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Narelle Kelly lands commonwealth job


Basketball Queensland’s Narelle Kelly lands coveted Commonwealth Games job

Basketball Queensland’s Narelle Kelly appointed Basketball Sports Manager for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

It was announced earlier this week that Narelle Kelly, Operations Manager for Basketball Queensland has been appointed as Basketball Sports Manager for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

This is a real coup for Narelle who has worked in basketball for over 17 years,
holding positions within the NBL, WNBL, organising national and international competitions and has been the Operations Manager at Basketball Queensland since 2008.

Basketball Queensland CEO Graham Burns CEO couldn’t agree more.

“I am very excited for Narelle to be seconded to this position. It confirms the high esteem in which Narelle is held and recognises her many years of experience as the Operations Manager of the Brisbane Bullets and her detailed understanding of the basketball community nationally and more particularly in Queensland. I know that Narelle will do an outstanding job in putting the basketball program for the Commonwealth Games together, which will undoubtedly assist in showcasing basketball in Australia.”

Anthony Moore, Basketball Australia CEO said “We are delighted that Narelle Kelly has been appointed as the Basketball Competition Manager for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. We are proud that basketball will be shared across Queensland with matches in Cairns and Townsville before the final rounds returning to the Gold Coast. Narelle’s appointment will ensure that Basketball Queensland is well placed to secure a range of legacy benefits that come with hosting a home Commonwealth Games. We thank Basketball Queensland for supporting Narelle’s secondment to GOLDOC and everyone at Basketball Australia looks forward to working with Narelle to deliver a great basketball tournament”.

And Narelle couldn’t be more honoured.

“I was so humbled but most of all very proud to have received such a significant appointment within the sport of basketball and I’m extremely excited about the journey ahead of me,” said Narelle. “

“A role of this significance will carry challenges, however, I have a strong relationship with our technical and governing bodies as well as the regions our basketball events will be hosted in.

“I see myself as a part of the much larger team and I look forward to working in collaboration with Basketball Queensland, Basketball Australia, FIBA and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation, and playing my part in building a long-term legacy.

Narelle will begin her new role this coming summer and will work until after the games in 2018.

For more information please contact – BQ Head Office – 3377 9100

Basketball Queensland is very pleased to announce the host associations for the 2017 State Championships:

Under 12 Boys & Girls – Gold Coast City Regional Basketball
April 7 – 10
Carrara Sport & Leisure Centre – Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Carrara

Under 14 Boys – South West Metro Basketball
April 11 – 14
Hibiscus Sports Complex – 90 Klumpp Road, Upper Mt Gravatt
Runcorn State High School – 132 Hill Road, Runcorn

Under 14 Girls – Cairns Basketball
April 11 – 14
Early Settler Stadium – 289 Aumuller Street, Manunda

Under 16 Boys – Mackay Basketball
April 2 – 6
Candlestick Park – 107 Juliet Street, South Mackay

Under 16 Girls – Brisbane Basketball
April 2 – 6
NAB Stadium – 16 Dixon Street, Auchenflower

Under 18 Boys & Girls – University of Sunshine Coast Basketball
January 16 – 20
USC Sports Stadium – Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
Caloundra Indoor Stadium – North Street, Golden Beach

Congratulations to these selected associations, and thank you to all that expressed an interest in hosting.

2016 State Basketball Championships Under 12, 14 and 16


The Easter school holidays saw the running of the 2016 State Championships for Under 12, 14 and 16 with each age group attracting record numbers.

First we travelled north for the Under 16’s, the boys in Mackay and the girls in Townsville. The boys gold medal game was fought out between Cairns and Southern Districts, both teams containing several players from last year’s U14 final, and again it was Cairns who would reign supreme 75-68. Further up in Townsville the home side made it through to the girls’ decider taking on hot favourites South West Metro. A packed house created a phenomenal atmosphere for the final, and while the large Townsville contingent did their best to boost their team, the Pirates proved too strong to come away deserved champions 70-56. Congratulations also go to our U16 Division 2 winners Brisbane Capitals Silver (boys) and Sunshine Coast Phoenix (girls), and Division 3 winners Burdekin Wildcats (boys) and Bundaberg Bears (girls).

Next up was the Under 12’s which was hosted in Logan. The boys’ decider saw the undefeated Brisbane Capitals take on giant-killers Rockhampton. A tense game in which Rocky led by 2 at the three-quarter, the Capitals found an extra gear when it mattered most to run away winners 64-55. The girls’ final saw home-town favourites Logan tackle a red-hot Townsville, and leading from start to finish, it was the Flames who proved too good for their hosts to come away champions 45-38. Well done also to our Division 2 winners Ipswich Force (boys) and Northside Wizards (girls).

Lastly we moved onto the Under 14’s, with Brisbane hosting the boys and Ipswich the girls. In a replay of last years’ boys final Southern Districts took on Cairns who were looking to go back to back. The Spartans however would gain revenge and proved too strong against valiant Marlins 62-43. Over at the girls again saw Townsville make a decider, this time taking on Gold Coast. It would turn out to be another title for the ‘ville, a rampant first half setting up a comfortable 56-41 victory. We also acknowledge our winners in Division 2 Southern Districts Titans (boys) and Townsville Lightning (girls), and Division 3 winners Gold Coast Breakers ((boys) and Mackay Comets (girls).

A huge congratulations goes to Cairns Basketball who have claimed the 2016 Vince Hickey Award for the overall champion association at these State Championships. It is the first time Cairns have claimed the shield since its inception in 1990, edging out northern rivals Townsville by just the solitary point!

We thank all associations for their involvement in what was yet another huge and exciting two weeks of State Championships basketball, we look forward to doing it all again next year!

For full results from all divisions at this years’ State Championships please visit thge Draws and Results section of the BQ website – click here.

The full summary of the 2016 Vince Hickey Award can be found – here

Basketball referee


The Junior State Championships are over another year, and for our State’s referees it was once again another case of answering the call to officiate some of the best junior players from across Queensland.
The Under 16 Boys State Championships may have kicked off in Mackay on the Tuesday morning, but for the crew of 35 referees and 8 educators their journey commenced the day before, coming together on Monday afternoon for a 2-hour pre-tournament clinic under the watchful eye of Referee Commissioner Gavin Smith. The referees for the Championships were given their instructions for calling the game, updates on mechanics and how to move on the court, as well as fitness testing before the competition got underway. With the standard of playing competition improving every year, it has become more important for referees to be prepared before the first whistle is blown.
Gavin Smith, Referee Commissioner – “We expect our referees to aim to be as fit as the players at this age group. Referees don’t get the luxury of a “sub” and the expectation is that we will be on the spot to see the play all the time – whether it’s a foul, a violation or a ‘no call’.”
Many of the 35 referees at the Under 16 Boys State Championships were members of the State Referee Development Program (SRDP) that has been together since September 2015.
Matthew Skinner, Referee Development Manager – “The SRDP was formed as an underpinning program to our National Panel and there are nearly 40 referees who took part this season from across Queensland. Our SRDP referees are aged between 15 and 24 and are mostly Advanced Grade referees who want to go further towards SBL, QBL and the National Leagues. By giving them training, development and exposure at these State Championships hopefully we will give them an additional kick along towards those goals.”
Across the five days of the Under 16 Boys State Championships the 35 referees officiated 166 games – averaging 9-10 games each – and returned to their home associations on the Saturday evening with some great encounters, more experience and the desire to move ahead as some of our State’s next batch of elite referees.