NBA – Simmons suffer ‘mystery injury’

With the summer holidays in full swing and local competition, the NBL scheduled to kick off on Friday January 15th, lets take a quick look at what’s happening Stateside with Melbourne’s most famous Basketball player, NBA star Ben Simmons.

The NBA Season is again roaring along with some very exciting stuff, not the least of which was Lebron’s impossible corner 3 pointer.

But what’s happening with Ben Simmons? Read all about it here…

‘Connect the dots’: 76ers in hot water after Simmons skips town, develops mystery injury

Ben Simmons has caused the Sixers a bit of a headache

The Philadelphia 76ers have been fined $25,000 ($A32,000) after Ben Simmons reportedly skipped town without the team’s knowledge.
Simmons was a late withdrawal from Sunday’s (AEDT) game against the Denver Nuggets with a knee injury, but the NBA was not informed of the development in requisite time.

The Sixers barely had enough players to field a team even before Simmons’ withdrawal after Seth Curry returned a positive COVID-19 diagnosis during the game against the Brooklyn Nets.

According to Yahoo Sports, while the rest of the team returned to their hotel in New York following the Nets game and Curry’s positive test, Simmons left the New York area and got a driver to take him back to Philadelphia.

This was done without the team’s knowledge and he was made to return to New York when his absence was discovered.

Yahoo’s NBA writer Vincent Goodwill told the Posted Up podcast: “What I have gathered was that Ben Simmons left New York that evening. He left New York and went back to Philadelphia, you know, apparently probably hired a driver from a service. I don’t think Ben Simmons was out here in a regular old, you know, Hyundai Sonata or nothing like that, you know what I’m saying? On the car service, I believe it was probably something reputable.

“The team clearly found out. Here’s the one thing that we do know. Because of the restaurant protocols and everything else, there’s certain restaurants and places that you can’t go to. There are no restaurants in New York City that are approved. So if a team is staying in New York City, they have to stay there. Apparently, Ben Simmons said, nah, I’m out. I’m headed out. Got a driver, went back to Philly.

“I believe the team found out, and I believe team security, as you know, you know, team security knows these things. They’re like the CIA. Ben Simmons has to come back. And magically, or however you want to say it, he winds up on the injury report the next day, you know, not playing. Now who knows how you want to connect the dots.”

Coach Doc Rivers said it was not a deliberate ploy from Simmons and a mistake that he quickly corrected.

“Obviously, that night we were all in disarray, a bunch of guys were ordering cars, because we all did think we could go back home,” he said, per the Philly Inquirer.

“Ben was on his way, I called him and told him he couldn’t because of league protocols, and he just turned around and came back. I don’t read, so I heard, but the way it sounded was like it was some kind of bad thing and it wasn’t, it was just the way it was.”

“We didn’t know anything. At the time, even I was ordering a car. We didn’t know what we could do the next day, we thought we could leave and get tested at home. Then we were told we could not do that. So, after that game it was, it was a lot of different moving parts going on at the same time.”

Rivers revealed Simmons had knee stiffness in the Brooklyn game amid concerns surrounding the fact he was not included on the injury report leading up to the game.

“Ben in the Brooklyn game had some knee stiffness, and so we almost probably knew after the game that he wouldn’t play tonight,” Rivers said. “And then Joel started complaining about his back over the last, he started yesterday. And we didn’t know if he was playing or not. But honestly, with the minutes we would have to ask, it would be insane to play him.”

Source: foxsports.com.au

Here in Victoria local competition is gradually returning to a semblance of normality but as yet there has not been a full return. There are still limits regarding spectators, venue limits and face masks.

Now is the right time to arrange an inspection of your Stadium’s Sports Flooring and retractable seating. Nellakir are Victoria’s leading experts in the installation, maintenance and professional cleaning of all Timber Sports Flooring.

Call now on 03 9467 6126 and book an obligation free inspection of your facility by one of our expert technicians. Or leave your details here for a prompt response.

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A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Nellakir

Victoria was gifted an early Christmas present on Sunday the 20th of December when the Southside Flyers won the WNBL Grand Final in Townsville at the Townsville Stadium. Formerly known as the Dandenong Rangers, the team re a genuine Melbourne icon and it’s pleasing to see them carry off the major Trophy. You can read about it here…

Southside Flyers Are Your WNBL20 Champions!

Your Southside Flyers are the 2020 Chemist Warehouse WNBL Champions!

After a tense first three quarters our Southsiders overwhelmed the hometown Townsville Fire in the fourth, running out 99-82 victors in a superb team performance. Leilani Mitchell took home the Grand Final MVP and Rachel Sporn Medal for the Flyers after a brilliant individual game including 31 points, 5 assists and 5 3PM!

All in all, the perfect result after an incredible season #FlyersFamily. Thank you to all of our corporate partners, members, staff and fans for your incredible support during a crazy WNBL season in Queensland, it was anything but a normal campagin but we all pulled together to help our Southsiders over the line and we’re now all CHAMPIONS!

They were on a redemption mission this entire 2020 Chemist Warehouse WNBL season but they had the pressure of expectations too and the Jayco Southside Flyers have realised their potential with a 99-82 Grand Final victory over the JCU Townsville Fire on Sunday.

As the old Dandenong Rangers, the club won championships in 2004, 2005 and 2012 but it has been a long wait since with a name change to the Southside Flyers along the way.

Since that last title, there was Grand Final losses in 2017 and earlier in 2020, preliminary final defeats in 2013 and 2014, and semi-final exits in 2015 and 2016.

But that was all put behind them as they claimed the championship with the 17-point win in front of a full house at Townsville Stadium.

The Flyers now win the championship on the back of a nine-game winning streak and they did have to overcome an early deficit against the young and excited Fire team playing in front of their home fans.

Southside also only had Liz Cambage for three minutes in the first half as she picked up two early fouls. But it was Leilani Mitchell who put the Flyers on top with 21 points and five three-pointers in the first half alone.

Cambage then came on to deliver 12 points in the third quarter and among plenty more big shots, Bec Cole produced some dagger threes in the fourth quarter to help the Flyers end up triumphant for the WNBL season spent in Far North Queensland.

Mitchell was named Grand Final MVP as she became a WNBL champion for the third time. She finished the afternoon with 31 points, five assists and four rebounds including going 5/7 from beyond the arc.

Bec Cole won her first WNBL championship and was instrumental in the result with 22 points, five steals and three assists while Cambage still put up 14 points and five rebounds in only 15 minutes to win her first title since 2011 with the Melbourne Boomers.

Cole couldn’t hide what the result meant to everyone involved straight afterwards.

“It feels like I’ve been waiting 20 years to do this and I’m just so proud to do it with these girls, representing Southside Flyers and have our family and sponsors here. I’m pretty speechless,” Cole said.

“It means the world. It means that in 2020 with all the blood, sweat and tears that we went through down in Victoria was worth it all. We are so emotional, and it just shows this creates friendships and memories to last a lifetime.”

Inspirational captain Jenna O’Hea overcame a knee injury to lead the Flyers to the title and had five points and five rebounds to celebrate her third WNBL title.

“It’s a little bit indescribable right now, it’s been a long time between drinks to win a championship and we got so close last season,” O’Hea said.

“Until today 2020 has been a roller coaster for everyone so to finish this way with this group of girls, there’s no better feeling.”

Steph Blicavs also won her third championship and had eight points while Sara Blicavs earned her second ring with seven points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Rachel Jarry is now a two-time WNBL champion and had six points and three rebounds with Aimie Clydesdale also winning for a second time with four points, three boards and three assists.

Rebecca Pizzey scored two points and won a championship for the first time as did Monique Conti, Taylah Giliam and Saraid Taylor.

Townsville started the Grand Final strongly to lead 8-2 but Southside responded with the next eight points as the first half became one of runs for both sides.

Mitchell, though, was the difference and went on to hit five three-pointers for the first half which helped the Flyers to the 48-46 advantage at the main break.

Cambage then came out possessed in the third quarter with eight quick points and 12 for the term as the Flyers’ lead grew to 10. Cole kept the advantage in double figures to start the fourth and by the time she nailed another with 2:50 to go, the lead was 19, and still 17 by the buzzer.

Chris Pike is a freelance contributor to WNBL.basketball

BOX SCORE

Jayco Southside Flyers – 99 (Mitchell 31, Cole 22, Cambage 14)
JCU Townsville Fire – 82 (Nicholson 20, Payne 14, Murray 11, Heal 11)
Rachel Sporn Medallist (Grand Final MVP) – Leilani Mitchell (Southside Flyers)

Source: https://wnbl.basketball/southside/news/southside-flyers-are-your-wnbl20-champions/

Nellakir wish all our followers, customers and suppliers a very happy Holiday season. Looking forward to seeing you all next year.

The Nellakir Team.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from NELLAKIR!

Nellakir would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients, contractors, suppliers and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. At last things are returning to, well, a new kind of normal, and now indoor competition sport is back!

For Indoor Sports such as Basketball and Netball there are some very specific requirements. The peak bodies in both sports have provided guidelines for participants to assist in ensuring a smooth return for all who enjoy competing indoors on a premium sports floor.

Here are the links from both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria to assist you…

GUIDELINES FOR ASSOCIATIONS AND CLUBS – INDOOR VENUES

GROUP LIMITS – ALL AGES

Indoor contact and non-contact sport permitted for all agesPlay with the number of people required, plus coaches, umpires and essential support personnel.For training, maximum of 50 people in each space, plus a coach and essential support personnel.A netball court is considered a space/zone.Where the venue has multiple courts, more than one group can be accommodated. Groups of no more than 50 people should gather in any space, and subject to the one person per four square metre rule. No cap on the number of people permitted in the venue, however this is subject to the one person per four square metre rule.

ACTIVITY

Collect and maintain a record of attendance for all participants, essential support personnel and spectators, including first name, phone number and date and time of each session. Click here to download QR Codes resourceAllow 10-minutes between each session to limit groups crossing over or mingling. Everyone should carry a face mask. Click here to download face mask resourceAll non-participants, including coaches and scorers, should wear a face mask where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Click here to download face mask resourceEnsure all participants are registered Netball Victoria members.Participation is optional and at the individual’s discretion.EQUIPMENT Minimise the use of shared equipment.Equipment should be cleaned and sanitised between each session.Each group should provide their own set of bibs.Each group should provide their own first aid kit with sufficient supply of gloves and sanitiser.

Source: vic.netball.com.au

Return to Sport Updates for Participants

Return to Sport Update – 7 December

Basketball Victoria is pleased to announce further easing of restrictions regarding indoor basketball for participants and spectators across Victoria following the Premier’s announcement on Sunday 6 December.

Announced as part of the Victorian Government’s move to “CovidSafe Summer”, further information on how this affects sport and leisure is also available via the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

Basketball Victoria has made the following updates in line with our Return to Sport Guidelines based on DHHS Restricted Activity Directions, effective as of Sunday 6 December at 11.59pm.

Basketball associations and clubs can operate under the COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) category of Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines, subject to the following:

Activities permitted at this level must follow a 1 person per 4 square metre density quotient, social distancing rules apply.

  • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside
  • Wipes, sanitiser / disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons
  • Attendance record keeping is required (QR codes are highly encouraged)
  • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVID-Safe Plan online.
  • Face masks are not required for players, referees and coaches during games.
  • Masks are recommended for all others in attendance.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

Sunday 6 December at 11:59pm

VICTORIA WIDE 

ALL AGES:  

COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) – Indoor/Outdoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training.

For an explanation on what COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) means in practice, click here for our updated Return to Sport Guidelines.

QR Code Reporting

Basketball Victoria recommends the use of QR codes for all patrons to ensure sufficient attendance records are maintained over the coming months as we return to sport.

The Victorian Government has launched a new and free QR Code Service which will help venues and businesses to keep records of visitors. To use the service, you only need to register the venue or business, download and print a poster containing a Victorian Government QR Code, and display it prominently.

In addition, a PlayHQ COVID report is available for players, coaches and team managers who participate on a given day/night and are tagged into electronic scoring if a case arises. If required, please lodge a support ticket via https://support.playhq.com/
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).

Source: basketballvictoria.com.au

For Clubs, Associations and Venues, Basketball Victoria also offers a separate link here for such bodies.

Return to Sport Updates for Associations and Clubs

Return to Sport Update – 7 December

Basketball Victoria is pleased to announce further easing of restrictions regarding indoor basketball for participants and spectators across Victoria following the Premier’s announcement on Sunday 6 December.

Announced as part of the Victorian Government’s move to “CovidSafe Summer”, further information on how this affects sport and leisure is also available via the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

Basketball Victoria has made the following updates in line with our Return to Sport Guidelines based on DHHS Restricted Activity Directions, effective as of Sunday 6 December at 11.59pm.

Basketball associations and clubs can operate under the COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) category of Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines, subject to the following:

Activities permitted at this level must follow a 1 person per 4 square metre density quotient, social distancing rules apply.

  • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside
  • Wipes, sanitiser / disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons
  • Attendance record keeping is required (QR codes are highly encouraged)
  • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVID-Safe Plan online.
  • Face masks are not required for players, referees and coaches during games.
  • Masks are recommended for all others in attendance.

Source: basketballvictoria.com.au

For Nellakir this is a busy period of the year with many facilities taking advantage of the Holiday break to undertake Annual Cyclical Maintenance on their valuable Sports Floors. Timber Sports Flooring does require regular attention and tasks such as re-surfacing, Linemarking, repairs and refitting must be attended to at least once a year. This applies to multipurpose timber flooring in Schools, Sports Stadiums and Community Leisure Centres.

A competitive functioning playing surface in the basis for all indoor sports. premium Sprung Timber Sports Flooring systems are not unlike musical instruments, they require proper maintenance and care – and regular ‘tuning’ – by expert and experienced technicians.

Whether it’s portable Stadium Seating or programmed and scheduled cleaning it’s the smart thing to do in calling in the experts. Nellakir, Victoria and Tasmania’s leading experts in Timber Sports Flooring and ancillary equipment.

Nellakir are the exclusive agents for ASF/Horner and can provide a range of options for new Timber Sports Flooring installations from ASF/Horner. You can view them here. The Nellakir team can advise you on which application is most suitable for your requirements.

All ASF/Horner flooring options are available in Australian Hardwood that is AFS certified and FIBA approved.

Don’t delay, call now for a free no-obligation quotation from Nellakir on Installation, Replacement, Maintenance and Cleaning of all Indoor Sports Flooring.

Call 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here for a prompt reply and a scheduled appointment at your convenience.

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Nellakir – the Sports Flooring for Champions.

Nellakir – 100% Australian Certified Timber

Now more than ever it’s critically important to support Australian Industry and utilise certified Australian products. Rather than remitting monies offshore to support foreign suppliers, Nellakir utilise Australian Timber exclusively in all of its installations wherever possible.

Nellakir are the exclusive agent for ASF/Horner Sports Flooring Systems. ASF/Horner have supplied premium Timber Sports Flooring in Australia and globally now for over a century. Worldwide, Horner Flooring is the oldest name in Hardwood Flooring. In Australia the ASF/Horner Sprung Timber Sports Flooring is almost totally and predominantly selected Australian Hardwoods.

All timbers selected carry Australian Forestry Standard certification for Forest Management providing a Chain of Custody that ensures the standard is maintained in over 10.2 million hectares of Australian Forest. Australian timber means Australian jobs and employment right through the supply chain.

Most Government projects in Victoria and Tasmania specify the use of Australian Hardwoods and require permission to substitute exceptions. Nellakir maintain the use of Australian Hardwoods on all Sports Flooring installed by Nellakir. Australian Hardwood Sports Flooring is readily available so there is little or no reason to substitute foreign timbers on any project. Timber is harvested from sustainable plantations. Forestry Certification in Australia is administered through the Federal Government’s Department of Agriculture.

When next you bounce a ball on the Timber Sports Flooring at your local Sports Stadium, make sure it’s actually Australian Timber. If it’s built by Nellakir and installed, maintained and cleaned to a professional schedule it will certainly be an ASF/Horner selected premium Australian Hardwood floor. Buy Australian – It’s the right thing to do.

For a free no-obligation quotation on all Sports Flooring requirements – annual maintenance, expert repairs and of course complete replacements and installations, call Nellakir now on 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here for a prompt reply.

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The Sports Flooring for Champions.

Annual Maintenance on Timber Sports Flooring is critical. Make sure your facility is ready for the resumption of Competition.

Most Sports Flooring normally experiences constant usage. It’s designed and built to do so. Specialist timber flooring is set up to allow for competitive action and foot traffic on a daily basis. What has been unusual this year is that many stadiums and their competition courts whether for Basketball, Netball and gymnastics have stood idle. It is a sensible strategy to engage an expert for an inspection prior to resuming full usage.

Nellakir are Victoria and Tasmania’s leading experts in the Installation, Maintenance and scheduled professional cleaning of all Timber Sports Flooring. The Nellakir team also fit, repair and maintain retractable stadium seating. With such a long period of non-use on many facilities, an inspection will pin-point potential problems to be rectified prior to full resumption of competition.

Nellakir use and recommend ASF/Horner Timber Sports Flooring Systems, Australia’s leading suppliers of Timber Sports Flooring. ASF/Horner Sports Flooring is FIBA approved and used widely for stadiums presenting major competitions such as the NBL and the Super Netball Series.

Whilst we prepare for 2020/21 resumptions of both premium and local competitions, the LA Lakers have locked down Basketball’s No.1 – Lebron James, on a deal for the next 3 years reportedly worth $168.8 million (Aust). Read about it here…

What LeBron’s monster $115m deal means for the Lakers, and the wild NBA theory it triggered

Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal worth $85 million ($A115m) that will keep the superstar at the franchise until the end of the 2023 season.

James is expected to make $39.2 million ($A53.0m) in 2020-21, $41.2 million ($A55.7m) in 2021-22 and $44.5 million ($A60.1m) in 2022-23.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the news on Thursday morning [AEDT].

His new contract runs through until the end of 2023, when his son Bronny graduates from high school and could enter the NBA Draft if the league and NBPA alter the high school-to-pro rule.

The latest development means Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti could try use all the draft picks he has worked to get together over the years to lure LeBron and Bronny in 2023.

Regardless, the timing of it will mean James can sort both his future and that of his son at the same time, giving him plenty of power to secure the best deal.

His own farewell tour could end with LeBron and Bronny becoming the first father-son duo to play at the same time.

The general consensus is that James’ contract extension will be shortly followed by that of Anthony Davis, who is expected to recommit to the Lakers.

Davis could sign a 2+1 deal which would make sure his contract lined up with that of James and keeps them in the frame for the title through to 2023.

It would also allow him to opt out after 10 seasons in the NBA to get the full 35 per cent max.

Davis became an unrestricted free agent when he opted out of the final year of his contract but was always expected to re-sign with the Lakers, the only uncertainty surrounded the exact details of what his contract would look like.

Source: foxsports.com.au

Ensure the perfect court surface for all your Sports Flooring. Call Nellakir on 03 9467 6126 and arrange a no-obligation inspection at a time convenient to your schedule. Or simply leave your details here for a prompt reply.

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The Women’s National Basketball League Powers On.

In Season 2020 of the Chemist Warehouse WNBL, the games are being played in a North Queensland Hub. Eight teams from all over Australia are currently competing for the national Championship.

Teams include:

  • Townsville Fire
  • University of Canberra Capitals
  • Melbourne Booomers
  • Adelaide Lightning
  • Sydney Uni Flames
  • Bendigo Spirit
  • Perth Lynx
  • Southside Flyers

It’s a huge change for both players, coaches, team support staff and supporters. But for most it’s proving to be a very positive experience. Here is an article from the WNBL website…

Life in the Hub with Jade Melbourne

During the 2020 Chemist Warehouse WNBL season, avid followers of the league’s digital and social media channels will get to enjoy insights and interviews with leading women’s basketball reporter and broadcaster, Megan Hustwaite.

With thanks to the league’s naming-rights partner, Chemist Warehouse, Megan is based in the North Queensland hub and is bringing fans along for the journey with a series of feature interviews.

In Part 3 of “Life in the Hub”, Megan catches up with University of Canberra Capitals rising star Jade Melbourne.

Jade Melbourne is having the time of her life The UC Capitals teen sensation is six games into her Chemist Warehouse WNBL career, has earned a spot in the starting line up and even top scored for her side against perennial finalist Deakin Melbourne Boomers in Mackay last week.

The 18-year old guard from regional Victoria, with the wide grin, cheeky giggle and perfect country manners, has just completed her year 12 exams and is loving every minute in the Far North Queensland WNBL hub.

“I’m absolutely loving it. I’m super fortunate to be in such a good team, staying in a pretty cool hotel and I’m just loving playing basketball to be honest,’’ she said.

“It’s unbelievable.”

Just like Melbourne’s lightning quick rise to prominence.

A phone call from Caps coach Paul Goriss and an invite to Canberra pre-season training quickly lead to a contract and packing for six weeks away in the hub.

Weeks later, Melbourne earned a spot in the starting five for the season-opener against Adelaide Lightning.

“I was in the starting group at training and started in a practice game against Sydney. Goz (coach Paul Goriss) called me into his room and told me he was going to start me against Adelaide and I was like ‘oh!’.

“It was crazy and a cool feeling. To hear that I’d be starting in my first WNBL game I was nervous, excited all in one. I’m just loving it.”

In just her fourth game, Melbourne scored a game-high 20 points in Round 2 as the Caps disposed of the Melbourne Boomers.

She already averages 10.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists and has scored in double figures four times including 14 points against the Villawood Properties Bendigo Spirit and Jayco Southside Flyers plus 12 on the JCU Townsville Fire.

“It was pretty cool (top scoring in her fourth game). I’m just super fortunate I play in such a great team,’’ Melbourne added.

“In our team, there’s so many players who can light it up on any night and I was just able to find some gaps in that game. Everyone has confidence in me which has given me confidence as well. I’m trying to make the most of those opportunities.”

Melbourne is enjoying life in the hub, the Caps are currently in Cairns after launching their campaign in Mackay. She says its like tournament play, similar to competing in last year’s Under-18 Australian Junior National championships for victorious Victoria.

“I’m learning new things every day,’’ she said.

“Everyone is willing to help and share their knowledge. They (Caps) have won two championships in a row, so I’m making the most of every training, every video session, playing every second or third day, staying in hotels with the girls, I’m just soaking it all up.”

Goriss first saw Melbourne last year training at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence at the AIS in Canberra.

“Being in Canberra I get to see those (CoE) girls, pop in and have a look. Jade’s improved greatly in the past 12 months,’’ he said.

“I was taken back by how much she’s improved physically, her game, skill wise and when the opportunity came up for us to have a development spot I worked with (CoE coach and Caps assistant coach) Kristen Veal, Basketball Australia and the CoE to see if we could get her on a contract before she goes to college and what that would look like around finishing year 12.”

Goriss has coached some of Australia’s best young male and female talent throughout his career and believes Melbourne’s potential is limitless.

“Jade’s an exciting player, I think she’s a future Opal. She has the skill level, the game, toughness – she’s just fearless. She has all the attributes of being an international player.”

Melbourne aspired to play in the WNBL and now wants a championship. Her goals are as big and exciting as her future.

“Ever since primary school I’ve wanted to play in the WNBA and play at an Olympics for the Opals. I’m working hard every day to try and achieve those goals and hopefully one day I can make it happen,’’ she said.

Following the season in North Queensland, and hopefully championship success, Melbourne will return to Traralgon in Victorian for Christmas and a long-awaited reunion with parents Brett and Sharon, and her two younger sisters.

“I’ll get to see the family for the first time in May, it will be good to see everyone and have some downtime.”

‘Life In the Hub’ by Megan Hustwaite thanks to WNBL naming-rights partner, Chemist Warehouse

Source: wnbl.basketball

Current Results

There are 4 more games scheduled for the 26th of November. Details can be found at https://wnbl.basketball

In Victoria, the premiere teams play and practice on Sports Flooring supplied and maintained by Nellakir Pty Ltd, the leading experts in Sports Flooring and Sprung Timber Sports Flooring.

Stadiums completed by Nellakir include the State Basketball Centre, Wantirna, Bendigo Stadium, Eagle Stadium, Casey Stadium and many more.

For premium service and thorough annual maintenance and scheduled professional court cleaning, call Nellakir now on 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here for a prompt reply. Schedule a free no-obligation inspection by our trained technicians and ensure an absolutely premium playing surface for all levels of competition as restrictions are eased and competition resumes.

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The Very Best with Nellakir Premium Sports Floors.

It’s the off season for the NBA and the NBL, the Super Netball is in recess and local competition is just re-commencing, so we thought it a good opportunity to share some all-time action. this week we feature “The Top Ten NBA Dunks of All Time”. Sit back, relax and be amazed!

Of course, real on-court action is entirely dependent on the provision of a premium playing surface. From the humble beginnings in fruit packing sheds and church halls, to the blacktop courts of New York City and Philadelphia, the real preferred playing surface has always been timber – Sprung Timber Sports Flooring.

Timber Sports Flooring provides give and bounce in a way that asphalt and concrete simply can’t – which is why all premier league games worldwide are now played on FIBA approved Timber Sports Flooring.

In Victoria, the State Government has funded multipurpose timber sports flooring in all new schools, both primary and secondary. As well many older schools have also been provided with such multipurpose facilities.

In addition, both Federal and State Governments have funded Community and Regional Indoor Sports Stadiums with FIBA approved Sports Flooring, enabling high level competitions.

Essentially this means that community participation in sports like Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and Gymnastics has increased exponentially over the last 20 years, with participation in both Basketball and Netball representing the fastest growing sports in Australia.

Nellakir are the leading Professional Experts in all forms of Timber Sports Flooring here in Victoria and also Tasmania. For Construction, Installation and annual maintenance, full restorations, repairs and refurbishment of all Sprung Timber Sports Flooring look no further, it’s the right time to call Nellakir for a free no-obligation consultation and inspection of your facility. Timber Flooring must be maintained and repaired correctly. It behaves not unlike a tuned musical instrument. Constant usage is what it has been built for. Timber is a ‘living’ material. After 8 months of inactivity your Sprung Timber Flooring should be inspected and quite possibly undergo further maintenance.

Call now on 03 9467 6126, or leave your details here to arrange a consultation with one of our fully trained Technicians.

Don’t delay – Nellakir can also assist with your retractable Stadium Seating and its maintenance.

You can depend on and trust Nellakir. With over a quarter of a century experience, they’re the right team to assist you with your Timber Sports Flooring. Call now. (That number again? 03 94676126)

Nellakir – champion flooring for Present and Future champions. They’re simply the best.

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The Indoor Sports Court’s re-opening date gets ever closer. Be sure, be ready with Nellakir, the Sports Flooring Experts.

With further relaxations on competitive sports activities announced on Nov 8th, it’s time to get ready for a summer of Sport. Indoor facilities such as Basketball and Netball stadiums will soon re-open for competition – with some limitations. Schedule a consultation now with Nellakir to ensure your Timber Sports Flooring is in premium shape for re-opening. Call 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here [https://www.nellakir.com.au/contact.html] to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.

For your interest, here are the latest Press Releases for participants from both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria…

Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Update
Monday 9 November

Basketball Victoria welcomes yesterday’s announcement from the Victorian Government in regard to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions with the current (as of November 9) ‘Third Step’ aligning Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne, plus the roadmap to the ‘last step’ (as of November 23).

However, we are still awaiting clarification regarding the number of people allowed per venue or facility or per space from DHHS and Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) for both the ‘Third Step’ and ‘Last Step’.

Please note: The current DHHS guidelines stipulate that a ‘facility’ is capped at 20 people only, regardless of the number of courts or separated areas within the venue.

We remain hopeful this refined definition of a “facility” by DHHS can be resolved in the coming days, as we have advocated via SRV and VicSport again this morning along with a number of other indoor sports and facility operators.

From November 23 (the Last Step), there is positive news that both adult and junior participants can return indoors in a ‘contact’ or ‘non-contact’ scenario for either training or competition.

However, a venue limit of 100 ‘patrons’ has been set for indoor community sport and a group limit of 20. This is in addition to large sporting venues being able to open with a 25 per-cent venue patron cap, with each space subject to the density quotient. We have asked for clarity on the definition of ‘patron’ as well as further detail on venue definitions and approved capacities.

We appreciate our community’s patience and support throughout these difficult times as we aim to plan to reactivate the sport in its entirety alongside our associations and clubs in upcoming weeks. We will continue to discuss the issues and advocate for basketball with the Victorian Government on a daily basis. Basketball Victoria and your associations will make further updates as soon as they’re available.

RESTRICTIONS:

From 11:59pm on Sunday 8 November

Please refer to Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines for further detail

VICTORIA WIDE

FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER:

Outdoor (contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-20 
Indoor (non-contact) training only – ORANGE-20

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:

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

From 11:59pm on Sunday 22 November

VICTORIA WIDE

ALL AGES:

Outdoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-50

Indoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-20* 

NB: Further clarity to come*

Patron cap of up to 100 people*. 
Group size up to 20 people*. 
Density quotient of 1 per 4m ²* 
Large sporting venues will be able to open with a 25 per–cent venue patron cap, with each space subject to the density quotient*. 

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

Netball Victoria Latest Update
8 NOVEMBER

We have been overjoyed watching the steady return of community netball across Victoria and we look forward to seeing more associations and leagues commence in the coming weeks.

Effective 11:59pm Sunday 08 November, the 25km travel limit will no longer be in place and the boundary between Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria will come down. There will be some changes to indoor community sport venues across metro Melbourne, unfortunately this does not include netball competitions and programs. Non-contact training may occur at indoor venues with a maximum of 20 people, but only if participants can maintain 1.5 metre physical distancing.

There are no changes to community netball in regional Victoria. There is no change to community sport for adults across Victoria.

Netball Victoria’s Return to Community Netball guidelines have been updated, you can find the latest resources here.

We look forward to the further easing of restrictions on 23 November and will provide further detail once it is available.

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

Meanwhile the NBA Draft period jockeying for position is in full swing, and unsurprisingly another young Aussie is front stage with strong interest.

Aussie gun Josh Green set for huge NBA Draft day. One team is his ‘perfect fit’

Australian Josh Green is widely tipped to be drafted in the first round of the upcoming NBA Draft

He comes from The Land Down Under but has made his mark in the Valley of the Sun.

With all the media focus on the Knicks’ lottery pick at No. 8 in the Nov. 18 NBA draft, the front office has worked just as diligently on their second first-round pick at No. 27 and their second-round pick at No. 38.

“They are trying to find the diamond in the rough,’’ one NBA source said.

One player of particular interest is Arizona freshman Josh Green, a shooting guard who moved from Sydney, Australia, to Phoenix when he was 13.

Green is listed at 6-foot-5 but has a 6-10 wingspan. Scouts have classified him as the prototypical 3-and-D.

“He’s an NBA athlete,’’ one NBA scout said of Green. “He excels in transition and has potential as a defender with good awareness. He probably still needs to improve his outside shooting.’’

In his one-and-done, COVID-19-shortened college season, Green averaged 12 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 30 games. He shot a decent 36.1 per cent from 3, but there’s been criticism of his shooting mechanics.

“He’d be the perfect fit for the Knicks,’’ another talent evaluator said.

Some NBA officials believe the Knicks may have to trade up a few slots to snare Green because he may not last until No. 27.

Green, who turns 20 next week, is represented by the preferred Creative Artists Agency, which Knicks president Leon Rose ran until March when owner James Dolan chose him to lead the franchise.

“He can shoot and defend, but he could still be a project,’’ ESPN’s draft guru Fran Fraschilla said. Green is the only Australian predicted to be selected in the first round.

He can shoot and defend

The Knicks obtained the 27th pick from the Clippers at the February trade deadline in exchange for Marcus Morris, now a free agent who could still re-sign with the Knicks if they want to pursue him.

Because of the parity in this year’s draft that extends all the way to the middle of the lottery, the Knicks have no idea who might be there at No 27.

In a perfect world, the Knicks prefer to select a scoring point guard with their lottery pick and a deft outside-shooting swingman with their second first-rounder.

Besides Green, other players who fit that shooting-guard description are Duke swingman Cassius Stanley, 6-7 Robert Woodward II of Mississippi State and Texas Christian’s Desmond Bane.

At 27, the Knicks could be staring at two other Duke players besides Stanley — point guard Tre Jones, RJ Barrett’s former teammate, and freshman centre Vernon Carey Jr.

Indications are the intriguing Carey is higher on their list. Knicks GM Scott Perry viewed Carey, son of former Dolphins offensive lineman Vernon Carey, as a sure-fire first-round pick last season.

Carey is hurt by the perception that he’s a low-post, old-school centre akin to Duke draft-bust Jahlil Okafor. Carey has lost 30 pounds since the Duke season ended in March, and he’s shown an ability to hit from the outside in recent workouts.

In fact, there’s talk he will go higher than 27 because of his weight loss and dispelling the myth he’s only a back-to-the-basket big. That was essentially the role in which Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski employed him.

“I like Carey, and I think people undervalue him,’’ the NBA scout said.

If the Knicks don’t take a point guard at No. 8, San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn and France’s Theo Maledon could be point possibilities at 27.

Some of these names might still be around in the early second round at No. 38.

Adding three rookies to the roster will have its disadvantages this season, with no summer league and almost no time to get acclimated before a potential Dec. 1 training camp.

To boot, there may not be a traditional G-League season to develop rookies.

“In this draft, there’s no difference between 20 and 40,’’ Fraschilla said. “A good player will be there at 27 and 38.”

Source: https://www.foxsports.com.au

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