New Brunswick

New provincial women's basketball league warming up for season

The women’s basketball league in New Brunswick is well on its way to its inaugural season. A team made out of some the league’s players played two exhibition games at the start of October against two college teams.

Shannon Parlee says league will also help local university players tune up skills

The league is for women who want to continue playing competitive basketball even after their university or high school days are over. (NBWBL/Twitter)

The women's basketball league in New Brunswick is well on its way to its inaugural season. A team made up of some the league's players played two exhibition games at the start of October against two college teams. 

Shannon Parlee is a league organizer and plans to play on the Moncton-based team.

"There's a lot of potential, not just for the players themselves to keep playing ball but also to help other programs, like even other New Brunswick teams," said Parlee. 

You can still keep playing and keep playing the game you love.- Shannon Parlee- Shannon Parlee

The league is a competitive provincial league for women who have graduated from university or high school, but want to keep playing basketball. 

"When I left Mount A years ago, it was pretty much that's the end, but your desire doesn't end when your eligibility does," said Parlee.

"It's a chance for women to keep playing. It doesn't have to end when university ends. You can still keep playing and keep playing the game you love."

The plan is to have the league include four teams from the province. It would be a six-week season starting in April.

There will be another game on Oct. 23 when a group of the league's potential Fredericton players will go against the St. Thomas University Tommies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Philip Drost is a reporter with the CBC.

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