Stanthorpe basketballers Landon Gempton and Cole Harris with the new Granite Belt Giants uniforms.
Stanthorpe basketballers Landon Gempton and Cole Harris with the new Granite Belt Giants uniforms. Liana Turner

Granite Belt Giants ready for rep competition

BASKETBALL: Stanthorpe's basketball competition has only recently been revived but the club is already shooting big goals.

Just weeks after launching the Granite Belt's first basketball competition in decades, organisers have already secured a uniform for a representative team to compete later this season.

Stanthorpe Basketball Association president Damian Petrie said it was an exciting progression for the club.

Petrie said with seven teams secured for the season, and a possible eighth to join in late, there were the foundations for a strong representative side.

He said new uniforms for the Granite Belt Giants had been sponsored by Netpro.

"I just want to thank Netpro because without them we couldn't have the uniforms,” Petrie said.

He said Michael Pradella and Claude Grayling from Netpro had been of great assistance in making the team look the part.

"I think we'll look professional,” Petrie said.

The Giants are planning to take part in the Darling Downs Championships later this season and Petrie hopes the representative commitments will help keep the local competition strong.

"It's looking really positive,” he said.

"We'll be taking part in those Darling Downs championships in a couple of months.”

While he was thrilled with the unprecedented response to the basketball competition, Petrie said the representative opportunities, where Stanthorpe players will compete against Warwick and Toowoomba, would open more doors.

"It's so positive to have a local competition,” he said.

"But I think it's a really good opportunity for the young players to have a pathway, as other sports do.”

As organisers continue to re-build the region's competition to its former glory, Petrie acknowledged the work of others to establish it many decades before.

"We're really respectful of all the people that made basketball so successful, when Stanthorpe has 300 members,” he said.

The club is looking to connect with anyone who has memorabilia from the previous Stanthorpe basketball competition. anyone who might be able to assist can contact Petrie on 0421 555 987.

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