LATTER DAY SAINTS (L.D.S)–In 1955 the Mormons basketball club became one of the WBA’s founding clubs. At this time many of the young Mormon Uniform LDSMissionaries who came form America to Whyalla were fantastic basketballers & largely responsible for setting the standard of Basketball in our local area.

The local Mormon Church used to request: “Any missionaries sent to Whyalla must be proficient basketballer’s”. They won 4 of the 1st 5 MA premierships in these early years. In 1963 the Mormons teams changed their uniform & played under the Banner of L.D S (Church of Later Day Saints). They recorded their 1st Flag as L.D.S in 1964 in MB grade.

When the church stopped their missionaries from playing basketball the club lost its structure & started on its decline. Eventually fracturing into other clubs.1960s Morris Hynds and Linday Pope

Some names from the past Robert & John Pope (twins), Daryl Pope, Brent Pope, Jeff Pope, Bill Liddle, Jim Spikin, Maurice Hynds, Freda Pope, Christine Eacott, Freda Hynds, Lillian Ricketts, Graham Ricketts.

1955 – GIANTS

GIANTS– Starting in 1955 making them won of the founding clubs of International rules Basketball in Whyalla.

1955 – JAFFA’S

JAFFAS – Starting in 1955 Jaffas were won of the founding clubs of International rules Basketball in Whyalla.

1955 – POSTALS

POSTALS – Are one of the founding clubs of the WBA. They started as a group of workers from the South Australian Postal Institute.

1955 – TIGERS

TIGERS–In 1955 the Tigers beat the 30 -9 in the 1st season of International rules Basketball ever Played in Whyalla.

1957 – KNIGHTS

PAST CLUBSThe Knights Basketball Club came into being at the start of the 1957/8 season with the formation of an U16 boys team to enter the new competition created by the association. The team was made up by a number of school friends and who played colts football for...

1957 – TANGO

TANGO – Were part of the first season pf Women’s basketball in Whyalla.


TARANTULAS – Started in 1957 in the Inaugural season of Women’s International rules Basketball in Whyalla.

1960 – Y M C A

YMCA– Formed in the early 60’s the YMCA consisted of a number of men’s and boys teams.

1960 – DRAGONS

DRAGONS – Formed in the early 60’s by a group of Westy footballers the dragons and competed into the late 60’s.

1960 – REBELS

REBELS – Played right throughout the ^0’s in both Mens and Women’s grades.