The Queensland Rolling Thunder Maroon and White teams have dominated the Kevin Coombs Cup in Townsville, playing each other in the grand final for the gold medal.
The Maroon team went undefeated through the championships enjoying victories over NSW, Western Australia, Victoria and the Queensland White team.
“The team really pulled together throughout the tournament with everyone contributing to the team’s success,” said Head Coach Peter Sumpter.
“We faced some tough opposition from Victoria and the Queensland White team, and I’m just so proud of the effort and attitude of each player in the lead up to the event and throughout each game.”
Sumpter praised the spirit of the Queensland players, particularly the youngest at 11 years, who showed great courage and tenacity. The effort of the coaches and managers for both Queensland sides, in preparing the teams for the national championships in their home state for the first time, was also applauded.
Tom Kyle, Head Coach of the Queensland Rolling Thunder White team, stated, “This is a special time for Queensland with so much talent on the court and in our coaching ranks.”
“The gold and silver medal really highlights the hard work and commitment from everyone over the years, and we’re just so proud of what they have achieved at these championships. We hope to continue this success well into the future.”
Queensland Rolling Thunder Maroon defeated Queensland Rolling Thunder White 63–38 in the grand final.
The win secured the third national gold medal for team members Steven Elliott, Thomas Holland, and Ben Grice, who won their first national title with Queensland in 2014, backing up their title the following year. All three basketballers have enjoyed increased training and development opportunities through Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association’s High Performance Program, funded through the Queensland Academy of Sport.
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