Players called to join the inaugural Katanning Basketball Association league just days out from season launch

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Senior players Brock Green, Elijah Quartermaine, Dean Pinney, Oscar Bride, Kwe Plar and Codie Mills-Durack.
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The inaugural season of the Katanning Basketball Association is set to tip off on Tuesday night, but the new committee is still hopeful of gaining more registration numbers before next week.

Nine teams have nominated thus far for the senior men’s and women’s competitions in 2021-22.

The new KBA season will start on Tuesday with the Cavaliers, Lakers, Jim A??? and the Underdogs making up a four-team men’s competition.

The five-team women’s competition will consist of Wildcats, Panthers, Tigers, Lions 1 and Lions 2.

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Team registrations close at 7pm tonight.

Katanning Basketball Association president Lynley Keley said while she was excited for the upcoming season, there weren’t many middle-aged players signing up.

“The weirdest thing is that three of the four teams that have signed up for the men’s are all under 20 years of age,” she said.

“We are missing all the players in their 30s. They aren’t getting off the couch ... the competition is only one night a week, it’s social and fun and it gets you out of the house for one night. I’m worried about the younger demographic.

“If the competition collapses then all these young and fit 20-year-old men and women who are in their sporting prime won’t be able to compete because of a lack of support for the competition.”

All players and teams interested in playing can contact the Katanning Basketball Association via Facebook.

Matches will be played at the Katanning Leisure Centre. Sub-junior games start at 5.20pm, juniors tip off at 6.10pm, and the two senior timeslots will be 7.05pm and 8pm.

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