Taipans score points with kids
BASKETBALL: An excited Jarla Young landed two baskets as the Crescent Lagoon Primary School All Stars went down fighting in an exhibition match against the CQUniversity Cairns Taipans All Stars yesterday.
"It was lots of fun. I enjoyed doing all the shooting," the Year 2 student said after the game played as part of the So You Think You Can Play challenge.
"I like basketball. I sometimes play at home with my brothers."
The Taipans received deafening cheers and rapturous applause from the students as they staged a series of competitions and interactive exercises on the school's basketball court.
They are in Rockhampton for two pre-season NBL games against the Perth Wildcats. The first will be played tonight at Hegvold Stadium and the second at the CQUniversity north campus on Saturday night.
Rocky product Stephen Weigh, who is in his fourth season with the Taipans, said the activities offered a great opportunity to work with basketball at the grass roots level.
"I still call Rocky home," he said. "I don't get back here as much as I used to but when I do get back it's still very special.
"At the Cairns Taipans we have a big community culture and that doesn't stop in far north Queensland. We obviously consider ourselves a Queensland team and to get out here and show some of the kids what it's all about is a good thing.
"It's great that we could bring such a good spectacle to Rocky over these next few days."
Weigh said he was expecting a physical battle against the Wildcats.
"We've got a lot of new faces this season and we've got a lot of growing to do before the start of the season but it's a great opportunity for us to get out on court and improve over the next two games."