IF you are looking for proof that enjoyment creates success in sport then look no further than The Roulettes basketball team.
This weekend The Roulettes will line up in the masters 40-plus section of the Seaside Senior Basketball Carnival at the Arc in Warrnambool.
It will be a return to the scene of past glories with The Roulettes winning the corresponding competition last year.
The title of reigning champions has created no delusions for The Roulettes who will go into the competition this weekend with their feet firmly on the ground.
“We won the masters last year but it is fair to say we had a bit of luck in the qualifying games,” long-time team member Graeme Mitchell said.
“We will have eight or nine players across the course of the weekend and we will go out and enjoy playing together and see what happens.”
The average age of The Roulettes is around the mid 40s.
The team has been together for around 15 years and is a regular in the finals in the Warrnambool Basketball competition’s division two.
Team member Trevor Roberts said The Roulettes is a very social sporting outlet for its members.
“We really enjoy playing and it is a good chance to get out once a week and exercise rather than just thinking about doing it,” Roberts said.
“And playing a team sport always makes it easier to get motivated and get out there and have a go.”
It will be the 42nd Seaside Senior Carnival.
It ends on Monday with finals in all grades.
About 57 teams from across Victoria will take part.
The action starts this morning and in total there will be play in eight divisions.
Meanwhile, Warrnambool Seahawks will finish their Country Basketball League regular season with a double-header.
They will play a depleted Horsham Hornets at the Arc tonight at 8pm and bottom-placed Stawell Warriors tomorrow at 2pm at St Joseph’s Primary School.