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Sadly earlier this week ex WBA gate keeper and WBA Life Member Ken Benford lost his fight with cancer.
Ken routinely manned the stadium entrance for us over 25 years. Ken initially took over from Bill Kemp (Pat’s Husband) our previous long time Gate keeper after he fell ill in the early 90’s. Ken was not a basketballer, but his kids had been involved for many years so he decided to put his hand up to help. He continued in this role as his Grandchildren came thru the junior ranks.
Ken also helped out with many other roles for the WBA over his time. He officially retired from his position in 2020.
Condolences to his wife Pat and his family, he will be missed.
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Sadly earlier this week ex WBA gate keeper and WBA Life Member Ken Benford lost his fight with cancer. 
Ken routinely manned the stadium entrance for us over 25 years.  Ken initially took over from Bill Kemp (Pat’s Husband) our previous long time Gate keeper after he fell ill in the early 90’s.  Ken was not a basketballer, but his kids had been involved for many years so he decided to put his hand up to help.  He continued in this role as his Grandchildren came thru the junior ranks. 
Ken also helped out with many other roles for the WBA over his time.  He officially retired from his position in 2020. 
Condolences to his wife Pat and his family, he will be missed.

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😔 what a sad day, such a lovely man, always encouraging and wanting to know what I was up to. He will be missed, don't think there will ever be someone like him at the door of the stadium again 😢

So sorry to hear, condolences to ken's family he was an absolute gentleman ❤

So sorry to hear RIP Ken lovely neighbour and great Crows man condolences to all his family ❤💛💙

Condolences to his family will miss seeing him around the town 😥

RIP Mr Benford, such a lovely man. Condolences to the family 💕

Condolences to his family. He was always such a lovely person and would always stop for a chat whenever he seen yoi outside the stadium!!

Sorry to hear. Lovely man who always had a smile and a chat as we went in to basketball. RIP ❤️💛💙

Sincere condolences to the Benford Family. RIP Ken 💙💛❤

Deepest condolences to Pat and family 🌷loved the chats with Ken at basketball ❤️❤️

So sad to hear this will miss see him around

Condolences to all the family ken will be sadly missed 😥

Such sad news 😔 Many memories of growing up seeing Ken many times a week, always asking how you were & talking about his Crows! Condolences to his family.

Condolences to his family

Condolences to pat and family he did a great service to basketball 🏀 gone but never forgotten ❤️❤️❤️🇬🇧

RIP Ken such a wonderfull man and devoted supporter, sending love to his lovely wife Pat ❤️

Very sad to hear. Condolences to Pat & family. Our thoughts are with you all.❤️💙💛

R.I.P. Mr Benford - Was always great to see your smile at the door. Condolences to the family <3

Condolences to the family. I worked with Ken for many years.

RIP Ken. A very good friend. Love and prays to Pat and the family. ✨💖😢💖✨

So sad to hear. Condolences to Pat, Julie and rest of the family. Love Glen And Rod Smith and Steve Williams.💜

Rip uncle Ken condolences to auntie pat n family love ya all big hugs😢😢

I’m devastated to hear this news! Condolences to his beautiful wife and family, he will be greatly missed! ❤️❤️

Our sincere condolences to Pat and his family. x

Deepest condolences Pat and family. Treasure the wonderful memories 💖

Oh that’s sad. I will miss seeing him around. Condolences to the family from the Boundy family.

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Attention all clubs. Training and forfeit invoices were sent out, however, I have just realised the bank information was incorrect on the invoices. I do apologise for this. I have corrected the invoices and resent them out for payment. Each invoice has gone to the club email addresses club@whyallabasketball.

Thank you
WBA Treasurer
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Oops sorry always greeting us .

The following has been stolen from a club as a write up to their members. It is a very succinct account of the meeting held recently and the outcome which will
answer some of our members questions post on our page;

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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Open the doos for those that want to play and organise there own own scrimmage / games - basketball is bigger than covid ! Play on ballers !

Good one Savanna Higgins

Well said!


All Clubs met last night to work out where we were at in terms of numbers in an attempt to get Winter 2022 season off the ground. Despite numerous permeations being worked on for numerous grades throughout the association we were unable to make it work. Whilst some grades were completely full, other grades could not get comps together, our seniors would have needed up having multiple grades combined, ie A B and C grade combine to make a competition. All clubs present agreed that this was unworkable and not suitable to their clubs, as such it was decided that we will return for Summer 2022-23 without a winter season.

This is a sad decision, and we hate making it, anyone who understands the people involved in running our association would know that not having a competition running is a regrettable, but those same people have to ensure the long-term aspect of our association. The WBA will work hard over the break to ensure that we are ready to fire back into action when summer season rolls around. Please keep a look out for trainings that we will offer to get more refs involved, we are seeking more experienced members of association to put their hands up and get involved in umpiring, if you ever considered “giving back” to your sport this could be a way of doing so.

We will keep you informed as to any news, events etc during the break so keep an eye on the page. See you all at the commencement of Summer 2022-23, rest up, enjoy the break and most of all look after yourselves.
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As much as i would have loved to see a winter season go ahead I think coming back in summer is a great decision.

Was there enough numbers to have a juniors only comp? Lots of young developing kids will be disappointed

So the senior teams were struggling for teams there was no mention of the junior teams, if there was enough junoirs wanting to play why cant there be a junior season

Sad decision but understand, Perhaps something could be arranged for the young one as suggested above ⬆️

Tough call. Will the assosciation consider running social games nights during the canned season?

Terry Jones-Mckenzie I just realised no winter season lylah is devo 🙁

I never seen a post to put down if playing or not.When was that on fb?

mm call me negative if u wish its not like i dont hear it alot but with covid running rampant already through schools do u really think its a good idea opening up another avenue of gatherings for it to be transmitted around especially with it coming into winter .

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Alana Alexandra Bodinner

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Any thoughts on having a Steelers like carnival played over a weekend between local teams and maybe invite port augusta or Lincoln teams , esp for junior grades . Charge players $20 each to keep funds up for WBA for improvements over the down time and help keep skills up for juniors . Just a thought 🤷

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The window for registering your intention to play winter season closes tomorrow night. We will be making decisions based on the numbers we have after close off. If and it’s an if we have enough numbers to make certain grades which maybe combined from the existing numbers we will be doing so from the persons that have registered

Please don’t hold off to see what happens and then think that there maybe spots for you or your team when grades/comps are made. You may find yourself disappointed if you don’t get your name down before close off tomorrow night.
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Corey Taylor

Bethany Smith Angie Kimber

Kendall Perry ?

Ben King - can you please preregister Sienna

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Ray Girvan – Nomads and Me

My name is Ray Girvin.

I was a founding member of Nomads Basketball Club, in Whyalla in 1971 where I ended up playing more than 250 games over a 10 years period with them.

Mike Osborne’s Whyalla Experience

I arrived in Whyalla in January 1972, newly married and school teacher at Whyalla High School.

I had played some District basketball with Glenelg and had taken up coaching early in my career and loved it.

Spencer Hotel Super Challenge – 1986

November 1986 when a touch of NBL came to Whyalla.

By 1986 the National Basketball League was becoming established in Australia.

Alan Castle – Life Member Testimonial, 1995

Details of Alan Castle Former President and Life Member of the WBA.

Background and playing career.

Barry Wadingham – Life Member Testimonial, 1995

Dear Publicity Officer,

I hope what I have sent is of some use to your committee. I have written those names I can remember on the back of the photos, the actual dates I am unsure about.

Parker Dix – Life Member Testimonial, 1995

Dear Publicity Officer,

Darren, sorry I’ve taken so long to write but I’ve been a bit slack in trying to put things into words.

Roy Lydeamore – Life Member Testimonial,1995

With reference to your request for information concerning my involvement in Basketball in Whyalla over the years I wish to advise that I worked as gatekeeper for 30 years, firstly at the McBride Terrace courts, the rec centre and at Jubilee Park.

Hall of fame for NT’s ‘Magic Johnson’, 2012

IT has been confirmed that Darwin and Australian basketball great Michael AhMat will be inducted into Basketball Australia’s Hall Of Fame later this month.


John Spooner

Our latest 3 part Video instalment is with ex WBA President John Spooner.

It was filmed last year but has taken interviewer Trevor Castle some time to edit due to the amount of content John provided.

Tia Bails, 2019

From Steelers to Rockets.

This Months video interview instalemnet by Trevor Castle features another one of Whyalla’s young female high flyers.

Ray Girvan, 2019

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.

U16 Nationals – Jorja Eldridge Interview, 2017

Get to know one of Whyalla’s young stars!

In January Jorja played in the Under 16 Girls Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup in Albury then chosen in the ACJBC (Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup) team.

Keith Lenon – Past President Interview, 2017

Keith Lenon was a basketball pioneer in Whyalla.

When basketball began in Whyalla it was at the old Aerodrome (just behind where the wetlands are now) in 1955 and there were just 5 teams.

Allan Castle – Past President Interview, 2017

WBA Life Member Allan Castle moved from Pt. Augusta to Whyalla in 1969 and immediately became involved in the management committee of the Whyalla Basketball Association.

Army Challenge Video, 2016

Highlight footage taken by the Army at the first of our Army Vs Civilian Challenges during their July 2106 Exercise Hamel operations.

It was Grand final type atmosphere but better due to the amazing response from the local community to this charity event.

President Jeff Spry, 2016

Jeff Spry was elected to the position of WBA President at the AGM last year.

I caught up with Jeff in the middle of this term to get to know him a little and to talk about what he sees as the biggest challenges facing Whyalla Basketball at the moment.

Darren Quinn, 2015

Following his recent retirement from playing basketball at the end of Sumer Season 2014/2015, Darren Quinn, Whyalla’s most decorated player, agreed to sit down and tell his story.

Grant Application – Larry Bird in Whyalla, 2015

The WBA are currently in the process of applying for some grant money to start a lighting upgrade.

We applied to Holden for a grant via their Home ground advantage support scheme.


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.


LATTER DAY SAINTS (L.D.S)–In 1955 the Mormons basketball club became one of the WBA’s founding clubs.

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.