DEMONS

DEMONS BASKETBALL CLUB
DEMONS Basketball Club was established in 1962, we are proud of our history and pride ourselves in being the WBA’s oldest existing club.

Currently Demons caters for all ages and genders in the local Whyalla basketball competition.

Demons strong committee work hard at being an organised and well structured club with Bylaws and policies conducive to fostering its juniors to become the best players they can be.

We promote fun, participation and fair play in a child safe environment throughout our Junior coaching program.

Downloads:
Demons Constitution
DEMONS – Basketball Club originated in 1962/63 which makes it the oldest existing Club in the WBA competition. Demons red & blue colour scheme relates to its original relationship with South Whyalla Football club.

Initially Demons started with just 1 men’s team. Most of their players came from rebels basketball club which consisted mainly of BHP apprentices.
The first female Demons team competed in 1967/68.

In 1997 Darren Hoffmann Demons longest serving president was elected.
Demons gradually grew to become the associations largest ever club. Peaking at 50 teams in 2015 before undergoing a conscious down size to be more manageable.

Despite their longevity Demons men have a poor success rate at the highest level winning just a couple of MA flags.

In 2014 Led by Chad McLean and Michael Wallace Demons come from an unlikely 4th position to steal a MA premiership in From Sharks breaking a 30 year drought.

Alan Wanganeen was the clubs 1st MA MVP winner in 1972 while stalwart John Lydeamore won 10 MVP awards(over many grades) in his 40 year career.

Demons Women A graders have won numerous WA titles particularly since 1997 when Led by Coach Debbie Cole then later long term coach Chris Hnarakis. Some significant female players are, Heather Haskel (70’s), Carly Maher(00’s) & Samantha Vigar(10), Stringer Jorja Eldridge in the(2019) all won multiple WA MVP awards for Demons.

Keys names in this clubs administrative past: Dolcie Cheeson in the 70’s, Barb Liddle in the 80’s, Janice Eygenraam in the 90’s followed by Darren Hoffmann in the & 00’s- 20’s.

FUN FACT
In 2016 Demons revamped their image adopting the stylised devils fork/spear as their motif. This logo was emblazoned on new reversible uniforms for all their members. Demons were the first club in the WBA to adopt this modern reversible concept.

CONTACT
DETAILS

PRESIDENT

Darren Hoffmann

0428 925 190

REGISTRAR

Fiona Spry

EMAIL

demons@whyallabasketball.com.au

DEMONS
LIFE MEMBERS

Barb Liddle (1994)

Rodney(Rocket) Warner (1995)

Rodney Grimm (1996)

Donna Stephens (1997)

Janice Eygenraam (2001)

Darren(Hoops) Hoffmann (2001)

Debbie Cole (2001)

Audrey Marks (2003)

Lee Ratzlaf (2003)

Kylie Hoffmann (2006)

Deb Clements (2009)

Michelle Mulligan (2011)

Chris Hnarakis (2017)

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WBA AGM tonight 7:30 at the stadium. All members welcome.

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WBA AGM tonight 7:30 at the stadium.  All members welcome.
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Calling all coaches... if you are interested in coaching for the 2022/23 Steelers season, we are now taking applications for coaching positions. Please submit your application via the link below. Applications close COB 17th July. forms.office.com/r/uPPhaA3Mbn

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Have you checked out the Whyalla Steelers Face Book page?.

Newly elected Steelers President David Miller and his team have been very active over the last few months with lots of great content. Their Steelers Academy kicked off tonight at the stadium with strong numbers. Great to see eager players back in the stadium.

For those of you that haven't heard of the Steelers they are the Representative arm of the WBA, predominately working with our juniors from Under 10's to U18's providing development programs and pathways to allow athletes to realise their full potential.

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Have you checked out the Whyalla Steelers Face Book page?. 
Newly elected Steelers President David Miller and his team have been very active over the last few months with lots of great content.  Their Steelers Academy kicked off tonight at the stadium with strong numbers.  Great to see eager players back in the stadium.
For those of you that havent heard of the Steelers they are the Representative arm of the WBA, predominately working with our juniors from Under 10s to U18s providing development programs and pathways to allow athletes to realise their full potential.
https://www.facebook.com/whyallasteelersbasketball
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3 months ago

Winter Season Cancelled:

Official update

Club administrators recently met to thrash out a solution to our winter season dilemma.

Pre registration numbers were down by 50%. This made it logistically impossible to play the majority of our competitions. There were not enough numbers for divisions in any junior grades. And even with merging divisions (which is always a disaster) we still only had 2 viable girls competitions (U16G and U10's). Boys numbers were stronger but still very sketchy in the U12 and U14 age groups.

In seniors there were no viable men's competitions, and only one viable Women's comp (WC grade). We considered merging multiple grades to make competitions. But feedback was that player ability would be so disparate that this would not work.

It was agreed that it would not be fair to offer competitions for some age groups and not offers. The reduced 10 week season format, made trying to make all this work even less palatable.

The final decision was highly influenced by the reality of the end of Summer season. It was a train wreck! With a record numbers of forfeits and player absenteeism + loss of officials and critical support staff. Many of our finals were tainted by this and one GF even abandoned on the day.

Managing this from an administration point of view e.g. chasing fill in players etc, was a time consuming nightmare for our volunteer coaches and committee members.

Since then the number of cases in Whyalla has increased and continues to trend upward. It was also tabled that when the mask mandate was lifted in the eastern states case numbers Doubled or tripled, thus this situation is going to get worse!

At the moment football clubs are all struggling for numbers + Observations of Netball and Soccer currently scrambling to prevent game cancellations are bad signs for basketballs success.

The above facts plus being a higher risk indoor sport and up against these dominant winter sports unfortunately outweighed the desire to play.

Whyalla is spoilt in that the WBA is one of a hand full of regional Associations that offer Winter basketball. The WBA never suffered from a drop in membership in Winter 2020 when Covid shut down our winter season. In fact often the opposite occurs, having a break drives anticipation and interest come summer.

Having said all that it was extremely disappointing to have to cancel the season when we had so many people wanting to play 🙁

Enjoy your break, we will back before you know it for a bigger and better Summer Season.

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Winter Season Cancelled:
Official update
Club administrators recently met to thrash out a solution to our winter season dilemma. 
Pre registration numbers were down by 50%.  This made it logistically impossible to play the majority of our competitions.  There were not enough numbers for divisions in any junior grades.  And even with merging divisions (which is always a disaster) we still only had 2 viable girls competitions (U16G and U10s).  Boys numbers were stronger but still very sketchy in the U12 and U14 age groups. 
In seniors there were no viable mens competitions, and only one viable Womens comp (WC grade).  We considered merging multiple grades to make competitions.  But feedback was that player ability would be so disparate that this would not work. 
It was agreed that it would not be fair to offer competitions for some age groups and not offers.  The reduced 10 week season format, made trying to make all this work even less palatable. 
The final decision was highly influenced by the reality of the end of Summer season.  It was a train wreck!  With a record numbers of forfeits and player absenteeism + loss of officials and critical support staff.   Many of our finals were tainted by this and one GF even abandoned on the day. 
Managing this from an administration point of view e.g. chasing fill in players etc, was a time consuming nightmare for our volunteer coaches and committee members.
Since then the number of cases in Whyalla has increased and continues to trend upward.  It was also tabled that when the mask mandate was lifted in the eastern states case numbers Doubled or tripled, thus this situation is going to get worse!
At the moment football clubs are all struggling for numbers + Observations of Netball and Soccer currently scrambling to prevent game cancellations are bad signs for basketballs success. 
The above facts plus being a higher risk indoor sport and up against these dominant winter sports unfortunately outweighed the desire to play.
Whyalla is spoilt in that the WBA is one of a hand full of regional Associations that offer Winter basketball.  The WBA never suffered from a drop in membership in Winter 2020 when Covid shut down our winter season.  In fact often the opposite occurs, having a break drives anticipation and interest come summer. 
Having said all that it was extremely disappointing to have to cancel the season when we had so many people wanting to play :(  Enjoy your break, we will back before you know it for a bigger and better Summer Season.
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CONTACT
DETAILS

PRESIDENT

Darren Hoffmann

0428 925 190

REGISTRAR

Fiona Spry

EMAIL

demons@whyallabasketball.com.au

DEMONS
LIFE MEMBERS

Barb Liddle (1994)

Rodney(Rocket) Warner (1995)

Rodney Grimm (1996)

Donna Stephens (1997)

Janice Eygenraam (2001)

Darren(Hoops) Hoffmann (2001)

Debbie Cole (2001)

Audrey Marks (2003)

Lee Ratzlaf (2003)

Kylie Hoffmann (2006)

Deb Clements (2009)

Michelle Mulligan (2011)

Chris Hnarakis (2017)

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