A Tropics player dribbles the ball  down the court.
A Tropics player dribbles the ball down the court. Claudia Williams

Fierce finals go down to the wire

BASKETBALL: There was a hive of activity at the Kingaroy Sports Hall last Tuesday night with the grand finals of the Kingaroy Basketball fixtures.

With season honours on the line, competition was tight and play was fierce on the court in the under-12s, U18s and Open games.

There was also fierce competition in the afternoon's parents against kids game, which was enjoyed by all.

Sandy Sawtell is president of the Kingaroy Basketball Association and co-ordinator of the under-12 competition.

She said it has been another successful year for the club and especially for the evolving U12s.

The Knights secured the win over ladder leaders team Magic.

"It was a really close game,” Sawtell said.

"I thought they played really well against each other.

"The level of basketball that was demonstrated out there in that grand final was outstanding for that age level.

"The skill level and the level of competition from the beginning of the year until now has been leaps and bounds.”

The U12s have previously only had training over a competition, and Sawtell said the change had been a big positive.

"Playing these competition games has been really good for the kids,” she said.

This year there were two girls teams in the U12 competition, but next season the girls will be mixed in with boys.

"We had six teams this season, they were all relatively close games and all played in good spirit,” Sawtell said.

The under-18s competition was taken out by the Tropics.

Team captain Jackson Forsyth said he was proud of the effort his side put in and the result the players achieved together.

Prior to the final match, the Tropics were not on the top of the ladder, and had lost against the Knights each time they faced them this season.

"It was definitely good to finally win,” he said.