Cyclone alert downgraded
IT'S THE end of the line for the Rockhampton Hog's Breath Cafe Cyclones women's basketballers at Hegvold Stadium on Saturday night.
Another season is almost over ? one which has again tested the courage and character of this team which this year launched a lot of Rockhampton's junior players into the physical and fast pace of the State league.
As I spoke to a North Rockhampton State High School Year 11 physical education class this week, a group which is studying local basketball and will be attending the Hegvold games this weekend, it makes you realise how tough a year it has been for the girls.
They tried to bring in US imports like Khalila O'Reilly Williams and Mandy Welch. Both played well during their time at the Cyclones, but it was not enough to skyrocket them into the top bracket.
You also have to credit the team's regular campaigners, like Kristy Fisher, and the young players for stepping up to the plate each week.
While the winning results have mostly evaded them, to the girls' credit the crowd numbers have swelled for their games this year providing valuable support and showing that the Rockets men's team is not the only basketball team playing.
My best wishes go out to leading Rockhampton road cyclist Lorian Graham who is currently hospitalised in Germany.
The AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) cyclist was involved in an horrific car accident this week which left her team-mate Amy Gillett dead while Lorian is recovering from two broken collarbones, fractures in her knees and fingers, and numerous abrasions. If you have items to contribute to this column please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any details.