ACTION: Jemima Wolter for the superstars in the Kingaroy basketball grand finals.
ACTION: Jemima Wolter for the superstars in the Kingaroy basketball grand finals. Claudia Williams

PHOTOS: Players star in Kingaroy basketball grand finals

WORKING as a team was key to the Magic team winning the Kingaroy Basketball under-12 grand final.

Since the start of the season the coach of the side, Shannon Cridge, said she had been encouraging her players to pass the ball and was proud to see them put their training into practice on the court.

"It is great to see them going from being individual kids to have the team mentality to pass the ball and to give everyone a chance,” she said.

"It is really exciting to watch the little ones come up and the older boys really support and help the younger ones.

"One of our girls had never played before and it was great to watch her running the ball up the court and trying to shoot.”

Team Magic defeated the Superstars in the grand final but despite their loss Superstars coach Steve Wolter was proud of how far his team had improved throughout the season, especially in defence.

"Defence is the key to a good game. Any kid can shoot but if you can stop them from shooting that stops them from scoring,” he said.

Wolter said it had been an even playing field throughout the season and club president Brett Reeve said competitive divisions where any team could win was what the club prided itself on.

"Our biggest goal is if we can get teams playing and on the night anyone can win that makes it a brilliant competition and the kids really like it as well,” he said.

The club's oldest players were helping during the finals as referees and coaches and Reeve said this was what the club was all about.

"A lot of the kids are helping the younger kids and it great to build the club culture,” he said.

Players will return to the court for another season on July 16.

The biggest changes to the competition will be the addition of an U17 division in place of the U21 competition, while the men's competition will move from Thursday to Tuesday.

"Hopefully the stronger U21 players will bump up into the men's competition and the stronger players in U15s will filter up to U17s,” Reeve said.

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