Sevillle Dragons Basketball Club hitting its stride after inaugural year


(Back left to right) Ivy Paulin, Kalvyn Batista, Monaro Reweti and Bonnie Batista. (Front from left) Eli Paulin, Mere Haerewa. Picture: Jessica Nico.
(Back left to right) Ivy Paulin, Kalvyn Batista, Monaro Reweti and Bonnie Batista. (Front from left) Eli Paulin, Mere Haerewa. Picture: Jessica Nico.

WITH just one season under its belt, the Seville Dragons Basketball Club is still in relative infancy.

Yet despite their newness to the local sporting scene, the club has experienced growth that surpassed all expectations and, as a new season inches closer, numbers continue to rise.

The club came into existence last year with just one team of seven boys but has now expanded to 19 junior teams, offering 150 girls and boys aged five to 17 the opportunity to play basketball locally.

Seville Dragons president Ricardo Batista said the aim of the club was to given children of all abilities and ages the chance to enjoy the sport.

“Our aim was to supply cheap basketball to everyone and anyone in the community,” he said.

“We have just added an U10 division for the upcoming season and have 40 new members for that division alone.

“We would like to see a full competition of 5-19 year olds come and play in the league.”

Kalvyn Batista performs a lay-up.

Batista said despite strong ties to football in the area, the rapid growth of their members showed there was a big demand for a local basketball competition.

“Basketball has never been more popular; it’s a great game that every person regardless of body shape and size can play, it is all year round and indoors out of the elements like rain and sun,” he said.

“We’re looking for children ages five and older and while we currently have U10, U12s U14 and U17 we would be very keen to have U19s competition sometime in the near future.

“We’re also looking for coaches and volunteers and if anyone has the ambition to coach basketball we’d love to build a team around a parent and their child or children.”

The Seville Dragons winter basketball competition runs at the Armadale Arena from May to September, with games on Friday nights and training on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

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SPOTLIGHT

Sport: Basketball

Club: Seville Dragons Basketball Club

Location: Armadale Arena, Armadale

Ages: 5-19

Enquiries: www.facebook.com/sevilledragonsBC or www.revolutionise.com.au/sevilledragons/