Force Files with QT basketball columnist Marney George.
Force Files with QT basketball columnist Marney George. Sarah Harvey

Win boost is just the tonic as men move into round 9

WALKING on to the court with steely determination, the Force men's team was unwaivering in its bid to secure the win against pool counterparts South West.

However, the 23-point victory over the Pirates gave the men a confidence boost going into round nine of the Queensland Basketball League.

Ipswich player Alex Desroches was named Round 8 player of the week because of his consistency, capped with 27 points against South West.

This is the second time this season an Ipswich player has been awarded this accolade. Nadeen Payne was named player of the week in round 5 for her 33 points and 12 rebounds against Bundaberg.

The Force women consolidated their first position in their pool and moved to third on the ladder with their latest win over the Pirates.

With the Force again down in numbers because of injury, Peta Eddington stood tall. Despite being known for her hard work defensively and her rebounding, she stepped up and added 12 points.

On Saturday, the Force teams travel up the range to take on Toowoomba.


New season excitement

FEEL the pride flow through you as you dribble up the court past your defender. Feel the grooves on the ball under your fingertips. Feel the elation as you hear the swish of the ball for game winning shot, the high fives from your coach and huddle with your teammates.


Interested in playing basketball?

The new season starts next week. If you are keen to try basketball, contact the Ipswich Basketball Stadium on 3282 4328.


Terrific programs

DON'T think you are ready for competition yet? Then try Ipswich's basketball programs offered for beginners.

The Aussie Hoops Program is for children looking for an introduction to basketball. It is fun and exciting national program that uses a "game sense" approach for primary school aged children.

Aussie Hoops is for all boys and girls between six to 12 years.

Small Ball is a program tailored for players five and under. It is about having fun while providing motor-skill development, spatial awareness and social learning.

Both programs return on Saturday, July 20. For more information contact 3282 4328.

Ipswich Basketball is more than happy to attend schools to run Aussie Hoops clinics during physical education lessons or Sports Skills afternoons.

Contact me: or 3282 4328 if your school is interested.


Quote of the week

WINNING isn't everything but wanting to win is. - Vince Lombardi Jr.

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