Tomorrow is the last game of the Summer season for our little Moddies. This season Thanks to our new sponsor The Teddy Shed and Trophy Shop the WBA will be supplying participation medals for all children attending Saturdays games. Presentations will be upstairs after each rnd.
There are enough Medals for 1 per child. So please explain that to any child that may have been playing in 2 grades this season.

7 and 8 team competitions 
Only require 14 rnds so will start their finals in rnd 15. Most of these grades play prelim finals spread over week 15 and 16.

Will be split for finals. Top 3 bottom 3. They are a seven team comp finishing in week 14 but because of this split there are no finals to play in week rather than have a whole wasted week off extra rnd of games was scheduled. This rnd will not count towards premiership points. As it creates and uneven number of games.

As agreed at the mid season review. Both Roopena 1 and Titans who have been in Div A will play the Div B finals with the next highest 2 teams from U11BB. The remaining top 3 teams left in Div A will compete in the finals series.

MB and WC
Being 9 team comps, it is impossible for all teams to play an even number of games. At this stage it is looking like both these grades are going to go down to the wire and not playing an even amount of games is going to make it impossible to fairly judge an outcome. So we Propose: 
At the completion of the minor rnd 2 highest finishing teams (that are short a game) play each other in a makeup on game on Thurs 8: 35, Thurs 8/3/18. This will ensure all teams in the hunt for finals finish on the same number of games.

Finals Schedule
Some finals scheduling has been corrected e.g. I mistakenly scheduled WC PF and GF on the same night. And U11BB and U11GB where scheduled for 11:30Pm.
Change requests should be made in writing ASAP, to WBA thru your club. But don’t hold your hopes up it is a carefully thought out schedule. Moving things around will create more hassles. Remember other people are looking and are planning to make the posted times.

We have requested Adelaide umpires for Saturday Grand finals but have not been promised any a this stage.

Working bee Prep work for this weekends Mcdonalds Steelers Junior went really well with 30-40 people helping throughout the weekend.

Schedule is done and now available through the schedule tab of this site.

Games start at 8am and go till late on Saturday

Finals will be on sunday at the rec centre and the main stadium.

Good luck to all 12 Whyalla teams.



Summer season is due to restart Monday after a lovely 6 week break. Our slippery floors have been reseasled and look beautiful.

Welcome to our new WBA floor sponsors. More sponsors changes are in the pipeline for the up coming weeks.We currently have some vacant spots on the floor and on our walls, If you or your business would like to support local basketball please inbox us.

Thank you to those past sponsors that are leaving us.

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Treasures found from the recent replacement of crt 3 score bench flooring.

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Teams from across the state will converge on Whyalla for our annual junior carnival on Feb 10-11th.
To aid setup of this event the Steelers committee have requested the 8:35pm rd of games from Frid week 11 be moved to Thurs night. The Men's D games have been pushed back to 9:30 to allow this change.
This allows organizers more prep/cleaning time while still getting an early night ready for the big Weekend.

Thank you to McDonalds for sponsoring this event again this year


As of Winter season 2018:
1. The WBA will be changing to one cut off date, 31st Dec. It is an end of season cut off date, meaning you must be under age at the 31st of Dec. The simplest way to explain this is, for winter season:
U18 - Born 2001-2002
U16 - Born 2003-2004
U14 - Born 2005-2006
U12 - Born 2007-2008
U10 - Born 2009-2010
U8 - Born 2011-2012
2. The WBA is moving back to even grades e.g U8's, U10's, U12's, U14's, U16's, U18's
3. To be eligible to play Seniors all juniors must be least age appropriate for U16's.
4. The registration process is not confirmed but we hope that it will be simplified and condensed to one location unlike this season.
5. Tablet/IPad based scoring may also be an option eliminating score sheets.

Some things to plan forward for to Next season

On behalf of the Whyalla Basketball Association, Merry Xmas to everyone and a happy new year.


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We are working thru plumbing solutions to resolve the occasional odor coming from the female toilets. The plumbers believe the blockages causing the smell are largely due to sanitary products being inappropriately flushed down the cisterns . Ladies, please refrain from doing this.

On that note another thing that would help is if the feral that has been defecating in the ladies sanitary bins would please stop doing this. It stinks, is completely disgusting and not right on so many levels.

And chunks of Poop on the back of the doors, girls, really what is going on in there. Seriously.

Our cleaners do not get paid enough to deal with this CRAP!!

The WBA have reviewed the stadium surveillance footage from the time of these incidents and have narrowed down the list of potential culprits. If anyone can help with this investigation on these matters please let us know so we can inflict a ban on the person/s responsible.


A filtered fresh water drinking fountain has been installed outside the canteen entrance free for use by all patrons at any time of the day. It also has a drink bottle filling facility.
Thanks to the OPAL program for supplying this unit and Cate Rodda, Phil Sweeney and Darren Cole for making this happen.
Hope it tastes ok Teo.

water fountain Teo

This is a great article published a few weeks ago by Steelers head coach Jason Begelhole.  Simplified:

1: Players: Play to the best of your ability give, 100%. Don't Referee, question or judge the referee's that is not your job.

2:  Coach’s: Be a positive leader, motivate, coach, and support your players. Don't Referee, question or judge the referee's that is not your job.

3:Spectator’s: Watch the game, shout, support and encourage your team be positive. Spectators should not coach their child from the grandstand or abuse the opposition or the referee.

4:  Referee’s: Enforce the rules and maintain order on the basketball court to the best of their ability. They will make mistakes as do the players learn from them and move on.

If Players, Coaches or Spectators want to referee then become one.  Otherwise concentrate on YOUR role not there's, and the world will be a nicer place.


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As usual school Xmas carols and Xmas parties are causing havoc with our playing schedule again this year.

Its hard for us to move games as this often effects many other teams as well.

If teams have to forfeit please do that early to avoid a financial penalty.


Lots of complaints about the floors this season. 
The floors are being cleaned but the 
issue for us is the dust due to the location of our stadium. 
Also the seal surface is wearing off, they are due for a reseal at Christmas time.

Compare the below puicture to the dull floors we currently have !!

Crt 1 Resealed

This week we lost another Whyalla Basketball legend.  

Ray Williamson, a legend of the Whyalla Basketball Association and the  Spartans basketball Club1986 Spartans Team, passed away in Tasmania, aged 59.

Ray began playing basketball as a 13 – 14 year old back when junior basketball first started in Whyalla. He played all of his junior career and early senior with YMCA.  In around 1976 YMCA changed its name to Spartans and then in 2003 Spartans combined with Robinettes and became Titans

Ray played in the dominant Spartans men’s A grade side of the 1980’s, when the side won multiple Whyalla A grade premierships as well as several Pt. Augusta A grade premierships. Ray was a Mens A grade MVP winner in 1986.

Ray was also  a great coach, putting many hours into junior basketball. He coached Spartans Men’s A grade, Women’s A grade,  Whyalla Steeler’s under 14’s, 16’s and under 18 girls and was an Assistant coach for SA Country under 16 girls at the National Championships in the mid 80’s.

Ray and his beautiful wife Anna, had a daughter Katrina, in 1988 and left Whyalla a few years later when Ray won a job in Wollongong where Ray continued his love of basketball.

Their daughter Katrina represented NSW Country  basketball as an under 18.

At one stage, for a period of a few years, Ray was a part owner of the Illawarra / Wollongong Hawks NBL team.

 Even after relinquishing his part ownership of the team, Ray maintained involvement. A major sponsor of the team had no real understanding of basketball, so appointed Ray as an observer / interpreter of the team’s performance, where Ray would watch all the teams matches and then report on their performance to that sponsor.

In recent years Ray and Anna had moved from Wollongong to Tasmania, while Katrina had worked in marketing  the UK.

Most of this us written from memory of Ray as a friend, business partner, a basketball opponent and sometimes team mate, and a great guy. Sincere apologies for any slight inaccuracies.

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1986 Ray Williamson