The Queensland Spinning Bullets – NWBL Silver Medalists for 2019

With 1 round to play into the National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) the top three teams for finals were set, Wollongong, Perth and Kilsyth.  The two teams involved in the final round were in fact battling for the fourth and last finals position.  The Qld Spinning Bullets traveled to Sydney to face the Blues.  The Spinning Bullets entered the final round with a record of 7-9, the Blue a record of 6-10.  The Spinning Bullets needing just one victory to secure their place in the finals.  They won both games, with the second requiring a come from behind victory being 16 points down at the half.

Entering the finals weekend held at the Clem Jones Complex Brisbane the Qld Spinning Bullets would face the Kilsyth Cobras in the 3rd v 4th knockout semi final.  The victor earning a spot in the preliminary final and chance to play in the Championship game, the loser relegated directly to the Bronze medal game.  Kilysth being the only team the Spinning Bullets did not own a win over, with Kilsyth taking all three victories in round 2 albeit by the smallest of margins 1 point and 3 points.
The semi final was a back and forth affair.  Locked at 34 all at half time it set the scene for another close game between the two competitive sides.  the second half proved no different with the Spinning Bullets behind by three points with mere seconds to play.  Tom O’Neil-Thorne hitting a massive 3 point shot as the clock expired to send the game to overtime.  Overtime again proved no different with the teams trading baskets, and the Spinning Bullets again found themselves down by a single point with under 10 seconds to play.  O’Neil-Thorne missed the go ahead bucket but secured the offensive rebound, passing the ball to Matt McShane and sebsequantly found the hot hand of Jordan Bartley who nailed a deep 3 pointer as the clock expired giving the Spinning Bullets a 2 point victory.  The team would progress to the preliminary final.
The Spinning Bullets’ opponent in the preliminary final would be the Perth Wheelcats (14-4), who were defeated in their semifinal by the league leading and defending champion Wollonong Rollerhawks (17-1).  Perth’s regular season record against the Spinning Bullets was 2-1.  Boasting a lineup of some of Australia’s best players and developing players the Wheelcats were hungry for a spot in the Championship game.  The Wheelcats had not featured in finals for two years.
The Spinning Bullets are known for their ‘in your face’ defensive style of play and that was well and truly on display in this game defeating the Wheelcats 78-69.  The Spinning Bullets caused 23 turnovers and grabbed 11 steals whilst only turning the ball over 7 times.
The Spinning Bullets would face the Wollongong Rollerhawks in the Championship game for the second time in two years.  The Rollerhawks were chasing a unprecedented third championship in three years, and with a starting lineup all boasting international experience they were well placed to do so.  The Rollerhawks finished the regular season with 17 wins and 1 loss……but that loss was to the Spinning Bullets.
The Championship game was what the crowd expected.  A high paced, physical display of the countries best wheelchair basketball talent.  Half time and the scores were locked at 37 all.  Unfortunately this is as close as the Spinning Bullets would get to lifting the Championship trophy, as the Rollerhawks went on the claim the victory 71-62 in one of the closest, competitive finals in years.
Queensland’s smothering defence forced the Rollerhawks into deep shots with an expiring shot clock…….which they managed to hit four times throughout the second half.  Queensland were not able to answer back and that was the difference in the game.
Make no mistake however, the Queensland Spinning Bullets are a team on the rise.  With an average age of 24 years this team has the potential to play together for another decade…….the Championship is coming.
QSB 2019 Top Performers
Tom O’Neil-Thorne – 17.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 6 apg
Kurt Thomson – 10.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.6 apg
Matt McShane – 8.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.6 apg
Jordan Bartley – 8.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.2 apg

The Information you need to know about the new 10 year Activate! Queensland Strategy.

Welcome to the latest edition of Inspire from the Queensland Government’s Sport and Recreation team in the North Coast region. This edition includes news on the recently-released Activate! Queensland strategy, funding opportunities and upcoming events.

Everyone is welcome to subscribe and you are encouraged to share this email with your networks.


Activate! Queensland

Strategy released

Activate! Queensland is the Queensland Government’s 10-year strategy to get more Queenslanders moving, more often. The strategy focuses on four priority areas to achieve its outcomes. Find out what they are >>

Download your copy

Activate! Queensland will be rolled out with three multi-year action plans. Both the Activate! Queensland strategy and action plan can be downloaded directly from our website. Get your copy now >>

Strategy roadshow

To share the vision of Activate! Queensland, a series of evening briefing sessions are being held throughout Queensland. To find your nearest community roadshow event, please use the link below. Spaces are limited so reserve your place now. Reserve your place >>


Assistance for your organisation

Local Schools Community Fund

The Australian Government is providing $30.2 million in 2019–20 for the Local Schools Community Fund. The fund will benefit students and assist schools to meet their priorities through the contribution of funding for small-scale projects and their associated costs. Eligible funding activities include sporting equipment and shade structures. Here’s how to apply >>

Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance

QFSR Skills Alliance have recently launched their re-branded organisation and website that includes a range of additional services to support the fitness, sport and recreation industry. Take a look >>

Grant opportunities

There are a number of funding opportunities available to individuals and organisations. Take a look at the current list to see if there’s a funding opportunity to suit your needs.

Important dates

9 October 2019 Applications for FairPlay vouchers close. Get Playing Places and Spaces Round 6 project compliance requirements are now due.

Grant Registration Portal (GRP)

We need accurate club and organisation details in the Grant Registration Portal. Visit the portal to check, register or update your organisation’s details. Register/update now >>

Outdoor Classroom Day

With over 100 schools signed up in Queensland already, why not start the conversation with your school and sign up for Outdoor Classroom Day? Find out more >>



Celebrate Seniors Week 2019

The Sunshine Coast Council is celebrating Seniors Week from 19 to 25 August 2019. For a full list of activities, head to the council’s website for more information. Find out how to take part>>

Inclusive Coaching Online Course

Free online interactive course is aimed at community coaches. Click the link to start the modules. Start now >> 

Suicide intervention training

Learn how to apply a scientifically-proven suicide intervention model at this world-leading training held over two days. This two-day workshop will be held on 12 and 13 September 2019 at USC. Here’s how to participate >>


If you require any assistance or have any questions regarding the above topics, please contact Sport and Recreation
North Coast Region
on 07 5459 6176 or email north.coast@npsr.qld.gov.au

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – National Wheelchair Basketball League Grand Finals

Come support us at this exciting championship event and meet top athletes from all over Australia and whilst helping the event run smoothly.

The 2019 National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) Grand Finals will feature three (3) days of intense and hard-hitting competition as elite athletes from all over Australia showcase the elite skill and athleticism that makes wheelchair basketball a thrilling spectator sport and one of the most popular sports in the world for athletes with a disability.

Location: Clem Jones Centre, (Southern Districts Basketball Centre), 56 Zahel St, Carina QLD 4152

– Friday 16 August 2019, 2pm to 9.30 pm (approx)
– Saturday 17 August 2019, 11.30am to 5pm (approx)
– Sunday 18 August 2019, 8am to 4pm (approx)
– Training: Full training provided

Volunteer Roles: Event assistant

Useful Links:

If you are available and interested in supporting one or all days, please contact Susan Solakovic, HR and Volunteers Manager, (07) 3253 3333 or susans@sportingwheelies.org.au.

Group shot of volunteers wearing red sporting wheelies shirts


Activate! Queensland – A New 10-year Sport and Active Recreation Strategy

State Government (Sport and Recreation) has been a Major Supporter of the Association for many years. In particular, State Government provide funding to support us to coordinate sport pathways from grassroots to elite level including support provided through the Qld Academy of Sport for our High Performance Program. State Government also provide support to Association members through a number of other strategies including Fair Play.


We encourage you to attend briefing sessions for the new State Government Activate! Queensland 2019-2029 strategy, to gain an understanding of what this means for you and your local community.


See below for more information.


For the last twelve months or so, the Queensland Government has worked to engage our communities, industry and leaders in a discussion about the future of sport and active recreation in Queensland.  We reached more than 585,000 Queenslanders across the social media campaign along with over 2380 online submissions, 2021 survey responses and 1142 people attending consultation sessions and deep dive workshops.   Consultation reinforced your success and achievements to date in communities across Queensland, but also a lot about how we could plan for the future too. All of that information has culminated in the development of a 10-year dedicated sport and active recreation strategy, the first of its kind for Queensland.


Activate! Queensland 2019-2029 was launched on Saturday 27 July 2019.  Activate! Queensland is a ten-year strategy aimed at getting more Queenslanders moving, more often. The Queensland Government will, for the first time, unite its efforts and investments under a shared vision for physical activity in the state.


The four key areas of the strategy are aimed at Activating Queenslanders, Activating Environments, Activating Success and Activating Collaboration. Activate! Queensland will see improvements made to programs, spaces and opportunities across the ten-year period, enabling communities to have better visibility on the benefits of living an active and healthy lifestyle.


The public website and information has been launched: www.qld.gov.au/sportrecstrategy 


To share the 2029 vision of the strategy, Sport and Recreation are hosting a series of evening briefing sessions throughout Queensland, open to all members of the community.


Please find below a list of locations and dates for upcoming sessions and links to register.


For any information regarding the Strategy please visit www.qld.gov.au/sportrecstrategy or email sportrecstrategy@hpw.qld.gov.au.


Visitors to the site will have the ability to download the strategy and action plan.  Also included is information on how you can get further information including: following on Facebooksubscribe for updates; and email sportrecstrategy@hpw.qld.gov.au

Fundraising with Grill’d Wintergarden in August

We’ve been selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill’d Wintergarden this August!
Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 back into the community every month. The donation is split between 3 local community groups $300 / $100 / $100.
We’d love your support in receiving the highest $300 donation! Simply head to Grill’d Wintergarden during August for a burger and pop your Local Matters token in our jar. The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation.
It’s a simple (and delicious) way to show your support!
You’ll find us on a jar at Grill’d Wintergarden, Level 1, Wintergarden Queen Street Mall Brisbane CBD.


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