IN ACTION: Phoenix's Caitlin Clancy during a game last year. Picture: Patrick Woods.
IN ACTION: Phoenix's Caitlin Clancy during a game last year. Picture: Patrick Woods.

Phoenix, Rip City grounded after NBL1 season cancelled

BASKETBALL: Sunshine Coast Phoenix women’s coach Darren Browne was not surprised this year’s Queensland league was cancelled and says there “are far more important” aspects of society to focus on.

The National Basketball League, in conjunction with affiliated state bodies, on Tuesday called off the respective state competitions.

The decision followed the indefinite closure of indoor sports centres because of coronavirus.

So, the Sunshine Coast Phoenix men’s and women’s teams, based at Maroochydore, and USC Rip City, based at Sippy Downs, won’t train or play.

“It’s common sense,” Browne said.

“Every sport in Australia is having to face that reality.

“It’s unsurprising (it was cancelled).”

Browne said it was time to focus on more significant aspects of life, but he looked forward to getting back the court when possible.

“There’s going to be a whole heap of other things far more important.”

“People hope to keep their job, their health, and those sorts of things.

“Once you get through the other side of this situation, life will hopefully return to normal.”

He said he would talk to the players in his team.

They stopped training almost two weeks ago.

“We’ll have our own communication situation with the whole team, and I’ll let the girls know just to bunker down and keep out of trouble and to keep well.”

The NBL1 North was one of three state competitions, alongside the NBL1 South (Victoria) and NBL Central (South Australia) to be abandoned.

Grassroots basketball has been suspended indefinitely.


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