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 S1 Results R6

Thursday 25/08/2016

Beached Az 50 def Sharks 47
Sam 22, Markus 21

Pink Pirates 27 def Brothers 14
Mel 8, Craig/Freya/Bec each 4

Clownfish 34 def by The Nuts 44
Brett 12, Tony 20

Sea Snakes 34 def by Ducks 52
Caitlin 14, Cole 14

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

Rule Highlight of the Week

Instead of discussing a rule this week, I would like to ask (remind) the captains to make sure you are familiar with the Regulations and explain them as much as possible to new players. It’s very difficult for umpires to try and explain rules from the sideline in a noisy pool to players with caps over their ears, which can cause delays and confusion.

Also, you should make sure that all team members, particularly new ones, know to check their name on the score sheet before the game, check/write the cap number and when on Duty, how to complete the score sheet and how to perform other Duty tasks.

Training Tonight

Hi all,

Just a quick note to say that the Dive Pool (only) is open tonight, during the regular hours of 7:45pm – 9:15pm, for those that would like to train (at own initiative, none formally provided), have a few shot and perhaps play a scratch match. Dave Griffiths should be there, who will have access to balls/caps/etc.

Have a great Easter,

Dave