It was only two players and a coach that found a school's outside court to put shots up for fun, but make no mistake the symbolism was obvious.
The vague semblance of surreal post-season training in May of all things arrived for the Launceston Tornadoes.
"It was a tricky one really because it's not even a formal training because we do not have a formal season, but the girls wanted to get together," coach Sarah Veale said.
Teenage pair Aishah Anis and Micah Simpson were the only Torns that either got out of school, dodged any sort of job commitments, and found a court available in time for practice to beat the sun going down before darkness set.
Staying in line with the coronavirus-affected season that never happened, nearly everything was against them.
Half the Tasmanian roster are based on the North-West coast to visit during the day.
The afternoon session was necessary after being unable to gain access to Elphin Sports Centre's four indoor courts from the positioning of a COVID-19 testing clinic.
Next choice for courts at Riverbend Park was "all just crazy" from others enjoying their space from government relaxing social distancing.
"We drove out to Riverside Primary, shared half a court with some students from the high school," Veale said.
"The girls got some shots up, at least. We did some form shooting to start with, then we did a bit of fatigue three-point shooting. They bizarrely shot so really well, which is sort of crazy, really.
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"It was only an hour and 15 minutes, but it was nice just to hear the balls bouncing this year again at all. I never thought I'd miss the sound of bouncing basketballs."
The mission out to some arbitrary court was worth it.
They battled obstacles, but they didn't mind much.
Not even the sounds of an uncharacteristic boom box at the other end pumping out tunes that Veale likened to a dance party could put Anis or Simpson off their game.
They were out of another club zoom meeting and back to what they do best.
Even the glare of the sun could not stop their fun.
"We were lucky it wasn't windy, but we were battling the sun," Veale said.
"We do five-spot shooting, but there was two spots we couldn't shoot from because the girls couldn't see with the sun glaring in their eyes. There was a bit of bird poo on the court, but that was okay."
More court time with more teammates are pencilled in for over the coming weeks.
With no NBL1 season until next March, the focus sticking together will shift to physical and mental strength.
"Our skill work we know once we can get back inside and have a court to train on we'll pick that up," Veale said.
"We know that we won't be training fit; we certainly are not game-fit. We can keep physically-ready, and I think the girls have done amazing job with that because they're probably stronger if nothing else than we were before the season was about to start.
"We're doing a lot of work on both our mindset and our discipline etcetera as well.
"So hopefully that will help when we do get back to some form of normality."
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