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.

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LeBron James – Has time finally caught up with him?

The Lakers are in a play-off best of 7 with the Denver Nuggets and currently lead 2 games to 1. But has their “Ace” card – LeBron James – hit the wall? Judge for yourself after you have read this article from CBS Sports. We’re not so sure and as his last game proved with 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, he’s still a force to be reckoned with.

LeBron James’ age has been on display like never before in playoffs, a vulnerability Lakers may not overcome

For the first time, it looks like LeBron, 35, is hitting his physical limit

LeBron James has posted some of the most mind-boggling playoff statistics in NBA history, but if one column in his box score consistently stands out, it’s his minutes total. He has played 10,496 total playoff minutes in his career, roughly three extra seasons worth of games at his typical workload. That typical workload increases significantly when the postseason rolls around, though. Playoff LeBron almost always plays at least 40 minutes in close games.

This makes sense intuitively. LeBron’s fitness is beyond reproach. He has always been one of the NBA’s best athletes, so it stands to reason that he’d also be among the most durable. He’s played all 48 minutes in four separate playoff games, with the last one coming as recently as 2018, when he was 33 years old. Endurance has never been an issue. LeBron, for nearly two decades, has been superhuman. In some ways, he still is. At 35, he is still widely considered the NBA’s best player.

But that superhuman endurance? That might be slipping. James played only 37 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The Lakers won those 37 minutes by two points … but lost the game by eight. LeBron sitting for 11 minutes was enough for a 10-point Denver swing, and that’s nothing new. He sat for a total of 28 minutes across five 2017 NBA Finals games. The Warriors outscored the Cavaliers by 27 points in that span. LeBron’s teams have always struggled when he’s gone to the bench. They’ve just been fortunate that he almost never needed to.

At 35 years old? He does require more breathers on the bench. James has played 40 minutes only once in the 2020 playoffs. It came in a Game 1 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, the sort of defeat that typically leads to stars playing more minutes, not less. Yet his minutes have gone down ever since, and even that Portland game wasn’t a particularly high peak to come down from. He played 41 minutes and three seconds in the playoff opener. Ready for a starting fact? Playoff LeBron has topped that 154 times out of 252 total playoff games. In 2020, James has not had a top-150 playoff game in his career in terms of minutes played.

There are good reasons for that aside from the simple fact that James is old. In general, players play less now than they did even a few years ago. Almost everyone’s conditioning declined during the pandemic. The Lakers have also played a number of blowouts, allowing him extra rest, and the bubble schedule of games every other night allows less day-to-day rest. No matter the culprit, the numbers have been clear: LeBron needs that rest. Throughout the postseason, he’s worn down as games have progressed.

The Lakers don’t have a roster equipped to play without LeBron for extended stretches. During the regular season, they were 10.4 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor, a gap that has grown to 15.6 in the playoffs, and he was the only regular-season rotation player whose absence pushed the Lakers into a negative net rating. As well as Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso have played in supporting roles this postseason, LeBron is the only primary ball-handler on this roster.

And he might still be the best one in all of basketball. James is still averaging 25.9 points on 55.4 percent shooting. He’s 1.2 assists per game short of a triple-double average for an entire playoff run, a feat never achieved over more than 12 total games (LeBron has already played 13). He’s playing his best defense since his Miami days. For 36-38 minutes, LeBron is still very much LeBron.

But that kind of qualifier has never been needed in the past. He was superhuman, immune to such common necessities as rest or help. Now, for the first time in perhaps a decade, Playoff LeBron looks mortal. He may still be the best player in the world, but he finally has a weakness, and it’s a weakness the Lakers aren’t particularly well-equipped to cover up. Were it not for an Anthony Davis buzzer-beater, the Lakers would be trailing 2-1 in this series with losses explainable by a miserable LeBron fourth quarter in Game 2 and an even worse outing by his bench in Game 3.

Even leading 2-1, the Lakers can’t exactly afford complacency. The Nuggets have already come back from two separate 3-1 deficits. They’ve won the past six quarters of this series by 18 points. Whether in this series or in the NBA Finals, a time is going to come in which the Lakers are going to have to optimize and use a shorter, more traditional playoff rotation.

That used to mean throwing LeBron out there for 44 or 45 minutes and taking the bench out of the equation. It isn’t clear if that’s possible anymore. Perhaps the Lakers have intentionally limited LeBron’s minutes to give themselves a trump card. They haven’t needed him to play 45 minutes yet. They haven’t lost more than a single game in any series, after all, so the idea of saving him for when he is needed most makes some sense. But it’s no longer the only or even the likeliest explanation for his workload. The probable answer is that a condensed schedule and imperfect roster are taking a toll on him at 35 that they wouldn’t have in years past, and even if the Lakers remain heavy championship favorites, it makes them more vulnerable than LeBron’s best teams have ever been.

Source: cbssports.com

Take the time now to schedule a Court Inspection for your facility. Call now on 03 9467 6126 and arrange an appointment for our expert technicians to assess your stadium’s competition Sports Flooring and develop a sensible maintenance program going forward.

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Task Force to Tackle the Impact of Covid-19 on Australian Basketball Competition

From the NBL website…

Australian Basketball Unites to Tackle Impact of COVID-19

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Australia’s basketball community has established a taskforce to tackle the challenges from grassroots to elite competitions caused by the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

Basketball Australia, States and Territories, NBL, WNBL, NBL1, clubs and players have come together to build a comprehensive plan to restart the sport when the threat of COVID-19 eases.

The taskforce will be led by Basketball Australia Chair Ned Coten and the Owner and Executive Chairman of the NBL Larry Kestelman and include prominent members of the basketball and business communities.

Allan Yates, Nicola Ellis, Tony Hallam, Jacob Holmes, Brian Delaney and Jerril Rechter will represent basketball and they will be joined by independent business figures Ruffy Geminder, Diane Smith-Gander and Rickard Gardell.

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Chair of Basketball Australia Ned Coten said: “We are very mindful of the millions of Australians doing it tough and, quite rightly, they are the number one priority support right now, particularly those who have lost their jobs and are suffering financial hardship.

“Basketball is not immune to the impact of the COVID-19 and, like the rest of the community, we need to do everything we can to get through these challenging times but also work together to restart the sport when the time is right.

“Basketball is one of Australia’s highest participation sports with over 1.5 million active participants. It is the number one family sport, is incredibly inclusive and diverse and is a source of enjoyment across all levels of the community. Importantly, 38% of our participants are female and we have two of the leading men’s and women’s leagues in the world in the NBL and WNBL.

“The game employs tens of thousands of people across the country and generates significant economic impact as well as a range of health and social benefits for the wider community across both genders and all ages that will be needed more than ever as we recover.”

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The Owner and Executive Chairman of the NBL Larry Kestelman said: “Unlike other sports, basketball leagues do not derive the bulk of their revenue from broadcast agreements. With a significant amount of Australian homes now having a basketball hoop in the backyard, the sport can play a crucial role in getting the country active and back to normal, but we need help more than ever.

“Under the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the sport has come to standstill for now. This includes not just the NBL and WNBL but also Australia’s premier winter league NBL1, the 3x3Hustle and all community and grassroots leagues right around the country.

“The NBL attracted almost one million people last season and is now widely considered the second-best domestic basketball league in the world after the NBA. We are an entertainment product built for live attendances.

“Unlike other codes, basketball cannot fall back on revenue from television if restrictions are still in place to crowds and would need assistance. We are not seeking special priority but rather simply asking not to be forgotten to ensure we can continue to deliver the sport that we and so many Australians love.”

The taskforce will consult with all areas of the sport to develop the recovery program for Australian basketball.

Source: nbl.com.au

During the current lockdown, Nellakir have continued to provide Construction, Installation and Maintenance services to some of our better known public stadiums, private and public schools, community recreation venues and a range of other facilities that feature high quality Sprung Timber Flooring such as Theatres, Churches and Dance Floors.

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Nellakir are the exclusive agents in Victoria and Tasmania for the ASF/Horner Sports Flooring systems – premium timber sports flooring that carries FIBA approval.

Now is the right time to carry out annual cyclical maintenance on premium Timber Sports Flooring whilst competitions are in temporary recess. Resurfacing, re-lining and where required re-sanding can all be undertaken and completed at this time.

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Call Nellakir now on 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here for a prompt reply. Book a time to speak to one of our trained technicians on your requirements and arrange a free, no-obligation quotation at your convenience.

Virtual conferencing can be arranged using Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or similar.

Take the time to plan for the future with Nellakir, the leading experts in Timber Sports Flooring Construction, Installation and Maintenance.

Nellakir – Sports Flooring for Champions.

Netball and Nellakir – The Perfect Combination

Netball is increasing its public interest exponentially. The National competition has major ‘Free to Air’ coverage and the sport is proving to be the most popular women’s sport after Swimming.

Nellakir are proud to be involved with providing the very best in premium Sports Flooring for the highest levels of Netball competition throughout Victoria.

The Sports advancement in Western Australia demonstrates its meteoric rise in popularity.

From the ABC news today…

Netball fever takes hold in WA amid record sponsorship deal and increasing fan base

It is a frontier year for netball in Western Australia.

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The Fever is dealing with higher expectations after a grand final appearance last year, a permanent move to Perth Arena and a new lucrative sponsorship deal that is worth a record $5 million to WA netball over the next three years.

The sport is now in rarefied air, and it has been a progression built on years of hard work.

As the Fever won its way to a maiden grand final berth it became the main show in town — crowds were big, media attention was high and community interest in the Perth team peaked.

The grand final against Sunshine Coast last year was watched by more than 1 million people across Australia, and the club’s 16 games over the season were streamed by more than 1 million people.

The Fever also did 170 media appearances in the week leading up to the decider.

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Across the league, more than 6.7 million viewers tuned in to at least part of a match in 2018, with a match average of 140,000 viewers — an increase of 25.9 per cent on the year before.

With those sorts of figures, it is no wonder the Fever has just signed the biggest sponsorship deal in the history of women’s sport in WA.

The game also remains strong at grassroots level.

According to the Australian Sports Commission, netball remained the number one team sport for girls last year despite Australian football, cricket, soccer and rugby all making concerted efforts to increase the number of females playing their respective sports.

Swimming was still the overall favourite, accounting for 33.9 per cent of girls aged 0-14, with netball at 13.3 per cent.

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Dancing, gymnastics, football, basketball, dance sports, athletics, tennis and hockey rounded out the top 10.

A total of 1.2 million people play netball in Australia, and 230,000 of those are in WA.

Nielsen Sports said more than one in five Australians are fans or consumers of netball — and that is something which makes it even more appealing for broadcasters, according to media analyst Steve Allan.

“One of the things about netball is it has a very attractive demographic from a telecaster’s point of view,” he said.

“It is nearly all 14 to 34[-year-old] females. That is a very attractive group.”

‘The sport has moved to new heights’

Netball Australia has formed an independent commission ahead of this year’s Super Netball season, following the framework set out by leagues such as the AFL and NRL, with the aim of being the top sporting league for women globally.

Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer said it was another big step in the right direction.

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“I think this is the next iteration of the sport in this country, and certainly under the [Netball Australia] leadership of [CEO] Marne Fechner and [chair] Paolina Hunt, the sport has moved to new heights,” she said.

“We have seen this in other sports — once you move to an independent commission, you get different levels of expertise in this space.”

In an increasingly crowded sporting market, netball is stronger than it has ever been.

Source: abc.net.au

To ensure your Timber Sports Flooring is always presented in premium playing condition, contact Nellakir on 03 9467 6126 and arrange a free consultation on all your maintenance requirements. Nellakir offer a sensible annual maintenance package. The Nellakir team can competently provide re-surfacing, re-lining and where required re-sanding. Call now or leave your details here for a prompt reply

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Aussies burn hot for Utah Jazz.

In the NBA, Australian born basketballers are going gangbusters. Crafting their skills on local competition courts (sprung timber sports flooring), Joe Ingles and Dante Exum are now starring for the Utah Jazz in the NBA.

Joe Ingles is a South Australian boy from Happy Valley, an Adelaide Suburb. He played junior basketball for the Southern Tigers. In Australia he played with the South Dragons in the NBL as an 18 year old and was NBL Rookie of the Year in 2006-2007.

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Before joining Utah Jazz, he played in Spain for CB Granada then FC Barcelona. In 2013 he signed with Israeli Club Maccabi Tel Aviv, and was a member of that team’s Euro League Championship win in 2013-2014.

He signed with Utah Jazz in October 2014.

Dante Exum was born in East Melbourne. He played for Keilor Basketball Association as a junior. Like Joe Ingles he studied at Lake Ginninderra Secondary School in Canberra and attended the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport). He joined Jazz in 2014 being drafted at fifth overall pick.

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Basketball in Australia is played at the highest levels of competition on FIFA approved Timber Sports Flooring.

Champions are produced playing on championship floors, Nellakir are proud to be the leading experts in the Construction and Maintenance of all Timber Sports Flooring in Victoria and Tasmania.

Call now on 9467 6126 for a free, no obligation consultation.

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A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year from everyone here at Nellakir

From last year’s NBA fixture – enjoy the video. This year catch all the action on ESPN. See last week’s post for the schedule.

We look forward to another great year building fabulous new Timber Sports Floors for local competition here in Victoria and Tasmania. The State Government here continues to roll out major PPP (Private Public Partnership) projects for Schools throughout Victoria. Nellakir are pleased to announce a solid continuing involvement, with new projects commencing from January to February. These competition level Sprung Timber Sports Floored Courts are used for school, local competition, gymnasiums and assembly halls. Locations include Banyule, Springside West and Keysborough College.

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As well we will continue to develop major competition Sports Flooring at Stadiums such as Bendigo Stadium (opened a major new court built by Nellakir this year) and Eagle Stadium in Melbourne’s fastest growing region of Wyndham (Werribee).

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Eagle Stadium

Stay safe these holidays and see you next year.

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Nellakir helps young athletes reach their goals by providing the highest quality Sprung Timber Sports Floor playing surfaces.