The line-up of the Woombye Ladies Basketball Club in 1928.
The line-up of the Woombye Ladies Basketball Club in 1928. Picture Sunshine Coast

Our women have ruled the courts for a century

THE game of basketball was invented in 1891 by Canadian Dr James Naismith, a YMCA instructor in America.

The popular sport was introduced to Australia in the early 1900s.

School teachers from England travelled to many countries of the then British Empire and the game of netball or "ladies basketball" (prior to 1901) went with them.

In the early part of the century in Australia and New Zealand, the sport was called basketball. In 1970 the name "women's basketball" was changed to "netball".

In 1963, the first World Tournament was held in England, with 11 teams competing, and Australia was undefeated. World championships are staged every four years.

 

 

Netball Queensland celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011.

The All Australian Women's Basketball Association changed its title to the All Australian Netball Association in August 1970. Queensland followed in 1971 when Queensland Women's Basketball was changed to Queensland Netball.

Queensland State Netball League is the premier netball competition in Queensland, providing the best opportunities and development environment for elite netballers and officials.

Playing for the league offers a pathway to being accepted into the Queensland team or as an Australian Netball League representative.

The Sunshine Coast's local team, the Sun Coast Lynx, represents Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast in the Samsung Queensland State Netball League.

The Coast now has its first national elite-level sporting netball super team, the Sunshine Coast Lightning. The Melbourne Storm-backed team calls the USC Sports Stadium home and its colours are yellow, purple and black.

Basketball in this country has evolved to the point that Australia's teams are among the elite at international level.

Women's basketball was admitted to the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976. The Australian women's basketball team made its Olympic debut in Los Angeles in 1984.

Our Olympians' expertise and enthusiasm to teach the game in schools at that time has contributed significantly to the development of the sport.

The Sunshine Coast's basketball history spans more than 100 years. Since those early days the game has been reported in local newspapers.

A promotional fundraising dance event in the Buderim School of Arts Hall was reported in the Brisbane Courier on June 6, 1929 for the Buderim Basketball Club.

The Buderim female basketball team originally played on the eastern side of the School of Arts Hall against North Coast towns such as Nambour, Woombye, Yandina and the Nambour Rural School Old Girls.

An article in the Nambour Chronicle on November 6, 1931 reported "Nambour's Rural School Old Girls were too strong for Buderim Comrades with the goals thick and fast and the ball rarely intercepted against the Old Girls. A number of officials from competing clubs and the North Coast Association were interested spectators. The ethics of sportsmanship were prominent.

"Reverend Lapthorne presented the cup to the Rural School Old Girl winners remarking experience gained on the playing fields of striving for the objective to win could be applied in the higher principles of life. This act was received with cheers by the other competing team. The better team won. Nambour Old Girls 42 defeated Buderim Comrades 12."

Three teams from the Ladies Basketball Association in Brisbane visited Nambour in September 1946 to play against local selections on the Rural School Grounds.

Caloundra took out the honours at the Queensland Ladies Basketball Association's Annual Country Carnival held at Albert Park, Brisbane, in August, 1952.

Later that year Nambour Chronicle advertised that the Caloundra Basketball Club Gala Ball and Mannequin Parade was to be held in the Glideway Hall on October 31, 1952.

Since the 1950s the sport has continued to expand here on the Sunshine Coast, with netball courts in most of the larger towns for both junior and senior players.

It would not be possible for basketball to grow without premier sport and recreation facilities.

Thanks to Sunshine Coast Council's Heritage Library Officers for the words and Picture Sunshine Coast for the images.

In 2017, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast. For more information on this milestone anniversary visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/fifty


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