End of season and Come & Try

Our first end-of-year club dinner was a success last week, with a great turnout of 34 (which we’ll be aiming to increase further next year 🙂 ), a nice dinner, with some sponsored nibbles from the Ball & Chain, awards presentations and a chance to catch up with everyone and practice recognising each other out of the pool.

Water Basketball, as we play it in Tasmania, has been going for over 13 years, with many of its members from its start-up first 3-4 years still here. As the sport developed seasons varied from 2-4 per year, we ran Splashball for kids, played with up to 13 teams and 2 nights, ran a mixed social roster and settled into a steady competition of 8 teams and stabilised rules.

You may have already seen some photos posted on our Facebook page that gave you a clue, but it’s my pleasure to confirm the following individual awards.

  • Best & Fairest Female: Ellie Bucher (Sharks)/Jemma Dazeley (The Nuts, also top scorer) both with 17 votes.
  • Best & Fairest Male: Brett Ring (Clownfish) with 18 votes.
  • Most Improved Female: Nicki Fox (Ducks Out Of Water)
  • Most Improved Male: Pete Woolford (Sharks)

The full Best & Fairest votes list is updated for this past season.

Congratulations to all and thanks again to all volunteers (Captains, Duty Teams, Umpires, Board, Andrew for videos and Craig for basket maintenance) for your continued efforts in keeping Water Basketball afloat.

With all 8 teams confirmed to continue again next season, the fees for the next 2 seasons (2017-18 Financial Year) will be confirmed in the next week.

John will put the umpiring roster for the first 3 rounds together as well. So far it’s our understanding that all umpires continue, and that Rob from Pink Pirates has put his hand up to umpire as well. We may need one ot two more umpires to spread the efforts nicely, so we’ll be in touch with the relevant teams who have not yet provided umpires. Please get in touch with John ASAP re any changes or periods of unavailability.

Last but not least, we’ll again have a Come & Try night, which will this time be on the Wednesday the 26th of July at 7:30pm in the Dive Pool, preceding the start of the season on Thursday 27 July (full year planner). The Come & Try night will again be free entry for all, as sponsored by DKHAC. So, please join us and bring along interested friends & family! Limited fins available, so best bring your own.

2016-17 S2 Results GF

Thursday 22/06/2017

Brother 29 def by The Nuts 40
Lisa 11, Jemma 24

Pink Pirates 41 def Beached Az 20
Rob 15, Christy 16

Congratulations to the Championship winners of Division 1, The Nuts and of Division 2, Pink Pirates! The winners of the Individual Awards will be announced during the end-of-season Winter Water Basketball Dinner.

If you haven’t already, please make sure you RSVP ASAP to me (Dave) and your payment either directly into the Water Basketball bank account (details provided in email to captains) or to your captain to then transfer on.

To repeat from previous posts, the email with details regarding the Winter Water Basketball Dinner has been sent to the captains. They should have forwarded the details to their players for RSVP, so if you haven’t received anything yet then get in touch with your captain asap.

  • The Dinner will be at 7:00pm on the 1st of July at the Ball & Chain’s upstairs function room.
  • The cost is $35 per head to be paid in advance and the menu is a choice (decide/order on the night) of:
    • Chargrilled smoked half chicken – hot smoked and finished on the chargrill and served with a black cherry chutney.
    • Lamb shank – A chunky shank served on potato mash enhanced with a tasty rosemary and red wine sauce.
    • Tasmanian Atlantic salmon – Chargrilled with hollandaise sauce.
    • Porterhouse – It has a fine texture and its taste is boosted by the open grill.
    • We didn’t confirm a vegetarian option but this is simply all you want from the salad bar for about $15. If anyone wants this option then we suggest they just confirm their attendance and then pay on the night to keep it simple.
  • Drinks can be purchased separately at the upstairs bar.

RSVP and payments ASAP please (captains, please forward your RSVPs to me and any payments to the water basketball account).

2016-17 S2 Results SF

Thursday 15/06/2017

Clownfish 22 def by Beached Az 40
Brett 9, Sam 18

Sharks 34 def by The Nuts 48
Markus 14, Tony 24

The Roster has been updated for the Grand Finals and at the bottom of that page you will also find the new planning for the 2017-18 financial year.

Check the Regulations for the Fill-in and Team member requirements during the finals.

To confirm, we have enough numbers for the Winter Water Basketball Dinner, so that is definitely going ahead (just in case you were holding off on payment).

The email with details regarding the Winter Water Basketball Dinner has been sent to the captains and further information was provided here last week. They should have forwarded the details to their players for RSVP, so if you haven’t received anything yet then get in touch with your captain asap.

A few questions came up which I’ll address here; you don’t need to order now, you can do this on the night at the table. The salad bar is included in the $35; the $15 is only if you don’t want a main meal and just want access to the salad bar.

Those attending can transfer their $35 to their captain who collects all and then transfers it into the Water Basketball Tasmania bank account, or you can transfer it there directly (you can get the details from your captain). As mentioned, if you just want the salad bar then you can pay the $15 on the night.

RSVP to your captain today and we’ll need everyone’s payments by Friday 23 June.

2016-17 S2 Results QF

Thursday 8/06/2017

The Nuts 26 def by Brothers 29
Jemma 10, Lisa 19

Beached Az 36 def Sea Snakes 30
Sam 18, John 12

Pink Pirates 46 def Clownfish 34
Rob 14, Scott 14

Sharks 40 def Ducks 32
Ronnie 16, Clare 14

The Roster has been updated for the Semi Finals and at the bottom of that page you will also find the new planning for the 2017-18 financial year.

Check the Regulations for the Fill-in and Team member requirements during the finals.

The email with details regarding the Winter Water Basketball Dinner has been sent to the captains. They should have forwarded the details to their players for RSVP, so if you haven’t received anything yet then get in touch with your captain asap.

There will be some awards thrown in for the current season, but we’d like this to be event for all teams to participate in. Please help us make this event a success by getting as many of your team mates to come along as possible. Partners are invited as well.

  • The Dinner will be at 7:00pm on the 1st of July at the Ball & Chain’s upstairs function room.
  • The cost is $35 per head and the menu is a choice (decide/order on the night) of:
    • Chargrilled smoked half chicken – hot smoked and finished on the chargrill and served with a black cherry chutney.
    • Lamb shank – A chunky shank served on potato mash enhanced with a tasty rosemary and red wine sauce.
    • Tasmanian Atlantic salmon – Chargrilled with hollandaise sauce.
    • Porterhouse – It has a fine texture and its taste is boosted by the open grill.
    • We didn’t confirm a vegetarian option but this is simply all you want from the salad bar for about $15. If anyone wants this option then we suggest they just confirm their attendance and then pay on the night to keep it simple.
  • Drinks can be purchased separately at the upstairs bar.

RSVP to your captain by Friday 16 June at the latest. We’ll need payments by Friday 23 June, again via your captain (like the membership fees are paid).

2016-17 S2 Results R14

Thursday 1/06/2017

The Nuts 56 def Sharks 38
Tony 30, Markus 28

Brothers 22 def by Pink Pirates 36
Lisa 10, Susan/Rob each 8

Clownfish 56 def Sea Snakes 33
Julie 16, Leah 10

Beached Az 36 def Ducks 32
Alison 18, Cole 14

The ladder and top scoring rankings have also been updated under Statistics. Congratulations to Jemma Dazeley (The Nuts) who took out the top spot with 276 points (word is that she arranged for Tony to have a cycling ‘accident’ mid-season). Markus Bucher (Sharks) ended up in second spot with 210 points, followed closely by Sam Scandrett (Beached Az) with 205.

Round 14 was the last round of the regular part of the competition and we’re now heading into the 3-week finals period. The Roster has been updated and at the bottom of that page you will also find the new planning for the 2017-18 financial year.

Check the Regulations for the Fill-in and Team member requirements during the finals.

The first Water Basketball Tasmania Annual General Meeting was held last night, for which the minutes will be emailed to the team captains (for distribution to their players) soon. Some of the major points are that the re-negotiated fees for the next couple of years look achievable without too much increase in membership fees (provided we keep our 8 teams running), we should have some cash available to put towards equipment (balls, nets, etc) and that the current Board has been re-elected to continue as is for the next financial year. Thanks to those taking the time to attend.

Lastly, due to booking constraints, we have had to move the Winter Water Basketball Dinner out one more week, to take place on Saturday 1 July. Further details will be emailed to the captains, but to summarise, the dinner will be held upstairs at the Ball & Chain (time to be confirmed) with a choice of fish, steak, lamb shanks or chicken (combined with the renowned B&C salad bar) for around $35 to be paid in advance. Drinks can be purchased separately at the upstairs bar.

You’ll need to RSVP (we’ll do that via the captains & email) by Friday 9 June at the latest, and we’ll need payments by Friday 16 June. Information on how to pay (will be cash or a bank transfer) will be sent to the captains as well. Partners are welcome; we hope as many of you as possible will come along to help make the event a success 🙂

2016-17 S2 Results R13

Thursday 25/05/2017

Clownfish 34 def by Ducks 40
Brett 14, Cole 18

The Nuts 52 def Beached Az 26
Jemma 34, Sam 16

Pink Pirates 27 def by Sharks 34
Nicole 10, Markus 16

Brothers 20 def Sea Snakes 0 (forfeit)

The ladder and top scoring rankings have also been updated under Statistics.

Rule Highlight of the Week

You may have heard someone call out ‘5-seconds’ or ‘holding the ball’. Usually by a hopeful defensive player calling out to the umpire. Rule 15.15 is hardly ever enforced though, because it only applies to stationary players:

For a stationary player in possession of the ball and under pressure by a defender failing to play the ball, preventing the flow of the game, for a period of time exceeding five (5) seconds. The attacking player will be deemed to be ‘holding the ball’

So, as soon as you move in any direction with the ball that 5 seconds resets (in the umpire’s head, so it’s not an exact science). I think this rule was initially intended more with the “preventing the flow of the game” part in mind. We may need to change or add to this rule at some point, because since it applies to stationary situations only, the defense can really only ‘force’ this foul when the player holding the ball is surrounded by 3 or 4 stationary defensive players and has nowhere to go. Since that’s very unlikely as it leaves a lot of attacking players open, the 5 second rule really only ends up being called on players who line up a shot and take too long considering all their life’s choices leading up to that point. Still a valid rule, since it holds up the game, but it doesn’t often happen.

These types of rule considerations usually get discussed at the umpire’s meetings and can lead to amendments to the regulations. This particular example doesn’t really negatively affect the game, so hasn’t yet been addressed. In the past, we’ve considered keeping the game dynamic by adding a time limitation on the offence (e.g. like 24 seconds in basketball) or 5 seconds per player even when that player is moving, but any of these restrictions are either quite difficult for the (volunteer) umpires to enforce, or require specialised clocks that are expensive and need to be managed by the duty teams. That’s an example where the cost/effort doesn’t really outweigh the benefit of maintaining a dynamic game.

If you have any concerns about certain rules, discuss them with your captain or the umpire(s) in your team who can ensure they are reviewed if needed.

Roster Reminder

As mentioned on April 10th, there are no games this week due to the Australian Water Polo Country Championships taking place at DKHAC.

The competition continues next week 25/5 with Round 13.