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Maryborough Basketball reaches magical milestone

Celebrating fifty years - Maryborough Basketball. Standing with the rising talent, Mryborough stalwarts, Allan Vollmerhaus, Ray Alloway, Elva Alloway, Larry Sengstock and Rob Patterson.
Celebrating fifty years - Maryborough Basketball. Standing with the rising talent, Mryborough stalwarts, Allan Vollmerhaus, Ray Alloway, Elva Alloway, Larry Sengstock and Rob Patterson. Valerie Horton

PAST members of Maryborough Basketball took a walk down memory lane as part of the association's 50th anniversary at the weekend.

The proud history of hoops in the Heritage City was recognised with two days of celebrations, culminating in an anniversary dinner on Sunday night.

More than 160 past and present players, coaches, referees, committee members and volunteers came together at the Carriers Arms Hotel to relive old memories, with great yarns filling the room late into the night.

Distinguished guests who attended were four-time Olympian Larry Sengstock and Fran Bowmaker, the widow of the late Ken Bowmaker who was the longest-serving president of Maryborough Basketball.

The build-up to the dinner was huge.

KM Pearson Stadium was a hive of activity with many families heading to the courts to take part in the fun activities and competitions.

Walking into the stadium was almost like taking a step back in time with hundreds of old photos, newspaper clippings, old uniforms and memorabilia spread inside the stadium.

One of the highlights of the day was the officially naming of the Ray and Elva Alloway Basketball Complex in honour of the pair's commitment to basketball in Maryborough.