Commonwealth Sports funding questioned

Wednesday April 4, 2012 by  

The Chairman of Basketball Australia, The Hon. Kristina Keneally MP, said that today’s announcement by the Commonwealth Government that it would invest $8 million into the Football Federation of Australia (FFA), including to “support the growth of soccer in Western Sydney” alongside a new A-League team, raised serious questions about the allocation of Government funds to professional sports organisations.

“Whilst any investment in sport is  a good thing and the announcement of this new funding will no doubt be welcomed by soccer fans in western Sydney, this sort of major expenditure cannot continually be made on behalf of a select few sports at the expense of other high participation codes like basketball,” stated Ms. Keneally.

“Coming on the heels of reports of a quiet injection from the Federal Government of $7.5 million to fill an apparent black hole in the FFA’s accounts, today’s announcement seems to be pouring more money into a professional sport league without scrutiny or consideration to the lack of parity in government funding to other major sports bodies.” Read more

Lightning star wins 2012 WNBL MVP

Monday March 26, 2012 by  

Adelaide Lightning and Australian Opals star Suzy Batkovic has been named the 2012 Women’s National Basketball League Most Valuable Player on a night of celebration for the women’s game at the Basketball Australia MVP at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

The 192cm centre was the dominant player of the competition, leading the league in scoring, steals and rebounds to help her Adelaide team to a WNBL preliminary final berth.

A delighted Batkovic said it was an honour to be voted MVP and to join the illustrious company of the past winners. Read more

Buckle named WNBL Coach of the Year

Monday March 26, 2012 by  

Peter Buckle has been recognised for his amazing performance in turning around the fortunes of the Adelaide Lightning, receiving the Women’s National Basketball League Coach of the Year award at the Basketball Australia MVP at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

When Buckle walked through the doors of the Adelaide Arena he was greeted by a proud club languishing at the wrong end of the table.

Winning just three games in the 2010/11 season, Adelaide needed a fresh approach and Buckle was the man charged to deliver change and restore the club to its former glory. Read more

Flames and Students share WNBL honours

Monday March 26, 2012 by  

Sydney Uni Flames and Jayco Opals guard Alicia Poto has solidified her reputation as one of the premier defensive players in the Women’s National Basketball League, winning her second Robyn Maher Defensive Player of the Year award at the Basketball Australia MVP at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

The soon-to-be 34-year-old got an early birthday present when she was presented with the award named after the WNBL and Opals legend.

A gracious Poto said she felt honoured to join the likes of Tully Bevilaqua and Emily McInerny as a multiple winner of the award. Read more

Rangers crowned 2011-12 WNBL Champions

Sunday March 11, 2012 by  

The Dandenong Rangers have been crowned 2011/12 WNBL Champions after a storming win over the Bulleen Boomers at the Cage on Sunday afternoon, sealing the victory and the title 94-70.

For the Rangers, who finished the season with nine straight wins to take home the title, team captain Kath MacLeod led the side with 22 points, while dishing out nine assists — she was subsequently named Grand Final MVP for her efforts. Jenna O’Hea was again dominant finishing with 20 points and seven rebounds.

For the Bulleen Boomers, Liz Cambage finished with 22 points and reeled in 14 rebounds, while Rachel Jarry added 14 points. Read more

Rangers set up GF showdown with Boomers

Sunday March 4, 2012 by  

For the first time since 1987, two Melbourne-based teams will battle it out in the 2011/12 WNBL Grand Final after the Dandenong Rangers defeated the Adelaide Lightning in Sunday afternoon’s Preliminary Final, 91-78 to set up a showdown with reigning champions the Bulleen Boomers next Sunday at The Cage.

For the Rangers Jenna O’Hea finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while Tegan Cunningham also had a hot hand, finishing with 18 points.

For Adelaide, Suzy Batkovic finished with 34 points while Amy Lewis finished with 17 points. Read more

Rangers book Preliminary Final Showdown

Sunday February 26, 2012 by  

The Dandenong Rangers have booked a Preliminary Final showdown with the Adelaide Lightning following their gruelling 11-point Semi Final win over Townsville in sweltering conditions on Sunday, 77-66.

For the Rangers, Jenna O’Hea finished with 24 points, while Krista Phillips put up a dominant performance inside, scoring 17 points and reeling in 14 boards for the contest.

For the Fire, Nadeen Payne had a break-out game, top-scoring for Townsville with 18 points, while Shanavia Dowdell finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Read more

Bulleen Boomers clinch home Grand Final

Saturday February 25, 2012 by  

Reigning WNBL champions the Bulleen Boomers have secured a home Grand Final and in doing so, have become favourites to go back-to-back by defeating the Adelaide Lightning in a thrilling Semi Final clash in Adelaide on Saturday afternoon, 73-71.

With scores tied in the dying moments, the Lightning’s Abby Bishop blocked the shot of Rachel Jarry under the basket, the ball spilling to Bulleen star Liz Cambage who made the lay-up and sealed the win for the Boomers.

For Bulleen, Cambage dominated with 29 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Jarry was also impressive, finishing the game with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Read more

Fire turn up the heat on the Flames

Wednesday February 22, 2012 by  

The Townsville Fire have held the Sydney Uni. Flames to just 11 points in the last quarter to run away seven point winners in their Elimination Final on Wednesday night from Townsville RSL Stadium, securing the win 85-78.

For the Fire Jess Foley top-scored with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Shanavia Dowdell added 14 points and Mia Newley finished with 12 points.

For the Flames, Amy Denson top-scored with 18 points while Belinda Snell finished with 17 points and eight boards. Read more

WNBL 2011-12 finalists decided

Saturday February 18, 2012 by  

Logan ends Bendigo’s hopes of finals finish

After being bundled out of finals contention last night at the hands of Bendigo, the Logan Thunder have returned the favour and eliminated any hope of Bendigo playing finals basketball in the 2011/12 post-season, by delivering the second-placed Bulleen Boomers a 25-point beating in the last night of regular season competition.

The Spirit were hoping that both Logan and Townsville would lose their matches tonight, allowing them to move into fifth place. But the win to the Thunder gives Townsville a guaranteed finals berth, leaving it in the hands of the Fire to determine whether they finish fourth or fifth in their match-up with Canberra, also tonight.

After a reasonably matched first half, which saw the Thunder holding a three-point lead at half time, the Queenslanders put their foot down in the second half, dropping a massive 51 points after the long break, to Bulleen’s 29. Read more