Lockdown is nearly over! Nellakir is on the go with Installations, Annual Maintenance and Programmed Cleaning.

With Monday the 20th of October’s Victorian Government’s announcements, the pathway to return to competition has been laid out for Victorian Basketball and Netball competitions. Indoor games are still yet to recommence with social distancing still an issue. However, there is definite light at the end of the tunnel and this time, it’s not that of an oncoming train.

Here are the latest press releases from both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria on resumption of play post Covid 19 lockdown.

Basketball Victoria – Return to Sport Updates for Participants

Return to Sport Update – as of Tuesday 27 October

Return to Basketball and Current Restrictions

The announcement on Monday 26 October by the Victorian Government is good news for a step towards a COVID-Normal life for Victorians and some easing of restrictions for basketball across Victoria.

Unfortunately, due to basketball being classified as an indoor and “contact sport” (i.e. a sport that is unable to be played at a social distancing length of 1.5m between each participant) by the Victorian Government, basketball competition indoors is still subject to being part of the Last Step of the COVID Roadmap.

Please refer to the Metropolitan Melbourne Roadmap here and the Regional Victoria Roadmap here for further information. The Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines and the One Page summary has been updated for specific basketball re-activation.

Please note: ‘non-contact’ means a sport capable of being played with a distance of 1.5m – basketball competition is classified as a ‘contact’ sport.

RESTRICTIONS:

From 11:59pm Tuesday 27 October

Metropolitan Melbourne

FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER:

ORANGE-20 – Outdoor (contact) Competition and/or Training

ORANGE-20 = 10 players maximum per team / 20 players maximum per court space

Note:

Coaches, Officials, Team Managers and Scorers are in addition to the 20 players per court
Each child is limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where the child requires parental supervision.

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:

RED-10 – Outdoor (non-contact) training only

Regional Victoria

FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER:

ORANGE-20 – Indoor Non-Contact Training or Outdoor (contact) Competition / Training

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:

RED-10 – Outdoor (non-contact) training only

From 11:59pm Sunday 8 November

VICTORIA WIDE

FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER:

ORANGE-20 – Outdoor (contact) Competition and/or Training

ORANGE-20 – Indoor (non-contact) training only

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:

RED-10 – Outdoor (non-contact) training only

We will continue to advocate to Government and other stakeholders on behalf of the basketball community to ensure the quickest and safest possible return of competition basketball across the state.

Basketball Victoria Participant Licence

As previously noted, the Basketball Victoria participation licence is not season or association specific and allows individuals to play as many times as they want across the state in a 365-day period. We are extending all active licences for individuals for the duration of the period that basketball was/is unable to be played in Victoria due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As you would be aware, in addition to competition management and insurance, individual participant fees (the Basketball Victoria Licence) cover a range of essential services and programs which we are and will continue to deliver.

Note: A detailed explanation of the 365 Day Licence can be found here.

However, as always, we will consider requests for individual refunds to those participants who are experiencing extreme hardship at any time (the individual must contact their club or association who then escalates to Basketball Victoria via a Support Ticket).

Refunds

Generally speaking, BV’s licence fee is not refundable, as per our terms of registration and we are extending the BV licences as per above. However, we can consider requests for refunds in certain cases. We are in a unique situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and we understand any significant economic or health related impact.

The process/conditions for individual refunds are as follows:

Individual refund requests need to come through via the club (if applicable) to the association (as per the correct communication channel including club requests) via http://support.playhq.com
Senior Domestic need to request via the association who then lodges support ticket
The player needs to have played fewer than 3 games
Player’s registration to the season in question needs to be marked as cancelled
A valid reason needs to be provided
BV needs confirmation in writing that the association and/or club has refunded any fees that were paid to them before BV considers the request for refund of the BV licence fee
Bank details provided for an approved refund to be processed.

Under no circumstance should associations or clubs refund the Basketball Victoria licence fee to individuals. Please refer to the BV refund process.

Mental Health and Support Resources

Remember to look after yourself and others during this time, and always ask for help if you need it.
If you are struggling the following services are available:

National Coronavirus Helpline: 1800 020 080
For immediate support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 and in an emergency, always call triple zero (000).
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800

Source: https://basketballvictoria.com.au/covid-19/return-to-sport-updates-for-participants/

Netball Victoria – 27 OCT 2020

Metropolitan Melbourne, we finally have the green light for community netball! At 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 October Metropolitan Melbourne will move to Step Three. This will include the return of outdoor junior netball competitions and programs and non-contact training for adults at outdoor venues.

The 25km limit will remain until 8 November which means some members will still be limited by the travel restrictions.

For regional Victoria, people 18 years and younger can continue to participate in netball competitions and programs. Adults continue with non-contact training at outdoor venues. Indoor venues may open for non-contact sport only, for people aged 18 years and under.

Check our updated resources for further information.

Source: https://vic.netball.com.au/latest-update

Meanwhile the Nellakir team continue to install new courts under the Victorian Schools Building Authority program. Sports Flooring at Rockbank North Primary School, Truganina South East Primary School and Thoroughbred Primary School near Somerville is now being completed.

A new Single Court build using the Stump ST2 System from ASF Horner Sports Flooring has commenced and Heathmont College in Melbourne’s outer east.

All Sports Flooring currently being installed utilise the ASF/Horner Sports Flooring systems for sprung timber flooring, providing excellent competitive premium surfaces. Nellakir are the exclusive agents in Victoria and Tasmania for all ASF/Horner Sports Flooring systems. All ASF Horner systems are FIBA approved and utilise Australian Hardwood Timbers.

For all your Sprung Timber Flooring needs please contact Nellakir on 03 9467 6126 to arrange a free, no obligation quotation. Whether it’s full Construction and Installation, Annual Maintenance or simply programmed scheduled professional cleaning of all court surfaces, call Nellakir. That number again 03 9467 6126. Or leave your details here for a prompt response.

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Basketball and Netball Competitions resume for U18’s after Nov 1st. Vixens Win Grand Final!

Finally after 100 days the signpost back to full competitions has been posted by the State Government. It’s worth noting that on the 30th of July the following statistics were accurate as are the statistics for the 17th of October…

30th July
France 1377
UK 846
Victoria 723

17th October
France 25086
UK 15650
Victoria 1

It’s certainly worth considering.

Here are the current statements re Lockdown from Netball Victoria and Basketball Victoria

Netball Victoria 18 OCT 2020

The long-awaited return of community netball in metropolitan Melbourne is inching closer. Metro Melbourne can look forward to a return of junior netball, which at this stage is scheduled for Sunday 1 November, but we wait for confirmation of a return date over the next week. We thank you for being so patient and we appreciate everything you have done to support and stay connected to your netball community. It’s not long now and we will see you all back on court.

For regional Victoria, people 18 years and younger can continue to participate in netball competitions and programs. Adults continue with non-contact training at outdoor venues.

Today we throw our weight behind the mighty Melbourne Vixens! They are #DoingItForVIC and doing it for every member of our community who has missed playing our great game.

Source: vic.netball.com.au

Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Update OCTOBER 19, 2020

Return to Basketball and Current Restrictions

The announcement on Sunday 18 October by the Victorian Government has eased restrictions in several areas across Victoria.

Unfortunately, due to basketball being classified as a “contact sport” (i.e. a sport that is unable to be played at a social distancing length of 1.5m between each participant) by the Victorian Government, basketball is subject to being part of the Last Step of the COVID Roadmap.

Victoria’s current level of restrictions regarding basketball’s return to sport have not changed from our last update, but there is greater clarity around future restrictions being eased at the end of the month. There is also a potential of further announcements this Sunday which may bring timelines forward.

Future eased restrictions were announced yesterday detailing the roadmap for community sport. As of Sunday 1 November at 11.59pm, Metropolitan associations and clubs within Metropolitan LGAs will be able to participate in outdoor competition or regular training (18 Years and Under) or outdoor non-contact training (19 Years and Over) in addition to Regional associations being able to train indoors (non-contact) in the short term.

We will continue to advocate to Government and other stakeholders on behalf of the basketball community to ensure the quickest possible return of Victorian basketball across the state.

Please refer to the Victorian DHHS website as well as Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines for further information.

Source: basketballvictoria.com.au

Meanwhile in the parallel universe that was the Queensland Hub, the Victorian Netball team, The Vixens, has won the Grand Final of the Suncorp Super Netball Competition for 2020. Here’s a full report courtesy of the ABC News service…

Melbourne Vixens hold their nerve to beat West Coast Fever 66-64 in Super Netball grand final

It was party time for the Vixens after their narrow grand final win over the Fever in Brisbane.

We thought we might not even get a Super Netball season in 2020, but here we are, having witnessed the tightest grand final of the new domestic league.

The Melbourne Vixens defeated the West Coast Fever 66-64 to win their first premiership since 2014.

The tough, grinding game played in Brisbane — so far away from both teams’ home fans — felt quiet at times, but the match itself did not disappoint, with the lead to-ing and fro-ing and never out of reach.

The Fever led by one point at the first break, after some crafty work from Verity Charles and Jhaniele Fowler upfront.

Charles was setting up a high, floating feed way off the circle edge that made it hard for Vixens defenders to even get a look in.

While Fowler (54/55) — standing close to two-metres tall — continued with the impeccable accuracy that has seen her become the most dominant player in the league.

Heading out for the second quarter, Vixens goal shooter Mwai Kumwenda stepped up to the challenge.

Throughout the match she repeatedly “defied the law of physics”, as Liz Ellis put it, using every inch of the goal circle and showing incredible balance to take feed after feed over her shoulder with the tips of her toes on the baseline, just outside the Fever’s reach.

A smiling netballer raises her arms wide in celebration after the Super Netball grand final.

Mwai Kumwenda’s goal shooting helped the Melbourne Vixens beat West Coast Fever in their first Super Netball grand final.

Kumwenda’s composure under pressure and ability to convert at key times (47/50 at 94 per cent) saw her named the grand final player of the match.

It was here that the Vixens defence also started to work their way into the game, and some big moments from their back line — Emily Mannix, Jo Weston and Kate Eddy — saw three key turnovers head up the court and converted.

The Vixens had crept out to a four-goal lead as the game headed towards half-time.

But some quick-fire momentum from the Fever showcased how fast they could score, and in the space of just over a minute they were already back in front by a goal as the half-time buzzer went.

In the third quarter — known as the “championship quarter” for its defining period in a game — the Vixens really put their stamp on the game.

Head coach Simone McKinnis used the rolling subs to rotate the goal attack position, interchanging their two retiring shooters Caitlin Thwaites and Tegan Philip to ensure their front line stayed fresh.

And their defensive pressure upped again across the court, Weston especially.

At the final break, the Vixens had won their first quarter (18-14) and were up by three — their first lead heading into a break.

But the game was not over yet, with the Fever never giving up.

They clawed their way back level and then back in front by two goals, with four and a half minutes left.

The Vixens started to look worried but showed in these final minutes why they had been the best team all season.

One of their crucial moments came through a build-up in the midcourt, that saw Fever defender Stacey Francis try and pass back to keeper Courtney Bruce.

But the attempt to try and reset turned into an intercept for Kumwenda, which was then converted.

Another collective effort by Mannix and Weston proved the difference.

West Coast goal attack Alice Teague-Neeld missed a two-point super shot in the Fever’s final play, and the Vixens circle defenders’ rebound pushed their team out to a two-goal lead.

With seven seconds left on the clock and a centre pass up their sleeve, the Vixens were able to play a possession game to close out their first Super Netball grand final win.

The victory allowed them to farewell Thwaites and Philip in the best way possible and make the usually quiet McKinnis a very happy woman, as she celebrated with a couple of fist pumps on the sideline.

Speaking with Channel Nine after the match, Thwaites described it as a “really hard slog”.

“Holy crap, that was right down to the wire,” she said fighting back tears.

“We had practised all those scenarios at the end, so we knew exactly what to do.

“We really hope we’ve brought Victorian people some light and a good distraction in what’s been a really hard year.”

Source: abc.net.au

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The LA Lakers NBA Champions 2020

After an extraordinary year that saw the entire NBA competition mothballed for months after the date all games were scheduled to be completed by, the LA Lakers have managed to snatch this year’s crown in the final playoffs at the ESPN Hub in Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won the playoff with Miami Heat 4 games to 2 clinching their first National title in 10 years.

So, this time we leave it to LeBron to have the last say.

‘I want my damn respect’: LeBron slaps down haters in epic speech

Put some respect on his name.

LeBron James won his fourth ring with a third team, and a fourth Finals MVP as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to the 2020 NBA Championship.

At 35-years-old, in his 17th season, James averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists per game, and had one simple message for those watching on.

“It means a lot to represent this franchise,” James said. “I told Jeanie [Buss] when I came here that I was going to put this franchise back in the position that it belongs.

“Her late, great father did it for so many years, and he just took it on after that.

“For me to be a part of such a historic franchise, it’s an unbelievable feeling; not only for myself, but for my teammates, for the organisation, for the coaches, for the trainers, everybody that’s here.

“We just want our respect. Rob [Pelinka] wants his respect. Coach [Frank] Vogel wants his respect, our organisation wants their respect, Laker Nation wants their respect … and I want my damn respect, too.”

It’s the fourth time in four championship runs that James has captured MVP honours, after he did so with Miami in 2012 and 2013 and with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

Asked what a fourth title and his incredible longevity meant for his legacy, James added: “I don’t know. I’m going to let you guys talk about it.

“One thing I can do is commit to the game. I put myself, and my body, and my mind in position to be available to my teammates.

“I’ve never missed a playoff game in my career, and the best thing you can do for your teammates is be available.

“For me to be available to my teammates, and put in the work, I just hope I make my guys proud, and that’s all that matters to me.”

Source: foxsports.com.au

Here the local basketball competitions are preparing for next year. School competitions are restricted to ‘in house’ games, but the school courts are back in action, at least for the students.

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LA Lakers take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals

With two games to go, one on Saturday the 10th and one on Monday the 12th of October, it’s likely the series will be wrapped up by Saturday. The Lakers go into the game on Saturday with a commanding series lead of 3 games to 1. The Miami Heat will need to win both games to force a playoff.

Here’s the report on Game 4…

LeBron, AD on fire to cool Heat and move Lakers a game away from 17th NBA championship

LeBron James led a Lakers turnaround.

The Los Angeles Lakers are just one game away from becoming world champions after an inspired second half turnaround from LeBron James helped them overpower Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat to take a 3-1 series lead.

The game was on a knife-edge for all but 40-seconds as the two teams were never more than seven points apart until Anthony Davis got over his similarly slow start to James to sink a huge three-pointer to all-but seal the game.

Butler nearly got his second consecutive triple double as he helped himself to 22 points under the increased scrutiny of James and Davis, who took it upon themselves to make sure he didn’t get the same joy as he did in Game 3.

The two teams now have an extra rest day before Saturday’s (AEST) Game 5, where the Lakers can wrap up the championship with two games in hand.

LBJ sinks daggers, lifts LA

Bam Adebayo recovered from a neck injury for the Heat to take his place on the floor but Goran Dragic couldn’t join him, despite taking part in the warm up.

The Lakers had a special plan in place for Game 3 hero Butler with Davis guarding him from the offset while James skipped his usual rest periods to match up with the Heat No.22’s time off court.

James had a difficult first half as he gave away five of the Lakers’ nine turnovers by midway through the second quarter.

Heat gun ROASTED for flopping

However, he made the proper adjustments in the second half and sank two huge three-pointers – the first from the logo – to turn his “out of sync” performance into a five-point lead for the Lakers going into the final quarter.

Butler meanwhile, after going five from five from the field and two assists in the first quarter, missed four in a row in what proved to be the turning point in this Game 4 encounter.

James continued his recovery in the final period as he took 26 points – the highest of anyone on the floor – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit two massive back-to-back buckets to put the Lakers firmly in the driving seat.

Davis sealed it with his massive three-pointer to stretch the lead to a game-high nine points, while also making five blocks at the bucket to show off his offensive and defensive superiority.

The Lakers are now just one game away from their 17th NBA championship.

Source: foxsports.com.au

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The NBA Finals – LA Lakers vs Miami Heat – Best of Seven Series.

Last week we re-published an article questioning LeBron James and his capacity to perform. Never write off a champion. This week the 35 year old makes his 10th NBA finals appearance (Thursday Oct 1, 11am). You can watch it live on Kayo or Fox Sports.

The Orlando Hub at Disneyworld has now been operational for 3 months. With delays due to Coronavirus first and then the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparking a competition-wide walkout.

This would be LeBron James’ fourth championship ring, having previously won finals with both Cleveland, Miami and the Lakers.

At 35 years of age, LeBron has acknowledged that this series is probably the greatest challenge he has faced in his long career. He went on to comment that the ‘bubble’ that is Orlando has been extremely tough on both the mind and body. It was the unexpected that took a toll on his performance and that of others.

LeBron has made it clear – he has committed to the hub, the bubble – its quarantine and its privations for one reason and one reason alone – to win the Championship. But right now he commented that he has lost track of time since entering the hub, saying he had no idea how many days it’s been and that it felt like 5 years.

When the Lakers left Los Angeles in July, no-one was certain the competition would even reach completion this year.

But now it is the reality with James facing off against his old team – Miami, and jousting with his old coach Erik Spoelstra with whom he won back to back titles in 2012 and 2013, departing in 2014 to return to Cleveland. Rumour has it that LeBron did not always see eye to eye with Spoelstra and their relationship was at times somewhat fiery. Ever the professional, LeBron stressed this would have no bearing on his feelings about the result – win lose or draw conceding that just reaching the final was hard enough in itself. And true to form, he’s there to rock and roll, for the team, the coaching staff and the fans. Exciting times!

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LeBron James – Has time finally caught up with him?

The Lakers are in a play-off best of 7 with the Denver Nuggets and currently lead 2 games to 1. But has their “Ace” card – LeBron James – hit the wall? Judge for yourself after you have read this article from CBS Sports. We’re not so sure and as his last game proved with 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, he’s still a force to be reckoned with.

LeBron James’ age has been on display like never before in playoffs, a vulnerability Lakers may not overcome

For the first time, it looks like LeBron, 35, is hitting his physical limit

LeBron James has posted some of the most mind-boggling playoff statistics in NBA history, but if one column in his box score consistently stands out, it’s his minutes total. He has played 10,496 total playoff minutes in his career, roughly three extra seasons worth of games at his typical workload. That typical workload increases significantly when the postseason rolls around, though. Playoff LeBron almost always plays at least 40 minutes in close games.

This makes sense intuitively. LeBron’s fitness is beyond reproach. He has always been one of the NBA’s best athletes, so it stands to reason that he’d also be among the most durable. He’s played all 48 minutes in four separate playoff games, with the last one coming as recently as 2018, when he was 33 years old. Endurance has never been an issue. LeBron, for nearly two decades, has been superhuman. In some ways, he still is. At 35, he is still widely considered the NBA’s best player.

But that superhuman endurance? That might be slipping. James played only 37 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The Lakers won those 37 minutes by two points … but lost the game by eight. LeBron sitting for 11 minutes was enough for a 10-point Denver swing, and that’s nothing new. He sat for a total of 28 minutes across five 2017 NBA Finals games. The Warriors outscored the Cavaliers by 27 points in that span. LeBron’s teams have always struggled when he’s gone to the bench. They’ve just been fortunate that he almost never needed to.

At 35 years old? He does require more breathers on the bench. James has played 40 minutes only once in the 2020 playoffs. It came in a Game 1 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, the sort of defeat that typically leads to stars playing more minutes, not less. Yet his minutes have gone down ever since, and even that Portland game wasn’t a particularly high peak to come down from. He played 41 minutes and three seconds in the playoff opener. Ready for a starting fact? Playoff LeBron has topped that 154 times out of 252 total playoff games. In 2020, James has not had a top-150 playoff game in his career in terms of minutes played.

There are good reasons for that aside from the simple fact that James is old. In general, players play less now than they did even a few years ago. Almost everyone’s conditioning declined during the pandemic. The Lakers have also played a number of blowouts, allowing him extra rest, and the bubble schedule of games every other night allows less day-to-day rest. No matter the culprit, the numbers have been clear: LeBron needs that rest. Throughout the postseason, he’s worn down as games have progressed.

The Lakers don’t have a roster equipped to play without LeBron for extended stretches. During the regular season, they were 10.4 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor, a gap that has grown to 15.6 in the playoffs, and he was the only regular-season rotation player whose absence pushed the Lakers into a negative net rating. As well as Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso have played in supporting roles this postseason, LeBron is the only primary ball-handler on this roster.

And he might still be the best one in all of basketball. James is still averaging 25.9 points on 55.4 percent shooting. He’s 1.2 assists per game short of a triple-double average for an entire playoff run, a feat never achieved over more than 12 total games (LeBron has already played 13). He’s playing his best defense since his Miami days. For 36-38 minutes, LeBron is still very much LeBron.

But that kind of qualifier has never been needed in the past. He was superhuman, immune to such common necessities as rest or help. Now, for the first time in perhaps a decade, Playoff LeBron looks mortal. He may still be the best player in the world, but he finally has a weakness, and it’s a weakness the Lakers aren’t particularly well-equipped to cover up. Were it not for an Anthony Davis buzzer-beater, the Lakers would be trailing 2-1 in this series with losses explainable by a miserable LeBron fourth quarter in Game 2 and an even worse outing by his bench in Game 3.

Even leading 2-1, the Lakers can’t exactly afford complacency. The Nuggets have already come back from two separate 3-1 deficits. They’ve won the past six quarters of this series by 18 points. Whether in this series or in the NBA Finals, a time is going to come in which the Lakers are going to have to optimize and use a shorter, more traditional playoff rotation.

That used to mean throwing LeBron out there for 44 or 45 minutes and taking the bench out of the equation. It isn’t clear if that’s possible anymore. Perhaps the Lakers have intentionally limited LeBron’s minutes to give themselves a trump card. They haven’t needed him to play 45 minutes yet. They haven’t lost more than a single game in any series, after all, so the idea of saving him for when he is needed most makes some sense. But it’s no longer the only or even the likeliest explanation for his workload. The probable answer is that a condensed schedule and imperfect roster are taking a toll on him at 35 that they wouldn’t have in years past, and even if the Lakers remain heavy championship favorites, it makes them more vulnerable than LeBron’s best teams have ever been.

Source: cbssports.com

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Announcing our New Website – Nellakir – The Experts in Sports Flooring.

Sports Floors by Nellakir – right there at the top of the page – on every page of our new website. With more information, more visuals, it’s the right website for 2020, for you and your facility.

So we invite you to take a look and enjoy a tour of the site https://www.nellakir.com.au/

Start with the Nellakir Story and progress through our Case Studies, Gallery then refine your search parameters and check out the following pages…

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Timber Sports Flooring is the Stradivarius of Sports Flooring. Precision made, by fine artisans, it can only reach its peak in performance with expert installation and ongoing programmed maintenance, keeping it finely tuned to produce the very best in a premium surface for all levels of competition.

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The Countdown to re-opening with Nellakir, Netball and Basketball.

With no clear pathway yet for local competitions either in Melbourne or in Regional Victoria, the Suncorp Super Netball is providing a level of entertainment and connection for netball aficionados and participants during the Lockdown here in Victoria.

It’s much the same with Basketball with no clear pathway yet announced for a return to local competition. All eyes here turn to the Orlando Florida Hub of the NBA. For many there, the LA Lakers are looking very promising.

Here’s an interview with LeBron James discussing his own all-time playoff record and his progress during the playoffs.

The Victorian State Government is offering significant grants to sporting organisations and clubs as well as loans at low interest of between $500K and $10M for infrastructure development for sporting clubs and organisations. For all sporting organisations it’s timely and appropriate to utilise these one-off grants to tide your competitions and facilities over during Lockdown and into the next phase as the community begins to open up and competitions resume.

Here is a link to the Victorian Government’s Sports and Recreation Grants

https://vicsport.com.au/grants

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The Playoffs Continue in the NBA, The Utah Jazz – OUT, by 2 to the Denver Nuggets

The hub continues in Orlando and some big scalps are being taken. The Utah Jazz were defeated in the last few seconds on the countdown clock. Read about it here…

Donovan Mitchell ‘in shock’ after Game 7 loss, but says ‘this is just the beginning’ for Jazz

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Only minutes after Donovan Mitchell was lying facedown on the court inside AdventHealth Arena, he plopped himself down in front of a video camera, his eyes still red from tears he shed after his Utah Jazz saw their season end Tuesday night with a heartbreaking 80-78 loss to the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 of their first-round NBA playoff series.

But while Mitchell said he was devastated about the way things slipped away from the Jazz, after they not only held a 3-1 lead in this series but led by 15 points in the second half of Game 5, he was proud that his team survived everything it has gone through over the past several months.

He also was ready to get back to work.

“We’re ready to fight through anything,” said Mitchell, who had 22 points in Game 7 but shot just 9-for-22 and also had nine turnovers, including one with less than 10 seconds remaining. “That’s always been the case. It’s a character thing to come back the way we did. We’re ready to compete through anything. For myself … I can’t lie to you, I was surprised by certain little things that I’ve done and accomplished. But it’s nothing I haven’t worked on. There were criticisms of what I could do on the offensive and defensive end, and I feel like I’ve taken a step in the right direction.

“This isn’t the last of it. This is me scratching the surface. I know what I can do, how hard I’ve worked, how hard this team has worked. This won’t be the end of it. That’s what’s fueling me. This ain’t the end. This is just the beginning. I’m ready to go hoop again right now. I think we all are. This is just the beginning.”

It was fitting that the Jazz’s season ended in a Game 7 that came down the absolute last second. The final sequence saw Nuggets guard Gary Harris poke the ball away from Mitchell with 8.4 seconds left, only for Denver’s Torrey Craig to miss a potential game-clinching layup at the other end, allowing Jazz guard Mike Conley one last shot to win the series — only for his 3-point attempt to go halfway down before rimming out.

As it did, Mitchell — who became one of four players to score at least 50 points twice in a playoff series, along with Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and Denver’s Jamal Murray, who also did so in this series — collapsed in a heap on the court.

“To be honest, I [was] in shock,” Mitchell said with a shake of his head, describing what he was going through in that moment. “That was it. You work so hard to get to a point that we got to, and we were this close. We were down, we came back, and fought and clawed, and to be that close … that hurt.

“I didn’t know what else to do. I was exhausted. I just kinda laid there … that s— sucks. This will be on my mind for a long time.”

It has been an exhausting several months for Utah, going all the way back to that March night in Oklahoma City when the NBA universe came grinding to a halt after Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Mitchell did too, a short time later, and by the end of the evening, the NBA season had been suspended.

Since then, so much has happened, including the NBA restarting its season inside the league’s bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort and that resumption almost coming to an end last week when the players chose not to compete in the wake of the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Mitchell said he was happy with how he has been able to use his platform to push for the change he wants to see in the world. He also said he hopes that as the playoffs continue, the NBA — and the players who are still playing inside the bubble — will continue to do the same.

“The biggest thing is continuing to push and use your voice,” he said. “At the end of the day, we came down here for a reason. Obviously, to win a championship, but also to continue the message. We stopped playing and continued to play because we wanted to continue to preach our message. I’m very happy with the way things went as far as being able to come back on the floor and us and the NBA and owners agreeing on certain things. I hope as these playoffs and everyone watches we continue to push for what is really needed in this world, man.

“I feel like I’ve used my voice in the best way possible, and I’m going to continue to use my voice back home. I implore everyone here — they’ve been doing a great job — to continue to push. The more these games escalate and get closer to the Finals, I hope guys continue to use their voice, because people are listening and things are starting to turn, and we have to keep going.”

The Jazz, though, had plenty of their own internal issues to deal with, including not only Gobert and Mitchell testing positive for the coronavirus but also second-leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic missing the bubble entirely because of wrist surgery.

Still, Utah arguably should have won this series, having blown leads in both Games 1 and 5, and with Game 7 not being decided until the final buzzer sounded.

All of that, coupled with everything Utah went through to get to this point, made the loss all the more difficult for everyone involved to accept.

“This game tonight was one of the toughest losses that I’ve been involved with,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We’ve gone many levels [with] what this team has been through since we were in Oklahoma City and the season was stopped. What we went through over a period of months, to have this group come back together here in Orlando, and just to see the competitiveness, the unselfishness, a team that really came together and grew, and I wish we would have had a chance to keep playing. I think that’s the thing that hurts the most right now.”

The hurt was etched all over Mitchell’s face postgame, after his late turnover helped cost Utah a chance to at least send the game to overtime, if not win it. It was an unfortunate ending to a wonderful series for him, personally, but it also just became one of many things for Mitchell to think about that could have gone differently and allowed the Jazz to move on to face the LA Clippers in the second round.

“We shouldn’t have even been in this situation,” Mitchell said. “That’s where a lot of the emotions come from. There are so many things we can go to as a unit. I think that’s what hurts the most. We can go to my 8-second violation in Game 1, we can go to blowing a 15-point lead in Game 5, we can go to not matching their level in Game 6 … but yeah. There’s so many things I feel like we could’ve did, and we didn’t. I think that’s where the hurt really comes.

“I just didn’t think we should be in Game 7. We had multiple opportunities to put them away, and they capitalized, and they are experienced, they have played in Game 7s and times like this, and I have to give them credit. But there’s certain things that you look back on and we could’ve definitely capitalized to not be in this position. But we’ll fix it.”

Still, Mitchell said the growth the team showed internally from where it was back in the spring was something to be proud of.

“We went from being an unsalvageable team about three months ago to this,” Mitchell said. “And I don’t think anybody outside of us expected that.”

Gobert, meanwhile, was immense for the Jazz in Game 7, finishing with 19 points, 18 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in 39 minutes. He said he was thankful that his teammates stood by him after all that’s happened over the past several months and declared that this is just one stop on Utah’s path to winning a championship.

“A lot of adversity, not just for me, but all of us,” Gobert said, when asked what the past six months have been like for him. “As a team, for the world too. It’s been an interesting few months. I’m proud of the way we handled it as a team, as human beings.

“A few months ago, I wasn’t in the right space mentally to go out and play with my team, but we found a way to make it happen. To have my teammates’ support through the last few months since the bubble and everything that happened really lifted me up.”

“I gave everything I could for this team,” Gobert explained. “We came up short, but I have no doubt we are going to win a championship.”

Source: https://www.espn.com.au/nba/story/_/id/29791228/donovan-mitchell-shock-game-7-loss-says-just-beginning-jazz

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NBA Playoffs come to a standstill. Both NBA Players and WNBA Players have refused to play after the Wisconsin shooting of Jacob Blake.

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As any casual observer of the game in the USA would observe, the NBA and WNBA feature some of the world’s premier black African American Athletes. It would appear that the latest shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin has galvanised the world of Basketball to protest in the strongest manner available to them. Commentators such as Kenny Smith joined them in the walkout and Strike action is the strongest signal yet that many consider enough is enough. Here is a full report from the Associated Press today, 27.08.2020.

Strike: NBA playoff games called off amid player protest

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Officials stand beside an empty court before the scheduled start of an NBA basketball first round playoff game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Making their strongest statement yet in the fight against racial injustice, players from six NBA teams decided not to play postseason games on Wednesday in a boycott that quickly reverberated across other professional leagues.

Also called off: Some games in Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and the three WNBA contests, as players across four leagues decided the best way to use their platform and demand change was to literally step off the playing surface.

Players made the extraordinary decisions to protest the shooting by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday of Jacob Blake, a Black man, apparently in the back while three of his children looked on.

Kenosha is about 40 miles south of Milwaukee. That city’s NBA team, the Bucks, started the boycotts Wednesday by refusing to emerge from their locker room to play a playoff game against the Orlando Magic.

“There has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball,” said Bucks guard Sterling Brown, who joined teammate George Hill in reading a statement on the team’s behalf. Brown has a federal lawsuit pending against the city of Milwaukee alleging he was targeted because he was Black and that his civil rights were violated in January 2018 when officers used a stun gun on him after a parking violation.

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Other games that were not played: NBA playoff games between Oklahoma City and Houston, and the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland along with three WNBA games, three MLB games and five MLS matches. Two members of the St. Louis Cardinals sat out their team’s game with the Kansas City Royals as well.

The NBA’s board of governors have called a meeting on Thursday to discuss the new developments, said a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the meeting plan was not revealed publicly.

“The baseless shootings of Jacob Blake and other black men and women by law enforcement underscores the need for action,” the NBA Coaches Association said in a statement. “Not after the playoffs, not in the future, but now.”

The statement by the Bucks also called for state lawmakers to reconvene and take immediate action “to address issues of police accountability, brutality, and criminal justice reform.”

“I couldn’t agree more. Thank you, Bucks,” Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers tweeted.

The NBA did not say when Wednesday’s games would be played or if Thursday’s schedule of three more games involving six other teams would be affected. NBA players and coaches met for nearly three hours Wednesday night to determine next steps, including whether the season should continue. They did not come to a consensus, a person with knowledge of the meeting told AP.

“We fully support our players and the decision they made,” Bucks owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens and Jamie Dinan said in a joint statement after Milwaukee players decided to not take the floor. “Although we did not know beforehand, we would have wholeheartedly agreed with them. The only way to bring about change is to shine a light on the racial injustices that are happening in front of us.”

Added Jeanie Buss, the Governor of the Lakers, in a tweet: “I stand behind our players, today and always. After more than 400 years of cruelty, racism and injustice, we all need to work together to say enough is enough.”

Several NBA players, including the Lakers’ LeBron James, tweeted out messages demanding change. Some teams did the same.

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“We weren’t given advanced notice about the decision but we are happy to stand in solidarity with Milwaukee, Jacob, and the entire NBA community,” Orlando guard Michael Carter-Williams said. “Change is coming.”

Magic players and referees were on the court as if the game was happening, unaware that Milwaukee did not intend to take the floor. The National Basketball Referees Association said it “stands in solidarity” with the players.

“Players have, once again, made it clear — they will not be silent on this issue,” National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts said. The NBPA is expected to be part of Thursday’s meeting with the board of governors.

Demanding societal change and ending racial injustice has been a major part of the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. The phrase “Black Lives Matter” is painted on the arena courts, players are wearing messages urging change on their jerseys and coaches are donning pins demanding racial justice as well.

Many players wrestled for weeks about whether it was even right to play, fearing that a return to games would take attention off the deaths of, among others, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd in recent months.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot when police officers burst into her Louisville, Kentucky apartment using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation on March 13. The warrant was in connection with a suspect who did not live there and no drugs were found. Then on May 25, Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into the Black man’s neck for nearly eight minutes — all captured on a cell phone video.

Hill said after Blake’s shooting that he felt players shouldn’t have come to Disney.

“We’re the ones getting killed,” Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who is Black, said in an emotional speech Tuesday night. “We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that we’re denied to live in certain communities. We’ve been hung. We’ve been shot. And all you do is keep hearing about fear. It’s amazing why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back. And it’s just, it’s really so sad.”

Players from Boston and Toronto met Tuesday to discuss boycotting Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, which had been scheduled for Thursday. NBPA officers were part of those meetings, and Miami forward Andre Iguodala — one of those officers— said around 2:15 p.m. that he did not believe a boycott plan had been finalized.

Things apparently moved quickly: Less than two hours later, the Bucks wouldn’t take the floor.

“When you talk about boycotting a game, everyone’s antenna goes up,” Iguodala said. “It’s sad you have to make threats like that — I wouldn’t say threats — but you have to be willing to sacrifice corporate money for people to realize there’s a big problem out there.”

Professional sports has seen both strikes and lockouts in the past, almost always over salary disputes. But this wouldn’t seem to classify as a strike, even though it was initiated by players, since their dispute is not with the NBA. Boycott, meanwhile, is defined as the act of refusing to engage in an action, usually to express disapproval with some condition.

Source: startribune.com

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