2018-19 S2 Roster

The roster for the second season of 2018-19 has been published on the Roster page.

With some more players from the Come & try night and input from all captains, including a 9th team, ‘The Krillers’ captained by Shane Hamel, it has been confirmed that we are running a 9-team roster this season.

Since the pool bookings and planning for this year were for an 8 team roster, it meant some decisions needed to be made with regards to how to adjust the roster for this season to accommodate 9 teams. Three options were proposed to the captains of all teams:

1. Keep the game days as they are currently in the planner. This is the usual 14 regular rounds and 3 finals rounds, from 7 Feb to 13 Jun.

  • Pro: No need to change the scheduled game days and pool bookings with DKHAC. Since we’re spreading the same pool fees over 9 teams instead of 8, the fee per team will be less.
  • Con: A 9 team roster consists of 18 regular rounds plus 3 finals rounds, with 2 byes for each team. So if we stick with the usual 14+3 rounds, we are 4 rounds short. This means that not every team plays each other twice and that 4 teams will have only 1 bye instead of 2.

2. Play a full 9 team roster, which takes 21 nights and finish before the start of next season at mid-July. We would need to play on 18 April (day before Good Friday) which is a scheduled night off and we would finish on July 4th. The next season would start with a Come & Try night on 18 July and Round 1 on 25 July (so, only 1-2 weeks break in between seasons).

  • Pro: Every team can play each other twice and therefore also will have equal byes.
  • Con: No fee savings (still would have to calculate this but I suspect also no increase) and less of a break between seasons. For the board this also means a tighter window for planning, elections/hand-overs, etc. Note that if we choose this I will still need to confirm with DKHAC that the additional nights are available.

3. Same as option 2, but with a shorter finals period.

  • Pro: See option 2, but with a longer break between seasons and lower fees than option 2 (but not as much lower than option 1).
  • Con: No second chances during the finals period and slightly less of a break than option 1. As with option 2, I’d still need to confirm with DKHAC that the additional 2 nights can be booked.

The majority vote went to option 1 (then 3 and then 2), so we’ll keep the season as it is currently shown in the year planner. As indicated above, the fee per team will be less (I’ll calculate and will let the captains know later this week), not every team will play each other twice, and 4 teams will have only 1 bye instead of 2. This has been done completely randomly through the roster provided by Kyle.

If the 9 teams work out and we keep going like that during 2019-20 then we can try and plan accordingly. Happy to also then consider changes like a shorter finals period and any other suggestions at that time.

Lastly, there will be a quick captains & umpires meeting next week 14/2 at 7:00pm. I’ll send out an invite and agenda to the captains and umpires via email.

The aim is to have 2 umpires per team available. This means there is less dependency on the same volunteers and we have greater continuity and training opportunities, meaning an broader appropriate standard of umpiring. Currently the numbers are as follows; can the teams providing 1 umpire or none please consider providing more volunteers:

2 Beached Az
1 Brothers
1 Clownfish
2 Ducks
1 Sharks
0 Sheep Stations
1 The Krillers
2 The Nuts
1 The Sisters

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2018-19 S1 Results SF

Thursday 29/11/2018

Sharks 34 def by Brothers 42
Daniel 18, Anna/Lisa each 12

Clownfish 38 def Ducks 33
Julie 20, Nicki 14

The Grand Finals roster has been published on the Roster page. Note, as agreed with both teams involved, the 2nd final starts 15 minutes later than normal to give Clownfish a chance to field a full team. Our pool booking runs until 9:30pm, so please make sure all players tidy up and leave the pool quickly.

2018-19 S1 Results QF

Thursday 22/11/2018

The Sisters 36 def by Ducks 42 (Before overtime: 32 – 32)
Carrie 12, Ron 18

The Nuts 48 def Sharks 30
Tony 30, Markus/Caitlin each 10

Beached Az 38 def by Brothers 42
Sam 20, Eliza 16

Sheep Stations 41 def Clownfish 39
Susan 24, Brett 15

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

The Semi Finals roster has been published on the Roster page.

Weekly Rule Highlight

The duration of the game, breaks and potential overtime are described in Section 10.

As pretty much everyone knows, a game lasts for 4 periods of 8 minutes of playing time. Rest time between quarters is 2 minutes and with 30 seconds to go both teams should take their places on the field. Please don’t be late, since that affects everyone involved, including potentially pushes out the game finishing time which then impacts the next two teams.

Lesser known is what happens when regular time ends in a draw in a game where a result is required (a finals game). If that happens, there will be the normal 2 minute rest period followed by two further 3-minute periods (teams swap sides for the 2nd period) of extra-time with no rest period in between.

The team that previously won the toss has starting possession for the first period of overtime and the opposing team has starting possession for the second period of overtime. The Neutral ball rule should continue as is; i.e. it does not reset back to the team that started the game if it is the other team’s turn.

If the scores are level at the end of overtime, there will be a further 2-minute rest period followed by a continual period of ‘Golden Goal’ overtime. So, the team that scores the first goal wins. Note, the team starting with starting possession and Neutral ball possession for ‘Golden Goal’ overtime will be determined by a new toss.

2018-19 S1 Results R9

Thursday 27/09/2018

Ducks 34 def by Sheep Stations 36
Andrew/Nicki/Sophie each 10, Susan 14

The Sisters 31 def Beached Az 20
Rebecca 14, Christy/Wes each 8

Clownfish 32 def by The Nuts 62
Natalie 14, Tony 32

Sharks 20 def Brothers 0 (forfeit)

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

REMINDER: No games next week due to the 2018 16 & Under Girls National Club Championships. We resume with Round 10 on the 11th of October.

Weekly Rule Highlight

Only 2 players of each team are allowed to occupy any space within each 2 meter area (see 15.8 and 15.9 of the Regulations). Note that you are also considered to be within the 2 meter area if your body is outside it but you reach into the area to grab the ball.

For full details on the rule, see a previous post, but to highlight the things to do when this foul is called in the offensive team’s favour:

  • The player with the ball at the time (or nearest if no possession) gets to take the free throw.
  • You must take the free throw either on the spot that player was on at the time of the foul call, OR, directly in front of the basket on the 2-meter line. It’s your choice and you should make your decision clear to players and umpires.
  • If you take the free throw in the 2-meter area (on the line is also considered in the 2-meter area), then only 1 other player from your team can be in the 2-meter area.
  • From the free throw spot (you may be called back if not on the designated spot), you may shoot, pass or swim.
    • If you swim, the umpires will call Play On and the defenders may resume defending.

Captains, please remind your team mates of this process, since umpires keep having to explain the rule even to experienced players, and it can get confusing trying to shout a rule explanation over the water to people with ear guards on.

Round 8 Cancelled

DKHAC contacted me with some bad news; unfortunately they have a major issue with one of the pipes leading into the dive pool that requires an urgent major fix. Parts are due to arrive late Wednesday meaning that the dive pool will need to be closed for the entire day of Thursday the 20th September and possibly Friday. If these works are not undertaken ASAP the dive pool may be out for longer.

I’ve presented a number of options to the captains via email today and we agreed on cancelling next week’s games (round 8/20 Sep) completely, which was the least of all negatives. The consequences of this are that not every team plays each team twice and there is slightly less bang for buck for each player, depending on how your team arranged the fees. Note that we will retain the funds and put that towards equipment, which then benefits all anyway.

2018-19 S1 Full Umpiring Roster

Please see the Roster page for the 2018-19 S1 full umpiring roster.

Tony has taken unavailability into account as much as possible, but please check your assigned games ahead of time to make sure you’ll be able to umpire.

Umpiring Round 2

Hi all – just a quick note to let you know that some of our regular umpires are unavailable this week (round 2), so a few of the games will need to be umpired by single umpires. As always, we count upon each player’s understanding of limited visibility as well as their intent on making each game a positive experience for everyone involved.

On a related note, it would be much appreciated if the captains of teams that are providing no umpires or just 1 umpire, can try and find some suitably experienced candidates for the umpiring role (email to Tony and Dave). Ideally we’d like to be able to call upon 2 umpires from each team. The more umpires and better spread across teams we have, the more we can guarantee 2 umpires per game, as well as some breaks for the regular umpires.