The Keirnan connection
THEY laughed off the suggestion, but reports are that the Keirnan connection might be more than just a catch phrase this season.
Bundaberg Radiology Bulls mainstay Kyle Keirnan and his 15-year-old cousin Jared were two of the more impressive players in the team’s first Queensland Basketball Development League (D-League) clash a fortnight ago.
Kyle’s spot in the top team is secure, but Jared will be pushing his case for a promotion to the big boys this year.
The D-League side — a combination of Bundaberg-based QBL and junior players — had a win and a loss against Gladstone and Rockhampton two weeks ago.
This Saturday the party comes to Century 21 Stadium in Bundaberg and the younger Keirnan, who stands at 6ft 1in, wants to hammer home just how good he is.
“I’ve been pretty happy with my form so far and it’d be amazing to work my way into the Bulls squad,” Jared said.
“Playing with the likes of Andrew Hanson and Kyle would be pretty cool.”
Bulls coach Adam Curran dropped the pairs’ names as the early form men, while also lauding veteran Aaron Wade for his work.
“Kyle really stamped his authority on the league, which is what we are asking of him this year,” Curran said.
“It’s encouraging to see these guys pressing their claims because it means we have some serious depth in our squad this time around.”
Kyle is aware there will be quality players pushing him for a starting berth, but is up for it .
“I think that makes everyone lift a little, knowing there is competition,” he said.
“Plus we have quality on the bench that can replace the starting five without losing anything.”
The Bulls recruits will start arriving on Bundaberg soil in the next few weeks, bolstering what looks to be a more competitive team than last season.
“It’s all about having depth and I think we’ll have eight, nine, even more guys in the squad capable of scoring points and making rebounds in the QBL this year,” Curran said.
The Bulls play their first home games this Saturday, 11am and 3pm at Flint Street.
The QBL season proper kicks off for the Bulls with an away game against Caboolture on April 24.