We want to win it all, Bears and Bulls say
BASKETBALL: The Bundaberg Bears and Bulls have sent out a warning to the other sides in the new Central Queensland Basketball League.
Come and stop us.
The sides will debut tonight against Maryborough at the Bundy Basketball Stadium on a historic night.
The region finally has a competition for those sides not playing in the Queensland Basketball League or Southern Basketball League.
Bundaberg will start favourites for both the men's and women's competition against Hervey Bay, Gympie and Maryborough after being the only region with recent QBL experience in the past five years.
"It was the feeling when the competition started that we can win every game,” Bulls coach Mick Catlin said.
"That will be focus for us; win every single game.”
Catlin said the Bulls would try to do that with former QBL players and the best youngsters from the Rum City.
Shane Davies, who will play with his son Tyler, will be joined by CJ Kennedy for the competition.
The squad will also have players from the under-18 Bulls' side that played in division 1 at the state titles.
Catlin said with his system and the squad they were capable of doing a lot this season.
"The focus will be to stop them in defence and score quickly on the rebound,” he said.
"My system last year won 10 out of the 11 games the Bulls played.
"We're not worried about being the favourites, or the pressure that comes with it.”
The Bears share the same feeling.
They are also littered with youth and experience with player/coach Karla Cameron confident of success.
"As the other teams that we are playing against didn't play in the QBL, it will be interesting to see what they can bring,” she said.
"All our games will be tough physically and mentally, but I do believe that our team will be a strong, competitive force.”
The Bears play first at 5pm against Maryborough with the Bulls in action at 7pm.