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.

Nellakir – Supplying and maintaining Champion Timber Sports Flooring for over 25 years.

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.

Nellakir – Australian Hardwood Timber Flooring

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.

Trust Nellakir – The Sports Flooring for Champions.