No QBL action for the Bears and Bulls next season
BASKETBALL: For the second year running there will be no Bundaberg Bears or Bulls in the Queensland Basketball League.
The NewsMail can reveal no application will be made by Bundaberg Basketball to enter the competition next month when they open ahead of the 2018 season.
Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the Bears and Bulls disappearing from the QBL.
"Financially it is out of our reach and that's why it won't happen,” Bundy Basketball committee member Mick Catlin said.
But the news isn't all bad for the organisation.
They have put in an application to compete in next year's Southern Basketball Competition, which contains Gold Coast and Brisbane teams at the level below the QBL.
It would be the first step for re-entry into the QBL when the time is right.
"We've put in a proposal to Basketball Queensland,” Catlin said.
"We've also sent it to other clubs in the SBL to have a look at it.
"We're confident it will be accepted.”
Catlin said the competition would allow local players like Ben Wright and Daniel Gardiner to play week in, week out instead of against themselves.
He also didn't rule out a return to the QBL in 2019 but said the finances had to be right first.
Basketball Queensland CEO Graham Burns said when the clubs were right to return, the organisation would welcome them back with open arms to the QBL.
"We'd do everything we could to put them in if everything was in check and sorted out,” he said.
"It's up to them when they decide to return.”
Burns also praised the current committee and said they had done a good job turning around the organisation in 12 months.