Another season has come to an end. Exciting edge of your seat Grand finals kept the strong crowd on their toes Thursday and friday night.

I will post the GF photo's once I have collated them all.  I am curently missing the MD,WE,WG pics ohh and the Kids U12BB, U14BB, U14GB, U14BA, U16B

Below is a link to a PDF of the complete MVP data for this winter.

Winter 2018 MVP Votes

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You must play at least 4 games in any grade to qualify for finals.
The tablets know how many games you have played in any grade & will alert the the user of illegal players. The problem this season is that we never had the tablets for the 1st 4 rnds. So some legitimate qualified players may show as illegal. This may need to be explained to the Court Supervisor on the night.

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Thank you so very much to the bucket brigade tonight. A fair percentage of Eyre Peninsula ‘s top soil found a new home on our courts and made them almost unplayable. Ruth, Casey, Kay, Lenny, Paige, Ash and Jorjia to the rescue to get our competition off the ground for tonight.

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Due to the change over to Sports TG this season finals will be populated via points and % not head to head results.

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Week 12 our 12 week seasonis almost done. The finals tables are automatically populating as games are completed.
Many of the competitions are super closer.

Prime example is Men's A grade. Ttitans 1 beat top team Wildcats tonight, while not effecting the final ladder it gives them confidence heading into finals. T2 from PA forfeited gifting a finals birth to Demons if they could beat Roopena which they had done previously. Demons were up by 6pts early in the last quarter but tired and failed to hit a shot in the last 7 mins of the game. That meant cellar dweller Bevan have rocketed into 4th spot surprising everyone with some very late season form.

 

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Profile info on our School Holiday Coaching Clinic Staff
Ricky Simpson:
Now in his 50’s well known and respected American born Ricky Simpson played US Collegiate basketball as an athletic point guard before leaving to pursue his career in Australia.
Ricky started his NBL career with Newcastle Falcons in 1986. Then Played for the Hobart Devils in 1989-1990. In between these dates Ricky Simpson and Al Green managed to play a charity match here in Whyalla as imports for a Brorowa V Spartans match.
Ricky’s biggest Australian Claim to fame was in the ABL(league below the NBL) where he played and coached for Woodville Warriors and the Central Districts Lions, winning an ABL title in 2000 and ABL Coach of the year that year.
Ricky's passion has always been coaching for which his has filled numerous roles at all levels.
In 2017 CENTRAL Districts Basketball Club appointed Ricky Simpson as coach of their Premier League men side. His program involves not just the Premier League, but the reserves and the under 23s.
Ricky is also currently the Courts Manager of the Gawler Starplex complex in Adelaide which is the home of the Central District Lions.

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Profile info on our School Holiday Coaching Clinic Staff.

Kevin Brooks Is a retired American professional basketball player. Born in 1969 in Beaufort, South Carolina, Brooks graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Brooks was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round as the 18th pick of the 1991 NBA draft. He was immediately traded to the Denver Nuggets, where he played 126 games in three seasons from 1991–1994 as a 1.98m tall Forward.
With the Adelaide 36ers looking for a second import in the 1998 NBL season, Brooks' friend and former Nuggets teammate Darnell Mee recommended him to the 36ers. After his first training session with the team, Brooks' teammates thought he would not last a week in the NBL. However, they soon found Brooks was the real deal averaging 19.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31 games in his 1st 2 seasons in the NBL.
Brooks went on to win back-to-back championships with the 36er’s in 1998 and 1999. Brooks was named the NBL Grand Final MVP in 1998 during the 36ers 2–0 sweep of the South East Melbourne Magic,
In 1999–2000, the NBL refused to let Adelaide register Brooks as it was believed doing so would put the 36ers over the leagues salary cap.
In his international career, Brooks has competed in France, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Sweden & New Zealand.
Since his retirement KB has embarked on many coaching assignments, currently he is the Assistant Coach to Joey wright of the Adelaide 36ers.

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Holiday fun for all.
Ran by 2 legends of South Australian Basketball. This camp is open to anyone in the community not just WBA members.
Get in early to get the discount and tell your friends.
I think I may attend as KB was my hero back in the day!!

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The Finals schedule has been released for a while now for comments. We will be playing a 1v4 and 2v3 format to finish before the show. It has been bought to our attention recently that even though it is scheduled it is not showing up on the Fixture pages.
Its annoying as each game is named as 1st or 2nd semi but when they shown on the fixture grid that detail is not displayed.
At the completion of the minor rnd team names will be automatically are populated into this grid and then show up propoerly on the website/gameday App, we hope.

The new tablet scoring system is a big hit with most people. So much so that we have people volunteering to score. Often these people are children. Often these children are not treating this role with the respect it requires!!
We have evidence of playing/tinkering with scores and fouls during games, anybody can see this thanks to the play by play feature on the results website. The tablets are not toys.
The score-sheet/tablet is the official document that records the game, if a child makes a mistake while using it that mistake stands, not the scoreboard. For this reason the WBA has a bylaw that says all scorers must be at least 12 y.o.

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In this short 12 week winter season competition there were many grades not playing an equal number of games . The WBA understand that members pay their money with the expectation of playing as many games as possible in a fair competition. With this in mind the WBA have scheduled makeup games for all those teams that were left short of a game. These will be played on a Sat night on the 30th June. We felt this is better option than rescheduling for the school holidays when many people are away.
Please let us know ASAP if your team can't make this game.
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The 1st draft finals schedule has also been released to clubs fro comment Semi's 6th - 8th Aug, GF's 9th-10th Aug.

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Whyalla Basketball Association AGM, Sunday 3rd June at the stadium 7.00pm. Positions declared vacant Vice President and Treasurer.

All members welcome and encouraged to attend.

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We are coming into a horrible time regarding scheduling / fixtures.
- This week is SAPSASA with lots of kids away affecting the U12 and U14 comps.
- Next week is the long weekend with the state champs in many junior sports being held which is going to impact heavily on Friday night games.
- Monday of the long weekend we have games scheduled which will or won't work depending on who makes State champ netball finals on that Monday.
Remember if your team needs to forfeit do so ASAP to avoid a fine. Forfeits must be notified by lunch time of the day the game is scheduled to allow us to notify rearrange and cancel officials.

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