NOOSA Reef Hotel Cyclones Women's team have gone from nervous newcomers to a team that is capable of pulling off a few upsets in their first season in the QBL D-League competition.
The Cyclones women jumped out to a 21 point lead 31-10 in the first quarter against Northside Wizards at the weekend, but failed to respond to a lifting Northside as they challenged the Cyclones' lead and went on to claim victory against the Cyclones 81 to 75.
The match was a physical affair with three starting-five members from the Cyclones being forced to sit out the fourth quarter with five fouls each.
Despite being fouled out, Kim Nielson led the Cyclones in scoring with 20 points and Hayley Barnett contributed 12 before also being fouled out and forced to watch the fourth-quarter lead slip away.
In an encouraging sign, junior representatives Ruby Hamilton and Chloe Boykett showed their abilities to help the team with seven points each. Despite the loss, the confidence in the team has grown and members will put in their best effort when they take on Caboolture Suns this weekend.
The Noosa Reef Hotel Cyclones Men's team have split their weekend with a loss to Warwick Saturday night 65-76 at the Leisure Centre, but backed up Sunday morning in Brisbane to claim a three-point victory over Northside Wizards 74-71.
The men welcomed the return of Aaron Nagas to the team over the weekend as he sliced his way through defenders to contribute 16 points to the team over the two games but also set several of his team mates up with clever passes throughout the matches.
The experience and attitude he brings to the team will be valuable as they look to beat Caboolture Suns this weekend.