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For those that are not aware, Lenny Payne, our Treasurer up until our recent AGM passed away yesterday after a long and courageous battle against cancer. We are enormously indebted to Lenny for all that he has done on behalf of our association. Lenny bought his children, Carla and Marlee into our Association initially playing for Demons before crossing to Roopena where both girls still play. He was an active member for Roos in recent years, fiercely passionate following his girls Basketball journey.

Both Carla and Marlee now are part of our umpire fraternity and Lenny’s wife Maxie takes care of our gatekeepers each night with readying the money bag and banking daily. The Payne’s have and continue to be an important family to our Association.

As a member of our executive he was able to put aside his club allegiances to be a strong voice in decisions needing to be made for the betterment of the association as a whole.

Lenny will be sorely missed out at the stadium, his voice and infectious laugh will long be remembered reverberating around the courts.

To Maxie, Zandri, Carla, Marlee and Lenny’s extended family and friends both here in Australia and in his native South Africa please accept our condolences on behalf of all
Members of the Whyalla Basketball Association.
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So very sad. My sincere condolences to his family. Rest peacefully 🙏😔

RIP Lenny, he will be missed by everyone, condolences to his family 💐

So very sad. Our sincere condolences to his family. He always had encouraging and positive things to say to my kids. Rest peacefully 🙏😔

Very sad news, Lenny was always willing to put his hand up for the benefit of his kids and the community, pleasure to have known him. Deep condolences to his family and everyone in town ❤️

Condolences. Sending thoughts and love ❤

RIP Lenny, condolences to Maxie and the girls

A lovely post for a lovely man. Thoughts and condolences to Maxie and the girls and all of Lenny’s family, friends and loved ones 💜

Such an inspiring man. Much love and condolences to his beautiful family. 🤍

Condolences to his family and friends, may he RIP ❤️

Absolute champion. Will always remember that infectious smile. Sending much love to the family xxx

Condolences to his family. R.i.p lenny.

So sad to hear this. Had the pleasure of working with Lenny. Sending love and hugs to Maxie and the kids xxxx

Sending love and condolences to Maxie and girls 🤍

Truly a great man. Thinking of you all ❤

So sorry to hear. Thoughts are with the family 🤍

This is just the saddest news. Sending love to Maxie and girls

Very sorry to hear this sad news

Condolences to the family ❤

Condolences to his family xx

Sending love and condolences to you all 🤍

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No doubt everyone is aware that the COVID-19 situation in SA is rapidly evolving and the State has been placed into lockdown for 7 days at this stage. When we get a clearer picture later in the week the exec will arrange a phone linkup to plan a way forward for the remainder of the season.

There are a number of contingencies that will need to be considered. We will ensure that all comps are even in terms of games played etc, it will certainly be forefront of our planning to play out the outstanding games before we head to a final week. Exactly how and when that happens is where the challenge will lay in terms of fitting around other sports finals also.

Stay tuned and we will keep you updated. Mostly importantly at this time however, is stay safe and look out for each other.
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As we are aware Covid-19 continues to be a part of our lives. As of midnight tonight we have to pause our weeks schedule, tonight’s games will proceed as per roster. We have a week spare before the show takes over the stadium, as such at this stage we will push things back if possible. Stay tuned and we will let you know how things progress. Vitally important that everyone entering the stadium signs in! ... See MoreSee Less

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History - Attached is a draft attempt at collating the WBA committee member history. If you can see any names we have wrong or are missing please let us know. The last 20 years or so were easy to do as we had computer records for most things but prior to that it gets a lot harder. Thanks to those that have helped so far.
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Can you help:
History - Attached is a draft attempt at collating the WBA committee member history.  If you can see any names we have wrong or are missing please let us know.  The last 20 years or so were easy to do as we had computer records for most things but prior to that it gets a lot harder.  Thanks to those that have helped so far.

Aussie Hoops will be taking a break in term 3. Traditionally WBA doesn't play thru term 3 due to the Whyalla show in Mid August and then clashes with other winter sport finals. The break will give organiser Kylie a well earned rest so she can recharge her batteries for term 4 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

Aussie Hoops will be taking a break in term 3.  Traditionally WBA doesnt play thru term 3 due to the Whyalla show in Mid August and then clashes with other winter sport finals. The break will give organiser Kylie a well earned rest so she can recharge her batteries for term 4 :)

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The use of QR code check in must be completed upon entry into the Stadium. This will be monitored to ensure compliance. We all have a role to play in keeping this State as open as possible, please don’t be part of the reason why we can’t continue our season.As of 12:01am Tuesday 29 June 2021, the Emergency Management (Public Activities No 25) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect with implications for the sport and recreation industry.

A summary of these changes is listed below:

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS
🔸 Indoor and outdoor fitness, recreation activities and sport are permitted but a COVID Safe Plan is required.
🔸 1 person per 2sqm for indoor and outdoor sport and recreation activities (this includes babies and children but does not include people employed or engaged to work or undertake official duties for the purpose of the activity).
🔸 Singing is not permitted at indoor premises.
🔸 Dancing is not permitted at a nightclub or relevant licensed premises.
🔸 On-site purchase and consumption of food and beverages is permitted at a place if:
▪️ Food and beverages are only consumed by patrons at an indoor place while seated, and if seated at a table or a bar, there is no food preparation conducted at or adjacent to patrons at a bar area.
▪️ Food and beverages are only consumed by patrons while seated at a recreational facility (e.g. mini golf, pool tables, tenpin bowling) if shared equipment (such as golf clubs, pool cues or bowling balls) and frequently touched surfaces are cleaned between use by different individuals or groups.
▪️ There are no communal food or beverage service areas.
▪️ Snack or hand held food or alcoholic beverages can be consumed standing outdoors while attending sport, fitness or recreation activities.

QR CODES FOR CONTACT TRACING
🔸 All businesses or organisations with a COVID Safe Plan are still required to display a COVID SAfe Check-In QR Code, and also provide an alternate paper record sheet, for contact tracing records.
🔸 Where there are multiple user groups at the one venue e.g. a recreation centre, it is the responsibility of the owner of the venue or the person with care, control and management of the venue to enable the contract tracing process to take place.

COVID MARSHALS
🔸 COVID Marshals are still required for all prescribed operations including sporting clubs, gyms and fitness centres and swimming pools used by the public.

COVID MANAGEMENT PLANS
🔸 Approved COVID Management Plans are required for defined public activities where it is expected that more than 1000 people will be participating in the activity.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here 👉 www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations
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The use of QR code check in must be completed upon entry into the Stadium. This will be monitored to ensure compliance.  We all have a role to play in keeping this State as open as possible, please don’t be part of the reason why we can’t continue our season.
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MEMORY
LANE

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.

INTERVIEWS
& VIDEOS

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.

OUR PAST CLUBS

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 – MORMONS / LATTER DAY SAINTS (L.D.S)

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.

1957 – TARANTULA’S

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.

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