Welcome to another season of SPX basketball! The SPX Basketball Club would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the 2014/2015 captain James Brannan on his basketballrecent position. James is a member of the 'Firsts' team and has represented the school at ISA level, he is a great role model to the younger boys and we wish him luck during the upcoming season both playing for the Ists and leading our club.

The junior teams started their competition last weekend with some great wins and some close losses. This weekend sees the beginning of the 2014/2015 season for the senior teams and with an increase in teams to 26 this year the season promises to be a great one!

The Basketball Club has been very busy behind the scenes ensuring the start of the season runs as smoothly as possible. We ran some basketball camps during the last school holidays which were once again well attended by the boys. We have organised to have expert coach's attend our training sessions during term 4. These coach's will work with our existing team coach's from the juniors through to the Open teams. They will bring with them fresh ideas and "back to basic" foundations which will improve the playing ability of all boys involved!

The club has also purchased 52 new Molten Composite GF7 balls and Ball bags. These will be given to each team coach to ensure the boys will be playing and training with the best possible balls during the season! It is our hope that the old balls will be donated to our sis'er school in Bowerville. Sweat mops and scissor mops have also been purchased for both the Chatswood and Oxford Falls courts. The frequent use of these mops, along with the school holiday polishing of the Chatswood gym should see a less slippery and safer surface for the boys to play on.

The Basketball Club acknowledges that every year there are boys who miss out on making teams. The school currently has 38 teams (over 300 boys) playing basketball for the school, one of the larger competitors in the ISA competition. This means we do not always have enough competition to compete against. Every year Mr. Gibson spends hours juggling teams and liaising with the ISA to ensure we have the maximum amount of teams possible. I encourage those boys who have missed out to not give up hope and get out there and join their local clubs (all of which run skills program's) to improve their skills, most boys who are committed to doing this will see a great improvement in their skill set and therefore a greater chance of making teams next year. I have included a list of local clubs websites for your convenience.

Northern Suburbs Basketball Association - http://www.nsba.com.au/

Manly Warringah Association - http://www.manlybasketball.com.au/

Hornsby Association - http://www.hornsbyspiders.com.au/

Hills Basketball Association - http://www.hillshornets.com.au/

Finally, we are still after managers for some of the senior teams. The manager's job is to coordinate 2 scorers for each home game, please contact me via email or mobile if interested.

Regards

Danielle O' Donovan - Basketball Club President (ph 0412 588 371)
willdanod@optusnet.com.au

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