Hervey Bay Hurricanes count on Brisbane Bullets boost
HERVEY Bay Hurricanes are hopeful they can benefit from Brisbane Bullets' return to the National Basketball League in 2016/17.
The Bullets played in Australia's top tier from 1979 to 2008, when the license was returned to the governing body.
Sustained public pressure for a Brisbane-based team led to the September 18 announcement that the Bullets would return to the competition with six-time NBL champion CJ Bruton named as the club's first official appointment.
While Bullets fans have another year to wait before they get to watch the club in action at Brisbane Convention Centre, Hurricanes president Glenn Jordan is overseeing a revival much closer to home.
"Basketball has had a rough few years here," he said. "It's struggled in size for the last few years but we're definitely seeing some positives."
Hervey Bay Basketball plays out of the PCYC, and boasts nine senior and nine junior teams.
Seniors play every Wednesday night, with Geolog Giants (14 points) currently leading the table A-grade table by two points.
"We've only just gotten back into profit again and we're definitely expanding," he said.
The Ag Requirements Regional Basketball League folded last year and left the Hurricanes without any major games.
That was until Jordan and the rest of the Hurricanes hierarchy worked to put together a "one-off" Men's A-grade carnival last weekend.
"It was originally just to give the guys some game time," he said.
Hurricanes finished third in the five-team competition, which was won by Park Beach CrossFit.
They upset Kingawoomba (a combined Kingaroy and Toowoomba side) in the quarter finals by five points, and then fell 55-44 to eventual runners-up OzIntensity OzSquad.
Jordan said Hervey Bay's young side kept up with their highly-fancied rivals, and would only benefit from the experience.
"Teams usually have one or two of those guys who shoot 30 points a game but we didn't have that," he said.
"Instead, our guys worked together a lot more and it was more of a team approach.
"We've got a lot of blokes still in school so it was great for their morale and development."