NBA Playoffs – Phoenix Suns Destroy Denver Nuggets

Nellakir are Victoria’s leading professionals in the installation and maintenance of premium Sports Flooring. Specialising in the provision of FIBA approved Timber Sports Flooring, Nellakir watched this year’s NBA playoffs with increased interest. The team to watch this year looks like being the Phoenix Suns who have just won their playoff series against the Denver Nuggets.

Watch the highlights of the final playoff game in this video:

Read about the most recent win below, written by Benyan Kidane of Sporting News:

NBA Playoffs 2021: Chris Paul dominates Game 4 as Phoenix Suns complete sweep against Denver Nuggets

The Phoenix Suns advance to their first Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2010 after completing the sweep against the Denver Nuggets. 

The Suns backcourt delivered the knockout blow in the road with Chris Paul scoring a season-high 37 points, while Devin Booker added 34 points, 11 rebounds and four assists as they held off the nuggets’ late rally to win 125-118. 

Let’s jump into the key takeaways at the buzzer. 

Who said the mid-range was dead?

As we’ve seen throughout this playoff run, Chris Paul’s mid-range game is automatic. 

At one point in the third quarter, he torched the Nuggets on four straight possessions, getting to his favourite spot on the right elbow and rising up for what is effectively a layup for the 36-year-old. 

He scored 12 points in the quarter on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting, all coming from mid-range, which is tied for the most by any player in a playoff quarter over the past 20 seasons.

Paul scored 25 of his 37 in the second half, adding seven assists, three rebounds and two steals, passing Isiah Thomas to move to 13th in all-time playoff assists.

As for being the King of the mid-range? Paul’s 37 came on a scorching 14-of-19 from the field, without a single 3-point attempt.

Tempers flared with 3:52 remaining in the third quarter as Nikola Jokic was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul — his first in the past three seasons.

Jokic swiped at Cameron Payne, catching him across the face as he attempted to steal the ball, with the MVP and Devin Booker exchanging words as the pair had to be separated by teammates. 

With the officials deeming it ‘unnecessary and excessive contact’, Jokic was ejected from the game., while Booker was assessed a technical for his actions after the foul. 

The Nuggets made a spirited run in the fourth quarter, but without the big man on the floor, their offensive options were limited. 

He exited the game finishing with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.

Jae Crowder put forth a hard-nosed 3&D performance, recording nine points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, playing high-level defence all night.

All four of his blocks came in the first half, tying a Suns franchise record for most blocks in a playoff half, per ESPN Stats & Info.

In a closeout game on the road, Crowder’s veteran experience helped set the tone for the young Suns alongside Paul. 

After dropping 47 points in the Suns’ closeout game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, Devin Booker was filling it up again in Game 4. 

Winning their second-straight closeout game on the road, Booker has now scored 81 combined points, finishing with 34 points tonight. 

Booker has established himself as a star, but after going 121-280 in his first five NBA seasons, the 24-year-old is now heading to the Conference Finals in his first trip to the post-season. 

“He’s not afraid of the moment, that’s the deal,” Suns head coach Monty Williams said post-game.

“I’ve watched him for two years work his tail off so he can be ready for this moment and this stage, he’s fearless… his fearlessness helps us on the big stage and it has throughout these playoffs.”

While Paul has been on the playoff stage many times before, you can hardly tell this is Booker’s first post-season. The star backcourt dictated the game from start to finish, becoming the first Suns teammates to each score 30+ in a playoff game since Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire in 2005. 

The Suns will get to put their feet up with a week off as they await their Western Conference Finals opponent in the winner of the Clippers vs. Jazz series. 

Devin Booker of The Suns shows his form in a recent outing up against the Utah Jazz

Australia continues to be a fruitful nursery for young NBA stars and it’s no accident. Over the last few decades both the facilities here in Australia and the quality of the local competition. the NBL, have improved dramatically as has the interest in the sport here at all levels.

Victorian State Basketball Centre, Knox.

Nellakir are proud to be involved and continue to ensure premium playing surfaces are provided and available for both junior competitions and the elite competitions here in Australia.

Call now on 03 9467 6126 to schedule a free no-obligation consultation on your stadium, school or community facility and its Sprung Timber Sports Flooring. Our qualified Technician will advise on an appropriate maintenance program for your Sports Flooring and portable seating, as is appropriate. Alternatively, leave your details here for a prompt reply and scheduled consultation.

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Victorian Schools Building Authority Receives Budget Boost. Nellakir School Installations Provide Premium Timber Sports Flooring.

For a number of years (since 2017) when the Schools Project commenced Nellakir have installed multi-purpose Sprung Timber Flooring in new schools, both primary and secondary, providing excellent space for both competitive basketball, netball, gymnastics, volleyball and other indoor games and exercises. As well these areas provide safe, weatherproof areas for assembly in both winter and summer.

Here is an extract from the Victorian Schools website on its continued school funding:

In its latest budget, the Victorian Government is investing $1.6 billion for building and improving schools.

This will fund the next phase of the historic building boom that is rapidly expanding and modernising Victoria’s school system – meeting the needs of our growing population and 21st century education.

The latest investment will give students across Victoria better classrooms, libraries, specialist learning spaces and new opportunities by:

  • funding the build of 13 new schools,  
  • purchasing land for another 14 new schools
  • constructing additional stages of 3 new schools,
  • upgrading 35 metropolitan and 17 regional schools,
  • expanding capacity at 6 schools in rapid-growth areas to meet enrolment demands for the 2024 school year, and
  • planning for a future upgrade of Verney Road School in Shepparton and broader specialist provision across the Shepparton region.

The Victorian Government has now invested more than $10.9 billion to build new schools and deliver more than 1,700 school upgrades − supporting around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries.

The Budget also includes:

  • $188 million for essential maintenance to ensure our schools are modern and properly maintained.
  • $20 million to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools through the Minor Capital Works Fund.
  • $15 million for the Accessible Buildings Program and an additional $10 million for the Inclusive Schools Fund to help make our kids more accessible and inclusive for young people with a disability and additional needs.

MY SCHOOL HAS RECEIVED FUNDING. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

The Minister for Education has sent a letter to each school receiving funding, outlining what the funding amount includes, details of any training required and key contacts.

What is being built at my school?

Further details about specific projects will be available on this website in the coming week.

Some schools will have received funding to begin planning and designing an upgrade project, others will be funded to begin or complete construction.

We tailor every building project to the needs of the school and school community. This starts with your school creating a five-year asset management plan to guide maintenance and upgrade works.

The foundation of the plan is your school’s ‘educational vision’, looking at the curriculum areas that they want to develop or enhance over the next five years. Schools create this in consultation with staff and students, and we provide training to help them through the process.

WHAT ABOUT NEW SCHOOLS?

Building a new school is a bit different, because there is no existing school staff or community to develop an asset management plan.

The Victorian Government has committed to opening 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026.​ 

Where will these schools be, and when will they open?

2024

Truganina North Secondary School (interim name)

As new schools are announced, they’ll be added to this list.

2023

Camms Road Primary School (interim name)

Hayes Hill Primary School (interim name)

Holyoake Parade Primary School (interim name)

Lollypop Creek Primary School (interim name)

Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name)

Mount Ridley Special School (interim name)

North Melbourne Primary School (new campus)

Officer Rix Road Primary School (interim name)

Riverdale East Primary School (interim name)

Rockbank Murray Road Primary School (interim name)

Tarneit Missen House Primary School (interim name)
Wollert East Secondary School (interim name)

Wollert West Primary School (interim name)

2022

Bass Coast College – San Remo Campus

Bridge Road (Melton) Primary School (interim name)

Clyde North Station Primary School (interim name)

Clyde North Station Secondary College (interim name)

Endeavour Hills Specialist School (interim name)

Fishermans Bend Secondary School (interim name)

Fitzroy Gasworks (Senior Campus) (interim name)

Greater Shepparton Secondary College

Grasslands (Deanside) Primary School (interim name)

Greenvale Secondary School (interim name)

Kalkallo Common Primary School (interim name)

McKinnon Secondary College – East Campus

Willowbank Primary School

Wollert East Primary School (interim name)

2021

Aintree Primary School

Cranbourne West Secondary College

Docklands Primary School

Edenbrook Secondary College

Edgars Creek Primary School

Eynesbury Primary School

Footscray High School Pilgrim Campus

Gaayip-Yagila Primary School

Garrang Wilam Primary School

Keelonith Primary School

Oberon High School

Orchard Park Primary School

Ramlegh Park Primary School

Riverbend Primary School

2020

Beveridge Primary School (new campus)

Botanic Ridge Primary School

Casey Fields Primary School

Davis Creek Primary School

Elevation Secondary College

Grayling Primary School

Homestead Senior Secondary College

Keysborough Gardens Primary School

Lucas Primary School

Mirripoa Primary School

Riverwalk Primary School

2019

Aitken Hill Primary School

Ashley Park Primary School

Burnside Primary School

Dohertys Creek P-9 College

Pakenham Primary School

Prahran High School

Preston High School

Saltwater P-9 College

South Melbourne Park Primary School

From Victoria’s first vertical primary school in South Melbourne (pictured above) to primary schools in Rockbank, Derrimut and on the other side of Melbourne in Clyde North Nellakir have installed Premium Australian Hardwood Timber Sports Flooring at many of the new schools being costructed under the VSBA programs. 

For expert installation from Victoria’s leading experts in both the installation and maintenance of Timber Sports Flooring call Nellakir now on 03 9467 6126 for a free no-obligation consultation and quote from one of our experienced Flooring Technicians. Alternatively leave your details here for a prompt reply. 

Premium Sports Flooring and Sprung Timber Flooring requires annual cyclical maintenance (re-coating, resurfacing and, where required, re-sanding, repairs and line marking) . Provide a premium playing surface ensuring a safe environment for all competitors and participants. 

Nellakir – The Sports Flooring For Champions 





The Cream Rises to the Top in the NBA Play-offs. Ben Simmons Stars.

Each year Australian produced stars continue to dominate in the world’s premier basketball competition – the NBA. Once again, it’s Ben Simmons leading the way. The former Rookie of the Year simply smashed it against the Washington Wizards. The Philadelphia 76’s now have a commanding 3-0 lead in its series against the Wizards. Read about it here:

Ben Simmons’ savage taunt burns NBA All-Star rival

By Jacob Polychronis

May 30, 2021   12:41pm

Aussie Ben Simmons appears to be in a feisty mood after a prickly hand signal towards an All-Star rival during a monster Playoffs win.

NBA: Ben Simmons finished a productive Game 3 with 14 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and a win against the Washington Wizards.

Philadelphia has taken a 3-0 lead in its series against the Washington Wizards after a big 132-103 win on the road on Sunday (AEST). 

Ben Simmons made 14 points, nine assists and five rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, while Joel Embiid was dominant with 36 points — a career-high for the centre in the Playoffs.

Simmons was for the second game in a row putting up easy buckets in the paint, as emphasised by a moment in the second quarter when he isolated 191cm Russell Westbrook.

The Australian, who stands at 211cm, pump-faked and comfortably finished over the point guard before stooping towards the ground to complete the “too small” gesture.

Simmons was dominant in the first half — as he was in Game Two when he had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists by half time.

Nonetheless, he still came under the microscope as his woes at the free throw line deepened.

Having gone 0-6 from the charity strike in Game One, Simmons missed three more on Sunday, taking his series free throw record to 0-9.

He didn’t take a free throw in Game Two.

Simmons, however, had no issues driving to the bucket on Sunday, and coach Doc Rivers said his assertive approach was a big reason for the Sixers’ dominance.

“I thought (Simmons being aggressive) was key. … He was full steam every time,” Rivers said.

Elsewhere, Bradley Beale and Westbrook combined for 53 points for the Wizards, who must win four-straight matches to keep their season alive.

Philadelphia can wrap up the series in Game Four on Tuesday (9am AEST).

Nellakir have been instrumental over a long period in the improvement of court facilities for junior and senior competitions within Australia. Having constructed and maintained many of Victoria’s premier Timber Sports Flooring venues, the simple fact is that Nellakir have been, and remain, the leading professionals in sports flooring and maintenance in Victoria and Tasmania. Call now on 03 9467 6126 and schedule an obligation free consultation and appraisal on the maintenance of your valuable sports flooring. Or, if you prefer, leave your details here for a prompt reply.

Nellakir – the Sports Flooring for Champions  

Sports Flooring in Australia – Premium Sprung Timber – The Evolution From Outdoor Hard Courts to Sprung Timber Sports Floors in Indoor Stadiums.

Thirty years ago when children played Netball or started playing Basketball, it was often on a fairly rough uneven asphalt court – outdoors, open to the elements with parents and siblings standing around the outside of the courts. At Ferntree Gully for example over 30,000 children a week attend the multi-courts on weekends. The progression to indoor premium Timber Sports Stadiums has seen the introduction of elite sports flooring right across all levels of competition for those playing Basketball and Netball.

For the sportswomen and men at the top of their fields in both disciplines, it has always been Sprung Timber Flooring at the highest levels of competition. And then lots of kids who started following Basketball in the US through the NBA coveted those polished maple boards. The game was faster with less risk of injury and players could really exercise their skills on the timber floored courts. Here in Victoria the flooring is often Australian hardwood with FIBA approval. 

About 20 years ago, things began to change radically here in Australia. Concrete courts were being rapidly replaced in major stadiums with Sprung Timber Courts. ASF/Horner and Nellakir were at the forefront of those changes.

When the new State Netball and Hockey Centre was constructed in Royal Park for Netball Victoria in time for the Commonwealth Games of 2006, the stadium and its courts were completed in 2001, having been installed by Nellakir. Recently Nellakir have installed a further six courts with premium timber sports flooring.

Timber Sports Floors and the evolution of indoor sports has now seen the growth of both Basketball and Netball exponentially here in Australia. All major cities and regional centres now boast world class FIBA approved Stadiums with premium sports flooring – timber sports flooring. 

But today it goes way beyond just the upper levels of competition. It starts in primary Schools with multi-purpose timber floored courts included in nearly all new school buildings here in Victoria. The courts are used for Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, Gymnastics and other activities. As well, they double as indoor assembly areas.

Construction is supervised by the Victorian Schools Building Authority which has a dedicated target of building and constructing over 100 new schools from 2019 until 2022. Many of these schools fall within the PPP program run by the Victorian State Government – the Public Private Partnership program with major corporate organisations such as Spotless Services providing ongoing Asset management and other required services.In the past few years Nellakir has completed many such projects. Three such new schools were:

Truganina South East Primary School – (between Derrimut and Laverton)
Rockbank North Primary School – (between Melton and Caroline Springs)
Thoroughbred Primary School – (in Clyde North)

Nellakir has also completed works at the following locations:

Heathmont College – (East of Ringwood)
Rosebud Aquatic Centre – (Mornington Peninsula)
Altona Sports Stadium – (a major metropolitan sports centre)

So from an early age school children get to play and compete on a professional timber sports floor. It’s no wonder that Australia now has had over 9 players on the current NBA roster and that Netball has now been accepted as an Olympic sport and will soon offer a medal competition. Australia is one of the prime movers in both fostering Netball at a grass roots level and internationally.

Nellakir are and have been the leading experts in the installation, maintenance and cleaning of all Timber Sports Flooring. Nellakir are the agents for systems in both Victoria and Tasmania.

 Annual Maintenance of Sports Flooring is especially important. Recoating with approved surface preparations, re-lining and repairs on general wear and tear mean your sports flooring will last longer and provide a continued premium playing surface for all users and competitors.

Equally important is the need to provide competent professional cleaning services for your valuable Timber Sports Flooring. Engaging cleaners with no understanding of the flooring and its sophistication is simply a recipe for disaster and added expense when annual maintenance is required. Severe neglect can require a complete re-sanding, re-surfacing and re-lining.

Don’t take risks. Call Nellakir now on 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here to schedule an obligation free consultation with one of our Flooring Technicians.

Champion Sports Flooring for Present and Future Champions.





Professional Scheduled Competition Court Cleaning with Nellakir

Annual maintenance on all premium timber sports flooring is a mandatory requirement. Recoating, re-lining and, in time, complete re-sanding, maintain your sports flooring at its highest competition rating. To ensure minimal damage and costly repairs insist on professional programmed court cleaning process with Nellakir. 

Genuine Sprung Timber Sports Flooring is like a fine instrument. It must be cared for properly, cleaned professionally to a prescribed program – with the right equipment.

Nellakir are recognised as the leading experts in the construction and maintenance of Timber Sports Flooring. Now the Nellakir team are adding another very important service for Sports Stadium and Sports Facility Managers. Nellakir now provide a completely professional Cleaning Service for all Sprung Timber Sports Flooring surfaces.

This is especially important in preparation for major events at your sports facilities and equally after the events have occurred. Expert cleaning – with the right equipment – reduces slippery floors, protects floor coatings, which reduces wear, and tear and ultimately provides both a superior playing surface and a court suitable for a minimum annual maintenance schedule.

(Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

When you consider it, Nellakir construct many of the better known stadium and school sports flooring, they also provide an efficient and effective annual maintenance program – re-coating, re-lining and on cyclical requirement re-sanding and re-surfacing. Why not trust your valuable court’s cleaning regime to the experts in Timber Sports Flooring. Complete the circuit and call Nellakir for:

  • General Floor Cleaning
  • Event Floor Cleaning (pre + post)
  • Pre-maintenance Floor Cleaning

Call the experts, be confident your sports facility’s timber flooring competition courts are cleaned and maintained at the highest level, ensuring always the provision of a premium playing surface. Whether it’s the Harlem Globetrotters, the Boomers or your local Netball juniors, be confident you are providing the very best in Timber Sports Flooring for your patrons.

Call now on 03 9467 6126 or 0417 384 100 to discuss your needs, maintenance and cleaning requirements. Arrange a free on-site consultation to discuss scheduling and pricing. Or, if you prefer leave your details here.

Always choose Nellakir with Leading Edge Technology.

The Sports Flooring of Champions.




NBA Talent Scouts Target Josh Giddey of the Adelaide 36’s

With the quality of local competition here in Australia it’s now commonplace for NBA talent scouts to target the very best of Australia’s new crop of young basketballers. In this case it is Josh Giddey of the Adelaide 36’s gaining the attention of the Toronto Raptors.

It’s no accident that more and more talented young players are being mentored and signed up to play NBA, the world’s premier basketball competition. With superb facilities, coaching and training as well as a sparkling local NBL competition it’s a productive nursery for North American NBA teams. 

Nellakir are the leading professionals in the supply, installation and maintenance of sports flooring for premium competition here in Australia. Sprung Timber Sports Floors utilising Australian hard woods, FIBA approved, provide the right surface for young champions to hone their skills on.

Read about Josh Giddey and his progress here in an article by Jason Theban from News.com.au: 

Giddey puts on a show against Kings as NBA scouts look on

Josh Giddey helped the Adelaide 36ers to an overtime win against the Sydney Kings as scouts from the NBA’s Toronto Raptors looked on.

Josh Giddey knew the eyes of NBA talent scouts were firmly fixed on him when he took the court against the Sydney Kings and the unflappable 36ers’ star blitzed the high-pressure job interview with his third triple-double of the season.

The 18-year-old became the youngest Australian to record a triple-double in NBL history last month, just days before he nominated for this year’s NBA draft where he is projected as a first-round pick.

Scouts from the Toronto Raptors made the long trip, enduring a two-week quarantine, to get a look at Giddey in person and he didn’t disappoint with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in Sunday’s stunning 97-88 overtime win that keeps his team in the finals hunt.

“I knew they were here, but it didn’t really impact the way I played or what I was trying to do out there,” Giddey said of the scouts’ presence in the stands at Qudos Bank Arena.

“The stats are cool but for me it’s about wins.

“We’ve strung three in a row together, so we want to keep that rolling and make a finals push.

“Stats for me don’t matter.

“I’m playing with confidence. Coach gives me a lot of confidence in myself. My guys believe in me … my teammates make me look good.”

Giddey’s father Warwick played over 400 games for the Melbourne Tigers. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

Giddey’s push up NBA draft talent boards has proved an intriguing sideshow to Adelaide’s late charge at a finals berth.

But rather than attempt to downplay Giddey’s path to the NBA as they fight for a top-four finish, coach Conner Henry and his team have embraced it.

“It’s a lot of fun for all of us to be a part of,” Henry said.

“He’s playing at a really high level, his confidence is right there. The only time I try to wind him back is when he turns the ball over. He realises at times he has to make better decisions but I have to also let him be him.

“He’s doing great.

“He’s playing at a high level, he’s got incredible vision, he’s really working hard and his shot has really improved.”

Sports Flooring comes in different formats. At Nellakir we specialise in Timber Sports Flooring, the preferred selection for all major basketball and netball competitions both here and abroad. Not only is it traditional as the preferred surface for major basketball, netball, gymnastics, squash, badminton and volleyball sporting competitions, the Nellakir Timber Sports Flooring uses local Australian hard woods and is the only local Timber Sports Flooring that does so that is also FIBA approved.

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For a full maintenance plan or simply a condition assessment on your Timber Sports Flooring Call Nellakir Now on 03 9467 6126 and arrange a free, no obligation consultation with one of our qualified Sports Flooring Technicians. Alternatively, leave your details here for a prompt reply. For a premium surface every game played trust Nellakir – annual resurfacing, relining, repairs and maintenance as well as programmed court cleaning.

Nellakir – The Sports Flooring For Champions. 

The Philadelphia 76’s Likely To Make the NBA Playoffs

The key to success is to develop the right strategy and implement it. With the Philadelphia 76’s the key to advancing in this year’s NBA playoffs rests with Ben Simmons and his ability to score more. 

At Nellakir we understand strategy. The perfect game is played on an absolutely premium surface. Nellakir are the leading professionals in the installation and maintenance of high quality, premium sports flooring – sprung timber flooring, FIBA approved, maintained to the highest standard.

Ky Carlin of USA Today Sports offers some insight into how he believes Ben Simmons can improve his offence game and ultimately his scoring. You can read the full article here.

Doc Rivers talks Ben Simmons’ offense, likes him as roller with Sixers

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Ky Carlin

May 6, 2021 7:30 am 

The Philadelphia 76ers are getting set to enter the playoffs on May 22. They have six games left in the regular season, and they still have some kinks to work out. One is getting Ben Simmons to find his role within the offense in terms of scoring.

Everybody knows Simmons is able to step up and provide playmaking to get his shooters involved. But, at some point in the playoffs, he will have to score more in order to become a threat.

In order to unlock his scoring, coach Doc Rivers has him becoming a roller in the pick-and-roll. This is something former coach Brett Brown did in the past and Rivers is bringing it back.

On Monday against the Chicago Bulls, Simmons was the roll man with Danny Green handling the ball. Green was able to set him up nicely at the basket. In the future, it will not be just Green either. It could be Seth Curry and Tobias Harris handling the ball with Simmons.

“I just like anybody with Ben as a roller,” Rivers explained. “It doesn’t matter. Tonight (Monday), it just turned out in our movement that it happened to be Danny in that corner. That could have been Seth or Tobias. Teams go under, they’re so off of Ben, and so that guy comes off, Ben screen with a shot, that always brings up Ben’s guy, and Ben slips behind. We don’t mind where it’s at. We do like it a lot though.”

Rivers expanded on that role Wednesday before the win over the Houston Rockets.

“If you don’t play it right, either the guy coming off is going to score with the threat like Seth Curry or Tobias Harris and you need to show and that’s Ben rolling,” he explained. “It’s definitely sustainable half-court or full, it doesn’t really matter. It’s just our spacing and our movement.”

Philadelphia has so many weapons on offense with Joel Embiid, Harris, Curry and Green. Rivers is still working on finding his way with Simmons. He is such a controversial player because he has the ability to score over 20 points, but he does not the majority of the time.

However, he still has a high impact on the game due to his aforementioned playmaking. It’s now about finding his role in the half-court offense to help him score.

“When we’re locked together connected offensively, a lot of the stuff we run works, and when we’re not, it doesn’t so I would say that’s more important,” Rivers added. “With Ben, we have found many ways to use him. We just gotta continue to grow that. I’m still learning him myself.”

On Wednesday against Houston, Simmons scored 10 points in the opening quarter. He aggressively attacked the basket, and he knocked down a fadeaway jumper. However, Rivers is not concerned with his jump shot.

“I don’t care, he works on everything,” he finished. “He really does. We’re working on right- and left-hand hooks, fadeaways, but I just want him to keep playing. I’m not worried about his shot selection right now. For the most part, he takes pretty good ones.”

The Sixers have six games left before the postseason, and they still have to work Simmons into the offense.

Timber sports flooring of the highest order is the basis for high calibre competition and equally just as much for local competitions, Junior and Senior, throughout Victoria.

In the NBA currently there are a number of Australians establishing themselves at the highest level of competition. Names like LaMelo Ball (Charlotte Hornet), R.J. Hampton (Orlando Magic), Torrey Craig (Phoenix Suns), Jae’Sean Tate (Houston Rockets),

Didi Louzada (New Orleans Pelicans), James Ennis 111 (Orlando Magic), Justinian Jessup (Golden State Warriors) – all NBA rookies, all former NBL (Aust) players.

With superb Australian facilities – courts, competition and junior development programs, the number of players making it to the NBA will continue to grow. 

Nellakir construct and install timber sports flooring in primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, recreational centres and sports stadiums across Victoria and Tasmania. 

Call now on 03 9467 6126 and book an obligation free consultation with one of our Nellakir sports flooring technicians to develop a solid annual maintenance program for your valuable sports flooring. Or leave your details here for a prompt reply.

Nellakir – for Expert Construction and Programmed Maintenance of all Timber Sports Flooring. 

The Sports Flooring for Champions. 

Netball – Moving On Up!

The Suncorp Super Netball Season kicks off on May 1st at the John Cain Arena, Melbourne Park. It’s the Melbourne Vixens versus the Westcoast Fever – a grand final 2020 replay – this time in front of the fans.

Netball is by far the most popular women’s sport in Australia and continues to expand and grow exponentially.  This year this is evidenced by the live broadcast provided by 9, Telstra and the Netball Live Ap. From the Suncorp Super Netball website here is a summary of what we can expect in the first week of competition and a link to the full fixture for the year. 

2021 Season Fixture: Full 2021 fixture realeased 

12 MAR 2021 

The 2021 Suncorp Super Netball fixture has been released, revealing that the Grand Final rematch between the Melbourne Vixens and West Coast Fever will open the season on May 1. 

The Melbourne Vixens will host a 2020 Grand Final re-match against the West Coast Fever in front of fans at John Cain Arena to kick-off the 2021 Suncorp Super Netball season.

The release of the full 2021 Suncorp Super Netball fixture this morning has unveiled that the first match of the season will be played on Saturday 1 May at 3pm AEST with the action set to continue at the same venue that evening with the Collingwood Magpies taking on the Sunshine Coast Lightning at 7pm AEST.

See the full fixture here.

Round 1 will then move north on Sunday 2 May where the Queensland Firebirds will host the NSW Swifts at Nissan Arena at 1pm AEST, and then across to Adelaide where the Thunderbirds will welcome GIANTS Netball to Netball SA Arena at 3pm AEST.

The 2021 fixture sees all teams hosting seven home games throughout the season with fans able to attend all matches*, returning the competition to normality following the condensed hub format the 2020 season was played in.

Netball Australia Chief Commercial Officer and EGM of Events, Dave Lee is pleased to release the full 17-week fixture today.

“The Suncorp Super Netball league is delighted to be welcoming fans back to matches across the country in 2021 for a full home and away season,” he said.

“The world’s premier netball league will be making a return to states that didn’t get to watch a match live in 2020 and we know the athletes are incredibly excited to have the cheer of a home crowd behind them. There is just so much to look forward to this season with team rivalries greater than ever before.

“With the uncertainty in today’s world, we have worked closely with clubs, broadcasters and venues to put strong contingencies in place for this entire fixture, ensuring we’re best placed to keep the 2021 season going if various borders close throughout the year.”

In other fixture highlights, the Finals Series will be played over three weeks culminating with the Grand Final on Sunday 29 August, the new home of netball in Sydney – Ken Rosewall Arena –– will be unveiled in Round 2, night matches will be played across the season and Collingwood will play at the Silverdome in Launceston.

Round 8 will be played over two weekends to allow each team to have a bye within the season and themed rounds for the 2021 season, such as Indigenous Round, will be announced as the season approaches.

Mim Haysom, Suncorp Executive General Manager Brand & Marketing said, “Suncorp is delighted to continue our support of Suncorp Super Netball and together with netball fans nationally, eagerly anticipate a season of exciting match-ups and hopefully plenty of opportunity for fans to get close to the live action in venues.

“Suncorp is proud to be committed to supporting women’s sport, and every level of netball, from our juniors in Suncorp NetSetGO programs all the way to the aspirational role models and high performing athletes we see on the court in Suncorp Super Netball.”

Teams are currently in full pre-season training with many practice matches happening between Suncorp Super Netball clubs around the country. See club websites for details.
The 2021 Suncorp Super Netball season will be broadcast live on Nine, Telstra TV and the Netball Live Ap. 

In Victoria the State Government has embarked upon a solid investment in both netball and hockey facilities statewide. The jewel in the crown is the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Royal Park where Nellakir has been engaged in the construction and installation of new premium courts for netball. This is part of an overall strategy to focus on women in sport by the State Government. 

From the Development Victoria website here is an appraisal of the State Netball and Hockey Centre re-development and its focus on women. 

Focus on women in the State Netball and Hockey Centre Redevelopment

The Victorian Government’s $64 million investment into the State Netball and Hockey Centre Redevelopment in Parkville is pumping up women’s and girls’ leadership and participation in sport.

Being delivered by Development Victoria, the redevelopment will provide six new indoor netball courts, an indoor hockey facility and upgrades to amenities and operational infrastructure. It is set to be completed in late 2021.

From grass roots to elite level

The upgrade will cement the Parkville venue as the home for netball and hockey in Victoria.

The State Netball and Hockey Centre  will cater for international elite athletes and competition, as well as being a hub for athlete development, major sport programs, sector education programs, and sports administration – providing encouragement and opportunity for the thousands of girls and women using the venue every week.

Making Parkville more about women

In the past, sporting facilities have been designed primarily to meet the needs of male participants. With women representing 80 per cent of the 500,000 visitors a year at Parkville it was important to challenge the typical approach. 

Applying the Victorian Government’s Female Friendly Sport Infrastructure Guidelines the project has designed a more female-friendly and accessible stadium, to encourage women and girls to participate in and to keep playing sport over the course of their lives.

The redevelopment is delivering high-quality sporting facilities that offer thoughtful useability and safety features that will appeal to women as well as the community at large

Universal change facilities and inviting community spaces

The change facilities have been designed to cater to the needs of all users. They’re interchangeable which means that when there are more female users in the venue, change facilities can be converted from male to female, or vice versa.


 The interior of the State Netball and Hockey Centre has a vibrant and welcoming aesthetic, with large assembly areas and wide corridors to make moving around the venue easier. All the amenities are designed to meet the principles of Universal Design, to be as accessible as possible. 

The venue is designed to be able to offer allied health services and childcare. Unisex baby change amenities have been included at the centre.

Prioritisation of safety (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design – CEPTED) 

Much consideration was put into ensuring that women and girls could access the venue safely and securely. The lighting design ensures the internal and external areas, and access to the venue from public transport and the car parks, are well lit, with no blind spots. 

Women in Construction

The project also has a commitment to encourage women to find their pathway in the construction industry, and report on   the contributions of women on the job. Up to January 2021, women had worked 34,500 hours on the project, accounting for nearly 18 per cent of the total hours worked. Find out more about the project’s Women in Construction program.

The record investment in women’s sport, as well as a focus on careers for women in the construction industry, will ensure the Victorian Government continues to level the playing field, encourage girls and women to take part, and give our elite netball and hockey stars the very best facilities in the world.

From our project partners

Hockey Victoria is excited to be part of the redevelopment of the State Netball and Hockey Centre. The new female-friendly facility will ensure our participants feel safe and welcome. They will be greeted with huge images of inspirational women on the walls, wide open, well- lit spaces, clean bathrooms with plenty of toilets for women, better eating facilities and more secure access to and from the venue. We are looking forward to facilitating more opportunities for women and girls to participate in hockey activities both on and off the field when the facility becomes fully operational in July. 
Suzanne Henderson, General Manager – Game Development from Hockey


Netball Victoria is proud to be involved in the redevelopment of the State Netball and Hockey Centre which has and will continue to provide opportunities for girls and women to develop as leaders and be involved in the sport.  As the State Home of Netball, the centre will underpin Victorian netball’s successful pathways across playing, coaching and officiating while also being home to Netball Victoria’s head office. The centre is a great recognition of the value the sport has in the community, and we cannot wait to have the centre fully operational later this year.  
Rosie King, CEO Netball Victoria


As an organisation that values the impact women offer through their participation in sport and in the workforce, my colleagues and I are honoured to be a part of the redevelopment. Now more than ever there are great opportunities for women to participate in sport and have valued careers in elite sport, sport administration and leadership. We are excited to play a strong part in the journey ahead for female access and employment in sports venues and high-performance facilities.  The investment towards the venue has allowed us to challenge the way sport venues are designed to be enjoyed and accessible to all our visitors. We look forward to our venue becoming the home for women in sport into the future. 
Tess Craigie, Venue Manager Melbourne Sports Centres Parkville

Nellakir are Victoria’s leading professionals in the expert installation and maintenance of premium timber sports flooring. Sprung timber sports flooring requires annual maintenance and benefits greatly from professional programmed cleaning. Line marking, re-coating, resurfacing, re-sanding, removal, re-fitting and repairs on existing floors are all part of ongoing maintenance requirements.

Ensure a premium playing surface for all levels of competition on your valuable timber sports flooring. Call Nellakir now on 03 9467 6126 to arrange an obligation free consultation with one of their expert flooring technicians or leave your details here to contact Nellakir for a prompt reply.

Nellakir – Sports Flooring for Present and Future Champions.

The Competition Heats Up! Lakers Hold Out The Jazz

LeBron James

Nellakir has a keen interest in all premium competition basketball and netball, both here in Australia and internationally. Right now the NBA competition is heading towards the playoffs and, with the big names missing from the Utah Jazz, it was no surprise to see the LA Lakers prevail prevail-without LeBron James who has been out of their line-up for the last 15 games. You can read about the game here::

Banged-up Lakers hold on late to escape with win over depleted Jazz

The Jazz made things interesting at the end, but the Lakers were able to survive and grab a much-needed win.

By Harrison Faigen@hmfaigen Updated Apr 17, 2021, 4:29pm PDT

Considering that the Utah Jazz were missing their three best players and a fourth key member of their rotation on Saturday, maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that the Lakers were able to beat them in the first matchup of a two-game stretch for both teams in Los Angeles. But all the Lakers can do is take care of business against the opponents in front of them, and in that very basic sense, they delivered in a 127-115 victory over the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference without their own two best players.

The Jazz certainly made things interesting, however, going on a 15-4 run to start the fourth quarter and holding the Lakers scoreless for nearly seven straight minutes in the frame to take their first lead of the second half. But Dennis Schröder, playing through an infected foot that’s left him a game-time decision for the last two games, came through when the Lakers needed him to, hitting three indescribably huge buckets down the stretch while dueling with Jordan Clarkson to send this one to overtime. 

Schröder again led the way in OT, getting into the lane to set up shooters and dunks from Andre Drummond. He’s not a perfect player, but the Lakers are really, really lucky to have him during this stretch with so many key players missing or hampered by injuries. He finished the game with 25 points, 8 assists and just 2 turnovers to go with 2 blocks and 1 steal, and the Lakers desperately needed every drop of production he could give them to avoid what would have been a really disappointing loss.

Drummond also deserves some credit for this victory. He was played off the floor as the Jazz went small during their fourth-quarter barrage, but he was genuinely helpful for the first three quarters as the Lakers built their lead, and came up with a few key rebounds and buckets in extra time when he got back in. He ended the afternoon with 27 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in a mostly dominant performance. His 3 assists also undersell how critical his passing out of the post has been when he plays for the Lakers. Drummond sets up those sequences when the ball pings around the perimeter for open triples, and he’s a huge asset for them right now.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was additionally on fire for most of the game. He clanked a few threes in the fourth, but hit two driving layups in overtime (including one And-1) and finished with 25 points and five triples while moving up the team’s all-time leaderboards before having to leave overtime with leg cramps after a gutty performance. 

This victory moves the Lakers to 35-22 on the season as they stay afloat as the fifth seed in the Western Conference bracket. They’ll have Sunday off before facing the Jazz again on Monday, and it’s at least possible (albeit unlikely) that they’ll have Anthony Davis back for that one. We’ll see what players the Jazz get back by then, but the Lakers will take this one. Even if the ending was hideous and they ended up playing a bit more basketball than they needed to, a win is a win during this stretch. 

For an absolutely premium playing surface always depend upon sports flooring installed and maintained by Nellakir, the leading timber sports flooring professionals in both Victoria and Tasmania.

Nellakir offer timely and effective annual maintenance programs for all sprung timber sports flooring whether in metropolitan or regional stadiums, recreation centres or schools, both private and state. 

Line marking, re-coating – re-sanding and re-surfacing as well as repairs to all timber sports flooring – Nellakir is your first call.For insurance work (floods, fire and damage) through to full removal and replacement of existing flooring – Nellakir is always your first call. Premium sports flooring surfacing. 

Don’t delay. Call now for a free, no obligation consultation with one of our experienced technicians. Call 03 9467 6126 to schedule a meeting or leave your details here for a prompt reply.

 

Nellakir – Sports Flooring For Champions. 

Sports Flooring Maintenance and Construction. Nellakir The Professional Choice

Nellakir are the leading professionals in timber sports flooring installation and maintenance as well as the installation and maintenance of multi purpose sprung timber flooring in schools, recreational centres, community venues, churches and theatres. The Nellakir team are well recognised in both Victoria and Tasmania for the provision of premium FIBA approved indoor sports premium playing surfaces. For both basketball and netball Nellakir have constructed and installed the major competition courts with timber sports flooring at the Victorian Basketball Association Headquarters at Knox as well as the prestigious competition courts at the Victorian Netball and Hockey Centre in Royal Park. Add to this a broad selection of metropolitan stadium facilities (Casey, Keilor, Werribee, Waverley and many more) as well as regional facilities at Bendigo, Myrtleford, Latrobe and other premium competition locations throughout Victoria.

For Nellakir this is a busy time of the year – School Holidays. So on top of our busy construction schedule, this is the time we carry out mandatory cyclical maintenance on Sprung Timber Sports Flooring in Schools and Community Venues. Re-coating, line marking and ensuring that your competition court has the requisite bounce and traction.

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In the past Nellakir carried out re-coats on 26 courts at different locations, during the school holiday periods,  including the following…

  • Camberwell Girls Grammar
  • Casterton Secondary School
  • William Ruthuen College
  • Brentwood Secondary College
  • Barwon Heads Primary School
  • St Francis Xavier College
  • Kismet Park Primary School
  • Highton Christian College
  • Mount Ridley P12 College
  • Yarraville West Primary School
  • Urban Camp (also repairs)
  • St Josephs College
  • Lalor East Primary School
  • Torquay College
  • Wellington Secondary College
  • Christian College Geelong
  • Northern Bay P12 College
  • Federation University Australia (also repairs)
  • Wesley College Melbourne – Glen Waverly Campus
  • Wesley College Melbourne – St Kilda Rd Campus
  • Mansfield Sporting Complex
  • Ballarat and Clarendon College (linemarking)
  • Werribee West Family Centre (resanding)
  • Errol St North Melbourne (repair)

When you contract Nellakir, you’re ensuring a professional finish, backed by real experience and understanding. For Nellakir a sprung timber floor is a living thing, an asset that must be maintained and cared for from the day it is constructed. And being the leading constructor and builder of elite sprung timber sports flooring in Victoria and Tasmania for Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and other ancillary competition courts, Nellakir know and understand what is required to keep your court or flooring in premium condition.

Nellakir can provide effective and professional repairs to all timber sports flooring. A full maintenance program is provided to the management teams of all courts constructed by Nellakir. Or if you would like to take advantage of the Nellakir professional program, don’t hesitate to call on 03 9467 6126 for a proposed plan and a free no obligation quote.

Many of the timber sports flooring courts being built by the State Government in both new and existing schools double as Community assets in the evenings and on weekends.

Nellakir are now taking bookings for the next School Holidays, scheduling re-coatings, sandings, annual line marking, removal and re-fittings, repairs or total resurfacing. Book now either by calling 03 9467 6126 or by leaving your contact details and request here and we will contact you to arrange a site visit and/or Quotation.

Move up to a totally professional approach to your Competition Sprung Timber Sports Flooring. Engage Nellakir and experience the best.

At Nellakir we create Sports Flooring for Champions. With leading edge technology from Australian Sports Floors Horner Pty Ltd, as previously mentioned, Nellakir have constructed courts at the State Basketball Centre Knox, The State Netball and Hockey Centre, Royal Park and many other well known premium competition locations.

Go with Nellakir – and you’re on a winner. For all Sprung Timber Flooring in Victoria and Tasmania. Go with the professionals.

Nellakir – For A Competitive Edge. Premium Sports Flooring.