Open letter from Waverley

Hi Delegates7024018-basketball-court,

As most of you would be aware, we experienced significant problems with the Court 5 playing surface over the course of this weekend.

The court surface became slippery in parts as a result of servicing carried out on the backboards prior to the weekend. A series of measures were taken to bring the court up to a standard where it was safe for games to be played, however the condition of the court deteriorated during Friday Night games to the point where some VJBL games had to be cancelled.

WBA staff, stadium cleaners and professionals from the company which looks after our rings and backboards all spent time working on the court prior to and during Saturday Competition, however as the day progressed the surface again reached a point where it would be unsafe to continue games. The decision was made to abandon the remaining games on Court 5 after the 3:30pm game.

The court received further maintenance at the conclusion of the Saturday Competition and during the day on Sunday, and was used for Sunday Night competition.

The immediate nature of the situation made it difficult for WBA officials at the stadium to contact teams and clubs about cancelled games. We apologise for the inconvenience to teams who did not get to play their games on Saturday.

An official decision regarding the outcomes of cancelled games will be made early this week and clubs will be notified accordingly.

Thanks for your understanding with this unfortunate situation.

Kind Regards,
Andrew Kelly
Waverley Basketball Association

Basketball Victoria Shooting Camp

shotting campBasketball Victoria will be running the popular Specialist Shooting Camp over the upcoming school holidays.

Delivered by Master Coach Ian Stacker, the Camp aims to fine tune Players’ shooting technique and improve their overall game.

This Camp will also provide Players with some drills they can use in their practice sessions.

Tuesday 31st March
10am – 3pm

State Basketball Centre, 291 George St, Wantirna South

Who can attend:
Registrations are open to U12-U18 male and female athletes who are currently participating in representative competitions (VJBL and Vic Country).

Cost: $55 

Jump online to register, numbers are limited so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment – Register Now

For more information, contact:
Samantha Evans

In Memoriam – Jan Dowler

flowers on bballIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Jan Dowler of the Waverley Basketball Association.

Jan was one of the founders of the Association and has for many years been the
co-ordinator of the junior competition that the Caulfield Malvern Basketball Club is part of.

Her role was an extremely important and responsible job which she performed exceptionally well; ensuring divisions, teams and gradings were structured in the fairest way possible, for all clubs.

Jan has also been involved in many (if not all) aspects of the administration of the Association, from  coach, team manager, canteen person, competition manager, general administration, door keeper and board member.

Piranhas would like to pass on our condolences to Jan’s family and the management team of the Waverley Basketball Association.

She was an extremely loved and respected person and her loss will be strongly felt.

2014 AGM – President’s Report

Dairy Park






This year for the first time the Club is recognizing our long serving members by awarding 100 game badges. In reviewing the membership records to determine our long serving players, I reflected on the history of our Club and my involvement which I would like to share with you.

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Upcoming Basketball Vic No Zone Clinics

Coaches Clinic

The following dates are when the upcoming no-zone clinics will be taking place:

Sunday 9th November 2:30-4:00pm
State Basketball Centre

Monday 10th November 7:00-8:30pm Eltham High School

Sunday 16th November 2:30-4:00pm Werribee Basketball Stadium

Monday 17th November 7:00-8:30pm
Box Hill Secondary College

In line with the push to increase skills Basketball Victoria banned zone defences in all under 12 representative competitions last year and has continued that regulation to include under 14 in the coming season. It is expected that the requirement to play man for man defence will filter through to the older age groups to some extent in the coming seasons.

It is widely accepted that children whose teams play zones during their formative years do not learn the defensive and offensive skills required to play at higher levels.

In practice, for our club, this means that children whose teams play zones in domestic competition and who try-out for representative programs are at a disadvantage compared with those who come from man for man teams.

I am aware that guarding the key type zones are very easy to teach and tend to solve the competitive defensive problem for beginner level teams. In the past I have used zones with domestic teams myself, partly for the simplicity in instruction, partly because zones do teach team attitudes and partly so I can focus on teaching offence. Then there are those occasions when we have the bare number of players on a hot summer afternoon.

However, now, with the increased focus on skill mastery all coaches are being asked to teach man for man, in the interests of their players development.

Preparing players for the possible demands of rep ball may seem a long way from the needs of a fun domestic team. However we have a duty to prepare our juniors as best as we can and especially, young teenagers from all levels are well known for deciding to put their hat in the rep ball ring. The present Falcons Under 18 and Under 20 teams include a number of children who played their early basketball in grades such as Under 10, 12 and 14 D Reserve.

Man for man can be played in various forms from aggressive trapping full-court defences to conservative back-court help and recover team defences. The commonality is that players have one on one responsibility as well as being taught how to help and are learning and applying the skills of individual and team defence. Those of us who see professional teams playing advanced zones know that the best zone players are those who have mastered man for man skills.

Our Club will be conducting sessions to assist our own coaches. Also, our more experienced coaches are always available to assist at training or in games.

The clinics conducted by Basketball Victoria as listed below are open to all coaches including domestic coaches, and are compulsory for rep coaches.

I encourage our Piranhas coaches to attend one of these sessions.

Patrick Doherty

The following dates are when the clinics will be taking place:

Sunday 9th November 2:30-4:00pm at State Basketball Centre
Monday 10th November 7:00-8:30pm at Eltham High School
Sunday 16th November 2:30-4:00pm at Werribee Basketball Stadium
Monday 17th November 7:00-8:30pm at Box Hill Secondary College

Sidetracked Winners!

The Caulfield Malvern Basketball Club proudly congratulate
the following prize winners from the Funday/Presentation Day held last Saturday

1st Prize – Alex Camm : Family Pass to 3 x Melbourne United Home Games
2nd Prize – Brendan Smith : $100 Sportsmart voucher
3rd Prize – Sam Way : Molten Game Day Ball
4th Prize – Monea : Molten Game Day Ball
5th Prize – Matt Wegmuller : Slam Jam Indoor Hoop
6th Prize – Lachlan Vanzyl : Sidetracked Voucher
7th Prize – Charlie Thomson : Sidetracked Voucher
8th Prize – Alison Emerson : Sidetracked Voucher
9th Prize – Kylie Kune : Sidetracked Voucher

Sidetracked/Presentation Day

Sidetracked 2014It’s on again, the Piranhas fun night at Sidetracked!

After the huge success of last year’s event, the Club Committee is pleased to announce another fun night on Saturday November 8th, full of unlimited rides and activities. And that’s not all. Additionally on the night we will be presenting long service players with special awards – something they will be able to show off weekly! We will also take the opportunity on the night to have a quick AGM, to ratify accounts and committee roles for 2015. We welcome all Club parents to volunteer for a committee position. With the awards and the AGM, we would like as many parents as possible to attend the event. Last year all thoroughly enjoyed the night, some dads even got to race the motorised Go Karts! So lock the date in the diary now, 6.45pm for a 7pm start, finish time if you’re not exhausted 9.30pm.

CMBC – Sidetracked 2014 – NEW DATE 

Under 18 Section 1

photoWhat a way to end the season for the Under 18 Section 1 Division competition.
With the three U18 PIRANHAS TEAMS finishing FIRST, SECOND & THIRD

Congratulations to Phoenix Park for taking the coveted prize. (Remarkably this team are still qualified for the Under 16 division.)

Congratulations also to Central Park on second place and Armadale Piranhas on third.

Awesome result for the Club to have the three top sides in the highest age/section division for the Waverley Junior domestic competition.

Melbourne United Family Day @ Luna Park

594e5c5379To celebrate the launch of the 2014-15 National Basketball League season, and to showcase their new-look team, CTI Melbourne United are holding two Family Fun Days, and want you to join them for what is sure to be an extravaganza of basketball and excitement at Luna Park, on 13-14 September, 2014.

The Family Fun Days are a terrific chance for basketball fans of all ages to meet the CTI Melbourne United players, be introduced for the very first time to their brand new team mascot Mr Baller, and to see a very special guest performance by Australian star singer Ricki-Lee.

There will be a big screen set up, where you’ll be able to find yourself in the crowd as well as watch the live interviews with the CTI Melbourne United players and coaches. Bring your basketball skills with you, as there will be opportunities to put them to the test against the pros. There will be heaps of giveaways, and the opportunity to go into the draw for some great family prizes!

There will also be loads of children’s entertainment and special offers on CTI Melbourne United merchandise. With the players there, you can even get them signed!

Grand Finals are here!


Congratulations on our 11 teams through to Grand Finals – CMBC wishes all our teams every success!!

Under 10 Section 2: Hedgeley Dene
Under 10 Section 2 Girls: Kooyong Park
Under 10 Section 3: Gardiners Creek
Under 12 Section 6: Central Park
Under 14 Section 1: East Malvern
Under 14 Section 6: Hedgeley Dene
Under 14 Section 6: Malvern Valley
Under 14 Section 1 Girls: Central Park
Under 16 Section 3: Tooronga Park
Under 18 Section 1: Central Park
Under 18 Section 1: Phoenix Park

Qualification Lists and Schedules

FIXTURESUpdated qualification lists for Saturday Juniors and Girls, as well as Sunday Juniors, as of the end of the regular season is now on the Waverley website.

Schedules for the weekend’s semi-finals are also being updated to show team names; any games which have changed times and courts have been highlighted.

Ladders were updated this morning with results from Wattle Park included, so if teams checked their ladder over the weekend, it may have changed. Please ensure all your teams check ladders and schedules carefully.

SPECIAL NOTE- Please inform all your U/8 Teams to go to the Presentation Room in the Canteen Area to receive their Participation Awards immediately after their game on Saturday.