Girls from Woongarra State School showed what they were made of in the first ever Primary School Girls Basketball Cup, walking away undefeated.
Organised by Bundaberg Basketball the inaugural Primary School Girls Basketball Cup was introduced this year to attract more primary school females to the local sport.
Bundaberg Basketball president Lucinda Doughty said five schools participated in the recent event, with some of the students taking to the court for the first time.
“It was a great atmosphere, and because it was held on the weekend we had the chance for both parents and grandparents attend to watch the games,” she said.
“It’s the first time we have organised a competition like this, and to have seven teams from five local schools register – we were pretty happy.”
Lucinda said only eight of the girls had participated regularly in basketball, but they were quick on their feet and took to the game like ducks to water.
“On Saturday a lot of the girls didn’t know the rules and by Sunday they were playing really well,” she said.
“To watch and see the improvement over the two days was such a good feeling, the girls all had such a good time.
“I want to thank all the teacher-coaches as it was a school sport and they volunteered their time on a weekend to make sure the girls could be involved.”
She said it was a tough competition as Avoca State School and Woongarra State School battled it out in the final.
“It was a full weekend where all seven teams played each other,” Lucinda said.
“Woongarra were undefeated as Avoca went down to them, for the second time, in the final 23–12.”
Woongarra State School teacher Sean Mullaney said he was pleased with the result and he said the Year 4 and Year 5 Woonies put their best foot forward from the start.
“I’m extremely proud of our Woongarra girls team,” he said.
“It was an excellent opportunity for girls to participate in a school-based competition and I hope it’s bigger and better next year.”
Lucinda said she hoped the Primary School Girls Basketball Cup will become a permanent fixture on the school calendar each year.
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