The Ipswich Force under-12 girls basketball team.
The Ipswich Force under-12 girls basketball team.

Force basketballers develop skills together

IF the progress of the Ipswich Force under-12 girls basketball team is any indication, the team is headed for more success in future.

Eight girls aged 8-11 were selected to represent the Force Division 1 team in July last year.

The season ran from October until March with a state tournament wrapping up the season in April.

The Force combination was the youngest team in the competition with two two eight-year-olds selected.

However, the team with a mixture of experience, skill and knowledge all shared the same love of their sport.

The season progressed well with the girls finishing fourth in the southern part of the Queensland tournament.

In December last year, the team entered the under-11 championships in Coffs Harbour where they took out the title undefeated. They played brilliantly against teams from NSW.

The major focus of the season was to do well at the state championships, which were held over the Easter school holidays.

Despite meeting much taller and physically stronger teams, the Force girls showed true Ipswich spirit in never giving up. The girls lost to Cairns during the fixture rounds, before winning by eight points the second time they played to finish fifth in the state.

“All of the girls have put in a lot of effort this season both individually and as a team,’’ coach Alyssa Kliese said.

“They have progressed in their development of skills, fitness and game play and have formed a close friendship that will follow them through the different age groups as they grow up and continue to play.’’