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Basketballers chase extra players

Gympie Basketball association president Sonia Ryan is after more players.
Gympie Basketball association president Sonia Ryan is after more players. Craig Warhurst

NUMBERS have dropped off in women's basketball this season and club president Sonia Ryan is on a recruitment drive.

Ryan said the club had to hold off the start of their women's and junior season this week due to a lack of numbers.

The women's competition had four teams last season but so far only three teams have nominated for 2012.

"We are struggling a little," Ryan said.

"We would love one other team at least."

She said the club was also after new junior players.

"New players of any skill level are welcome," Ryan said.

"They can be helped out with training.

"It's a great team sport, lots of friendships have been made through basketball in Gympie and everyone in the club gets along as a whole."

Ryan said one of the good things about the junior competition was the training and their games were all on the one night.

"The only gear you need is a pair of runners and pocket-free shorts," Ryan said .

"The club supplies the jerseys."

Although numbers in the women's and juniors has slowed, the men's competition is going well.

Players like Matt Lally, Mick Towner and Curtis Dray ensure the competition is off a high standard.

"Mens is going very well," Ryan said.

"We have five teams, the boys are competitive and they haven't even started the season."

The association got rid of the under-18 competition this year and now have under-16 players playing up in the seniors as well.

Rayn said the older players are taking the younger players under thier wings and helping them improve their skills on the court.

Cost for seniors is $290 all included for the season.

Juniors can come to sign on at the Pavillion on Mondays at 4pm while seniors can sign on Tuesday at 6pm.

Monday nights at 7pm is social basketball and costs $5 to play.

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