No doubt there are kids extremely keen to resume competition in Victoria. Some of them may play for the Knox Raiders, maybe there’s someone there who may just get to follow the pathway of former Knox Raider Ben Simmons. Certainly these days the NBA is a realistic target for talented young Aussies. And the same applies for young girls playing the beautiful game with the WNBA, their ultimate target.
There are very good reasons for the advance of the sport over the last twenty years in Australia. Superior Sports Flooring is now pretty well uniformly available for competition across the board in metropolitan cities and regional centres nationally. Sprung Timber Sports Flooring that meets FIBA standards is available for all competitions starting with Primary Schools right through to major Stadiums.
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Back to our story, when you have a rough final series like Ben Simmons did it’s nice to know that he’s still considered to be worth $100M as a trade. Basketball renumeration in the US ranks right up there as one of the world’s highest paying sports professions – definitely something to aim for.
Read about Ben Simmons and the argy bargy around his trade from the Philly 76’s here:
Written by the Staff Writers from Fox Sports
Trade offer in for Ben Simmons… but D-Day on $100m All-Star rival could change everything
A “small-market team” has reportedly made an offer to end the Ben Simmons-Philadelphia trade stand-off, and holds “a lot of interest” in the three-time All-Star.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on The Scoop podcast, there are “four or five” teams still in the hunt to sign the unwanted guard, with the 76ers wanting to move him on after a disappointing post-season.
Simmons equally no longer wants to be a part of the Sixers and reportedly will not turn up to training camp in order to push through the trade.
The Athletic’s Sam Amick reported that the Sacramento Kings had discussed a deal for the Aussie, while his colleague Anthony Slater claims Golden State has also held conversations, but neither has been able to come to a realistic conclusion as Philly’s asking price is currently too high.
While a move to California is seen as Simmons’ preference, NBA reporter Marc Stein has said that Cleveland is also “keeping its hat in the ring”, while Minnesota is another potential landing place.
Philadelphia’s sky-high asking price for Simmons is despite his value currently being as low as it has ever been after a season of career low averages of 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.
There is little over a month until the season tips off and much will come down to where Philadelphia’s president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and general manager Elton Brand stand in negotiations, with Morey known to be keen on landing another big-name star, such as Washington’s Bradley Beal.
Windhorst told the Sixers Daily podcast: “You look at what Daryl Morey has done his whole career, he’s hunted stars. [James] Harden, [Dwight] Howard, Chris Paul, [Russell] Westbrook, he tried to trade for Harden again, he’s hunted stars, that’s what he wants, so that’s what he’s doing.
“I think a big thing for the Sixers fans to watch is the first week of October. Bradley Beal becomes eligible to sign an extension. There’s no short-term deadline on it, it’s not like a rookie extension, where you have to make the move by the end of October.
“He could theoretically sign an extension, June 30, 2022, but whether or not Beal signs that extension, I think as the season starts, and he hasn’t extended, I think that it frames the transaction game for the upcoming season.
“People are going to be watching like a hawk trying to pry Bradley Beal out and if he doesn’t extend, people are going to have their eyes on that and so if you’re the Sixers, unless somebody knocks you over with an offer, you’re probably waiting for that at the very least, just to see.
“Not that you could trade Simmons for Beal straight up, but it’s only responsible to wait for something like that.”
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Right now the stadiums remain out of bounds during the current lockdown for participants in both Basketball and Netball in Victoria.
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As with many others we anxiously await the end of this lockdown. It seems it’s likely to occur when 70% vaccination of the population is achieved according to the most recent Press Release from Basketball Victoria. Read it here:
Return to Sport Updates for Associations and Clubs
Return to Sport Update – 1 September
Unfortunately, the current COVID restrictions and lockdown conditions will continue until 23 September (or 70 per cent of the Victorian population vaccinated with at least one dose) in accordance with today’s announcement from the Victorian Government, on advice from the Department of Health.
We remain in close communication with the Department of Health and Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) to ensure indoor basketball can reactivate as quickly as possible following the current restrictions.
We appreciate your understanding and patience throughout these difficult times.
Leagues, Programs and Events Update Updates regarding Basketball Victoria leagues, programs and events are as follows regarding today’s announcement:
VJBL With the extension of the lockdown, the 2020/2021 VJBL season has been cancelled. This is an unfortunate outcome and one we wished to avoid, but there are insufficient weeks available following the lockdown to return to the 2020/2021 season before the 2021/2022 season would need to commence.
Big V With the extension of the lockdown, the 2020/2021 Big V season has been cancelled. While our intent was to play finals and grand finals at the start of September, the extended lockdown has removed all available weeks remaining in the schedule to accommodate the return to the season.
NBL1 South With the extension of the lockdown, the 2020/2021 NBL1 South season has been cancelled. While our intent was to play finals and grand finals at the start of September, the extended lockdown has removed all available weeks remaining in the schedule to accommodate the return to the season.
Under-12 Skills Days / Under-12 Identification Camp This year’s Under-12 Skills Days and Under-12 Identification Camp will be postponed until further notice. Basketball Victoria will make every effort to reschedule these events to ensure continuity in our High Performance programs at the start of our pathway.
UNTIL 23 SEPTEMBER OR 70 PER CENT OF THE VICTORIAN POPULATION HAS BEEN VACCINATED WITH AT LEAST ONE DOSE
Nellakir have recently completed six new premium competition courts at the Victorian Hockey and Netball Centre in Royal Park. Like everyone else we eagerly await the re-opening of all such facilities for the benefit and enjoyment of all competitors.
Netball is tentatively likely to be accepted as an Olympic sport in Paris 2024, however, the sticking point seems to be that it is a female only sport. Fingers crossed this issue can be resolved prior to acceptances.
Currently in Australia there has been some good news for the local national competition. Suncorp have again signed on as the national sponsor for another year. Read about it here from Netball Australia on 30 August, 2021.
Suncorp Renews Principal Partnership
Suncorp will continue to support netball at all levels in Australia, recommitting as Principal Partner of Netball Australia for up to five more years.
Through the new deal, Suncorp will remain as Naming Rights Partner of the Suncorp Super Netball League and continue its support as a Major Partner of Net Set Go and the Origin Australian Diamonds.
Suncorp’s support since the beginning has helped grow the Suncorp Super Netball League into the undisputed best netball competition in the world.
Suncorp began its partnership with Netball Australia in 2017, with a shared vision to elevate netball, empower girls and maintain their participation in team sport.
Suncorp also developed Team Girls, in collaboration with Netball Australia, in response to a startling statistic that nearly 50 per cent of all girls stopped playing sport by the age of 17.
Over the past five years the Suncorp Team Girls program has worked with a range of experts including ReachOut and Sport Australia, as well as netball ambassadors and parenting experts, to develop a library of resources designed to keep girls engaged with sport.
Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan was delighted to announce Suncorp had renewed its partnership.
“As we conclude another season it is a perfect opportunity to acknowledge Suncorp’s involvement in growing the sport of netball from the grassroots level to the Suncorp Super Netball League and the Australian Diamonds,” Ryan said.
“We are delighted Suncorp is aligned with our future direction, especially as we look towards the 2027 Netball World Cup in Sydney.
“Suncorp has been a fantastic partner of Netball Australia since 2017 and we look forward to working side-by-side to continue to grow netball over the next five years.”
Suncorp Group CEO Steve Johnston said Suncorp and Netball Australia enjoy a very successful partnership.
“It’s a privilege to support one of Australia’s most popular sports and the world’s leading netball competition,” Johnston said.
“For girls right around the country, the competition stands out as an example of teamwork, resilience and leadership.
“We are committed to backing this incredible community and women’s sport. We look forward to continuing to support the growth of netball for many more seasons to come.”
“It’s a privilege to support one of Australia’s most popular sports and the world’s leading netball competition,” Johnston said.
“For girls right around the country, the competition stands out as an example of teamwork, resilience and leadership.
“We are committed to backing this incredible community and women’s sport. We look forward to continuing to support the growth of netball for many more seasons to come.”
Nellakir are proud to be involved with the sport of Netball. As the leading professionals in the installation and maintenance of Timber Sports Flooring, the Nellakir team have just completed six premium competition courts at Victoria’s Hockey & Netball Centre at Victoria Park, Melbourne. This adds to the existing five courts already in use, also installed and constructed by Nellakir in 2002. Read about it here.
Covid is playing havoc with this year’s National Championships. Read about it here:
Update on 2021 Australian Netball Championships
The Australian Netball Championships (ANC) will be played in a decentralised format this year, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to present significant challenges for sport.The championships, which were due to be played from 13 – 19 September, will not go ahead in Traralgon and be replaced by a hub-based model.
Netball Australia, state and territory member organisations, and Suncorp Super Netball clubs will work together to deliver localised opportunities, and where possible to be in line with the original September dates, in continuing to enable high-performance progression of athletes, coaches, umpires and officials in a coronavirus impacted environment.
An ANC winner will not be declared for 2021, with more details on the decrentralised program to be communicated once confirmed.
Netball Australia will work with the state and territory member organisations, Suncorp Super Netball clubs and the Latrobe City Council to re-design the competition opportunity for 2022.
Netball Australia Executive General Manager Performance, Stacey West, thanked the Latrobe City Council for their support in the decision-making process and for the operational planning work done to date.
“As a result of government restrictions, the unpredictability of snap border closures and state lockdowns, the delivery of a centralised tournament in Victoria is no longer a viable option,” West said.
“This new model will enable opportunities in a covid impacted environment, for the ongoing development of athletes, coaches, umpires, and officials in their progression through the high-performance pathway.
“We’d like to thank our event delivery partner the Latrobe City Council for their understanding and ongoing support.”
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The Ben Simmons story continues. As a young boy Ben played for the Knox Raiders in outer eastern Melbourne. These days if he still played for them many of his games would be completed on premium Nellakir Sports Flooring. Today court facilities here in Victoria are second to none and the Basketball Australia system continues to produce young champions capable of playing in the NBA, the world’s elite competition.
The current back story to Ben Simmons is fascinating. After a difficult time in this year’s play-offs with the Philidelphia 76’s Ben is now attempting to consolidate his undoubted skills and re-affirm his position in the ranks of current NBA Champions. Read about it here:
The Ben Simmons conversation hasn’t slowed down, with one scout’s brutal call the latest commentary on a saga that seems to be far from resolved.
Despite his post-season failure, the subsequent shopping around the league Philadelphia has done, and Simmons’ own reported exit wish, the Australian is still a Sixer — and could be for a while.
To this point, Simmons has been linked with a number of franchises, but no deal has been made due to Philadelphia’s lofty trade expectations. On top of that, Simmons’ fit is a point of concern.
“To be honest, there’s really no ideal place for him,” an Eastern Conference scout told The Ringer.
A three-time All-Star, Simmons is elite at a bunch of things; defending and playmaking being the obvious strengths. But those strengths are ultimately diluted beyond taste, especially in the postseason, if you can’t make up for the absence of shooting.
Teams like the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio have been linked, with the Spurs a place where players go to be brought back to life. For Simmons, that would mean finding his on-court confidence again, and his shooting confidence for the first time.
“Can you get him to shoot?” Another scout asked, according to The Ringer. “I actually don’t know.”
With training camp beginning in just a matter of days, Simmons is floating in a limbo of sorts.
“One scout I spoke to said they wouldn’t be surprised if Simmons considers not showing up to training camp if he hasn’t been traded,” Paolo Uggetti wrote.
As the days go by, the situation just gets more awkward for player and team. One thing is clear: Simmons’ time in Philadelphia is done. His departure is simply a matter of when, not if.
Total lunacy’: NBA world trashes Simmons ‘propaganda’
NBA fans and experts are going to wait to see it, before they believe it.
That’s the overwhelming message after another off-season video showed Ben Simmons taking, and making, his jump shots.
Simmons has famously battled that part of his game, and chose to skip the Olympics to work on his craft.
In the latest footage to make its way onto social media, he can be seen draining a deep three and a tough, contested fadeaway jumper during a scrimmage against other professionals.
And while the temptation is to overreact and get excited, the problem is that it’s not the first time we’ve seen this sort of thing.
A few weeks back Simmons was seen draining catch-and-shoot threes alongside Rajon Rondo; a scene that drew predictable jokes.
But the Simmons shooting workout video is something the NBA world has watched off-season after off-season, with no discernible difference ever seen when the games actually start.
Simmons attempted just 10 three-pointers last season, and made three. The previous season he made two of seven. Before that, he was 0-for-17 through his first two years in the league.
Of course, there’s a different feel to this off-season after the nightmare playoffs Simmons had with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Both he and the Sixers are reportedly eyeing a split after Simmons’ post-season woes.
The divorce could take longer than expected, though, with Sixers shotcaller Daryl Morey and co. happy to wait until they get a trade that makes sense for them.
The latest suggestion is that Simmons will likely still be a Philadelphia player when training camp begins.
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With the completion of the Victorian HQ for Netball’s new six competition courts at the Royal Park Stadium by Nellakir. The Nellakir team have more than a passing interest in the National Super Netball competition. From 2021 onwards Victorian teams will now be on a level playing field with those teams from the north (New South Wales and Queensland) and the west (WA). Premium facilities present premium results.
This year’s finals sees the next game being the Preliminary Final between the Giants from NSW and the Westcoast Fever from WA. For an interesting perspective on the Final read this article from the ABC.
Super Netball’s Rising Star contenders meet in Giants and West Coast Fever preliminary final
One of the highlights of this year’s Super Netball competition has been watching the younger players compete against some of the world’s best.
Two youngsters in particular have clearly led the pack – Sophie Dwyer and Sunday Aryang.
The Giants shooter and West Coast Fever defender are the most likely candidates to win this season’s Rising Star Award – given annually to a player who started the season under the age of 23.
Judged by a panel, usually the Diamonds selectors, the winner must show, skill, tenacity, good sportsmanship and where possible, a connection to their community or charities.
Both Dwyer and Aryang have been linked to the Australian squad for the first time this month and have been integral to their team’s top-four success this year.
The pair just happen to also be one of the most important match-ups in this weekend’s preliminary final. Their battle could not only determine which team gets a shot at the title, but who the best young player on the court is of 2021.
Dwyer’s lack of fear has been the story of her season
In just her second season of Super Netball, 19-year-old Sophie Dwyer has quickly gone from being an impact player to a starting goal attack, after the Giants lost Diamonds shooter Kiera Austin to an ACL injury in the second quarter of their opening game.
Coming on as a replacement, Dwyer played more minutes in that match (40) than the total she’d played last season (eight) and it was an impressive feat, considering her teammate had just gone down in devastating fashion.
Without any signs of nerves or fear, Dwyer split the shooting load evenly with captain and English import Jo Harten, easing Giants fans’ worries after the team had suffered such a big setback so early in the season.
Dwyer has since started in the Giants’ following 14 matches this year and is developing her game under the guidance of Harten live on court.
Her cool head means she rarely shows signs of weakness and isn’t fazed by her opponents – no matter how big the name – proving she is every bit worthy of a genuine starting spot next year.
Not only has Dwyer been solid for her team and embraced such a big responsibility at such a young age, but she has also proved she is destined for a big future in Super Netball.
Dwyer is already matching it with some of the world’s best at such an early stage in her professional career. She is currently ranked second in the competition for super shots (47) and in the top 10 playing stats for goals scored (347), centre pass receives (204) and offensive rebounds (12).
Moving forward, she’ll need to tighten up her overall accuracy (77 per cent) and turnover count (96 – the second highest in the league).
Regardless of these areas of improvement, the Diamonds have also recognised her talent and efforts this year, naming her as a tour invitee for the upcoming Constellation Cup series.
Aryang’s ‘fancy footwork’ has proved lethal in the circle
Ethiopian-born Sunday Aryang made her Super Netball debut back in 2019 as a training partner with Fever.
But it was in 2020 where she got her big break, travelling to the Queensland hub as part of the extended squad for the condensed season.
Aryang played 14 of their 17 games, coming off the bench as an impact player for the majority of the time.
Her determination and incredible skill have seen her take a stronger hold of the goal defence bib this year, starting in 13 of the 15 matches the team has played so far.
Not only has the 20-year-old’s work rate increased with more time spent on court, but her fancy footwork and great timing means she is one of the cleanest defenders in the league, ranking 21st for total penalties, having only conceded 118.
This is a pretty significant achievement, considering goal defences are generally one of the most penalised positions on the netball court.
Aryang also sits in the top 10 playing statistics for gains (52), defensive rebounds (13) and intercepts (23).
Her hard work saw her rewarded with her first Diamonds call-up this month to the official squad for the Constellation Cup series.
Both the Giants and Fever have each won a game against the other during the regular season. The most recent result going the Minor Premiers’ way two weeks ago when they claimed a 75-73 win in round 14.
It is the first year Dwyer and Aryang have played against each other in Super Netball, having spent 72 minutes in the opposing GA and GD positions before this weekend.
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In 2001 Nellakir completed two major competition courts for elite indoor sports at the Victorian Hockey and Netball Centre in Royal Park. The construction at the time was to facilitate a world class facility for the upcoming Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne in 2006. This year Nellakir have completed a further six competition courts at the newly expanded and redeveloped Centre for both elite Netball competition and other ancillary indoor sports. Read about ithere and below:
Game changer: women win big at expanded netball-hockey centre
New courts and pitches at the transformed Victorian home of netball and hockey are helping thousands of players – ranging from tiny juniors to towering national representatives – be their best.
Opened today by Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula, the remade Melbourne Sports Centres – Parkville hosts more than 500,000 players and spectators each year – and 80 per cent of all participants are women and girls.
A $64.6 million Victorian Government investment has delivered six new indoor netball courts, a new indoor hockey pitch, hot and cold recovery pools, a creche for parents playing at the centre, and a high-performance strength and conditioning gym at the sports mecca formerly known as the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
With 64 lineal kilometres of timber sports flooring laid, the netball arm of the centre now has 11 indoor courts – creating greater capacity for year-round play. The new indoor hockey court similarly provides more opportunities and pathways for players.
With Netball Victoria, Super Netball’s Melbourne Vixens, Hockey Victoria and dozens of grassroots hockey and netball teams based at the centre, the new facilities will open up the venue for more community participation, high- performance excellence, competitions and major events.
The works have also created a new northern entrance, better connecting the centre to public transport.
More than 150 jobs were created during construction and the Labor Government encouraged contractor Kane Constructions to maximise the female presence on the project. These efforts included a pilot program to encourage women and girls to consider a career in construction while half of Kane Constructions’ and Development Victoria’s project teams were female.
At the peak of construction, some 26,000 hours were worked by women, equal to 30 per cent of all contributing hours worked during that time. In total, 73 women worked on the redevelopment site in trade and support roles. About 93 per cent of labour and materials were sourced under the Government’s Local Jobs First Policy.
The expanded centre will also allow for more use by volleyball, basketball, futsal, badminton and table tennis players and will be home to the Women in Sport Leadership Centre.
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Today the evidence is there – the facilities in Australia for basketball, netball and other indoor sports are second to none. With the Australian Basketball Teams, both the mens’ and womens’teams, making in through to the final four at the Tokyo Olympics.
Add to this the premium local competitions – the NBL and the Suncorp Super Netball competitions, it’s no surprise to see young Australians heading to the US to compete in the NBA and the WNBA at the highest level.
It starts in Primary School and Secondary Schoolwhere, in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland in particular, the State governments and Federal government have funded first class facilities for both students and the local communities. Nellakir has installed premium Sprung Timber Flooring to over thirty schools in or near metropolitan Melbourne in recent years.
Nellakir has also constructed and installed Sports Flooring in major stadiums in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional cities throughout Victoria to FIBA standards.
Premium facilities in stadiums such as the Bendigo Stadium, the Eagles Stadium, Werribee, the Casey Stadium, North Cranbourne are all installed and constructed by Nellakir.
The Victorian State Basketball Centre in Knox and the Victorian State Netball and Hockey Centre Courts in Royal Park were both constructed by Nellakir.
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The Australian Mens Basketball Team, the Boomers, is looking good for medal glory at the 2020 Olympics with a good win against Nigeria followed up by an exciting game against Italy with a narrow win. The Boomers now play Germany this Saturday night (31st July).
Nellakir takes pride in the achievements of all of our Olympic Athletes, but particularly those competing for the Boomers and the Opals. As kids growing up most of these players honed their skills on Timber Sports Flooring often installed and maintained by our Nellakir Team. As a recognised sport, the Victorian and Federal governments have funded excellent facilities for the game at all levels in stadiums, local sports and leisure centres and schools. And with a little luck Netball will feature as a sport at the next Olympics in Paris.
Here is the full report on the recent game against Italy. Good luck on Saturday Boomers!
Tokyo Olympics: Australian Boomers hold on for thrilling win over Italy to remain unbeaten in Tokyo
The Australian Boomers remain unbeaten in Tokyo, holding off Italy for an 86-83 win to move clear at the top of Group B.
Jock Landale led five players in double figures with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Patty Mills added 16 points, and Nick Kay 15. Joe Ingles and Aron Baynes chipped in 14 apiece.
It was a nail-biting game the whole way, tied at 25 apiece after the first quarter, with Australia down one at the half and ahead three heading into the final frame.
Italy came undone late, going scoreless for more than four minutes in the fourth quarter until Simone Fontecchio cut the deficit to four points with a four-point play with 3:48 remaining, but the Aussies’ superior rebounding ultimately made the difference in the game’s key moments.
After Mills missed a 3-pointer, Landale tapped it back to Ingles, who buried the triple to make it 80-73. Nico Mannion scored a layup with 55 seconds to go, before Mills gave the Boomers a five-point lead with 32 seconds to go.
Let’s jump into the key takeaways at the buzzer:
1. Italy zero in on Mills
It was clear from the jump, the Italian’s were willing to dare the other Boomers to beat them as they sent plenty of defensive attention in Patty Mills’ direction.
After he scored seven points in the opening quarter, the double teams arrived as Italy did a great job keeping the ball out of his hands with their on-ball pressure, forcing the Boomers offence to stagnate for stretches.
They found their rhythm in the third quarter, hunting for mismatches in the pick-and-roll with Joe Ingles combining with Landale and Baynes to keep the offence ticking over and when crunch time hit, Mills came up with the timely bucket and a pair of free throws to seal the win.
He added six rebounds and five assists, shooting 6-of-17 from the field and 2-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Which leads me to the next point…..
2. The big men go to work
Jock Landale and Aron Baynes took turns bullying Italy in the paint as they crashed the boards, worked out of the pick-and-roll and forced Italy’s defence to collapse in the paint.
Landale led the Boomers with a team-high 18 points and seven rebounds, while Baynes finished with 14 points and seven rebounds — five coming on the offensive glass.
When the starting big man duo were out of the game, the Aussies didn’t let up inside with Nick Kay maintined the pressure with an impressive performance off the bench, recording 15 points and seven rebounds on 6-of-7 from the field.
“I thought our bigs tonight – running the line, getting some cheap baskets, keeping the ball alive, tip outs to threes – were really big for us,” head coach Brian Goorjian said post-game.
3. Where the game was won
Some key stats….
Australia shot 21-of-39 (54 percent) from 2-point range, 11-of-31 (35 percent) from the 3-point line and 11-of-14 (79 percent) at the free throw line.
Italy shot 25-of41 (61 percent) from 2-point range, 8-of-25 (32 percent) from the 3-point line and 9-of-10 (90 percent) at the free throw line.
Australia dominated on the glass outrebounding Italy 44-31, especially on the offensive end, 16-6, which led a 17-5 advantage in second-chance points.
The Aussies went deep into the rotation and outscored Italy 41-22 in bench points
4. Thybulle’s defence shines again
Following his impressive showing against Nigeria, Matisse Thybulle was at it again on the defensive end against Italy, blowing up pick-and-rolls, playing the passing lanes and contesting every shot that came in his direction.
He picked up two quick fouls and had to sit early in the game, but his ability to force turnovers and create transition opportunities was crucuial tonight as the Aussies struggled at times to generate offence in the half-court.
5. What’s next?
Group B continues on Saturday when Nigeria faces Italy and Germany faces Australia.
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The Victorian government is heavily invested in the provision of new schools for its expanding metropolitan and regional population. The VSBA (Victorian Schools Building Authority) oversees and manages all school construction and renovation as well as the Victorian government PPP program which was established to build the new primary and secondary schools (PPP stands for Public Private Partnerships).
Nellakir have now provided installation services to many of these new schools. The latest were nominated to Nellakir this week by the VSBA – the new Pakenham Primary School and Cranbourne Primary School. Nellakir will now be installing a multi-purpose gymnasium floor utilising Sprung Timber Sports Flooring as well as Gathering and Drama Floors, again, Sprung Timber Flooring at both of these locations.
The Nellakir team have recently completed new Sports Flooring at the Altona Sports Stadium and are nearing completion of installation of Sports Flooring at the Heathmont Secondary School in outer Eastern Melbourne.
Currently under construction Nellakir is installing multi-purpose Sprung Timber Flooring at the Fishermens Bend Secondary School as well as a new gymnasium multi-purpose Sports Floor at the Brandon Park Primary School this time in Blackbutt Australian Native Timber. The team is scheduled to commence works on the Grasslands Primary School gymnasium and multi-purpose Sports Flooring. Grasslands (Deanside) is located on the Mornington Peninsula close to Rosebud.
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Australian basketball has come a long way in the last 25 years. With superior facilities, an effective national competition and a constant stream of young players making it to both the NBA and the WNBA our chances at this year’s Tokyo Olympics are considered the best yet to achieve a coveted medal and a place on the podium.
Read about it below as reported on ESPN by Olgun Ulic 3 July, 2021:
Veterans, newcomers, but a lack of depth: looking at the Boomers’ squad for Tokyo
Brian Goorjian’s 12-man group for the Tokyo Olympics is a mixture of the Boomers’ established faces, combined with a flurry of new blood, all with that one, long-held goal: to win a medal.
It’s not all perfect, though. There are areas where Australia has been strengthened, but others that appear diminished. There’s also, as is always the case, the controversial selection or two.Changes can technically still be made to this team up until the Boomers’ first Olympic game against Nigeria on July 25, and upcoming exhibition games in Las Vegas — against Argentina, the Nigerians, and twice against the USA — may give Goorjian and his coaching staff things to think about.
That apparent flexibility notwithstanding, the Boomers have their 12 as they enter official pre-Olympic camp in Vegas, and the stakes have never been higher.
Australian Boomers’ Olympic team: Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes, Matisse Thybulle, Danté Exum, Josh Green, Nick Kay, Jock Landale, Chris Goulding, Duop Reath, Nathan Sobey.
This isn’t a secret. Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes know this is their final Olympics as the core of the Australian Boomers. All are in their 30s — Andrew Bogut’s retirement was the clearest and most visceral example of Father Time winning — and there’s a clear changing of the guard that’s happening in front of our very eyes.
Their road has been famous, but always incomplete. They’ve publicly chased a gold medal and even beat Team USA in a warmup game in the process, but actually walking away with silverware at a major international tournament has always evaded them. Whether it’s Spain being “kissed on the d—,” as former assistant Luc Longley said in China, or the infamous blocking call on Mills in Rio, the Boomers have remained medal-less.
It’s why there’s a clear sense of urgency when it comes to this tournament. They’ve chased a medal for so long, and this is more-than-likely their last chance to win one.
If the core, spiritually led by Mills, can win that coveted medal, all while passing the torch to the next generation of the program’s leaders, then this Olympic campaign would be considered a resounding success. And, for that group, the proverbial monkey will finally jump off their back.
The three wings
A lot of eyes have been on Matisse Thybulle’s late arrival at camp because he’s coming off another outstanding defensive season and, of course, he’s Simmons’ teammate. There’s that ironic wonderment regarding his presence at camp while Simmons does his own thing this off-season.
But, it’s not just Thybulle. There’s also Danté Exum and Josh Green, both of whom are also young, long, athletic wings who’ll give these Boomers a look they haven’t had before. It’s a debut Olympics for all three and, while they excel in different areas offensively, they provide a multi-positional and switchable look for Goorjian on the defensive end.
Exum is unique because he can legitimately play and guard one-through-three, and his shooting has improved throughout his time in the NBA. Health is the only thing that’s held him back so, now as an unrestricted free agent, he’ll have the opportunity to show he can stay on the floor and make an impact at a high level.
Thybulle and Green are a pair of elite defenders who should absolutely thrive playing under Goorjian. Both are long, athletic, and have terrific defensive instincts; all traits Goorjian loves. Think of how Justin Simon was placed within the Illawarra Hawks’ defensive schemes, usually guarding the ball-carrier and acting as the ultimate disrupter. Thybulle and Green, and even Exum in stretches, can play that role to perfection. Then, there were the times the Philadelphia 76ers went into their matchup zone down the stretch, with Thybulle at the top being long and active; Goorjian went to that with the Hawks, at times, so don’t be surprised if we see glimpses of it at the Olympics.Green is the potential X-factor here. This doesn’t seem like the token, end-of-the-bench pick for the 20-year-old to get him some experience. Goorjian went into this camp looking for a defensive dog; someone who would pick up full court and be a nuisance on that end of the floor. Green has the potential to be that guy, but with the overall talent package to make an impact on the offensive end, too.
Let’s talk about the big depth
As in, let’s talk about the lack of it .Baynes will be the first to admit that his season with the Raptors was wildly underwhelming, so the hope is that he hasn’t carried that form over to the Olympics, because the margin for error in the Boomers’ frontcourt is slim. The 2019 FIBA World Cup version of Baynes is what this team will need to go deep into the Olympics.
With Bogut retiring, and no Isaac Humphries (injury) or Thon Maker (withdrew from camp) to consider, Duop Reath almost became a necessity. He’s 6’11 and probably doesn’t have the frame to compete consistently with some of the elite international centres Australia will come up against, but word is he had an impressive final day of the LA ‘drop-in’ camp, so there’s hope he can hold down the fort when Baynes rests.
Jock Landale will be looked at to provide big minutes at one of the frontcourt spots, and he’s probably much more of a four-man at this level. He’s coming off an NBL Grand Final MVP performance and showed that his ability to stretch the floor is extremely real, so he’ll absolutely need to carry that over to Tokyo.
The final frontcourt spot likely came down to Nick Kay and Brock Motum, and the same result from the 2019 World Cup campaign came to fruition. Kay is exclusively a four-man but is a very solid role player; reliable defensively and has a good nose for the ball. He’s slightly undersized and isn’t the same shooter Motum is, but he had impressive moments during the World Cup so the hope for Goorjian is that he can do the same here.
We may see Ingles or even Thybulle play stretches at the four, and Landale will likely need to guard five-men at times. Baynes staying out of foul trouble will need to be a focus, too. We’ll see if the lack of depth catches up to them.
The elephant in the room
For the entire lead-up to this moment, there was a conversation around the idea of what to do with the final few spots on the roster. They’re the spots that rarely actually play, especially when do-or-die games come around.For the 2016 Olympics and 2019 World Cup, Andrej Lemanis opted to fill those spots with veterans. That act was largely seen as a reward; there were players who had been committed to the program, so they were given the opportunity to be part of the final.
This campaign partly has a theme of redemption for the main Boomers core, but also one of transition, as we look to the future of the program. It’s why many believed Josh Giddey, 18 years old and a projected lottery pick, would be added into the team to absorb invaluable experience, and thus preparing him for future Olympics. Goorjian, instead, opted to select Nathan Sobey.
Sobey is coming off an NBL season where he was an MVP finalist, and the word out of camp was he carried that form over to this past week in Los Angeles, so the merit was there, and Goorjian’s philosophy when it comes to the final spot on the roster benefited him.
The argument, however, that the 12th spot on the team would be better served grooming a teenager who may end up as the leader of the program, is a strong one. That spot wouldn’t play over Mills, or Delly, or Exum or Thybulle, or Chris Goulding or Ingles. You get the picture. The question then becomes: what value can you squeeze out of a place on a team that would have an infinitesimal impact on the court? The answer for some, including multiple former Olympic Boomers who spoke with ESPN: the opportunity to have one of the future core members of the program learn its famous culture from its current leaders.
We saw something similar happen in 2015, when Lemanis chose not to select an 18-year-old Ben Simmons. That left the eventual No. 1 overall pick disillusioned and uninspired by the program, and we haven’t seen him wear the green and gold since. To be clear, there are no indications that this non-selection would sour Giddey’s feelings toward the Boomers program; still, the risk is evident, and it’s clearly one Goorjian was willing to take.
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