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 Nellakirthis 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.
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
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 flooris 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 understandwhat 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.
The last of the more onerous restrictions on indoor team sports have now been lifted enabling local competitions to resume – junior, senior and masters. Both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria have information for participants available on their websites.
For your assistance we re-publish the advice here for participants from the VBA website:
Return to Sport Update – 25 March
We are pleased to see additional easing of COVID-19 restrictions as announced earlier this week by the Victorian Government and the Department of Health. From 6pm on Friday 26 March the following changes occur: Venue Density and Patron Capacity Density limits in indoor venues will move from 1 person per 4sqm to 1 person per 2sqm. This is in line with other entertainment venues, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Additionally, the maximum number of people allowed in indoor non- seated entertainment / sporting venues will increase from 50 per cent to 75 per cent capacity. For basketball venues, this means the maximum number of people within a venue including participants and spectators where allowed, is 75% capacity per court dependent on venue density limits. Density limits are calculated at 1 person per 2m². The table on page 3 of the Return to Sport Guidelines (V12/March 26) shows the maximum capacity per court.
Masks Masks will no longer be required in retail settings but Victorians will still need to carry one with them at all times and wear it on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis and in sensitive settings such as aged care facilities and hospitals. Basketball Victoria recommends – when social distancing cannot be maintained, that all patrons aged 12 years or older, should wear a mask in venues unless medically exempt. As with previous updates, masks are not required during games for players, referees and coaches while on court.
QR Codes Electronic record keeping such as QR codes must be used to allow for contact tracing to be updated. The QR code requirement for community sport, is to have electronic record keeping through the Services Vic application or a government API-linked digital system. Venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty to ensure this is the case.
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.
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).
Generally speaking, BV’s licence fee is not refundable, as per our terms of registration and we are extending the BV licences as per above. However, we can consider requests for refunds in certain cases. We are in a unique situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and we understand any significant economic or health related impact. The process/conditions for individual refunds are as follows:
Individual refund requests need to come through via the club (if applicable) to the association (as per the correct communication channel including club requests) via http://support.playhq.com o Senior Domestic need to request via the association who then lodges support ticket The player needs to have played fewer than 3 games Player’s registration to the season in question needs to be marked as cancelled A valid reason needs to be provided
BV needs confirmation in writing that the association and/or club has refunded any fees that were paid to them before BV considers the request for refund of the BV licence fee Bank details provided for an approved refund to be processed.
Venues and Facilities
Follow all signage or instructions that direct the flow of traffic or prevent access to areas of the facility. Follow signage indicating the maximum number of people permitted in any space at a single time. Access to toilets and changerooms is permitted but may be limited. It is recommended that only participants use changerooms. It is recommended that you shower at home. Canteens and cafés may be open.
Health and Hygiene
Always carry a face mask. If you feel unwell, do not attend. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after the session, and more frequently as required. Use approved hand sanitiser before, during and after each session. Wash your uniform after each session with warm water and detergent. Refrain from all unnecessary body contact ie. no handshakes or high fives.
Take it easy. A sudden rise in activity may increase the risk of injury. Community netball participants should not return to netball if in the last 14 days they have been unwell or had close contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19. Community netball participants must stay informed about case locations and exposure sites. Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the specified time must isolate, get a COVID-19 test, and remain isolated for 14 days. Anyone who has visited a Tier 2 exposure site during the specified times is encouraged to get a COVID-19 test and isolate until they receive a negative result. Refer to Department of Health and Human Services processes upon confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case.
Under no circumstance should associations or clubs refund the Basketball Victoria licence fee to individuals. Please refer to the BV refund process.
For netball we provide a link below to similar advice from Netball Victoria:
The NBA is a sea of rumours right now. Who wants who? Who is staying, who is leaving? And the season schedule continues on toward the playoffs. Read about it here:
Seven-way frenzy for $45m star; title heavyweight eyes two big names: NBA Rumour Mill
Staff Writers from Fox Sports
March 16th, 2021 12:30 pm
The NBA trade deadline is inching closer and the noise is only growing surrounding the future of a host of the league’s most in-demand names.
Here is the rundown on all the key players who could be on the move.
Welcome to the latest NBA Rumour Mill.
SEVEN-WAY CHASE FOR $45M MAGIC STAR
The Orlando Magic are one of the more intriguing teams to monitor ahead of the deadline.
The Magic have the second-worst record (13-26) in the East and there have been growing calls for them to blow it all up, having kept Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic together for seven years now.
They have just two playoffs appearance to show for it.
The Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reports that “some rival teams believe Orlando can set the one for this year’s trade market”, not that Fournier, Terrence Ross and “to a far lesser extent” Nikola Vucevic have all been perceived as available in some sense.
He is earning $8 million ($A10.3m) this season, which increases slightly to $8.1 million ($A10.5m) next year and has a partial guarantee in 2022-23.
Meanwhile, the Nets are also understood to be a leading contender for Andre Drummond should he receive a contract buyout after the trade deadline, per Charania.
The Lakers and Knicks are also reported to be key challengers to Brooklyn but the Cleveland Cavaliers are favouring finding a trade for Drummond.
Charania adds that Cleveland want an asset such as a second-round pick for the center but that rival teams doubt it will happen via trade.
One name the Nets had been linked to in the past is P.J. Tucker but the report also claims Brooklyn are no longer interested.
Instead, the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and Lakers remain in the hunt although Houston’s hopes to secure a young talented piece in exchange has complicated matters.
BOSTON’S BIG THREE TARGETS
One of the other teams to monitor in the lead-up to the trade deadline are the Boston Celtics.
With a $28.5 million ($A37m) traded player exception from Gordon Hayward’s move to the Charlotte Hornets, Boston could go after a big-name player.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge did previously say it was “most likely” that the franchise would wait until the off-season to use the money and would not use it on a single player.
Still Boston have been linked to three top targets – John Collins, LaMarcus Aldridge and Harrison Barnes.
On Collins, Charania reports he is a “player of interest” but that the Atlanta Hawks want a “high-level first-round draft pick and/or talented young player” in return.
Averaging 17.9 points and 7.7 rebounds, Collins would be a valuable addition alongside Robert Williams but he may cost too much.
The Celtics are also reportedly among “leading suitors” for the 35-year old Aldridge, who is shooting a career-best 38.9 per cent from beyond the arc.
The Blazers and Heat are also circling although he could also be a buyout option after the deadline.
Barnes though is the “more logical and likely target” according to Charania and Boston could work out a deal with the Kings given they have shifted to “seller mode” ahead of the deadline, per Sam Amick.
Nellakir provide professional maintenance and upkeep on all timber sports flooring in Victoria and Tasmania. From re-coating,line marking, re-sanding when necessary, through to scheduled cleaning and running repairs – Nellakir are the leading experts in sprung timber sports flooring.
From installation to professional maintenance, scheduled cleaning right through to complete removals and replacement of all sports flooring,Nellakir is the name to remember.
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Four tests – all played in Christchurch. The first competitive game for the Australian team in over a year and a half due to Covid. Game One sees a narrow win for the home side in front of – no crowd – due to Covid. The result sets up a difficult task for Australia. It needs to win all three remaining games or tie the series 2 all with a healthier goal difference to retain the Constellation Cup, which it has won eight times consecutively. Read about it here for the full details of Game One:
New Zealand beats Australia 49-44 in game one of the Constellation Cup netball series in Christchurch
Posted Yesterday at 7:51pm
The Silver Ferns put Australia under pressure from the start.
AAP: John Davidson
The Diamonds have slipped to defeat in their return to Test netball, losing 49-44 to New Zealand in the Constellation Cup opener on Tuesday night.
Australia’s national netball team, the Diamonds, have won the Constellation Cup series against New Zealand seven times in a row
However the Diamonds have lost game one of the 2021 series to the Silver Ferns in Christchurch
New Zealand led by seven goals at half-time, and although the Diamonds edged the final quarter, the home side won 49-44
Some 492 days since their last outing and just two days out of quarantine, Australia were beaten out of the blocks in Christchurch and never recovered.
The match was Stacey Marinkovich’s first as Australia coach and the victory will raise Kiwi hopes of winning the Cup for the first time since 2012.
Australia went in with five debutants. Kiera Austin started at goal attack, alongside her former Giants teammate Caitlin Bassett.
Four of the five players on the bench were also playing their first game for Australia; Sophie Garbin, Kim Jenner, Cara Koenen and Verity Charles.
The home side began strongly, going on a five-goal run to get out to a 10-5 lead. Australia responded with three goals in a row, but the Diamonds ended up trailing 14-10 at quarter-time.
Australia scored the first two goals of the second quarter to close within two, but that was as close as they got.
New Zealand gradually took control again and established a 28-21 lead at the main break.
The Silver Ferns’ lead blew out to double figures early in the third term before Australia stormed back.
Marinkovich rang the changes and had some success; captain Bassett and Austin in goal attack put on five straight goals.
The injection of Karin Burger in defence midway through the third term turned the tables and the Silver Ferns went to the last change ahead 40-31.
Constellation Cup game one:
NZ: M Wilson 31/40, A Ekenasio 18/23
AUS: C Bassett 19/21, K Austin 18/24
Centre Liz Watson said the Diamonds made “basic errors” and “struggled to get through the zone defence”.
Australia shaded New Zealand in the fourth quarter, winning it 13-9, but left themselves too much to do.
Bassett, the regular skipper under former coach Lisa Alexander but the first of Marinkovich’s rotated leaders in this series, scored 19 goals from 21 attempts in a typically strong display.
The Silver Ferns were outscored in the final quarter, but they will take a 1-0 lead into game two against Australia.(
AAP: John Davidson
Against a steely Silver Ferns defence, Austin showed early nerves, missing four of her first 10 before finishing with 18 from 24 shots.
Charles played the second half at wing attack.
While Koenen took Bassett’s place for the fourth term and scored seven, shooting at 100 per cent.
For New Zealand, goal shooter Maia Wilson was the leader in attack with 31 goals from 40 attempts.
Skipper Ameliaranne Ekenasio shot 18 from 23, and added 12 handy assists.
Australia will need to win the final three games or tie the series 2-2 with a healthier goal difference to retain the Constellation Cup for an eighth straight time.
Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua, who masterminded a boilover 2019 World Cup final win over Australia, served the Diamonds notice of their intent.
“We’re gunning for it. Now is the time for us,” Taurua said.
The series has been rearranged due to COVID-19, with all four Tests being played in Christchurch without crowds.
Game two is on Wednesday before the series concludes with matches on Saturday and Sunday.
Netball is by far the most popular sport for women and girls in both Australia and New Zealand. Here in Victoria the sport is experiencing astronomical growth, partially due to being fostered with superior facilities in both schools and recreational centres state-wide.
Children and young adults compete on premium timber sports flooring from an early age. In Victoria and Tasmania Nellakir are the leading expert professionals in the installation, maintenance and programmed cleaning of all timber sports flooring.
Call now for an obligation free consultation with a Nellakir technician on all sports flooring requirements. Annual maintenance, repairs and refurbishment, line marking, re-coating and full service of all removable stadium seating – Nellakir provide expert advice and service on all facets of your valuable sports flooring. Call now on 03 9467 6126 and book an appointment. Or if you prefer, leave your details here for a prompt reply.
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As a young boy playing out there for the Knox Raiders did Ben Simmons ever imagine the glittering career he would eventually carve out in the NBA? If it were today, not back in 2009, a young Ben would most likely be honing his craft on superb Nellakir installed timber sports flooring.
But back to Ben, congratulations on the honour of being named an NBA Allstar for the third time. Read about it here:
Boomers guard Ben Simmons creates history to become a three-time NBA All-Star
Ben Simmons isn’t everyone’s favourite player, but he has defied the doubters to pick up his third successive NBA All-Star appearance.
Matt Logue, NCA NewsWire
February 24, 2021
Australian Ben Simmons has his critics, but he is a three-time NBA All-Star after being named an Eastern Conference reserve for the third straight season.
Simmons’ inclusion is a testament to his all-round game and winning influence at the Philadelphia 76ers, but his selection has raised some eyebrows.
The Melbourne-born guard doesn’t have a jump shot and struggles to fire from range, which are must-have qualities according to some experts and fans.
This view is particularly prominent in America, with many critics believing Simmons is undeserving of an All-Star appearance due to his lack of shooting and big scoring compared to other players.
Yet what is often overlooked and undervalued with the Boomers star is his impressive ability to make an impact at both ends of the floor.
Despite no established jump shot, Simmons still averages 15.7 points (last four games 27.8 points) while he regular makes his teammates better with pinpoint passing.
Ben Simmons has defied the doubters to pick up his third successive NBA All-Star appearance. Picture: Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
He is also arguably the NBA’s best defender and a Defensive Player of the Year candidate this season.
However, the NBA’s All-Star concept is focused heavily on the fan vote (50 per cent), and the most popular players are usually selected with a focus on big-scoring performers compared to any other facet of the game.
Regardless, Simmons is an All-Star again, and it’s a significant achievement for the Australia’s best player.
There are some players who should feel unlucky to miss out on All-Star selection, including DeMar DeRozan, Trae Young, Domantas Sabonis and Tobias Harris.
LA Lakers star and Western Conference captain LeBron James couldn’t believe the “disrespect” shown to Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker.
“Devin Booker is the most disrespected player in our league!!! Simple as that,” James tweeted.
The NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, March 5 in Atlanta.
Ben, the ultimate professional and when you require court maintenance, repairs and refurbishment look no further than Victoria’s leading professionals in timber sport flooring – Nellakir.
Call 03 9467 6126 for a free no obligation consultation with one of our expert technicians, at your convenience. Or leave your details here for a prompt reply and your maintenance scheduled programmed court cleaning – you can trust Nellakir for a perfect surface.
Today’s Timber Sports Flooring owes much to the progression of the sport of Basketball. Basketball’s origins can be traced to Springfield Massachusetts way back in 1891 where to cope with long periods of inactivity due to winter blizzards at the YMCA training school located there, a young Canadian 2nd year Graduate Student, James Naismith developed a game to keep the attending students active.
Naismith cleared the Gymnasium’s Timber floor of equipment and made do with two peach baskets at each end of the gym, nailed to the lower rail of the balcony, 10 feet off the ground. A soccer ball was used in those first ever games at the YMCA.
After the first few games Naismith sat down and devised ‘the 13 rules’. No running with the ball – it had to be batted (bounced) or thrown. The new rules were introduced and the ‘rough house’ elements of the game were eliminated – tackling and slugging resulted in ‘fouls’ ,which now ultimately advantaged the other team.
The game spread quickly. By 1898 a Professional League was established in the USA. The new game took hold in the US, Canada and the UK. ‘Dribbling’ was introduced in 1901.
The game rapidly gained popularity and refinement. A women’s variant ‘Netball’ was established in England soon after Basketball was created by Naismith. Like Basketball its popularity spread quickly –this time throughout the British Empire. The facts are that at the highest levels of participation, Basketball, Netball and Gymnastics have generally been played or performed on Timber Courts. From old fruit packing sheds with peach baskets to unique proper sprung timber flooring.
This remains the case today. As Olympic sports, both Basketball and Netball are played on sprung timber sports flooring. In Australia the timber used is more often either Tasmanian Oak or Messmate. A true timber court is not unlike a musical instrument, tuned to provide the ultimate in pace, bounce and compression, lessening the strain and risk of injury to competitors.
Worldwide major competitions are played on Timber Sports Flooring. The court is highly polished and finished with protective coatings. The NBA is the premiere basketball competition. All NBA games are played on FIBA approved courts. The same is true for Australia’s NBL competition and the premiere Netball competition – the Suncorp Super Netball competition – all are played on Sprung Timber Sports Flooring.
Maintenance is relatively simple. Annually the following tasks must be undertaken:
Annual line marking on sport floors
Annual maintenance programs
Re-coating after 12 months on all sprung timber sports flooring
Other tasks that must occur over longer periods (7 years or more) include:
Resurfacing of existing floors – sports floors on stadiums, halls and gymnasiums, timber flooring in churches
Re-sanding of all sprung timber sports floors
Removal and refitting of existing floors
Removal and replacement of stadium seating
The installation of Timber Sports Flooring requires a specialist team with both knowledge, experience and effective access to FIBA approved Sports Flooring systems or similar to ensure a premium finish and longevity.
Timber is a natural material, it means those using it are less likely to suffer injury or tire and it looks simply stunning. Today most State Governments stipulate the use of Australian Hardwoods in installing Sports Flooring.
For all your Timber Sports Flooring requirements – Installation, Maintenance, repairs and refurbishment, as well as scheduled programmed professional cleaning always rely on Nellakir.
When the NBL teams run out onto the main court at Basketball Victoria’s Wantirna facility it just ‘feels right’. Players experience the benefit of sprung timber flooring immediately. It’s faster and reduces shock from movement by providing real give and bounce.
At Wantirna, Nellakir installed 3 show courts using the PR2 system from ASF/Horner flooring systems and 3 general courts using the PR1 system from ASF/Horner in messmate flooring – an Australian hardwood.
Whether your team is competing at a local Sports Centre such as Casey Stadium in Cranbourne South, Keilor Stadium or Eagle Stadium in Werribee you are competing on premium ASF/Horner FIBA approved flooring installed by Nellakir. Add to this flooring at the Bendigo Stadium and the many multi-purpose courts with community access constructed and installed by the Victorian Building Authority at a whole raft of new schools across Victoria, you are enjoying the very best in premium Timber Sports Flooring from Nellakir and ASF/Horner.
The very same principle applies with Victoria’s premiere Netball courts at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Royal Park where Nellakir originally installed 5 separate courts using ST2 (Stump Thrust 2) systems – 2 competition courts and another 3 courts for practice and local competition, back in the early 2000s, in time for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Currently Nellakir is completing a series of new courts at the facility with opening dates and ceremonies to be announced soon by the Victorian Government.
Nellakir has a range of projects currently underway. These include the following new school facilities…
Fisherman’s Bend Secondary School (Multipurpose)
Vic Uni Secondary College Parkville (Multipurpose)
Greater Shepparton College (VBSA) (Multipurpose)
as well as specialist flooring and competition courts at the following locations…
Rosebud Aquatic Centre
Altona Sports Centre
As usual at this time of year the Nellakir team are undertaking a number of annual maintenance programs state-wide prior to the full return to competition by local leagues and school competitions.
Experienced, precise and equipped to provide you the very best in Competition Sports Flooring, it’s simply a phone call away. Call 03 9467 6126 for one of our technicians to meet with you and determine a sensible maintenance program. Or simply leave your details here for a prompt reply.
Nellakir – Champion floors for present and future Champions
Basketball, Netball, Futsal, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Dance and Badminton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ensure the perfect court surface for all your Sports Flooring. Call Nellakir on 03 9467 6126 and arrange a no-obligation inspection at a time convenient to your schedule. Or simply leave your details here for a prompt reply.
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With further relaxations on competitive sports activities announced on Nov 8th, it’s time to get ready for a summer of Sport. Indoor facilities such as Basketball and Netball stadiums will soon re-open for competition – with some limitations. Schedule a consultation now with Nellakir to ensure your Timber Sports Flooring is in premium shape for re-opening. Call 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here [https://www.nellakir.com.au/contact.html] to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.
For your interest, here are the latest Press Releases for participants from both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria…
Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Update Monday 9 November
Basketball Victoria welcomes yesterday’s announcement from the Victorian Government in regard to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions with the current (as of November 9) ‘Third Step’ aligning Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne, plus the roadmap to the ‘last step’ (as of November 23).
However, we are still awaiting clarification regarding the number of people allowed per venue or facility or per space from DHHS and Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) for both the ‘Third Step’ and ‘Last Step’.
Please note: The current DHHS guidelines stipulate that a ‘facility’ is capped at 20 people only, regardless of the number of courts or separated areas within the venue.
We remain hopeful this refined definition of a “facility” by DHHS can be resolved in the coming days, as we have advocated via SRV and VicSport again this morning along with a number of other indoor sports and facility operators.
From November 23 (the Last Step), there is positive news that both adult and junior participants can return indoors in a ‘contact’ or ‘non-contact’ scenario for either training or competition.
However, a venue limit of 100 ‘patrons’ has been set for indoor community sport and a group limit of 20. This is in addition to large sporting venues being able to open with a 25 per-cent venue patron cap, with each space subject to the density quotient. We have asked for clarity on the definition of ‘patron’ as well as further detail on venue definitions and approved capacities.
We appreciate our community’s patience and support throughout these difficult times as we aim to plan to reactivate the sport in its entirety alongside our associations and clubs in upcoming weeks. We will continue to discuss the issues and advocate for basketball with the Victorian Government on a daily basis. Basketball Victoria and your associations will make further updates as soon as they’re available.
From 11:59pm on Sunday 8 November
Please refer to Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines for further detail
FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER:
Outdoor (contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-20
Indoor (non-contact) training only – ORANGE-20
FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:
Outdoor (non-contact) training only – RED-10
From 11:59pm on Sunday 22 November
Outdoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-50
Indoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-20*
NB: Further clarity to come*
Patron cap of up to 100 people*.
Group size up to 20 people*.
Density quotient of 1 per 4m ²*
Large sporting venues will be able to open with a 25 per–cent venue patron cap, with each space subject to the density quotient*.
We have been overjoyed watching the steady return of community netball across Victoria and we look forward to seeing more associations and leagues commence in the coming weeks.
Effective 11:59pm Sunday 08 November, the 25km travel limit will no longer be in place and the boundary between Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria will come down. There will be some changes to indoor community sport venues across metro Melbourne, unfortunately this does not include netball competitions and programs. Non-contact training may occur at indoor venues with a maximum of 20 people, but only if participants can maintain 1.5 metre physical distancing.
There are no changes to community netball in regional Victoria. There is no change to community sport for adults across Victoria.
Netball Victoria’s Return to Community Netball guidelines have been updated, you can find the latest resources here.
We look forward to the further easing of restrictions on 23 November and will provide further detail once it is available.
Meanwhile the NBA Draft period jockeying for position is in full swing, and unsurprisingly another young Aussie is front stage with strong interest.
Aussie gun Josh Green set for huge NBA Draft day. One team is his ‘perfect fit’
He comes from The Land Down Under but has made his mark in the Valley of the Sun.
With all the media focus on the Knicks’ lottery pick at No. 8 in the Nov. 18 NBA draft, the front office has worked just as diligently on their second first-round pick at No. 27 and their second-round pick at No. 38.
“They are trying to find the diamond in the rough,’’ one NBA source said.
One player of particular interest is Arizona freshman Josh Green, a shooting guard who moved from Sydney, Australia, to Phoenix when he was 13.
Green is listed at 6-foot-5 but has a 6-10 wingspan. Scouts have classified him as the prototypical 3-and-D.
“He’s an NBA athlete,’’ one NBA scout said of Green. “He excels in transition and has potential as a defender with good awareness. He probably still needs to improve his outside shooting.’’
In his one-and-done, COVID-19-shortened college season, Green averaged 12 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 30 games. He shot a decent 36.1 per cent from 3, but there’s been criticism of his shooting mechanics.
“He’d be the perfect fit for the Knicks,’’ another talent evaluator said.
Some NBA officials believe the Knicks may have to trade up a few slots to snare Green because he may not last until No. 27.
Green, who turns 20 next week, is represented by the preferred Creative Artists Agency, which Knicks president Leon Rose ran until March when owner James Dolan chose him to lead the franchise.
“He can shoot and defend, but he could still be a project,’’ ESPN’s draft guru Fran Fraschilla said. Green is the only Australian predicted to be selected in the first round.
The Knicks obtained the 27th pick from the Clippers at the February trade deadline in exchange for Marcus Morris, now a free agent who could still re-sign with the Knicks if they want to pursue him.
Because of the parity in this year’s draft that extends all the way to the middle of the lottery, the Knicks have no idea who might be there at No 27.
In a perfect world, the Knicks prefer to select a scoring point guard with their lottery pick and a deft outside-shooting swingman with their second first-rounder.
Besides Green, other players who fit that shooting-guard description are Duke swingman Cassius Stanley, 6-7 Robert Woodward II of Mississippi State and Texas Christian’s Desmond Bane.
At 27, the Knicks could be staring at two other Duke players besides Stanley — point guard Tre Jones, RJ Barrett’s former teammate, and freshman centre Vernon Carey Jr.
Indications are the intriguing Carey is higher on their list. Knicks GM Scott Perry viewed Carey, son of former Dolphins offensive lineman Vernon Carey, as a sure-fire first-round pick last season.
Carey is hurt by the perception that he’s a low-post, old-school centre akin to Duke draft-bust Jahlil Okafor. Carey has lost 30 pounds since the Duke season ended in March, and he’s shown an ability to hit from the outside in recent workouts.
In fact, there’s talk he will go higher than 27 because of his weight loss and dispelling the myth he’s only a back-to-the-basket big. That was essentially the role in which Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski employed him.
“I like Carey, and I think people undervalue him,’’ the NBA scout said.
If the Knicks don’t take a point guard at No. 8, San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn and France’s Theo Maledon could be point possibilities at 27.
Some of these names might still be around in the early second round at No. 38.
Adding three rookies to the roster will have its disadvantages this season, with no summer league and almost no time to get acclimated before a potential Dec. 1 training camp.
To boot, there may not be a traditional G-League season to develop rookies.
“In this draft, there’s no difference between 20 and 40,’’ Fraschilla said. “A good player will be there at 27 and 38.”