Gloucester Basketball reunion

Remember when: Gloucester's under 12s Pacific Conference won in 2000, defeating Taree 42 to 4. If so, this reunion may be for you. Picture: Tad Parish
Remember when: Gloucester's under 12s Pacific Conference won in 2000, defeating Taree 42 to 4. If so, this reunion may be for you. Picture: Tad Parish

Gloucester Basketball is calling on all former players, officials and their families to come to town for a reunion.

Former Gloucester Basketball member, John (Tad) Parish said the idea for the get together came up while they were organising the upcoming basketball clinic with Olympian basketballer and former Gloucester resident, Damian Martin.

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As Damian had started his career in Gloucester, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

“A lot of our past players and officials where involved with Damian and the Martin family over a period of time,” Tad said.

Damian and fellow Perth Wildcats teammate, Greg Hire are hosting a charity event on Sunday, June 25 at the Gloucester Recreation Centre to help raise funds for the Airlie Homestead Day for Derek for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

The reunion will run in conjunction with the event, with people invited to come down and watch a training session or two from 10am until 1pm, which will be followed by a social gathering at the Avon Valley Inn.

Tad, who was there when the club began in 1987, said the reunion is open to anyone who was part of the club from the beginning up until now.

“Some people who are involved now, were also involved back then,” he said

Tad and his family were involved in the sport for 17 years and in that time, at its peak, he said there were 60 teams playing; 10 women’s, 10 men’s and 40 juniors, as well as eight representative sides.

The hope is that this event will help renew interest in a sport that was very popular in Gloucester in the past.

“Come along and catch up with old friends and support Damian in this very worthwhile cause,” Tad said.

Entry to the event is a gold coin donation. Further details contact Tad on 0427581559.

Come along and catch up with old friends and support Damian in this very worthwhile cause.

Tad Parish