SLAM DUNK: Samantha Burey and Hannah Christensen are trying out ladies basketball.
SLAM DUNK: Samantha Burey and Hannah Christensen are trying out ladies basketball. Sarah Dionysius

Basketball offers a change of pace for netballers

Basketball: Although they both involve the concept of shooting a ball in to a hoop, netball and basketball require a whole different skill set according to players Samantha Burey and Hannah Christensen.

The ladies have both recently jumped ship from netball to the Maranoa Ladies Basketball team and noted some considerable differences in the two sports.

"The ball is heavier and you're obviously allowed to dribble the ball in Basketball,” Burey said.

"You don't have to intercept them and stand still you can just dribble it down the court.”

Christensen said; "You get to use the whole length of the court whereas in netball you're limited to your third, centre or whatever position you're playing.”

Both ladies thought they would give basketball a try as they wanted to try something new and the liked the option of the the ladies league.

Burey said; "I like that it's very casual so I can just come down when I'm available.”

Christensen said " For the fitness aspect of it as well.”

Burey had also been spurred on after watching this year's Olympic Games in Rio.

"I think it actually did motivate me,” she said.

"I don't know too much about basketball but I saw the article in the Western Star and I thought why not come down and give it a go.”

Burey's advice for anyone wanting to join basketball is to just come and give it a go. "It's just a nice, fun and social game,” she said.

"Everyone here is willing to help you learn.”


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