FOR POSTERITY: Grafton Basketball life members Bruce Leonard and Jo Morgan, author and historian Kerry Wilsmore, life member Roma Brotherson and current president Sandra Dahl peruse The History of Grafton Basketball (1953-2013). PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
FOR POSTERITY: Grafton Basketball life members Bruce Leonard and Jo Morgan, author and historian Kerry Wilsmore, life member Roma Brotherson and current president Sandra Dahl peruse The History of Grafton Basketball (1953-2013). PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED Contributed

Writing Grafton Basketball long story was a labour of love

THE History of Grafton Basketball (1953-2013) has been officially released.

Three life members of Grafton Basketball, with a total of 140 years service, gathered for the book launch with author Kerry Wilsmore and current president Sandra Dahl.

Matt Holroyd dominated State League Basketball for Grafton Vikings during the nineties.
Matt Holroyd dominated State League Basketball for Grafton Vikings during the nineties.

"It's a bit like a tree," Wilsmore said.

"You start with the big trunks - people like Bruce and Roma who would generate the names of other sources."

Roma Brotherson followed inaugural 1953 president and first life member Jim Thompson as the sec

ond life member in 1968.

She continues to be involved along with Jo Morgan, a 2003 life member with 35 years service.

Bruce Leonard is an institution of Grafton Basketball. He first appeared as a committee member 50 years ago and has been president or secretary-manager for 30 of those years and still coaches, umpires and assists in administration.

Wilsmore spent about 160 days in total on the project, including 60 days researching archived copies of The Daily Examiner.

"From 1948 to 1961 the paper was a broadsheet with no specific sports section," Wilsmore said. "For those years I would average a whole day per year.

"Then there's the editing and re-editing. Once you think you've got your first 20 years completed, someone comes along with a great photo."

Wilsmore said he was amazed at what had been achieved in terms of facilities and player standards over the 60 years.

"Truly a rich history. "International games, state titles, state league competitions, Jacaranda Carnivals and many a fine grand final has been witnessed. A testimony to the dedication of so many members who have coached, umpired, managed and administered the game over the 60 years," he said.

"This is their story."

The other two life members of the association, Jan Johnston (2003) and Joy Holton (1978) were unable to attend.

The 200 page book with over 300 photos is available at the Grafton Indoor Sports Centre.



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