants more success. It plays third-placed Brisbane tomorrow night in its away game.

The teams faced each other in a physical pre-season bout, so expect this one to be fiery.


Holiday camp

DOES the idea of bouncing basketballs, lots of fun and laughter, shooting hoops and playing loads of games sound like the ideal school holiday activity?

Parents, are you still struggling to come up with ideas on how to keep the kids occupied and supervised?

Ipswich Basketball has the answer for you.

The Future Force Hoop Stars Basketball Camp is being held on June 24-26. It is being run from 9am to 3pm.

For more information, visit


Quote of the week

EVERY team requires unity. A team has to move as one unit, one force. If the team doesn't do this, it goes down in defeat. You win or lose as a team, as a family. - Jack Kemp

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