Bundaberg Basketball welcomes back a favourite son
THE Kiernan family name is etched permanently into Bundaberg Basketball's history - Greg Keirnan was in the inaugural Bundaberg Bears team in 1987 - and tomorrow night against Logan another story will be written in the story.
One of Greg's sons, Kyle, grew up at WIN Stadium and was part of the Bulls' roster for over a decade but in the round nine Queensland Basketball League clash will wear the Logan singlet for the first time on his old home court.
Keirnan the younger played against Bundaberg on June 5 and won the game 106-83 and he said it was a difficult experience coming up against his old club, but that feeling will be nothing compared to what he is expecting this weekend.
"It's where I was brought up and I have built friendships and bonds that are everlasting," Keirnan said.
"I will always remember how welcoming everyone there is and how the association is.
"It will be quite a different experience; it will be quite difficult to start."
Keirnan has been pounding the boards at WIN Stadium since he was four years old and has watched some great players come and go.
Even after moving away to be closer to his brother, Jace, he still keeps up with what is going on in Bundaberg and when his old club team, Solarbo, was involved in recent finals, social media was flooded with messages of support from the now Logan boy.
His mother, Tess, also played basketball in Bundaberg making the attachment one that will never be broken.
Keirnan is expecting a tough game against Bundaberg, but said with NBL player Mitchell Young in the team with Thomas Ammar a late addition to the roster, his team could have the firepower to overwhelm the young Bulls.
"We started off slowly - and Logan has been out of the QBL for a few years - and the group is quite new," he said.
"We have a good mix of young and old guys plus Mitchell Young and Thomas Ammar are in the team and we are starting to build a good culture."
Keirnan won't be the only former Bundaberg player to play for Logan, with Alice Honnery named to play for Logan against the Bears.
Despite being on the opposite teams this weekend, Keirnan and Honnery are guaranteed to get as many cheers as jeers from the vocal Bundaberg crowd.
Bundaberg Bears v Logan Thunder: Emma Mahady rose from the rubble of her team's third straight loss with her first double figure game since round one with a big career-high 23points.
For the Thunder, Sidney Parsons was back in the points last week but promises even more if she can be more consistent finding the target.
It was an absolute thriller when these two met in round six, the Bears escaping with the win which they will hope happens again to consolidate their pool leadership.
Bundaberg Bulls v Logan Thunder: Bundaberg's Anthony Gardner showed what he's capable off the bench with 11 points in limited minutes last week and his side will be hoping he can build from this.
While Sean Carroll from Logan played by far and away his best QBL game last week which hopefully for his team is an indicator of more to come.
Both teams have struggled in 2015 and each should see this clash as their next win.
The Bulls are in real mire having been downed in their last six with every remaining game now a must win to have any chance. The Thunder find themselves in a similar position and need to be desperate in attaining their first away success