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WBA Life Member Allan Castle moved from Pt. Augusta to Whyalla in 1969 and immediately became involved in the management committee of the Whyalla Basketball Association. He was made a life member of the WBA in 1983 after 10 years of service to the Whyalla Basketball Association , most of which was served as president. Through this period Whyalla Basketball was growing rapidly having recently moved from a one court facility and the old aerodrome to 3 courts on McBryde Terrace.
As President Allan oversaw the introduction of junior basketball in Whyalla and began the push towards the development of an indoor stadium. I decided to record this interview ( with my father) to capture his memories of those early days in Whyalla basketball. As you will see in the interview Allan’s recollection of some of this history did cause some conflict as he can only recall one “comeback” as President, but I have a number of other WBA life members who confirm my memories of a second occasion when he returned to the role when no-one else could be found to fill the role.
Demons withdrew a WD team yesterday leaving no comp in that Grade we have merged WD and WE into WD/E
This is a 10 ten comp still played on Tues.
Schedule has been updated to the website
On Monday PA asked to submit a men’s team to our MA competition this would be graet as it removes the bye. However it adds another senior game to the already full Monday schedule. We have informed them if they do play their games will have to be 8:30 or 9:30 timeslots (not really suitable for travelling). They are getting back to us hopefully by tomorrow.
With preparations well underway for the start of winter season on May the 1st. The WBA are again looking for anyone in interested in refereeing this season. Especially seniors refs!!! We know there are a lot of people out there that can umpire that choose not to. We would love to engage those members to do just 1 game before or after they play to help us out.
Referees get paid by the WBA and get in for free. If you play and umpire 1 game per week by the end of the season you will profit nearly $100. You are basically being paid to play!!!
The complaint that basketball is an expensive sport is invalid for those that choose to get involved and help out.
Please reply to this post or message our umpire coordinator Debra Milne on Facebook to get involved.
Jorja rocking it in NZ in the Aussie Colours, doing Whyalla proud!
She was selected as 1 of the top 10 players in U16's Country teams that competed at the Albury Australian country Championships in January.
Each year these selected Aussie Country teams do a NZ tour at easter.
The girls played awesome and came away with a Silver medal from the tournament.
I know the dust has barely settled on the Summer 16-17 Basketball season but next Thurs clubs will be requiered to nominate their teams for Winter 2017.
It is only a 6 week turnaround between seasons so there is no rest for Basketball Administrators.
Contact your club ASAP if you haven't already or you may miss out. Some clubs have already closed there registrations.
This season we asked all our grade coaches to pick their WBA Allstar starting 5 team + their 5 bench players. This is the result:
-Taylor Breen (Roopena)
-Ebony Curwood-Dare (Titans)
-Jasmine Bridgeman (Demons)
-Jorja Elderidge (Demons)
-Kylie Clothier (Roopena)
-Belinda McEvoy (Titans)
-Danielle Ricahrdson (Wildcats)
-Chloe Holmes (Demons)
-Nellie Cowan (Roopena)
-Talia Hines (Roopena)
-Chad McLean (Wildcats)
-Adam Nicol (Roopena)
-Grant Colyer (Roopena)
-Jordan Trevorrow (Titans)
-Sean Sheedy (Wildcats)
-Steven Hallam (Demons)
-Neil Higgins (Bevan)
-Michael Wallace (Roopena)
-Ben Hansford (Demons)
Congratulations to all named players.
These are the players the WBA are looking to represent us at the annuals State championships in January each year.
One thing we didn't do is nominate Allstar coach. Not sure how we do that as many of the teams don't even have coaches.
Congratulations to Roopena one their Double header A grade win in a great effort in just their 1st year of existence.
Roo's took home 5 Premierships this season, 3 of them arguably being upsets wins.
Every club managed to win a premiership which is great for the association, there was a fair spread of success, roughly equal to club size.
Demons dominated in the boys taking out U11BA, U13BA, U15B and U17B's they managed a total of 7 Flags for the Season.
Wildcats piped them with 8 Flags despite losing the MA title that they dearly wanted.
Bevan started the day on a high with a come from behind win in the U11BB they backed that up with a dominant performance in the U15GA1 final to shell shock Roopena who had beaten them in the 1st semi final in double overtime classic. Bevan finished with 3 wins on the day.
Titans started the day on a high with 4 wins in the 1st 4 hrs. But their luck dried up later in the day. Still a good effort but no doubt president Cathy Daniels would have been hoping for more considering they made it into 12 GF's.
WBA 's smallest club Sharks kept up their end of the bargain winning the WH final despite one of their players ending up in an ambulance. Hope your ok Jess!!
Well done to all coaches players and clubs.
What a day!
11 hours straight of action packed Grand final basketball yesterday kept the fans enthralled and capped off another successful season for the WBA. There where no over time games, but there plenty of very close matches, upsets, cheers and tears all day.
We ran behind schedule manly because of couple nasty injuries requiring ambulance attendance. hope you guys are ok.
Canteen sales and attendances where healthy which was great to see.
WBA would like to acknowledge the massive effort put in by our volunteers, canteen and bar staff, referee's, gate keepers, Games managers and committee members that made this day a success.
Thank You all.
The WBA would love your feedback was the 1 day Grand final idea a success or not? We think it was.
What can we do better?
Confirmation of Game Swap for TOMORROW night.
U15B's semi final - D1 V D2 moved to 8:35pm.
U15B's semi final - W V T moved to 7:35.
Due to clash with MD grade.
Game Swap for next week Tuesday.
WD - W V R moved to 7:35pm.
WE - W1 V W2 moved to 8:35.
Due to clash with U17G's Semi Finals.
Any Issues contact the WBA
MAR and MB split have been Split for finals.
Please note due to a protest based around the total number of games played in MAR the final standings are:
The games have been scehduled in this manner however I can't manually fix the ladder as this is a split grade.
MB Grade Final standings are:
IMPORTANT: Please not U15B Semi final's game times are subject to change due to player clashes!
At finals time such requests are always late notice as teams don't know where they finish until they play their last game.
We try to accommodate requests were possible, given fair notice and both teams agree. But we don't have much wiggle room and we are not obliged to move games in such cases.
Where players are out of town, on holidays, working, etc this is not usually a valid case for changing a day of play for a final as the schedule has been released for a few months now.
All such requests should be in writing via your club to the WBA qualifying committee.
As we enter finals time for the Summer 16-17 season.
This Season the WBA would like to officially recognise our elite basketballers as identified by their peers. Thus WBA will be sending each Agrade coach involved in the MA and WA competitions a list of competing players and ask them to pick their top 5.
A Presentation will be done Grandfinal night prior to the Men's A final.
Coaches are asked to treat this seriously so that we get this right.
If successful hopefully this can become an annual presentation.