Murray Bridge Basketball Association's Bridge Hoops program grows, Mobilong Rotary donation helps

Cock-a-hoop: Anthony Edwards, Todd Schulz, Tony Prosser, Anthony Pergallini and Judy Prosser welcome the growth in junior basketball. Photo: Peri Strathearn.
Cock-a-hoop: Anthony Edwards, Todd Schulz, Tony Prosser, Anthony Pergallini and Judy Prosser welcome the growth in junior basketball. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Junior basketball in Murray Bridge is on the rebound.

The number of participants in the Bridge Hoops program is up to about 50 this summer, roughly double what it had been previously.

The program gives children aged five to eight an introduction to the sport, giving them the individual and team skills they will need as they grow older and progress into competitive Bullets basketball.

Committee member Anthony Edwards said the numbers were encouraging.

"Under 10s, the littlest ones, they're the most important group in your club because they're the ones who are going to filter up through," he said.

"This season we've had so many coming up through the schools.

"We've got under-10 girls this season, which we haven't had for two or three seasons.

"You don't retain all of them, but a lot continue through."

With so many youngsters coming along, the chore of bringing out bags of balls and equipment had become a tedious one, but a $1000 grant from the Rotary Club of Mobilong changed that.

The Murray Bridge Basketball Association used the lion's share to have a cart built to carry all the gear, spent the rest of the money on extra balls, bibs, markers and hoops.

The Rotary club also gave donations to the Salvation Army, Ramblers Football Club, Deadly Fun Run, Unity College, Flight Centre, Southern Carriage Driving Society, Lutheran Tennis Club, RSL Bowling Club and Murray Bridge 4WD Club this year.

  • Register your child for Bridge Hoops: Call Robyn on 8531 0755.