2016-17 S1 End of Season

Thanks to those attending the BBQ last Saturday :-). It was nice to see that despite the busy time of the year a decent number of us had found the time to catch up with other team players, which included their children, the next generation of Water Basketball players.

In addition to recognising the Division winners, DKHAC free entry vouchers were presented to winners of individual awards:

2016 Season 1

  • Best & Fairest Female: Ellie Bucher 17 (Sharks)
  • Best & Fairest Male: Sam Scandrett 18 (Beached Az)
  • Most Improved Female: Jemma Dazeley (Nuts)
  • Most Improved Male: James Barnes (Sea Snakes)

2016-17 Season 1 (switch to financial year season naming)

  • Best & Fairest Female: Alyce Francis (Beached Az)
  • Best & Fairest Male: Cole Dabner (Ducks)
  • Most improved Female: Caitlin Barber (Sea Snakes)
  • Most improved Male: Chris Waugh (Pink Pirates)

Congratulations everyone; all well deserved! The complete Best & Fairest list (of those who received points) has now been updated in the Stats section for this season.

Tony Edmondson (The Nuts) maintained his traditional number 1 spot on the top scorers ladder this season with 282 points, closely followed by Jemma Dazeley (The Nuts) with 278 points and Markus Bucher (Sharks) with 227 points.

I’d like to take a moment here to recognise the contributions of duty teams, captains, umpires and board members! Without everyone’s help and enthusiasm we wouldn’t be able to keep this competition running as smoothly as it has been. A small effort on everyone’s part constitutes a significant result for everyone to enjoy. As always Andrew efforts in for providing us with game highlights on Facebook are appreciated as well. We were fortunate again this season to have 8 (reasonably) solid teams, so a special thank you to all Captains for keeping their teams organised and engaged, particularly with the added membership fee collection effort, and the Board for their work behinds the scenes in leading the competition through the recent organisational changes without really any noticeable negative impact to the game.

Since we now operate by financial year, which runs from 1/7-30/6, next season’s structure and cost will stay exactly the same. As per the Water Basketball Year Planner, we’ll start off with a (free) Come & Try night on 2 February and Round 1 on 9 February. The season will run as usual, with 14 regular rounds and 3 finals rounds, with the only break in the season for Easter. We’re scheduled to finish the season with the Grand Finals on 15 June, followed by our newly introduced mid-year Water Basketball event on Saturday 17 June.

It will be a dinner for all teams in the function room of the Ball & Chain and is shaping up to be a great night out so please keep this night free in your calendars. All we need now is a catchy name, somewhat Dark MoFo-like. The WeeBees? The Water Ball? Send in your idea and I’ll put up a poll during next season so you can all vote for it. Based on the votes, the board will make a final decision, consider it to be our Boaty McBoatface disclaimer, and the winner takes home a, possibly framed, DKHAC free entry voucher.

To assist in planning, it would be very useful if the Captains could indicate as early as possible whether their team will continue to play next year (so we can determine whether the competition will remain financially viable). Similarly, the sooner umpires can confirm with John whether they intend to continue umpiring next season the better. Closer to the start (19 January at the latest) Captains should confirm their team’s ability to pay the current team registration fee of $960 (between about $7-$10 per player per game, depending on team numbers) submit their team sheets to me, so we can get the stats and scoresheets side of things organised.

New/interested players are encouraged to attend the Come & Try night on 2 Feb and/or send us an email with your inquiry through our enquiry form.

Thank you all for another great season; hopefully you’ll have a great Christmas break and much health and happiness for 2017! 🙂



About Water Basketball Tasmania
Water Basketball is a sport developed by The Hobart Aquatic Centre. It involves two teams of 6 players, who pass the ball down the pool to their goal end, which is a hoop similar to basketball. Each player wears flippers (and a cap to identify which team they are playing for). Goals are scored as two or three points depending how far from the goals you are.

One Response to 2016-17 S1 End of Season

  1. Jennifer Welch says:

    Hi Dave,

    I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the board for their hard work leading up to this season.

    I’m seeing the Pirates on Thursday, I am pretty sure that most of them are continuing next season.



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