Congratulations to all the Steelers players/coaches/team managers & umpires who participated in our carnival this weekend. It was our first time using tablets for scoring and I think we can call it a success, even with many glitches it worked out well in the end.
Steelers results were as follows

U12B div 1 - made their first grand final of the season with Jenna and Jordan doing wonders with that group, sadly they lost the GF but the rest of their season looks promising! Congrats to Kai Edwards on MVP of the GF!

U12B div 2 - tried hard all weekend but didn’t get a win. Well done Caitlyn for keeping their heads up!

U12G div 1 - made it to the GF but couldn’t get over the line with Pt Augusta snatching the trophy again! Fiona showed passion - (maybe a little too much) but it’s a great rivalry to watch!

U12G div 2 - always seem to produce their best basketball in the semi final, guided by Alex these girls almost beat Pirie to make the GF but just couldn’t quite get there! Well done girls it was a great effort!

U14B div 1 - have had a difficult first half of the season with change of coach not once but twice but these boys are chipping away and improving every carnival, Warren has stepped up as a consistent & reliable coach for the boys with Tia offering assistance which was extremely valuable.

U14B div 2 also had to change coach with Jenna stepping up to help the boys (thank you!!) while I jumped over to the girls. These boys are total legends who give their all and improved so much! While we didn’t win a game I couldn’t be prouder.

U14G Div 1 with their coach resigning 4 days before the carnival it was hard for the girls but they an amazing job on Saturday to win every game and play some great basketball. Losing the grand final by 2 was tough but like the boys I couldn’t be prouder of them - such resilience to not drop their heads, we are looking forward to yorkers where we will have more time to prepare as a group.

U14G div 2 are a solely bottom aged team but you would not know that watching them play. Lead by Tracey they can seriously play some great basketball. They lost their GF by 2 points against a Pt Lincoln side who had two players who made the u14 state development tournament in Albury, they were seriously outsized but those girls have so much heart and skill they were so impressive to watch!

U16B this is a group who have done great things all season, Ben & assistant Chris can definitely get the best out of any player that comes to them, losing 2 of their most experienced players with unfortunate injuries left a bit of a hole but they regrouped and still did an amazing job to make the semi final.

U16G hadn’t lost a game this season until they met Pt Augusta on Saturday, but what they did do lead by Jeff was brush it off and play an amazing grand final to become our first team to take the flag today! Congrats jeff, Lee and girls you are a team everyone loves to watch! Congrats to Gabby Rodda for MVP of the GF!

U18G showed everyone how much depth they have making it to the grand final without Jorja and Lucy who had nationals training. Chris got the best out of each and every one of his players, sadly losing the GF but it was a great game!

U18B congratulations to Tia and the boys for bringing home the flag!! In a dominating display this team is a force to be reckoned with! Can’t wait to see what they do at country champs! Congratulations Luke Karssen for MVP of the GF!

Thanks to the committee I’d love to individually thank so many people but I’m scared I’d forget someone! I hope you know how much we appreciate you, we can’t do it without you so THANK YOU!!

Ruth Rowlands

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Court 1 Facelift complete!
Stadium is looking amazing clean fresh and bright. Thankyou to all that assisted with this process:
Glen Davison Painters.
Tim's Carpentry.
BAQ Electrical Services.
Phil Sweeney Industries.
All our WBA volunteers.
As well as our new and old sponsors for making this possible.

Whyalla Steelers Junior Carnival this weekend    Website link to the live Schedule results and ladder's.

For most members running the "Game Day" app your child's games will already be in the schedule. It magically uploads based on recognition of your sports TG login credentials.
If it doesn't upload automatically you can add the relevant team to your Game day schedule by searching by League "Spencer Gulf Basketball Tournament". Then look for club, competition and team then follow that team. Importantly the season is called "2018/19 Junior Carnivals". Just beware that there are some old inactive 2018 teams in the list don't select them. I can't figure out to stop them from appearing.

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STEELERS Annual working Bee is this Sunday the 3rd of Feb at the stadium 10am-4pm. It is our last opportunity to get the stadium spick and span for our Junior carnival next weekend. We have a large list of jobs from simple maintenance, carpentary, cleaning, painting, etc.
Any extra helpers would be welcomed and much appreciated!


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National Pump & Energy (NPE) are one of Australia’s leading pump, power and compressed air hire equipment specialists
Locally they work heavily with the mining industry.
The WBA welcome NPE on board as another new major sponsor of local Whyalla basketball.

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9 days till Whyalla's Annual Steelers junior carnival. Teams from around our state will converge on Whyalla for a weekend of high intensity basketball in nearly 130 games across multiple venues. More details and the schedule are due to be released soon. FREE entry come and support your friends.

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The WBA would like to welcome Johnston Withers Lawyers to our stadium as a crt 1 sponsor. Their sign will be going up in the near future.
And a reminder to all our members to support those businesses that support basketball.

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Late last year the WBA stadium phone was cut off!! It has now been reconnected. The same ph number applies 8649 1295
During playing times please contact the stadium to notify of any forfeits.
NOTE: To avoid a forfeit fine notification should be made via your club to stadium Competition organiser Pat Kemp (86440554), by lunch time on the day of the scheduled game.

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Welcome to our new crt 1 major floor sponsor GFG Alliance.

This sign just went down today and is being sealed over as I speak. Crt 1 key ways and Crts 2 & 3 centre circles are also being resealed again.
This means unfortunately Stadium will not be available for any training until at least Wednesday.

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Due to safety concerns caused by Summer renovations the stadium will be closed to any casual training not approved by the WBA for the next few weeks.

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To the whyalla basketball community

As some of you will now be aware, WBA Treasurer Lenny Payne has been diagnosed with cancer of the bowel, this has metastasised and spread to his liver and lungs.
Unfortunately it is inoperable.

Lenny has just commenced chemotherapy treatment in Adelaide and therefore it would be fantastic if we could support the Payne family of wife Maxie and children Zandri, Carla and Marlee in a small way by donating financially through the link below to help cover expenses. Every donation can assist, no matter the amount.

Lenny is a strong, proud family man. In community groups that Lenny is involved with he is always the first to put his hand up to help.
It’s our turn to help Lenny and the Payne family.

PS. Please share the link

While cleaning out the shed recently I found some old basketball folders. My first official role with the WBA back in 1994, which at the time was under the helm of Gunter Scheide, was as publicity officer. One of my jobs was was to promote the sport thru a weekly basketball column in the Whyalla News. Early on a competition was run to name the column. Megan Shuster (Corbett) came up with the punch line of Courtside by "Hoops" Hoffmann, this is how I got my nickname (It clearly wasn't because of my playing ability). Any old timers out there may remember some names in this particular which also featured Life member Bruce Dunn. Interestingly or maybe ironically the first column had an article about the roof leaking.
The column ran successfully for approx 7 years.
Times have changed and 2 decades on social media is now the communication tool of choice.

Its Xmas time and we are getting alot of requests for moving games due to Presentation nights Xmas shows school camps, Family nights, Kids on Holidays.

Moving games under such circumstances is a political night mare for the WBA as it always seems to adversely effect someone else creating arguments. Our Current stance on this if you want to move a game, YOU need to contact your opposition, confirm they are happy to change, and negotiate with them a time that's suits and fits into a window in our schedule.

If they are happy we can move the game.

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Teams / Clubs are reminded that to notify of a forfeit to avoid a fine. Notification must be done via phone call or text message to WBA competition Organiser Pat Kemp prior to 1pm on the day of the game to give us a fair and reasonable chance to notify the opposition and the referees's. prior to the start of the night of play.
Pat's Mobile is 0415 976 821 or Home 8644 0554.
NOTE: Clubs are also complaining that they aren't being notified of forfeits ideally go thru your club to do this notification or at least cc them in to your text message if you choose to notify a forfeit directly.

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