BASKETBALL is booming in the Tweed with the Tweed Coast Slammers set for a bumper season.
Club manager Brendan Cole said the number of teams turning out for the Banora Pointbased Slammers had increased four-fold in the lead-up to the 2005 season.
"This coming season we have jumped from two teams to 10 teams in the Gold Coast competition and we could have more," Cole said.
"It's also the first time the competition will use the courts here regularly for Friday night games."
Cole said the recent Olympic Games had boosted the profile of basketball in the Tweed while access to quality coaches had aided player development.
"We have kids from Tweed, Murwillumbah and Kingscliff playing in the Slammers teams - both boys and girls teams," he said. "I'm just wrapped and can't wait for it (the season) to start."
With the sport's popularity on the rise, Cole said the club was rapidly outgrowing its present home at the Salvation Army Centre and is in need of a more appropriate venue.
"To see the turnaround we've had, well there's definitely a market for it," he said.
Players interested in linking with the Slammers can contact the club by phoning 5524?5081.
n?Sydney's chances of securing a third straight NBL title nosedived when they slumped to a 109-91 loss to Townsville on Wednesday night.
The Kings, now 8-4, will have to regroup in time for Sunday's cross-town derby against West Sydney.