Andrew Bogut – Back with the Golden State Warriors

In a lot of ways Andrew Bogut was the pioneer for Australian Basketballers in the sport’s premium competition – the NBA. And right now he is returning to his NBA team the reigning champions – The Golden State Warriors – for his first game this season against the Indiana Pacers.

Andrew is another ‘Melbourne Boy’. His parents were Croatian immigrants, migrating here in the 1970s. He grew up playing AFL as well as Basketball. On the way to the NBA he played in the South East Australian Basketball League. As an under 19 he was named the most valuable player in the 2003 FIBA World Cup, the competition having been played in Greece.

Drafted to the Milwaukee Bucks, he was the first Australian ever taken as a Number 1 draft pick. He played with the Bucks from 2005-2012.

He has now played for the Golden State Warriors for a total of 5 seasons.

Probably worth mentioning that Andrew stands 7ft tall in the old imperial measurements, and Andrew – he can certainly play the hoop game!

Here’s the full report on his return:

Bogut set for Warriors return game next week

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Andrew Bogut appears set to make his NBA return to the Golden State Warriors next week against the Indiana Pacers.

There had been hopes the Australian centre might join the reigning champions during their four-game road trip that begins at the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and includes games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs and concludes on Tuesday in Minnesota against the Timberwolves.

But Bogut’s agent David Bauman told the Bay Area News Group that the veteran Australian is targetting his return after the road trip.

Bogut will receive a jubilant welcome from Warriors fans if his first game is at the team’s sold-out Oracle Arena on Thursday week against the Pacers.

The 34-year-old, beloved in the San Francisco Bay Area after he helped the Warriors win a title in 2015 before he was shipped to the Dallas Mavericks the following year, has had his NBA return held up by the process involved in obtaining a US work visa.

Bogut is expected to receive the visa from the US Consulate in Sydney by the end of the week before he flies to California.

The top pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Bogut made the surprise move back to the Warriors after he recently claimed NBL MVP and defensive player of the year honours in his inaugural season with the Sydney Kings.

The Warriors, favourites to win their fourth title in five years, swooped in and signed him to a veteran’s minimum contract on March 6 to bolster their front court for the impending play-off run.

The playoffs begin on April 13.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/bogut-set-for-warriors-return-game-next-week-20190313-p513vd.html

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LeBron Ices win over Pelicans with a Triple.

It’s hard to keep a champion down. After successive losses, LeBron and the Lakers fire up against the Pelicans. Here’s the full report…

LeBron’s Unreal Triple Ices Win Over Pelicans

Clock running out, defender all over him, fading away on one leg: ideal conditions for LeBron James.

The Lakers were nursing a three-point lead with only 31 seconds left when James stepped back for a ridiculous corner 3-pointer to put the game on ice for a 125-119 win over New Orleans.

“I think he had his hands in the air before it went in,” coach Luke Walton said. “That’s what great players do. That’s an impossible shot and we needed it at that moment. We had kind of stalled out offensively. A big-time shot by one of the all-time greats.”

Having lost four of their previous five games, the Lakers (30-31) needed to get back in the win column to avoid falling further in the Western Conference playoff race.

Unsurprisingly, James was the one leading the way with 33 points and 10 assists. He constantly powered through the Pelicans’ interior defense while also stepping out for four 3-pointers, including his insane trey in the final minute.

But it took more than one player to overcome a spirited effort from New Orleans (27-36), which was led by former Laker Julius Randle (35 points) and L.A. native Jrue Holiday (19 points, 10 assists).

The Lakers trotted out a small-ball starting lineup, replacing 7-footer JaVale McGee with 6-foot-1 Rajon Rondo.

“We needed to win,” Walton said. “Rondo’s won championships. He’s an NBA champion. Let’s get him on the court and see what happens.”

The point guard was instrumental in his team’s attack, handing out a season-high 16 assists while also pitching in 11 points.

A couple of those dimes came during the most explosive part of the night. The Lakers trailed by five midway through the third quarter when Kyle Kuzma (22 points) suddenly erupted.

The 23-year-old threw down three monstrous dunks in a two-minute stretch, while LeBron provided one of his own, sending the crowd into hysterics.

“Those were huge momentum plays for our ball club,” James said, “which the fans loved and we loved it for them.”

The Lakers rode that momentum the rest of the way, though they still needed some clutch moments to pull out the victory. New Orleans cut their lead to just one with 1:38 left, when they turned to their hot hand.

Brandon Ingram — who continued his impressive four-game streak with 23 points — attacked his man off the dribble, getting to the rim and scoring despite a tough finish.

Then LeBron asserted himself on the defensive end, switching onto Holiday and stripping the point guard of the ball. When the Pelicans forced him into a tough shot on the ensuing possession, he turned dire circumstances into an unreal bucket.

“LeBron did what LeBron does,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “He makes an almost impossible shot in the corner and that put a lot of pressure on us. That really was the one that decided the game.”

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Samsung Diamonds win third straight Quad Series

As reported earlier the Australian Netball team recently competed in the third round of the Quad Series, conducted in England in late January. The Diamonds prevailed, winning their third series trophy.

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Nellakir meanwhile is continuing to build and construct new courts around Victoria in Sprung Timber Sports Flooring, ensuring all juniors around the state get the chance to hone their skills on a professional surface and develop into tomorrows champion Netball players.

Nellakir recently completed the expansion of the Myrtleford Indoor Sports Centre with a new gymnasium featuring a full size court for Netball and Basketball competition. The Sports Flooring supplied is from ASF/Horner and meets FIFA requirements.

As well at Carrum Downs Secondary College Sports Centre, another Gymnasium, again featuring a full size court for Netball and Basketball has been completed.

In Werribee, Nellakir have installed a new Squash Court (also suitable for Badminton) at the University of Melbourne’s campus situated there.

At the new South Melbourne Park Primary School a Gymnasium with a full size court has been completed and in the near future Nellakir will be pleased to announce new specialist sprung timber flooring at a popular provincial theatre in South West Victoria.

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The Diamonds are powering forward and at Nellakir we salute them. But stop for a minute and imagine – in the future it could be your daughter pounding those timber boards for Australia. Nellakir – Champion floors for future champions.

Here is the full report on The Diamonds Quad Series for your interest.

Samsung Diamonds Win Third Straight Quad Series Title

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The Diamonds have won their third straight Quad Series trophy, despite going down 52 to 49 in a tough final match of the series to England in London’s Copper Box Arena.

The equation was clear at the beginning of the game; the Diamonds would secure a third-straight Quad Series victory with a win over the Roses or the trophy would remain in England if the home team could pull off a five goal win.

The task was made all the more difficult when starting goal keeper Courtney Bruce was ruled out of the match with a concussion. She joined captain Caitlin Bassett and vice-captain Gabi Simpson on the sidelines who both suffered injuries earlier in the tour.

The game got off to a spectacular start as both teams made brilliant plays up either end of the court.

Emily Mannix couldn’t have asked for a better start filling in for the injured Courtney Bruce, nabbing two interceptions and shutting out multiple English advances as the Diamonds took a five goal lead into the first break.

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But, thanks to a huge 13-goal quarter from substitute Rachel Dunn, England came storming back in the second forcing some uncharacteristic mistakes from the Australians and ending the first half with a 27 to 24 goal lead.

Diamonds head coach Lisa Alexander made a slew of changes at half time, replacing shooter Caitlin Thwaites with Steph Wood, Kate Moloney for Kelsey Browne and Jo Weston for April Brandley.

The Roses continued to push the Diamonds, flying out to a six-goal lead early in the third quarter, but thanks to some strong shooting and athletic defending by substitutes Steph Wood and April Brandley, Australia were able to stay in touch, dragging it back to a four goal deficit at the end of the third.

It was a riveting final quarter of the match as both teams put the foot down and went hard until the final whistle. The Diamonds fought back and went ahead by two goals with five minutes remaining but the Roses were too strong, taking the game by 3 goals.

It was an intense way to finish what has been an incredible Quad Series and has set the stage for a huge Netball World Cup in Liverpool in July.

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The Diamonds players will head back to Australia in the coming days, with all players set to continue preparations for the start of the Suncorp Super Netball season which kicks off in April.

The squad will regroup this March in Canberra where World Cup preparations will continue.

Source: netball.com.au

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A Golden Era for Aussies – Basketball and Netball

In Australia Basketball and Netball are moving from strength to strength. Currently there are 11 Australian players featuring on the NBA team rosters. The local Australian competition is also surging (the NBL) with television coverage and excellent Press. As well Netball’s national competition is available on both free-to-air and pay TV.

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State Netball and Hockey Centre

So what is the catalyst for such success? Australia has always fielded a fairly high level of competition for Basketball and over the last 15 years, Netball has certainly progressed with solid international success.

The answer is simple – improved facilities and playing surfaces over the last 20 years has seen many more youngsters taking up the games. Indoor facilities with Sprung Timber Sports Flooring to FIFa standards has kids playing at a standard not possible on old asphalt and concrete courts.

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State Basketball Centre

Successive Governments have allocated substantial funding to the creation of Community facilities, both as stand-alone stadiums, as well as excellent facilities incorporated into both new and existing Primary and Secondary Schools. In Victoria this has seen rapid acceleration of the facilities available through the development of the PPP scheme (Public Private Partnerships).

Nellakir are proud to have constructed the premium courts for the Victorian Netball State Centre in Parkville as well as the sports flooring at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna. Add to this a significant number of new playing surfaces (all timber sports flooring) at Victorian Primary and Secondary Schools, it’s not hard to see why the sports are enjoying real success with our best players, our champions finding homes in the NBA.

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Eagle Stadium

Australian NBA Player Mathew Dellanova explains it quite well in this article from ESPN.

Delly predicts NBA golden era for Aussies

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Matthew Dellavedova believes Australian basketball is on the cusp of a golden era with a record 11 players on NBA rosters this season.

With Victoria’s Mitch Creek signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Brooklyn Nets, a mammoth Australian contingent will feature in the upcoming NBA season – headlined by Philadelphia 76ers superstar Ben Simmons.

Former NBA Championship winner Dellavedova says the sky is the limit for his countrymen, with the season kicking off in October.

“It’s an awesome time to be an Australian involved in basketball over here because there are so many exciting players coming through,” Milwaukee Bucks guard Dellavedova told AAP.

“Obviously, Ben is the biggest name of them all but you’ve also got Jonah Bolden joining him at the Sixers, Thon (Maker) with me at Milwaukee and Dante (Exum) back healthy again.”

Point guard Simmons starred in his first season in the NBA, smashing a series of records while leading the 76ers to the Eastern Conference semi-finals and himself to Rookie of The Year award.

Having battled through injuries since the Utah Jazz drafted Exum with the fifth overall pick in 2014, the talented point guard recently agreed to a three-year, $US33-million contract extension.

While fellow Australian Aron Baynes recently signed a two-year, $US11-million deal to remain at the Boston Celtics, Dellavedova is particularly excited with Melbourne’s Ryan Broekhoff landing at the Dallas Mavericks from Europe.

“I’m really excited for Ryan Broekhoff to get his chance with Dallas,” Dellavedova said.

“He’s a guy that’s good enough to play in the NBA and has been for a number of years.”

Dellavedova attributed the NBA invasion to the Australian Institute of Sport’s basketball program.

“I think a big reason for it is the AIS; the Centre of Excellence is an unbelievable facility,” he said.

“A lot of us have come through there and I think that’s the foundation of my success and I would say a lot of other guys, too.”

Australians on NBA teams for the 2018/19 regular season are: Ben Simmons, Jonah Bolden (Philadelphia 76ers); Aron Baynes (Boston Celtics); Joe Ingles, Dante Exum (Utah Jazz); Matthew Dellavedova, Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks); Ryan Broekhoff (Dallas Mavericks); Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs); Mitch Creek (Brooklyn Nets); Deng Adel (Toronto Raptors).

Source: espn.com.au

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Waverly Netball Centre

Right now the next generation of skilled players, potentially champion players, are honing their skills on Courts right across Victoria, right across Australia.

So remember – keep your courts maintained at the highest level – Call now on 9467 6126 and enquire about an annual maintenance program from Nellakir. or leave your details here for a quick response.

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Camberwell Grammar School

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Netball – the 2019 Suncorp Netball Fixture

Netball is one of the World’s fastest growing Sports. In Australia it is the most popular sort for women and young girls.

The sport achieved Olympic status back in 1996 and there is still a slim chance it may be played at the 2020 0r 2024 Games.

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Meanwhile, the premier Australian National Competition – the Suncorp Super Netball Comp – will kick off this year on April 24th. The competition will enjoy National Free-to-Air coverage on Television via 9Now, as well as being streamed by Telstra across Australia.

Nellakir recognise the importance of this competition to the sport of Netball and wish all participants and competitor teams an exciting and rewarding season. All major competition games are played on premium Sprung Timber Sports Flooring (Nellakir constructed the major indoor Timber floored Courts at the Victorian Netball Centre in Royal Park, Melbourne).

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For your interest we present this article from the Firebirds Netball team website.

2019 Suncorp Super Netball Fixture

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The 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season will again treat netball fans from Australia and across the globe to 17 weeks of the world’s premier netball competition.

The season will kick off on April 27 and, with more international athletes than ever before, the league will truly showcase the world’s best netball talent throughout 2019. Starting with a bang, the first few weeks of the season will see a Round 1 derby between the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball, a Round 2 Grand Final rematch between West Coast Fever and Sunshine Coast Lightning and a Round 3 showdown between the two Queensland teams.

Netball Australia Executive General Manager of Events Chris Symington says going by the results of the 2018 season, netball fans can’t get enough of the Suncorp Super Netball league with the average home-and-away match viewership on Channel Nine channels up 25.9% and views on Telstra’s streaming services up 23% on 2017.

“We couldn’t be more impressed with how Suncorp Super Netball is being embraced in arenas across Australia and on broadcast, both on free-to-air and digital channels,” he said.

“We saw more than 35 million minutes of the 2018 season viewed live and on demand across Telstra and 9Now platforms including the Netball live app, and more than one million viewers tuned into the Grand Final on Nine, so we’re incredibly excited to see what the fierce 2019 season will bring with the support of our broadcast and league partners.”

Like the 2018 season, two Suncorp Super Netball matches per round will be broadcast live on Nine’s main channel during family-friendly timeslots and two matches will be exclusive to Telstra TV, with all four matches available on the Netball Live app, both live and on demand.

For the first time, a match will be played on the Victorian Queen’s Birthday holiday between the Melbourne Vixens and the Collingwood Magpies and across the season there will 12 matches played during Saturday night timeslots. Suncorp Super Netball will be taken to regional Australia on two occasions with the Collingwood Magpies taking on the West Coast Fever in Bendigo during Round 5 and the Magpies playing the NSW Swifts at the Silverdome in Launceston in Round 13.

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The season will feature two theme rounds with Give for a Goal Round in Round 4, raising funds for Netball Australia’s Confident Girls Foundation, and Indigenous Round in Round 8, which will celebrate Australia’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

All eight Suncorp Super Netball clubs will continue to play each other once at home, and once away. For the first time, the season will break for a four-week period from 23 June during the 2019 Netball World Cup, and then resume on 27 July for the final five home-and-away rounds before a three-week finals series, to be contested by the top four-ranked teams.

The 2019 Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final will be held on the 15 September.

source: firebirds.net.au

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Stephen Curry injury update: Warriors G will play vs. Pistons on Saturday

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Warriors guard Stephen Curry has missed 10 games while dealing with a groin injury, but Steve Kerr says he’ll return soon.

Curry suffered the injury in a 134-111 loss to the Bucks, and Dub Nation has experienced some serious drama in his absence. Curry is the glue holding the team together, and getting him back should help Golden State get on track.

According to ESPN, Curry will not play in their highly anticipated matchup with the Raptors on Thursday. However, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says he will play again against the Pistons on Saturday.

Even though Curry has been out of commission for a lengthy stretch, he ranks fifth in the NBA in 3-pointers made with 62. He’s shooting 49.2 percent from deep so far, which is a career high.

The Warriors are 15-7 and only behind the Clippers in the Western Conference standings. Many see the 18-4 Raptors as the biggest threat to the defending champs, so they hoped to see both teams at full strength.

Draymond Green is still dealing with a toe injury, but Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson will provide Golden State fans with plenty of excitement this weekend.

Source: sportingnews.com

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What’s the Stephen Curry connection? Stephen Curry ‘cut his teeth’ as a junior playing for the Knox Raiders as a ten year old. Back then Basketball Courts with Sprung Timber Flooring were the exception. Now with nearly all new schools to feature a multipurpose court – our next champions are getting a feel for real competition surfaces.

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