Basketball Is Back!

GEELONG United Basketball CEO Mark Neeld has hailed the post-COVID return to domestic competition a success.

Since November 30, 645 teams have taken the floor at four different venues across the region (AWA Alliance Bank Stadium, Geelong Arena, Geelong Sports Hub and Leisuretime Sports Precinct).

Neeld says despite the stringent protocols making basketball a vastly different experience for participants in the past fortnight, there has been an understanding of what is required to ensure competition is unaffected.

“The level of cooperation by all involved; players, parents, officials and spectators has been outstanding,” Neeld told

“The basketball community has shown a willingness to do what is required to ensure a smooth re-start to being back playing.”

From the Junior School League to Men’s and Women’s Championship, Neeld says there has been a real thirst to hit the hardwood.

 “It’s terrific to see so many people enjoying being back on court. We have been buoyed by the return to play numbers right across the board,” he said.

“We have had many people providing feedback that they are so pleased that the sport has been able to resume in such a timely and smooth manner.“

“This year has been challenging for many small and medium-sized businesses, and community sport has certainly been impacted.

“We are just please to focus on what is ahead and ensuring our members are enjoying being back playing.”

Pre-Christmas competition will conclude on Sunday, December 20, with play to recommence in 2021 on January 18.

Tom King