Shannon Slater, in action for Toowoomba Tigers last season, is back to his hometown team.
Shannon Slater, in action for Toowoomba Tigers last season, is back to his hometown team. Kevin Farmer

Wildcats play on

IT IS rare for every member of a premiership-winning team to return after two seasons but that is what is happening with the Warwick Wildcats side which won the Ag Requirements Regional Basketball League reserve-grade grand final in 2009.

Andrew Rendalls, Shannon Slater and Dean Clark from the 2009 team will play A-grade in the first round of the regional league against Tenterfield at Tenterfield on Saturday.

Josh Cremasco, P.J. Siulai, Rob Wendt and Andrew Stubbings will play reserves while Warwick-based Academy Basketball president Duncan McKenzie is in both Warwick teams.

Jeff Clark, who played in the reserves in 2009 is A-grade coach while Lehi Clark is now Warwick president.

McKenzie believes there would be little difference between first and last in the open men’s division this year.

“This season we have an increase in the number of teams playing in the league,” he said.

Warwick Basketball has returned to the league in force, fielding one open men’s and two open reserve teams this year.

McKenzie rates Warwick as favourites in reserves.

“I would not be surprised if it is an all-Warwick final as Warwick is aiming to stay as the only team name on the reserve-grade trophy as it has won every year it has been played.”

In 2012, Academy Basketball is aiming to put junior teams in the State Classics.



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