The WBA has tentatively released its 1st draft playing Schedule for comment for the 2019 season.

Don't look to far past say week 5-6, I have concentrated on tweaking the first 1/2 of the season at this stage. There will be some manual manipulation of grades required, eg to balance out some late games particularly on Tuesday and Wednesday.
There is bound to be a few mistakes / changes to be made over the next few weeks but at least this 1st 1st draft gives players and parents an idea of when games will be played.
It is a 12 week season, with a 1 week finals squeezed in before the Whyalla show to avoid over winter sport finals.
We don't intend to play any games in the school holidays at this stage.
If you have any concerns please contact your club.


See attachment for all the MVP details for Summer.

Note: the U16BA and U16BB merged part way thru so they don't make sense in this auto generated list.




Ray Girvan

Ray Girvin is a true basketball tragic.  He fell in love with the game when he played his first game for a team called Nomads back in 1971. Back in those days anybody could nominate a team to play in any grade.( It was only later that the association decided it would be much easier to deal with clubs than individual teams, and so introduced a rule that every team needed to belong to a club and to be a club you needed to have a minimum of 3 teams) Ray Girvin took Nomads form a single C grade men's team to become one of the larger club in the WBA.  In 1988 Nomad's amalgamated with Brorowa Bears to from Wildcats as we know them today.

As a player Ray won numerous awards in regular season  competition as well as the many and varied carnivals he participated in. As a club administrator his legacy lives on through Wildcats.

As you listen to Ray tell his story his great passion for the game of basketball shines through. Since leaving Whyalla in 1981 Ray has become heavily involved with North Adelaide Rockets where his two sons both enjoys successful basketball careers.

Ray has also contributed to the Memory Lane tab on this website with a written version of his journey through Whyalla Basketball with the Nomads Basketball Club.




Well what a fantastic day and night of games. To finish of the Summer season for 2018/19
It started with our modies kicking off the day and receiving their participation medals. Well done to all our U/8's and U10's.
A great crowd packed the stadium all day. So many great games. Emotions were high with nearly half of the GF games ending up in upsets / underdog wins, 7 of the 25 games being decided by less than a Goal. This included both A grade finals. It was the first time in many years we have had close A grade games so this was a great end to the night.

The Men's A final was so close that it came down to a controversial decision on a heavy charge/ block call with just seconds remaining. The 3 Adelaide refs controlling the game peer reviewed the decision after the match on the video playback. They stand by their decision, bit it did involve them having to refer to the rule book for clarification a couple of times . Man of the match and WBA MVP Adam Nicol scoring 26 of Roopena's 46 pts to steal the win.

- For the 1st time in the Clubs short history Roopena had the most premiership with 7. They dominated the Men's grades
- Bevan as one of our smaller clubs Won the most games by % in the boys competition. A sign of hard work in that area.
- Titans should be happy with a 50/50 hit rate in the finals they competed in
- Wildcats performed well, making a lot of finals but were not able to close out as many as they would of liked.
- Our smallest club Sharks were unlikely to miss out on a premiership after pushing Roopena all game in the MC final.

Please don't read too much in to these finals Stats. Over time you generally see a swings and roundabouts scenario here. Last season Demons done well the season before it was Titans, etc.
The WBA wants is an even spread, which is a sign of a healthy competition. We believe In most grades we got it right this year.



Club Wins Finals made
Roopena 7 9
Demons 6 13
titans 5 10
Wildcats 4 12
Bevan 3 5
Sharks 0 1



Men's A Grade W1 45 R1 46
Men's A Reserves D1 41 W1 33
Men's B Grade R1 34 T1 26
Men's C Grade R2 41 E1 35
Men's D Grade T2 28 T1 25
Under 12 Boys Div A W1 43 D1 11
Under 12 Boys Div B B1 19 T1 16
Under 12 Girls Div A R1 27 T1 26
Under 12 Girls Div B W1 11 T1 15
Under 14 Boys Div A B1 51 W1 28
Under 14 Boys Div B R2 31 B2 24
Under 14 Girls Div A R1 29 W1 36
Under 14 Girls Div B D1 32 W1 23
Under 16 Boys Div A D1 34 W1 47
Under 16 Boys Div B B1 17 B2 51
Under 16 Girls W2 24 W1 38
Under 18 Boy's D1 48 D2 37
Under 18 Girls R2 66 D2 15
Women's A Grade D1 45 T1 47
Women's B Grade D2 24 R1 35
Women's C Grade D1 44 W2 30
Women's D Grade W1 20 T1 23
Women's E Grade D1 32 D3 25
Women's F Grade D2 21 T2 20
Women's G Grade R1 19 T1 44

With the onset of online Player stats. Every game you play becomes transparent to everybody. That means if your team cheated by playing an illegible player everyone can see that. The WBA have had numerous breaches forwarded to us.
Please make sure you know the bylaws, or at a minimum ask your club for advice when looking for Fill in players.

What a great night of semi final action tonight!!
So many close nail biting games, even an overtime game. The atmosphere was electric, I feel for the coaches and refs under this stress. But they all performed well.
Tomorrow see's the start of our grand final action with the Women's Grand final being brought forward due to some players national representation commitments.
Titans have come from 3rd place to make the final against Demons. Titans have been a 4 to 1 win loss ratio to Demons but with demons possibly missing there MVP Jorja Eldridge this game could go either way.
A great line up of junior boys semi finals leads us to the 8pm WA game.
See you there.

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All finals are now populated. Some order correction has occurred and a couple errors have been fixed. If you notice any mistakes or have concerns please contact WBA or go thru your Club.
Good luck to all teams that made finals.

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Scorebench personel are considered officials of the game. Sometimes coaches have to score. In such an instance Coaches are reminded that they are are not permitted to shout and carry on from the scorebench.
This is a long standing FIBA rule!!

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This season there have been a number of young children knocked over and injured from running around our crts while games are in play. Parents please ask your children to refrain from playing in around the courts on game day.
Running in the canteen is also extremely dangerous, as our canteen staff may kill you!. LOL Seriously there are people with hot food and drinks, sorry but the canteen is not a playground!

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After consultation the WBA have agreed to move Saturday U8 and U10 games from 9th March to the 16th. WBA will be doing junior Medal presentations for all our Moddies on that day. We know many teams could get of got a team together for the long weekend but we felt that it was fairer to have as many players as possible be available for Medal presentations. Please check the schedule as games may be played at a later time on this day such that games link up with the Junior Grandfinals on that day. Clubs will be oficially advised of this change.

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Teams are reminded that as per SAC competition guidelines when 2 teams are tied on points at the end of the minor round the final ladder position will be decided on head to head results against the 2 teams in question. Then percentage, if need be.

Some competitions are finishing their minor rounds this week. The finals are self populating on the website & on game day. I have noticed some errors. I am manually correcting them as I am made aware of them.

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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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