Gympie women are ready to take to the court once again
BASKETBALL: Gympie Basketball Association's numbers have grown this year, and despite earlier struggling to start a women's competition, it looked good last night when the women took to the court.
Up until a couple of years ago, the women's competition was strong with four teams playing in the seniors division.
And, there was even enough interest to create a Cooloola Comets representative team.
In fact, Comets representative team won the Regional Basketball League the first year it entered back in 2012.
Female players were nowhere to be seen the following year with only a few still keen to play in the Monday Night Live Social League.
Some even decided to be integrated into the men's competition if it meant they could continue playing.
This year has brought an increase in numbers to the point that the association was willing to start up a social league for women only.
The social league has been running since last Tuesday and will finish in October.
Previous secretary and player Naomi Lally said in the past two weeks, including last night, about 12 players had turned up eager to get on the court.
Since the competition will be purely social, those who are interested can turn up and play at the Pavilion on Tuesdays from 6.30pm-8pm to be put into teams.
It had been a fun couple of weeks with players unable to compete in a competitive women's game keen to play again.
Each week at least one new player had turned up with many previous players getting back into the game, Lally said.
The goal would be to gain enough interest through the social basketball this season to create a proper competition next year.