The Whyalla representative basketball season starts in Oct this year and runs into State champs in March 2014.  Our 8 Steelers teams compete in 4 to 5 two day carnivals across the state during this period

Tryouts which all Whyalla players are eligible to try out for are to be held Sunday 23rd of June.  Clubs and coaches are urged to proactively encourage their most talented kids or kids with potential to attend.

Steelers Tryouts:

U12's - any child born in 2003-04    9am-10am at the stadium, 23/6/13

U14's - any child born in 2001-02   10am-11am at the stadium, 23/6/13

U16's & U18's -  born in 1997-00    11am-12am at the stadium, 23/6/13

Squads of 10-14 players are chosen from these tryouts and train at least once a week up through to the State Champs In March

Only top 8 players are chosen this squad to attend each carnival.  This selection is done 3-4  weeks prior to each carnival.

For more details contact the Steelers new head coach Michael Quinn 0409 441 662

With the Whyalla Steelers combined season now completed. Awards were given to the following players.

Outstanding male - Josh Waugh
Outstanding female - Jasmine Bridgeman
Best male guard - Kyle Crompton
Best Female guard - Tia Bails
Best male centre - A.J Day
Best female centre - Ivy Corbett
Most improved male - Todd Corbett
most improved female - Kate Morgan

Well done to the above, but well done to the coaches, parents and volunteers who put in countless hours over the season.
This does not go unnoticed and all involved should be commended for the tireless effort they all put in.

The Whyalla Junior committee has started advertising for 2012-13 Combined coaches.  There are 16 positions in total if you include assistant coaches.  These positions are open to anyone interested in putting their hand up to take on a boys or girls team in either U12 , U14,U16 or U18 age divisions.  Traditional Whyalla competes in at least 4 carnivals around the state from Oct to March.

Advertisements will be placed in the Whyalla News and around the stadium over the next few weeks.

Combined team player selection is due to take place in late Aug but will be a little more complicated than normal as this year as the stadium will be unavailable to us during August, Sept amd Oct due to the floor replacement.

Final coaching selections will be made by the head coach in conjunction with the Junior Committee.

Thanks to a dedicated band of volunteers the 2013 Whyalla Steelers Cavalier Homes Junior carnival was a huge a success.

The Whyalla Under 12 boys dominated again winning their 3rd carnival in a row easily defeating Roxby Downs.  They now head into the State champs full of confidence, Elliot McNamara was player of the final for Whyalla while AJ Day tied for U12 Carnival MVP.

The U14G were the only other teams to make a grand final.  They came up against a Great Southern team full of State and District players.   The whyalla girls started terribly shooting badly and getting into foul trouble.  They left their comeback to late going down by 6 points.  Whyalla's Visjna Kinghi won U14G MVP while Tia Bails was player of the final.

Full results will be in the Whyalla news.

The U12 girls came out strong in their first game on Saturday against an all new Port Pirie team. The Steelers team consisting of Madison Hoffmann, Shania Kingi, Erin Salopek, Jorja Eldridge, Rachel Langcake, Harriet Milne, Alice Morgan and Alex Milne played an excellent game of basketball considering it was their first game together. Alex Milne’s accurate passing and Shania Kingi’s transition lay-ups could not be stopped, with the team coming out winners 56-0.
In the next game, the girls had another big win 46-5 against Roxby Downs. Jorja Eldridge and Harriet Milne made some great shots and it was lovely to see more of a team game being played.
The third game was up against Port Augusta; the girls came out firing and again proved to be too strong for their opposition, winning 46-9.
Last game of the day was up against the skilled Yorkers team. This was a close, fast-paced game but Whyalla came out winners by 7 points.
Despite winning 4 from 4 the Whyalla girls finished second on the ladder by percentage to Port Lincoln.
The semi final was against Yorkers who had showed the day before that they would not go down without a fight. Erin Salopek’s defensive skills were absolutely superb against the Yorkers in this game. Rachel Langcake got some crucial steals late in the game and made some excellent mid-range shot. Despite playing a very patchy game of basketball and Whyalla’s key player Alice Morgan getting into foul trouble the Steelers never gave up and came out winners by eight points which meant they were in the grand final.
The grand final was played against Port Lincoln who we had not played before and who had also not lost any games so far. Whyalla had a very slow start, with Lincoln getting a 10-0 lead in the 1st 3 minutes. The girls lifted their heads and started to cover runners which stopped Lincoln’s transition baskets, decreasing the margin. Madison Hoffmann did an awesome job rebounding strongly all game and running hard to get back into defence for help. Alice Morgan could not be shutdown, playing a top game of basketball offensively and defensively, earning her the award for player of the final. All girls played extremely well and put in a huge effort, which payed off as they came from behind in an exciting finish to win by 4 points.
Congratulations to all of the girls on a fantastic first carnival.