Upcoming BNSW Selection Trials
With the conclusion of the junior representative season, selection trials for BNSW state teams, ECC and SCC are soon under way.
Jayco Opals Focussed To Topple USA for World Supremacy
Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the Jayco Australian Opals Team to compete at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey.
The team is dominated by the cream of the WNBL, in addition to WNBA and European-based stars looking to return the Jayco Opals to the World Championship podium.
Jayco Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce has ushered in a new era for one of Australian sport’s most successful national teams, picking six World Championship debutants to complement his core of seasoned international stars.
BNSW D-League Competition Back In Action
After two very successful years the Development League (D – League) has just started up with the U/14 and U/16 being the first to tip off.
The aim of the D – League is to identify talented players, who are playing in the BNSW Waratah Junior Leagues within their age group to help further develop their skills during the off season as part of the BNSW Junior Development Programme.
The players are selected and placed into teams in their respective age groups by the BNSW coaching department.
The D – League has the potential to become a vital stepping stone for players and coaches striving for selection to the NSW state teams. Most importantly the D – League provides additional quality games outside the representative competitions for players, coaches and referees and will assist with the growth of the game at the grass roots level.
The D – League provides further development for Coaches who will be selected based on their involvement with the BNSW Junior development programmes, National Intensive Training Program (NITP) and experience coaching at their local association representative level.
The development tournament will continue this week at Minto Basketball Stadium.
Please see the link below to view all information (including, results, standings and top ten scorers).
Hills Basketball Stadium Extension Approved
Hills Basketball is pleased to announce that after many years of effort, the Association has reached an in-principle agreement with The Hills Shire Council which will see our plans for expansion of the Hills Sports Stadium finally become a reality.
While there are still a number of items to be ticked off including approval from the Office of Local Government, Hills Basketball is confident that an agreement will be finalised in the near future.
“Council has agreed to lend us the money for the project.” said Hills Basketball President, Steve Nicholls. “And we are grateful for their support of what is undoubtedly a worthwhile and long-overdue community project.”
Mr Nicholls added, “There are still a number of details to be finalised, including the level of oversight of the project by Council. We have always welcomed scrutiny of our plans as we believe we have an overwhelming case for expansion, so we don’t see this as an issue.”
When asked about a timeframe for the project, Mr Nicholls was careful not to over commit. “It really is impossible to give any exact timeframes at this stage as there are a number of different organisations and factors that have to be co-ordinated.” He stated. “Having said that, it would not be unrealistic to think the first shovel might hit the ground in early 2015.”
The project involves extending the existing stadium by adding two courts, with one being a show court with seating for 600. Upgraded change room facilities, office space, a new referees room and other additions also form part of the plan. In positive longer term news for Hills Basketball, Council’s decision includes a new 20-year lease on the building.
Source: Hills Hornets