Basketball popularity booms
SPRINGFIELD is becoming a basketball hot spot with the region's legion of rugby league players turning to the sport for fitness.
The Springfield Brumbies Basketball Club has gone from fielding two teams to 12 across five age groups in just two years.
Club president Bill Poulain said the sport was experiencing a growth spurt in the master-planned city and the club was confident of having its first open men's team this season.
“There a lot of rugby league players who are also playing basketball with us now and a lot of them say it helps them get fitter,” Poulain said.
“The increase in our numbers is a real win for the sport of basketball. Its booming out here.
“There are a lot of Polynesian people here who are naturally good at the game and a lot of those guys have come from rugby league to basketball.
“If you have ever played basketball, you would understand how full on it is because you are constantly moving.”
This year the club will field under 10, 12, 14, 16 and open men's and women's teams.
Springfield is one of Australia's fastest growing regions and while rugby league is still dominant, the population boom in the area is proving to help all sports flourish.
The club's sign-on day will be next Wednesday at 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Springfield College's senior campus.