UNKNOWN: The future of Willie Shackleford (Shack) is now unclear after the Bulls and Bears were not entered into the 2017 QBL season. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
UNKNOWN: The future of Willie Shackleford (Shack) is now unclear after the Bulls and Bears were not entered into the 2017 QBL season. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet BUN220715HUN4

No Bundaberg Bears and Bulls for the 2017 QBL season

BASKETBALL: In sad news for Bundaberg the Bears and the Bulls will be missing from the Queensland Basketball League for next season.

Despite having the financial budget, with plans already in place to compete next year, a lack of junior membership numbers has put Bundaberg outside of the requirements allowed to compete in the premier state competition.

Devastated players were told of the news this morning with sponsors and other staff told this afternoon about the decision.

In a statement released to the NewsMail, the program directors for this season's QBL in Bundaberg said Basketball Queensland has told them to focus on increasing membership before the Bears or Bulls can be allowed back into the competition.

The team added they wanted to thank everyone for their support, particularly over the past five years with two floods in the region.

Finally they said the Bears and the Bulls had every intention on coming back into the competition before the 2018 season and neither the Bears or the Bulls were finished as members of the QBL.

There will be more on the story tomorrow (Tuesday).



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