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U12 Girls:
Sharks have rescinded their decision to drop a team from Div A.
Thus the U12 Girls competition has been rescheduled back to Div A and Div B.
The online schedule has been updated.
Where possible the WBA prefer to have divisions in junior grades. So despite the process over the last couple of days, the outcome is good for basketball.
Sorry for the muck around.
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Mel Nolan Jodi Stringer Katherine May-chapman Renee Baker

U12 Girls:
As was agreed at the week 4 grading meeting the U12GA competition has been reviewed. The WBA have decided to do a partial merge of these competitions it is now called "U12G".
The teams have all kept their names and pts from games played.
Sharks inappropriately nominated in Div A and have now been graded down they will play a mix of A and B teams for the remainder of the season. Each week 1 Div B team will play a Div A team rather than have a bye. That means this week U12GB R1 are playing there sister team in Div A on Thursday night.
These grades will be split back for finals.
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Whyalla Basketball Association I’m confused, if Sharks have been graded down to div B, then Div B should no longer have a bye it’s Div A that should have the Bye as there’s only 3 teams left, and yet Roopena U12GB are still showing a Bye for round 11 while the only U12GA team showing a bye in the coming rounds is U12GA E and they have 2 Byes, round 7 and round 13. Please confirm.

Hey, I’m so confused. So is this game going ahead tonight?? Game day has been updated again and says no game???

Daniel Richardson

Jodi Stringer

Katherine May-chapman Mel Nolan Renee Baker Bianca Huish

Sian Lawrie Amy Hardon Nikita Venning

Kendall Perry

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Due to staff unavailability tonight the canteen will not be open, apologies for any inconvenience,
Please ensure you have drinks with you when you arrive to play.
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Due to staff unavailability tonight the canteen will not be open, apologies for any inconvenience,
Please ensure you have drinks with you when you arrive to play.

Happy Birthday to our living legend Pat Kemp. From all WBA members have an awesome day. Hopefully the family spoils you rotten. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Birthday to our living legend Pat Kemp. From all WBA members have an awesome day.  Hopefully the family spoils you rotten.

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Wishing you a very happy birthday Pat.🌹🌹🌹

Happy Birthday hope you have a good day love Jean and John x

Happy birthday pat 💖🎂🎁🎉🎈

Happy birthday pat 🎂

Happy birthday Pat. Have a wonderful day. 💕😊🎉🎂🍷

Happy Birthday Pat

Happy birthday Pat 💐🌹🌼 xx

Thano you

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ME Grade
I have snuck this game forwrd to 7:40 due to a notified forfeit on thurs next week
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ME Grade
I have snuck this game forwrd to 7:40 due to a notified forfeit on thurs next week

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Bailin Grimes

U18 Boys:
Sorry , but I have got my carnival dates wrong while scheduling. So due the PP carnival on next weekend I have had to switch a couple games around for next week.
Please make sure your teammates know
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U18 Boys:
Sorry , but I have got my carnival dates wrong while scheduling.  So due the PP carnival on next weekend I have had to switch a couple games around for next week. 
Please make sure your teammates know

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Are any of the u10 games getting moved as the u10s are going to the Port Pirie carnival as well…

Miller Quinn Darren Quinn

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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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