Written by Matt Nason, President
As 2021 comes to an end and we see in a new year, on behalf of the USC Basketball Club Committee, let me pass on my very best to the entire Rip City family for the holiday season. We wish you all perfect health, safety and happiness.
Despite the challenges of another year affected by Covid, 2021 has seen the club take significant strides forward with a dedicated focus to culture, structure, and youth program development, which we can proudly say, to date, has delivered a successful return and remains the most important focus for the club.
We are extremely proud of our "little club" which continues to punch above its weight because of all the hard work and dedication put in by coaches, players, officials, parents and all that make up the Rip City family. None of it would be possible without the tremendous support from our sponsors and the commitment from our volunteers.
It goes without saying that the volunteer support offered by our club members remains one of the most critical elements of who we are and how we function. We are blessed to have seen a sizable upgrade in the volunteer numbers across the club this year, with so many from across the Association happy and willing to offer their time to ensure our commitments to the success of our Rip City Espresso Cafe, Sunshine Coast Lightning, NBL1, SQJBC game days, junior club events and many others are fulfilled and carried out successfully and professionally. Every time the club is called on, you have been superb, and we are seriously grateful.
To our 2021 Sponsors, we've been extremely fortunate to receive your support. From so many businesses and individuals, please know that your enormous contribution is not lost on us and with the strength in our playing groups, our volunteer support crew and our fans, it is you that drives our club culture and assists us in honing in on our collective goal of bringing a NBL1 championship to the club. We're upgrading the experience across the board again next year and I'm excited knowing that our 2022 season will once again line up very well for Rip City. When the men's team were narrowly edged out from making the Grand Final, many could be heard saying "let's run it back" and we hope you will "run it back" with us too.
As the New Year rolls in, we're straight back into the action with the u18 State Champs starting on the 12th of January. Our ladies will be in the fight to medal in the Premier League competition and our lads are looking to make it double gold, backing up from their recent SQJBC win in the Southern Cup competition.
Conditioning, training and scrimmaging will recommence shortly into the year in preparation for the u16's SQJBC season which commences on February 22nd. This will be closely followed by the u14's starting in May (22nd) and the u12's in July (22nd). In 2022 Rip City will once again be represented in the QSL1 division and the 2022 NBL1 North conference competition will get under way at the end of April. The NBL1 North has grown with the addition of another Gold Coast team and a team from Darwin, making the NBL1 a truly national competition.
Goes without saying that we can only hope for a safer 2022 which allows us to continue to ramp up our productivity and output. With ongoing support from the team groups, our sponsors, volunteer efforts and our fans, we are going to continue to do what we love and what we do best: Level the playing field, delivering knockout blows, punching above our weight.
I'm all-in on 2022 being our best year yet! Who's with me?
Matt Nason President