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Due to staff being away tonight, Mel will be running solo in the canteen. To help her we will be offering a limited menu, hot chips and basic hotdogs. Lollies and drinks will be available. Thanks for your understanding. ... See MoreSee Less

Due to staff being away tonight, Mel will be running solo in the canteen.  To help her we will be offering a limited menu, hot chips and basic hotdogs. Lollies and drinks will be available. Thanks for your understanding.

Late registering players are reminded that you can't just sign up and play!
Under new bylaws all late registrations must be vetted by the other clubs before taking the crt to stop stacking of teams after team nominations. Also you can not be added to a game tablet until a club administrator(not the WBA) have added you to a team in Basketball Connect.
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Late registering players are reminded that you cant just sign up and play!
Under new bylaws all late registrations must be vetted by the other clubs before taking the crt to stop stacking of teams after team nominations.  Also you can not be added to a game tablet until a club administrator(not the WBA) have added you to a team in Basketball Connect.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful mums who play, coach, referee, support, be the taxi and biggest cheer squad. Being a Mum is one of the most if not the most important titles to have with everything that is attached to it.
On behalf of the Whyalla Basketball Association enjoy your day, we appreciate each and everyone of you.
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Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful mums who play, coach, referee, support, be the taxi and biggest cheer squad. Being a Mum is one of the most if not the most important titles to have with everything that is attached to it. 
On behalf of the Whyalla Basketball Association enjoy your day, we appreciate each and everyone of you.

In winter we have a number of challengers to our schedule. For example Sapsasa, School camps, Murray Venture, football randomly on Thursday nights affecting some teams but not others. We can work with teams affected IF clubs and teams work with us, namely alert as early as possible.
The WBA has Bylaws around rescheduling games:
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In winter we have a number of challengers to our schedule. For example Sapsasa, School camps, Murray Venture, football randomly on Thursday nights affecting some teams but not others.  We can work with teams affected IF clubs and teams work with us, namely alert as early as possible.
The WBA has Bylaws around rescheduling games:

Thank you for your patience in the 1st week of returning to the Teampay Match day payment model. There were a number of minor issues and will continue to be as people learn the new system! We did an audit over the weekend and were able to fix / claim most of the issue payments we did have.
One common issue was over payment, players paying twice for the same game. That can be refunded to you on the night if you wish via consultation with the Court supervisor OR we can negotiate to carry over that payment and play free in the next rnd if that is easier for you.
Another issue was people paid but then never turned up to play. This can often be avoided by not paying too early for your match.
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Thank you for your patience in the 1st week of returning to the Teampay Match day payment model.  There were a number of minor issues and will continue to be as people learn the new system! We did an audit over the weekend and were able to fix / claim most of the issue payments we did have.
One common issue was over payment, players paying twice for the same game. That can be refunded to you on the night if you wish via consultation with the Court supervisor OR we can negotiate to carry over that payment and play free in the next rnd if that is easier for you.
Another issue was people paid but then never turned up to play. This can often be avoided by not paying too early for your match.

It’s been bought to my attention that we have almost missed a very special birthday for a very special lady. Happy 70th birthday to our very own Jo Murphy. True to form she worked in the canteen tonight. If you haven’t wished her a very happy birthday please catch up with her, Happy Birthday from all Whyalla Basketball Association members. ... See MoreSee Less

It’s been bought to my attention that we have almost missed a very special birthday for a very special lady. Happy 70th birthday to our very own Jo Murphy. True to form she worked in the canteen tonight. If you haven’t wished her a very happy birthday please catch up with her, Happy Birthday from all Whyalla Basketball Association members.

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Thanks everybody for the birthday wishes

Happy birthday Jo! Thanks for your tireless efforts at the stadium! See you soon for the husband’s lollies!!

Happy happy birthday Jo ❤🎂🎁

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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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