SHOOTING HOOPS: WNBL Spartans player Maddie Allen, former Bullets coach Brian Kerle and Texas college basketballer Cameron Leonard with Maranoa Heat juniors Ru House, Patrick Moloney and Riley Waldron.
SHOOTING HOOPS: WNBL Spartans player Maddie Allen, former Bullets coach Brian Kerle and Texas college basketballer Cameron Leonard with Maranoa Heat juniors Ru House, Patrick Moloney and Riley Waldron. Marguerite Cuddihy

Basketball carnival unites region

Basketball: More than 120 players from 13 teams descended on the PCYC for Maranoa Basketball Association's fourth annual carnival at the weekend.

Teams hailed from Emerald, Blackwater, St George and Roma.

MBA's Mat Gane said the weekend was a resounding success.

"The carnival grows every year and we can't wait to see where we go next,” he said.

"This carnival helps all the players get ready before they head to trials.

"And having teams come along from other towns proves we have a strong representation in basketball all across the region,” Gane said.

As well as the carnival, dual Olympian and four-time NBL championship coach Brian Kerle ran a development clinic.

Kerle brought WNBL and QBL championship player Maddie Allen as well as Texas college player Cameron Leonard, to share their knowledge and experience at the clinic and throughout the weekend.

"Maddie and Cameron were a huge help with taking the pressure off coaches this weekend,” Gane said.

"They provided a different dynamic to the game and it's a great opportunity for the kids as well,” he said.

Kerle, who has visited the Maranoa for coaching clinics on a number of occasions is set to return to the region in October.

"I love coming out here and seeing the kids,” he said.

"They're a great bunch of well-behaved players, and every visit I see improvement from coaches and players,” he said.

To get involved with Maranoa Basketball call Mat Gane on 0407692445.

Results

U19s: St John's

U15s: Blackwater

U13s: Emerald

U11s: Emerald

Check out the photos from the weekend below:


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