In their second visit to the Western Desert, the Perth Redbacks Basketball Association sent junior coach Jeremy Fletcher and assistant Michelle Fletcher to deliver basketball clinics into the Punmu, Kunawarritji and Kiwirrkurra communities.
With the first stop being Telfer’s neighbouring community, Punmu, the children were excited to see the ‘Troopy’ arrive with two new faces aboard. After-school sport was held in the impressive Punmu multisport courts, with the kids taking to the fun basketball games and before long, a competitive game was under way. As the sun settled, so the kids’ energy was spent and basketball wrapped up for the afternoon.
Next day, and with kids from Kunawarritji away from their community, a quick pit stop to refuel the Troopy and bodies was taken before continuing on the long road trip to Kiwirrkurra.
Arriving to an oval full of footballers, softball field occupied by enthusiastic young ladies, and the basketball court flooded with young kids each with a ball in hand, Jeremy and Michelle were delighted to see the sporting enthusiasm of the Kiwirrkurra community.
Ngurra Kujungka ISDOs Callan Hatchman and Ebony Humble and the Redbacks duo were quickly out of the car and immersed in sport, shooting hoops and throwing balls with the kids and adults.
The team spent the next day at the Kiwirrkurra School with the young upcoming basketball stars who happily displayed their raw talents to the guests. Containing the excitement of the 3-to-6-year old kids always presents a challenge, but follow-the-leader, roller- ball and other games secured their attention.
The middle-age class enjoyed the challenge of shooting games against their classmates and expressed their wins with loud celebrations. New skills were learnt such as dribbling, jump stops, pivots and of course the essential shooting technique.
The final session, intended to exhaust the energy of the high school class, resulted in one of the most active and engaging sessions to date. The kids were eager to learn more about the game, and questions were thrown at Jeremy and Michelle as various scenarios unfolded during play.
A final all-in game saw rivalry develop between Ngurra Kujungka ISDOs Ebony and Callan adding to the already established competition between the school students. At the end of the session, the kids each happily accepted a Redbacks shirt and basketball to show their families. With the basketball court lights up and running, the sound of bouncing balls echoed through the community as night set in.
Ngurra Kujungka extend our thanks to Michelle and Jeremy for delivering some fantastic basketball clinics throughout the week. Ngurra Kujungka are pleased to partner with the Perth Redbacks Basketball Association through Basketball WA, and we look forward to further developing basketball in the Western Desert.
This community visit was part of the Department of Sport and Recreation’s Multisport Project, which engages various State Sporting Associations in developing community participating programs in the Western Desert.