Deadly 3s Indigenous basketball tournament a ‘3-point’ success!

Over 160 players from 21 Indigenous communities took part in the fifth annual Deadly 3s Indigenous basketball tournament held at PCYC Edmonton on Saturday, 17 August.

The event was accompanied by Indigenous Olympic basketball legend and Deadly 3s ambassador, Danny Morseu.

“Deadly 3s is a celebration of Indigenous communities, sport and culture, and I am honoured to play a part in this event and mentor the participants,” said Morseu.

The only major basketball tournament of its kind in Far North Queensland, this year’s Deadly 3s was a huge success with teams travelling from as far away as Mackay, Townsville, Mount Isa, Mornington Island and the Torres Strait to take part.

The Townsville teams dominated the competition, with both men’s and women’s Townsville teams claiming victory.

Led by former Cairns Marlin Marshall Ware, Townsville defeated Thursday Island in the men’s final, while the Cairns team, consisting of Monica Bowie and others, went down to their Townsville rivals in the ladies’ decider.

PCYC Queensland indigenous Programs manager, Andy Cassidy, said the goal of Deadly 3s was to unite communities in a positive way.

“Deadly 3s has perpetual benefits for participants and their local communities, as players come together to share experiences and knowledge, with many going on to organise their own community competitions,” said Cassidy.

“There was a lot of passion and skill on show today which was wonderful to see,” she said.

Deadly 3s is an annual 3×3 mixed male and female tournament, held as part of PCYC Queensland’s Indigenous Community Sport and Recreation Program, click here for more information.