2015 S2 Results Grand Finals

Thursday 26/11/2015

The Nuts 42 def Sharks 29
Tony 28, Markus 14

Beached Az 44 def Pink Pirates 41
Sam 26, Nick 21

Congratulations to Division Premiers The Nuts (Div 1) and Beached Az (Div 2), as well as to the winners of Individual Awards in the category Best & Fairest Female, Georgie Andrewartha (The Nuts) with 13 votes and Best & Fairest Male Cole Dabner (Ducks Out Of Water) with 15 votes. The complete Best & Fairest list (of those who received points) has now been updated in the Stats section for this season.

The Nuts (Lauren, Georgie, Liz, Jason, Dave, Jo and Tony & Troy missing) - 2015 S2 Div 1 Premiers

The Nuts (Lauren, Georgie, Liz, Jason, Dave, Jo with Tony & Troy missing) – 2015 S2 Div 1 Premiers

The Most Improved Player awards were awarded by the Board to Lauren Wilde (The Nuts) and Sam Scandrett (Beached Az) for having noticeably improved this season and having made valuable contributions to their respective teams. The achievements of this season’s 3 top scorers, Tony Edmondson (The Nuts) 283, Nick Moles (Pink Pirates) 246 and The Scandrett Family (Beached Az) 223 and 206, were also highlighted.

Beached Az (Alyce, Lisa, Tim, Sam, Kylie, Alison, Greg with Daniel missing) - 2015 S2 Div 2 Premiers

Beached Az (Alyce, Lisa, Tim, Sam, Kylie, Alison, Greg with Daniel missing) – 2015 S2 Div 2 Premiers

The contributions of duty teams and umpires were once more recognised and a big thank you went out to Sylvester for his continuing efforts in setting up the equipment each week and Andrew for providing us with game highlights on Facebook all season. We were fortunate again this season to have 8 (reasonably) solid teams with a thank you to all Captains for keeping their teams organised and engaged, the Board for their work behinds the scenes and THAC for providing us with the equipment, the opportunity to play and for once again providing us with a great spread of nibbles & drinks last night.

The contributions of retiring Board Members Kath and Phil were recognised and we thank them both for their efforts in keeping the Water Basketball program running smoothly. We wish them all the best for the future and hope to see them return to the game some day!

It’s now time for the Summer break, with the likely start date of the first season of 2016 to be the Come & Try night on February 4th followed by Round 1 on the 11th. The 2016 program will likely be quite similar to that of 2015, pending mid-December advise from THAC regarding their review of all programs (such as Water Basketball, Underwater Hockey, Fin Swimming, Masters, etc). We will try and make the Social Roster more attractive for a broader range of players and are thinking about combining the 2 Grand Final nights into 1 single night out (e.g. the Saturday following the last GF) at a venue where we can do the presentations, some nibbles/drinks, music, etc. with the aim to make the night more social, involve all teams and go out with a bang. Feedback from all teams, through their Captains, will be sought on all this as well as further suggestions, prior to next season.

Leading up to 4 and 11 Feb, new/interested players are encouraged to send us an email with your inquiry through our enquiry form. As mentioned, there will be a Come & Try night, which always proves valuable in getting a feel for what it’s like to play Water Basketball.

To assist in planning, it would also be very useful if the Captains could indicate as early as possible whether their team will continue to play next year. Similarly, the sooner umpires can confirm with John whether they intend to continue umpiring next season the better. Closer to the start (5 Feb at the latest) Captains should submit their team sheets to me, so we can get the stats and scoresheets side of things organised.

Thank you all for another great season and have a great Christmas & New Year :-) !


Chairman Water Basketball Tasmania

2015 S2 Results Semi Finals

Thursday 19/11/2015

Pink Pirates 29 def Clownfish 24
Deanne 18, Katie 8

Sharks 40 def Ducks 26
Phillip 16, Ron/Clare/Carrie/Sophie each 6

The Grand Finals roster has been added to the Roster page.

The Div 1 final starts at 7pm and the Div 2 final at 7:45pm. Free entry to supporters as usual (just tell Reception you’re there to watch the water basketball grand finals) so bring them along!

After that, hopefully we’ll see you all from 8:30pm at the cafeteria for the awards presentations with nibbles & drinks provided by THAC. Hope to see you there to close out the last season of 2015!

2015 S2 Results Quarter Finals

Thursday 12/11/2015

Beached Az 49 def Pink Pirates 41
Sam 29, Nick 19

The Nuts 50 def Sharks 22
Tony 32, Phillip 8

Clownfish 28 def Sea Snakes 24
Katie 12, John 14

Ducks 34 def Brothers 25
Ron 16, Mitchell 13

The Semi Finals roster has been added to the Roster page.

2015 S2 Results R14 & Finals Roster

Thursday 5/11/2015

The Nuts 50 def Ducks 41
Tony 20, Ron 12

Beached Az 44 def Pink Pirates 43
Sam 18, Nick 29

Clownfish 32 def Sea Snakes 26
Katie 16, John 16

Brothers 32 def by Sharks 40
Susannah 14, Phillip 18

The ladder and top scoring rankings have been finalised under Statistics.

This concludes the regular part of the season and we will now proceed to the Finals period, with the Quarter finals on 12-Nov-15, Semi Finals on 19-Nov-15 and Grand Finals & Awards night on 26-Nov-15. The Finals roster has been published on the Roster page.

Thanks everyone for another great season so far and good luck in the finals!


Rule Highlight of the Week

This week we’re highlighting the Fill-In Regulations, which are specifically applicable during the Finals period of the season.

During that time, teams may not use fill-ins from other teams or non-registered players and may not field additional male players from the same team should there be less than 3 females available. To play in the Finals, a player must be registered and have played with a team at least 3 games before he/she is allowed to play for that team in the Finals. Note, that if a forfeit occurred, all players registered at the time of that game will be considered as having played that game (3.4.1).

When a team has less than 6 players (registered with that team) available to play during Finals and the missing player(s) cannot play due to medical reasons (a medical certificate must be presented to a Board member before the game), replacement fill-in(s) may be used regardless of whether they have played the minimum of 3 games with that team (6.7.1).

Any proposed deviations from the above will need to be discussed with the opposing Captain and at least one Board member as early as possible before the game (e.g. via email days before). Should the opposing team not agree with the suggested changes, then that stands and should not be subject to further objections.

2015 S2 Results R13

Thursday 29/10/2015

Clownfish 38 def by Sharks 43
Katie 18, Phillip 19

The Nuts 57 def Brothers 24
Tony 47, Susannah 8

Pink Pirates 41 def by Ducks 52
Nick 27, Cole 20

Beached Az 36 def Sea Snakes 31
Alison/Sam each 14, John 17

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

Rule Highlight of the Week

The recently introduced rules around Screening seem to have caused some confusion. It seems to be an unfortunate side-effect of regulations in its attempt to try and avoid ambiguity (bit like that legal mumbo-jumbo).

To put it more simply, the main aim of this rule (or clarification, because it is actually already covered by existing barging/contact rules) is that we want to make sure that attacking players do not set moving screens (i.e. get in the way of people trying to defend by illegally obstructing and holding them). So it intends to support defenders in their ability to move with the attacker without being bumped out of the way illegally. As with all of these close contact rules we don’t expect our volunteer umpires to always get it right, but the intent is there and has been discussed with the umpires in a meeting as well as via email.

Basketballers will know about screening, but if you don’t, here’s a decent page that explains it in basketball terms.

The Screening rule does not really relate to the tactic of getting in the way of players as they make their way down the pool (without the ball). That situation remains covered by the existing barging and contact rules. If the defender is fast enough to block you with their cylinder, fair enough, that’s within the rules. If the attacker is able to get around the defender and the defender ‘swims under’ or obstructs the attacker with the arms, then that is a defensive foul.

Hopefully that explains it a bit better, but if you still have questions, feel free to ask Dave or John on game night.

Regulations Update

As the game of Water Basketball evolves and tactics are introduced, it is the responsibility of the Board and Umpires to manage these changes to ensure that the game remains fair and enjoyable for all. To a large extent this is achieved by implementing and (consistently) enforcing regulations that minimise ambiguous situations that can escalate into conflict.

For example, Screening is becoming a more commonly used tactic now and is regularly resulting in contact, with umpires sometimes not entirely clear on how to deal with this. Therefore the below new rules have been developed by the Board, reviewed and agreed to by the Umpires and will apply as of this season’s Round 13 on 28-Oct-15. We normally try to avoid introducing new rules during the season, but the Screening rule is a type of foul that is already covered by existing Contact and Barging rules, so it’s more a specific clarification than anything.

Therefore, note that the Screening rules should be read in conjunction with the rest of the Regulations.

15.22 Screening is an attempt by a player (screen setter) to delay or prevent an opponent (screen receiver) without the ball from reaching a desired position on the playing court.

15.22.1 A player who sets an illegal screen is, depending on the type of contact, deemed to be committing a Contact, Impeding or Swimming-under violation. Legal screening is when the screen setter: Was stationary when contact occurs. Screens with the cylinder and not the arms.
15.22.2 If the screen receiver is aware of the legal screen being in place then strict barging rules apply.

15.22.3 If the screen receiver can’t reasonably see the screen then relaxed barging rules apply; meaning that if the contact with the screen setter is light and the screen receiver stops immediately upon that contact, play continues (Play On can be called for clarity). Alternatively, if the screen receiver keeps moving into the screen (hard or softly) or the contact is of significant impact, then barging is called on the screen receiver.

15.22.4 If a player, who is leading the screen receiver into the screen, pushes/nudges the screen receiver in the process then normal barging/contact rules apply to that player.

If you have any questions regarding this addition, please approach Dave or John on a game night.

2015 S2 Results R12

Thursday 15/10/2015

Brothers 30 def by Pink Pirates 42
Susannah 12, Nick 33

Clownfish 20 def by Beached Az 46
Dave 8, Sam 22

Sharks 46 drew Ducks 46
Phillip 16, Sophie 10

Sea Snakes 24 def by The Nuts 46
John 12, Dave 16

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

A big thank you to the volunteers and board members who helped out at last week’s Open Day! Your efforts were much appreciated and it was great to see Water Basketball represented that well.

Finally a reminder; there are no games next week due to Hobart Show Day. The season will continue with Round 13 on 29-Oct. Then, one more round the following week on 5 Nov and then headlong into the 3-week finals period (Quarter Finals on 12/11, the Semi Finals on 19/11 and the Grand Finals & Awards Night on 26/11).


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