Mature players wanted for new Masters basketball comp

Basketball is one of three new sports being played as part of the 2019 Lismore Workers Masters Games – and new players are wanted!

The basketball comp will be played during the Lismore Workers Masters Games from September 27-29 at Trinity Sports Hall and is open to men and women aged 35 and over.

Convenor Matt Barlow said basketball is something many Australians love, and he encouraged everyone including beginners to join a team for the inaugural competition.

“According to research by Sweeney Sports, one in three Australians have an interest in basketball, so we’re hoping for a great turn out of players and spectators. If you’re sitting at home reading this and realise you are one of the one in three, sign up and have some fun,” Matt said.

“This is a new sport for the Masters Games so there is no pressure and nothing to live up to – we are making the competition our own from this year on. Masters is all about making friends, socialising and having a bit of fun on the court, so we really encourage people of all abilities including those who have never played competitively to come and have a go.

“The Trinity Sports Hall is an amazing facility, which is air-conditioned and boasts a double basketball court, so it’s very comfortable playing conditions.”

Matt said this year in Lismore a women’s basketball competition has been resurrected and player numbers are continually growing.

“Basketball is now one of the world’s most popular and widely viewed sports, and it is undergoing a huge popularity boost at present,” Matt said.

“Basketball was invented in 1891 by Canadian-American gym teacher James Naismith. Basketball NSW has been playing and enjoying the game since 1938. Today there are more than 55,000 registered members across NSW – and growing!”

Early bird registrations for the Lismore Workers Masters Games close this Friday, 28 June. Early bird registrations include a significant discount and can be completed online at There is also a Locals Registration Night on Friday, 28 June at the Lismore Workers Club, where you can register and pay your fees from 5-7pm.

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