HOOPS HEAVEN: The Maryborough representative women’s team that took part in the first game played at K.M Pearson Basketball Stadium.
HOOPS HEAVEN: The Maryborough representative women’s team that took part in the first game played at K.M Pearson Basketball Stadium. Contributed

Stadium highlight of 50 years

MARYBOROUGH Basketball celebrates 50 years in October.

But while the early years provided a solid foundation, there's no question it wasn't until the opening of its new indoor facility, known as K.M Pearson Basketball Stadium, on March 22, 1975, that basketball started to get a roll on in the town.

Almost four years of planning and construction went into the $58,196.87 stadium, and was bankrolled by some state and federal government funding, but mostly by a fundraising drive by the committee.

Former player and anniversary committee member, Dawn Vollmerhause, said the new stadium was a huge score for the city.

"We used to play out at the old showgrounds when we first started, so it was a big thing to have an indoor stadium," she said.

"It allowed us to play all year because obviously the outside courts were rain affected."

Maryborough Basketball catered for about 200 teams, but was flush with state players soon after the opening of the stadium as Maryborough teams were now on an equal footing with out-of-town opponents.

The indoor facility was also a popular destination for visiting American and Hawaiian basketball teams.

The Ariadne St stadium was christened with what else but a basketball game between Maryborough's top female players and the best Bundaberg had to offer.

Vollmerhause, a life member of the association, was one of the lucky few who took part in that historic match.

And while she can't recall the score, she remembers who won.

"Us of course," Vollmerhause said with a grin.



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