Melbourne gets second NBL team, to be based in south east

As reported last week, the Victorian State government is offering a huge boost to the sport of Basketball in the coming years. For your interest here is a full report from The Age, dated September 2nd.

The NBL’s new franchise will be in the South East Melbourne. Now, they need a name.
The NBL confirmed the long-suspected location on Sunday after a $126-million election commitment from the Victorian government to refurbish and expand the State Basketball Centre at Wantirna South.

The new south east Melbourne team, owned by Romie Chaudhari, co-owner of English Championship soccer team Swansea City, will be based at the centre for administration and training purposes but play at Melbourne Arena.

The new NBL team could also play two games per season at the State Basketball Centre once the renovations are completed, around 2022.

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Sunday’s announcement also featured a $1 million commitment to develop a business case for a 6000-8000 seat Knox Arena in the precinct but funding for Knox Arena’s construction and planning was not included in Sunday’s announcement.

Melbourne Arena will also receive $13 million in upgrades, which will help boost the capacity for basketball and netball games.

The NBL was not going to lock the team into Melbourne until they had commitments from the state government on the upgrade of the offices and training facilities, with the team planning to be based at the venue ahead of their first season in 2019-2020.

A re-elected Labor government would invest $82 million and Knox City council $25 million into building 10 new courts, making 18 in total at the State Basketball Centre, along with the upgrades to the current showcourt, expanding the office facilities and giving the locker rooms a much-needed renovation.

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The Victorian opposition have yet to commit to matching the government’s funding package but NBL and other basketball officials will be meeting with them in an attempt to gain their support.

General manager of the new Melbourne team, Tommy Greer, said the team already had a website established to register new fans and they would soon open a contest to select a nickname and colours.

“First and foremost we want to insert ourselves in the community out here but that is not given, you have to earn that,” Greer said.

“We will put the name and colours out to the community, we want everyone to jump onto southeastmelbourne.com.au to register interest and we will keep everyone across the movements from there.”

Signing players is still a way down the track considering the new NBL season will soon begin but Greer is already keeping a close watch on overseas-based Australians and those on the fringe of the NBA like Victorian star Mitch Creek.

NBL chief executive Jeremy Loeliger said the decision to base the new team in the south east was finalised by the funding commitment for the stadium, which already houses the offices of Basketball Australia, Basketball Victoria, WNBL club Melbourne Boomers and the Knox Raiders Basketball Association.

“It was unquestionably the deciding factor amongst a number of compelling propositions, and I applaud the Victorian government and Knox City Council for their recognition of the importance of basketball in the Australian sporting landscape,” Loeliger said.

“Melbourne’s south east has long been the stronghold of basketball participation in Australia with about 100,000 of Victoria’s 240,000 total registered participants and it has a rich history in elite and community basketball.”

There is an option for Basketball Australia to move its Centre of Excellence from the Australian Institute of Sport to the State Basketball Centre but that is contingent on the new facilities being better than the state of the art training centre in Canberra which the COE shares with the NBA Global Academy.

For the COE to move to Melbourne, the State Basketball Centre will also need a dormitory building to house 36 or more athletes and elite level treatment, dining and recovery facilities along with the technological and human support available in Canberra.

Little of that was funded in Sunday’s announcement so any move would be a long time away and the NBA has not yet considered any move from Canberra for its academy.

“We have a commitment with the Andrews government that said we have a high benchmark to compare with,” Basketball Australia chief executive Anthony Moore said.

“The AIS is a world-class facility and we have been consistent with our discussions with government saying this is what we have got, we have a Rolls-Royce solution in Canberra and the commitment from government is to better that.

“For our national high performance program to beat the world’s best, it would mean we would have something special here, in the event they don’t meet [that benchmark] then that will be a discussion for our board at a future point in time.”

Melbourne Boomers could receive the most immediate rewards should whoever wins government carry out the upgrades as they play their home games at the stadium and badly need an expanded locker room with the current one too small to comfortably fit 12 elite players.

The Boomers have four players in the Opals squad to play in the FIBA Women’s World Cup later this month and also featured Liz Cambage last season.

“With improved amenities, court technologies and improved game-day experiences for all of our fans, we are going to see a terrific show court here,” Boomers general manager Justin Nelson said.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/melbourne-gets-second-nbl-team-to-be-based-in-south-east-20180902-p50198.html

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State Government announces huge boost for Basketball in Victoria

Nellakir is pleased to see that the Victorian State Government has just announced major funding towards the Sport of Basketball and its facilities. The package, worth 126 million, will result in a second Melbourne NBL team, 8 new competition courts at the State Basketball Centre in Knoxfield and a further 10 new Community Courts for local basketball competitions in Melbourne’s fast growing South Eastern region. As well the Government will also establish a further seven new high performance Basketball Hubs around the state. the Government has also promised to upgrade the former Hisense Arena, now known as Melbourne Arena, to better cater for a range of sports including basketball and netball.

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Nellakir are the leading provider of high level competition grade sprung timber sports flooring in Victoria. The existing major courts at Knoxfield. the State Netball Centre in Parkville and regional centres such as Bendigo Stadium and Eagle Stadium at Werribee were built by Nellakir. The sports are growing in popularity at all levels and it is pleasing to see planning for future generations of young basketballers and netballers being put into place.

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For your interest, here is the full press release from the Victorian Government.

Victoria: The Basketball Capital Of Australia

Victoria will cement its position as Australia’s basketball capital with the National Basketball League’s (NBL) new ninth team to be based in Melbourne, along with a massive expansion of basketball programs and facilities under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government.

Premier Daniel Andrews today joined basketballers at the State Basketball Centre at Knox Regional Sports Park to announce the new team and a $126 million package to grow basketball from the grassroots to elite level.

The new NBL team will be a Melbourne team with its headquarters and training at the Knox Regional Sports Park in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs. The team’s name will be announced by the NBL.

A re-elected Labor Government will deliver a massive expansion of basketball facilities at Knox. This will include training and administration facilities for the new Melbourne NBL team and upgraded facilities for Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) team, the Deakin Melbourne Boomers, who are based there.

It will also include 10 new community courts for local basketball competitions in Melbourne’s growing south-east.

Labor will also build a new home for the Australian Basketball Centre of Excellence at Knox as part of the $107 million expansion project, with Basketball Australia relocating their training facilities from Canberra.

A re-elected Labor Government will provide $82 million towards the expansion project, with Knox City Council to contribute the remaining $25 million.

Labor will also invest $5 million to establish seven new high-performance basketball hubs around the state. These hubs will provide young players with elite basketball training programs, allowing them to train at the highest level in their local area with a clear pathway to playing top level basketball in Australia or the American NBA.

A re-elected Labor Government will also invest $13 million to upgrade Melbourne Arena, formerly Hisense Arena, to better cater for a range of sports, including basketball and netball.

Labor will also look to the future with $1 million to develop a business case to build the Knox Arena, a new 6,000 to 8,000 seat stadium at Knox that would bring major sports and entertainment events to Melbourne’s suburbs.

“Victoria is the home of basketball – more people hit the court here each week than in any other state and only Labor will help basketball keep growing in Victoria from the grassroots to elite level… That means new courts and better facilities for local clubs or if your kids dream of playing for Australia or the NBA – we’ll give them a pathway to get there.” Premier Daniel Andrews.

“This will boost community and women’s sport with more local courts and better women’s facilities at Knox, and a clear pathway for girls to one day play for Australia or the WNBL through the training hubs around the state.” Minister for Sport John Eren.

“This announcement is fantastic support for basketball and in particular it’s pleasing to know the facilities and game day experience for our elite athletes and fans alike is being catered for. At the Deakin Melbourne Boomers we are striving to elevate girls and women in basketball and this exciting development will go a long way to doing this.” Australian Basketball Legend Lauren Jackson.

Source: premier.vic.gov.au

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The Bendigo Stadium Redevelopment – new pictures.

Recently we featured the opening of the Bendigo Stadium’s new show court – the premium sports arena in Central Victoria.

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Nellakir are proud to have built the new premium sports flooring surface (Sprung Timber Sports Flooring by ASF Horner Sports Floors) in collaboration with the appointed builder Fairbrother Pty Ltd. The new court and surface are of a standard to permit NBL games to be played on the FIBA (Federation of International Basketball Associations) approved surface.

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The first game was played there on the new court in June. It was a women’s Basketball match between the Bendigo Braves and the Sandringham Sabres. The Braves won by 32 points.

The Bendigo Stadium is a major asset of the greater City of Bendigo and the ideal venue to host major sporting and entertainment events.

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Facilities include 7 indoor sports courts, major exhibition and function areas, a licensed clubroom and associated administration facilities.

The Stadium has the flexibility to be used for major sporting, cultural or entertainment events.

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The Bendigo Stadium attracts 10,000 patrons each week for major sports events, concerts, dinners, conventions, trade shows and special events.

It operates as a sports venue for regular competitions and as a licensed club catering for 6000 members.

Source: eventfinda.com.au

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Nellakir are Victoria and Tasmania’s leading supplier and installer of Sprung Timber Sports Flooring. Through leading edge technology – Nellakir are exclusive agents for Australasian Sports Floors Horner Pty Ltd in the region – Nellakir has constructed many of the state’s major stadium’s flooring..

Nellakir continue to construct Sports Flooring in major stadiums, regional facilities, schools and community centres.

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Nellakir offer real experience and real expertise. The Nellakir package includes a follow up maintenance package that will ensure a competitive surface for the lifetime of the court.

So whether it’s annual cyclical maintenance of sports flooring – recoating, linemarking or eventually re-sanding and recoating, call Nellakir now on 9467 6126 for premium expert service. Or leave your details here and one of our consultants will respond to your enquiry promptly.

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Nellakir – Victoria’s leading supplier of Timber Sports Flooring

Nellakir, Victoria’s leading supplier of indoor sprung timber sports flooring, continue to develop new playing courts and stadium sports flooring.

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Here we reflect on some of the floors built by Nellakir and maintained over the years to ensure premium competitive surfaces.

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Included images are shots from the State Netball Centre in Parkville, the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna, and the very popular Waverley Netball Centre. Soon to be added to our Gallery are shots of the new Bendigo Stadium’s courts recently opened as part of the facility’s $22M redevelopment in 2018. The Eagle Stadium at Werribee Fitness Centre as well as the Keilor Stadium were also both constructed by Nellakir.

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Nellakir offer expert construction of sprung timber sports flooring (FIBA approved) utilising the Australian Sports Flooring ASF Horner timber sports flooring systems exclusively. Nellakir are the leading constructors of Sprung Timber Sports Flooring in Victoria and Tasmania.

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Nellakir offer a full and complete maintenance package which now includes the new Enhanced Floor Cleaner – with the enhanced cleaner and a two meter cleaning bar making court cleaning a breeze.

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Annual maintenance programs including re-surfacing as required, annual linemarking, re-coating after 12 months on all Sprung Timber Sports Flooring and when required, re-sanding of timber sports flooring.

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Nellakir provide regular Stadium Seating inspections on a 12 month basis. Fees and costings for any proposed works are forwarded to centre managements. Such works should be prioritised with Public Liability and risk management being a major consideration in any public sporting arena.

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Nellakir recommend a complete re-sanding of sprung timber sports flooring every 7-12 years.

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For expert advice and a timely response please call Nellakir now on 9467 6126 to arrange a free consultation and quotation. Or leave your details on our website and one of our team will get back to you with your requirements.

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LeBron James joins the LA Lakers

Playing basketball as a child may well lead to a very lucrative career for some. Playing on professional sprung timber sports flooring in elite competitions is just as important as knowing the right moves, the fundamentals. FIBA approved basketball court surfaces and Sports Flooring creates an environment for the gestation of tomorrows champions. Nellakir is the champions choice.

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LeBron James’ new Lakers contract will make him the best-paid NBA player — ever.

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LeBron James is a perennial NBA All-Star with four Most Valuable Player awards and three championship rings, including the one he won most recently, in 2016, with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. But, starting next season, James, 33, will also have a new work address, thanks to the four-year, $154 million contract the basketball star agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

It will likely make him the best-paid NBA player ever and pushes him down the path to becoming a billionaire.

Klutch Sports Group, the agency that represents James, announced his decision to join the Lakers, which came only two days after the NBA star opted out of his contract with Cleveland to become a free agent. James, who owns multiple homes in the Los Angeles area, has a new contract that will pay him $35.6 million for the upcoming 2018-2019 NBA season and its annual value will increase each year until it hits $41 million for the 2021-2022 season, according to sports contract website Spotrac.

After the fourth and final year of James’ new deal with the Lakers, he will have earned over $387.2 million, which will make him the highest-paid player in the history of the NBA, based on all-time career salary, according to Spotrac. After the most recent NBA season, which ended with James’ Cavaliers losing to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in June, James has earned a total of $233.9 million in NBA salary over 15 seasons since he entered the league in 2003 as an 18-year-old rookie.

Spotrac’s ranking of the NBA players with the all-time highest career earnings currently has only five players ahead of James. Four of those players (Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan) are retired, so they won’t be earning any more salary as NBA players. The fifth player ahead of James in career salary is Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki, who earned just $5 million last season and, at 40 years old, is likely to retire after another season or two and will not earn any further blockbuster NBA contracts.

Part of the way through his third season in Los Angeles, James will pass Garnett’s career earnings of $334 million, according to Spotrac, to take the top spot. And James isn’t the only active NBA shooting up the list of all-time career earnings. Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul’s, 33, new four-year contract, which will also pay him $35.6 million this year, will leave him with a whopping $346.5 million in career salary after the 2021-2022 season, which will place him just behind James.

Because of the NBA’s rigid salary structure, which does not allow players to earn more than a maximum amount that’s set for each season, it is extremely unlikely that any player will be able to swoop in with a mega-deal to pass James on the career salary earnings rankings over the next four years.

Of course, LeBron James’ income is not dependent on his NBA salary. The future hall-of-famer will collect an estimated $52 million in 2017 (or about 60 percent of his annual income) from massive endorsement deals with brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola’s Sprite and Beats By Dre headphones, according to Forbes.

In total, Forbes estimates that James has already made $765 million between his NBA salary and off-court earnings since he turned pro 15 years ago. So, James might not be quite to the billion-dollar mark overall yet, but with a liftetime endorsement contract with Nike that’s reportedly worth roughly $1 billion overall (according to a James associate), he’s certainly on his way.

Source: cnbc.com

 

Is this Basketball? The Phillipines – Basketbrawl

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The Boomers vs The Phillipines turned into a farce, albeit a very dangerous farce in the game between Australia and the Phillipines in Manila on Monday. The game was abandoned and it is expected that FIBA, the world Basketball Organisation, will come down hard on the protagonists. Chairs were thrown and one Australian player – the smallest – Nathan Sobey had over 12 players and officials punching and kicking him. Boomers Assistant Coach Luc Longley rescued both he and Chris Goulding from the assault – which he lays squarely at the feet of the Phillipines Coach – Chot Reyes.

“I do believe Chot Reyes incited them to do that” said Longley

Back here in Australia, Nellakir are preparing our competition playing surfaces for the next generation of Australian champions. (There is some doubt as to whether the Australian team might venture back to the Phillipines any time soon)

Currently the Nellakir team are doing a strong round of annual maintenance projects in the school holiday period.

At Beaconsfield, St Francis Xavier’s Secondary College, where Nellakir recently finished construction of a flood damaged full size court, ensuring the school has virtually two brand new courts at the start of the new term.

It is also carrying out another re-sanding job at Berrindale School in Hampton. A small multi-purpose Gymnasium style area is being fully refreshed and refurbished.

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Annual cyclical maintenance and recoating is also being carried out at:

  • Vermont Primary School
  • Preston North Primary School
  • Cambridge Primary School
  • Westmont Secondary School (Hastings)
  • Parklands Secondary School (Mill Park)
  • St Albans Secondary School (St Albans)
  • Albert Park College (Albert Park)
  • Ararat College (Ararat)
  • Wallan Secondary College (Wallan)
  • Sunbury College (Sunbury)
  • Kolbe Catholic College (Greenvale)
  • Penleigh College (Essendon)
  • Highton Christian College (Highton)

Nellakir specialise in authentic programmed maintenance programs. For your convenience it is often appropriate to time such maintenance during School Holiday breaks. Nellakir are taking bookings now for both the September and Christmas Holiday periods.

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Melbourne Vixens blow West Coast Fever away.

The Melbourne Vixens are powering into a season defining winning streak. This weekend they meet the Collingwood Magpies at their home court – the Margaret Court Arena Melbourne.

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Suncorp Super Netball 18/02/2017 Round 1 Vixens v Magpies Photo: Grant Treeby

The Vixens home court is Arena Stadium at the State Netball and hockey Centre in Brens Rd Parkville. The show courts and all timber sports flooring at the centre was constructed by Nellakir – Victoria and Tasmania’s leading construction and maintenance team for Competition Level Sprung Timber Flooring. Nellakir exclusively use ASF/Horner Sports Flooring systems, providing the best competition surfaces for both Netball and Basketball in the State – a surface that continue to power the Melbourne Vixens to further victories. Here is a report on last week’s game in Perth.

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Melbourne Vixens upset West Coast Fever, keep finals hopes strong

Melbourne Vixens won’t be going quietly.

The Vixens are far from certain finalists after a mixed start to the Super Netball season but on Saturday they showed just how good they can be with a comprehensive 74-60 win over ladder-leaders West Coast Fever at Hisense Arena.

Melbourne claimed seven of the eight possible points giving their hopes of moving up into the top four from sixth position every chance.

To make it the Vixens will need more wins and a healthy dose of bonus points from their remaining seven games but this win was the blueprint of how they can get it done.

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The Vixens offered starring performances across the court as they zoned off defensively and forced the visitors into errors while in attack Tegan Philip (25 goals from 31 shots) showed a burst of match-winning speed in the first half shooting 15 goals as the Vixens led by 16 goals at half time.

Shooter Mwai Kumwenda (49 goals from 51 shots) was as prolific as always while Kate Moloney and Liz Watson were constants at both ends and Renea Ingles showed she has fast regained her elite edge in wing defence.
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“We have had a really good two weeks during the bye, we have been working really hard towards playing the netball they are capable of producing,” Vixens coach Simone McKinnis said.

“They saw the rewards tonight, the work rate was consistent across the four quarters.

“There is no easy answer or easy way of beating that sort of team, it is just doing the hard work

“They were prepared for what they had to do and they did it.”

McKinnis praised the shooting of Kumwenda and the run of Philip adding Ingles showed the fruits of hard training during the bye.

“I think she has gone up another level today and the more she is out there, the better she will become,” McKinnis said.

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Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich said her side had to learn their lessons from the loss.

“They really put us under a lot of pressure with the way they contested and their hands over right down the court,” Marinkovich said.

“It was a very clinical, Victorian style of play. They executed well and did it for very long periods of time.

Both teams looked up for the contest in the opening 10 minutes as they traded goals and and leads.

Then the Vixens found their grove with one turnover eliciting a scream from captain Moloney as her side took a 17-14 lead into quarter time then took the contest away from the Fever.

That second quarter was not just owned by the cunning play of Philip but the team defence of the Vixens who repeatedly forced turnovers or errant passes from the Fever as defenders Emily Mannix and Jo Weston made life difficult for dominant shooter Jhaniele Fowler (56 goals from 60 shots) while wing defence Renae Ingles smothered multiple wing attacks leaving nearly all the playmaking to the overworked Verity Charles and Nat Medhurst.

An eight-point Vixens lead forced a time out from the Fever but upon the restart a turnover and follow up goal saw that lead enter double figures.

From there it kept climbing and the Vixens would have been happy for the term to go beyond 15 minutes as they went into half time up 43-27.

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The Fever haven’t fluked their strong start to the season and bring Kaylia Stanton into goal attack and moving Medhurst to wing attack led to a much closer third term as Stanton offered another shooting option outside of Fowler.

An 18-14 quarter meant the Fever would at least take a point from the game.
The Fever went for broke to start the final term cutting the lead to nine as they went back to feeding long balls into Fowler but the Vixens finished strongly to claim the final term.

Ingles made an intercept early in the final term which brought a big cheer from 5838 home fans, just as Ingles is finding her feet after a late start to 2018, so are her Vixens.

The Vixens and Collingwood Magpies square off in their second meeting at the season at Margaret Court Arena this coming Sunday at 1pm.

Source: smh.com.au

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