PCYC Queensland hosts Australia’s largest Indigenous Basketball Tournament

On Saturday, 27 March 2021 more than 500 passionate basketball fans came together at PCYC Edmonton to enjoy PCYC Queensland’s Deadly 3s, Australia’s largest Indigenous 3×3 Basketball Tournament in Australia.

The annual tournament now in its sixth year brought together over 120 male and female players who travelled from regional and remote communities across Far North Queensland including Mareeba, Palm Island, Cairns, Coen, Yarrabah and the Torres Strait.

PCYC Queensland Indigenous Programs Manager Andy Cassidy is thrilled that Deadly 3s continues to bring communities together 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 hold their own community competitions,” said Ms Cassidy.

Speaker and Member for Mulgrave the Hon Curtis Pitt was pleased to attend the annual 3×3 male and female event.

“Indigenous events such as Deadly 3s are incredibly important as they provide a great opportunity for communities to come together, and also a way to showcase the Far North Queensland region,” said Mr Pitt.

“It was wonderful to witness the passion and skill on show from the competitors at Deadly 3s, as well as the cultural performances,” he said.

Despite strong competition throughout the day, the men’s Cooktown team were the victors on the day, celebrating their first time win at the event, with the Townsville men’s team close runners up.

In the ladies’ decider, Hopevale women’s team claimed victory over the Torres Strait team, also first time winners.

Special thanks go to all the staff, volunteers, mentors and Elders who make this event possible each year, as well as event supporters Queensland Government. BMD Group, Basketball Queensland and Yilay.

For more information on Deadly 3s, held as part of PCYC Queensland’s Indigenous Community Sport and Recreation Program visit our website.