Friday, 27 July 2018

Hey guys,

Really sorry that I haven't been updating regularly, I've been struggling to find the time to get it all done properly. You know what they say – time really flies when you take two depression naps a day! And are also an alcoholic.

Anyway, I have many reports to share! Please enjoy in no particular order!

Having said no particular order, these are shamelessly ripped from @Ben Palk's weekly SAABL reports. Gee, it's too bad he doesn't do this one, it might be a little better!

SAABL Week 9

After getting their first win last week, PAOCBC White made it two in a row beating Forestville Blue. After being up 15 with 7 minutes to go, White held on against a fast finishing Eagles. Scott Byrt with 14 and Division 2 leading scorer Stuart Macdonald with 15 were the best.

PAOCBC Red continue their winning ways beating Forestville Blue. The Reds are top of the league with stifling D - I am not sure how a team can be top yet be sort of flying below the radar, they only have 1 player in the top 20 scorers in the competition. Brendon Francesca had 22 for Reds.

In Division 2 - PAOCBC Red had a 40 point win against the young A-Town lads. A-Town played great in the first half - there are some great kids on this team. They have great competitive spirit even talking a bit of trash to Palk, who would've deserved I mean we've all trashed on Palk, right?

PAOCBC White had a great win against SPOC White - it was a close game with PAOCBC getting a 4 point win. Ollie Fox had a big game for PAOCBC with 18.

SAABL Week 10

Whites got off to a decent start, fighting hard and looking like they could turn the match up on its head. The Schvitz had a small lead of 7 against the plucky PAOCBC White - then went on a 12-0 run to blow the lead open.

Tyler "One Dad" Hosie was keeping the lead from getting too far out of reach for PAOCBC but Jacob Cassar was on fire for the Schvtz draining 5 threes and Matthew Schar (11 points) was too much down low for the undersized Reds (Whites). The Schvitz by 19 - 54-35.


In a tantalizing clash between the two Reds - PAOCBC Reds (Red) (see; Red Square) and A-Town Warriors (Red).

A-Town were missing their 2 leading scorers so the scoring was left to the exciting Isaac Atuer. PAOCBC jumped early with Jonathan Foo hitting some short jumpers and getting to the rim, Phil Harford running the show and draining some 3's and Jono Selfgetting out on the break.

PAOCBC play great together, their D can be stifling and their ball movement is excellent. Isaac (18 points) was keeping the Warriors in the game with his penetrartion and great shooting but PAOCBC were too much for them, Harford (18 points) and Foo (20 points) had their best games of the season and Warriors struggle to keep Phill Farrer and Lachlan Campbell off the glass.

PAOCBC ended up winning comfortably 72-45. The win means PAOCBC Red are the first team to qualify for Division 1 finals but final ladder positions still very much up for grabs.

PICK N POP FOR THE WIN! PNP have been around the mark all season but have not managed to close out some close games, losing 4 games by 8 or less. Peter Willsmoreore (8 points) and Jon Bartsch (10 points) lead the way for Pick N Pop all season. PAOCBC White were down 10 with 7 minutes left and made a spirited come back, cutting the lead to 3 with a minute to go.

Julian Urlings made a huge 3 to extend the lead to 6 and Reds (White) missed their shots in the closing stages and PNP got their 2nd win for the season.
Ollie Fox continues his good play of late finsihing with 15 for PAOCBC.


PAOCBC Red had a comfortable win against Saints White. The lead got out early but Saints settled and started to get some steals and get out on the break through Josiah Whittaker (8 points) and Lane Whittaker. Reds were a little too balanced with Brandon Reynolds (12 points), Mitch Kirkham (10 points) and Darcy "Mr Knitwear" Lord (9 points) all getting to the basket and draining jumpers ... and some bespectacled old man had a couple of fancy passes and 13 points too =) 

With the 57-29 win and the Saints loss - that moves PAOCBC Red into 4th, 2 games clear. Reds have a tough run home with the 3 teams above them and Saints Blue in the next 6 weeks.

Week 11


PAOCBC White took care of Hit Squad pretty easily - winning by 28. Angus Crawford has bounced back after a tough start to the season, with 13 points.


The two top teams from Conference Red - PAOCBC Red and Conference Blue - Saints Blue faced off in what should have been a great contest ... but PAOCBC Red were way too strong winning by 39. The two Phils - Harford and Farrer tore in a new one. Phill Farrer scored the first 13 points for Reds and then Phil Harford scored 14 in the rest of the half. They had their fill.

(see later report written by Mike)


Pick N Pop had a great win against PAOCBC Red - Tim Moors had a cracker and Jon Bartsch was too much down low. PNP are really on the improve - they still have a chance to make a late run to possible squeak into the finals.


Ravens and PAOCBC White played out a tough contest. PAOCBC were down a couple of players but they played super hard, working on the glass and down low. 

Ngor Daniel and Matt Topouzakis hit four 3's each and got the lead out enough to keep PAOCBC at bay - winning by 8 and keeping them at the top of Div 2.

Big Sunday A

Despite the scoresheet showing a date of 7/7/87, we turned up on time and in the right place for a top of the ladder clash with Big Sunday A.
A run of losses in the middle of the first half of the season has held us back from the top place on the ladder, although we had worked our way back into second.
Missing from our lineup this week was Flair, some feeble excuse having been made with regards to a new family member… Huge congratulations to Flair and Jordy!
Mike Evans was also missing in action, as was his keg…
The first half was a game of defence, with the Gold team coming out on top, having held Big Sunday to 10 points while managing 18 of our own.
The second half was more of the same, with our lead extending to a margin of 14. Final score being 37 – 23 in our favour. In the end a solid birthday win to help Caldy celebrate.
Another solid game from B-Rad with 17 points, the rest of the total shared pretty evenly, with the exception of Troy who was too busy coaching us to the win to bother the scorers.
3 fouls to Hendo and 5 to RT, the last in the final seconds of the game, were also a stand out. To be fair, RT really only got 2 or 3 fouls, the balance being “interesting” calls at best, including a block from behind that even the blocked player said was clean.
Car park beers provided by Nele, shiny meat and chips by RT.
Thanks to Ainoa for scoring.
Checking the ladder shows this was enough for us to take the top spot. Now all we have to do is carry this form though to the end.


SACBA Round 7

PAOCBC Red (4th)
Christies beach Baptist A (6th)

In our 4th game in Central 1 the Reds were yet to register a win – we’d had a close loss, a loss by a few, and a bigger loss last week. There’s some good teams - but we feel that we can compete – and as the highest div now we’re calling it the new Church A Grade.

From a squad of 8 we were down a few – Hahnz was unavailable, BB’s ankle needed another week, and Josh was recovering from a minor medical procedure * – inside word is that he’ll be playing as Jocelyn for the Lady Reds next season. The call went out and Mike Tye’s stepson Mak came in for his 2nd game for us – it was the Return of the Mak.

Christies Beach played the 1st couple of minutes with 4 and (as everyone else is in the league) looked younger and more athletic than us. But they seemed a bit lethargic and we were happy to take it up to them.

Reggie was aggressive on the drive early (something missing from his earlier games) and was rewarded with 3 trips to the line in the 1st half along with a long J. Cam made a nice cut down the guts, JT with a bomb, Mak, Mike & Max all finishing well to have a good spread and open an early lead.

Defensively CB didn’t have a lot of inside presence and were happy to shoot from long range, we closed out fairly well and went into the half with a 27-19 lead.

With our first half -aggression we’d also forced CB into the bonus, giving them some foul trouble for the 2ndhalf. Having switched to a 3-2 we forced CB to take their 3s earlier and from further out.

With a soft charge (borderline flop) by Reggie, their big guy fouled out and we only had 4 to contend with. At the same time we ran the break a bit, particularly JT and Mak. Max hit a nice ‘and-1’, Cam worked hard on the glass and dropped a couple himself and Mike kept forcing the issue by taking it at the D and giving us good looks.

We outscored CB 18-9 in the second for a solid 45-28 win, our first in Central 1.

A good spread of scorers - Reggie with 9, Cam & Jimmy with 7. Bringing our Central 2 results, we are 2nd on the ladder – but there’s only 2 points between 1st & 5th

Special thanks to Kellie for stepping into score – apparently her last time because she has to concentrate too much & can’t bag us from the sideline.

noting serious, a couple of stitches, but that doesn’t make for a good story now does it?!?!

SAABL Week 11 21/07
Reds Red
Saints Blue.

This looked to be a tough game, reds were missing both Jons, and saints had but up big numbers in recent weeks sporting some new talent.

That being said, the Phils didn’t get the memo, Big Phil scoring reds first 7 points before a saints time out at 7-3. They adjusted and it paid off... Phil only scored the next 6 points for reds before subbing off at 13-5 because he’d been playing an amazing Philsical game.

Then Harford decided to light up like a Phil-ament at one point scoring, then ripping the ball out of hands off the inbound and then hitting triple... A quick aside from his father, “I really should have taught him mercy when I raised him.”

Reds went into Half time up 40-16. Second half wasn’t as flawless as the first was, with a few lapses of concentration based on fatigue only running 6. But reds rallied Phil-ing the gaps in defence and crashing the boards as a team.

Not to be stopped, the Philanthropist kept the cash coming, going 7/8 for the day. The philnomenon continued, “why are all these big guys not rebounding?” Said moments before he and Lachlan get back to back offensive rebounds for 2 points.

Brendon then Philandered on defence and with the team rebounding got him some easy points on the break. Saints could never manage to revive themselves from the Philactory and reds went up 80-40.


SACBA Round 9

PAOCBC Gold (2nd)
Our Saviour Hubtitans G (6th)

There was a squad of four, with one spectator, as the worst of the afternoon was upon us. Dedicated individuals working as a team in near impossible conditions. Luckily the heavy rain passed pretty quickly and the keg emerged unscathed.

Everyone bar Hendo (family responsibilities) had been participating in the Mike provided beers, but when the rain got too heavy the lightweights bailed. Luckily a few more hardy souls kept the party going.

Some time prior to that we had a full team present on Court 3 at Wayville. Flair was in attendance, but not suited up after waking up with a dodgy knee. He took Caldy’s advice and tried rubbing it out (post game conversation told us that he rubbed twice, but got nowhere near the knee either time…), but decided discretion was the better part of valour and spent his game on the score bench.

I don’t know at this point who was in charge of the scoresheet, or the addition at then end of the game, but suffice to say Nele’s stats have improved somewhat this week…

If memory serves me, we last played this team at Unley High. Basketball (and the Gold Team) was not the winner that week. I did mention that with anything approaching a full team we would walk over those guys. Luckily my predictions came true.

In a birthday points feast B-Rad got 15 points. Most weeks this would guarantee the highest score for our team. But not this week.

Hendo turned on a blinder, with 19 for the game, 13 coming in the second half, including a sweet 3.

Nele shows 10 on the score sheet, although with 0 in the first and 2 in the second one would be forgiven for thinking that whoever was doing the post game addition might have confused his uniform number for a points scored tally (see earlier comment regarding stats).

Caldy and RT both with 8, both with 4 in each half to keep things balanced.

Trev and Mike both had 6, although Trot got his with two 3’s, while Mike had three 2’s.

The opposition had 6 players, 2 of whom didn’t trouble the scorers. 27 of their 38 points came from two players. Their very tall number 2 got 15 points, none of which came from inside. He was handy on defense, getting quite a few blocks until we learned to fake and wrong foot him inside.

In summary, it was our best game of the season so far. Our intensity was great. We had almost a full squad. We shot pretty well, rebounded well, played strong defence and generally didn’t do too much wrong. A good birthday game for B-Rad, who barely looked any older than he did two weeks ago.

Thanks to Flair for coming out to score, even in the light of his sleepiness induced by two rounds of self help massage.


SAABL Round 5

PAOCBC Reds (White) 2 (7th)
defeated by
SPOC Saints 2 (Blue) (5th)

Reds line up against a very beatable Saints team, and unfortunately lose Alex for almost the game after a heavy knock to the knee inside the first 2 minutes. He battles on bravely and gives time for super sub Darcy Lord to come in. Reds defended well all game aside from giving-up up a couple of fast breaks-gave nothing easy and boxed out hard.

Late in the second reds get down 10 with just over 5 mins to go and with 3 bad foul calls lose Morgan who, together with Stu and Darcy had carved-up Saints zone with some nice inside play.

On the back of 2 massive 3’s and a mid-range from Ollie, and Alex running baseline and hitting the cutting Stu who was finishing well, together with some nice inside finishing in heavy traffic from Darcy manage to peg it back to within 2 with 2 mins to go – Saints rattled call a time out.

Reds continue to rally and level it with Stu going 2 from 2 at the line with only a minute to go, but Saints make 2 buckets over outstretched hands in the final minute. Reds lose by 4 in a gutsy effort from all. All of them showed tremendous fight all the way through and to come back from 10 so late in the game.

Scorers Ollie 14, Stu 21, Darcy 9

PAOCBC Red (Red Conferance, 1st) 
Brooks Basketball Hit Squad
(Red Conferance, 6th)

In truly great sporting seasons, there is often a moment. I like to call it the Disney moment where a rag-tag bunch of underdogs take their team, a team beset by troubles, and find that one common bond that unifies them, galvanises them, and thrusts them forward to greatness. This was not that match. We are neither rag-tag nor underdogs. For a decade we have been a title winning machine of near German levels of efficiency. Die mannschaft if you will.

Though we had a hiccup last week against The Schvitz, the KB school of Ball was on the receiving end of the correction. The Reds went into the game chock full of confidence.

Probably more than would be expected considering the performance the previous week, but no less than is reasonable considering the previous decade. Talk of heavy scoring dominated the build-up and was delivered upon.

Though The Hit Squad opened the scoring, Phil responded with 3 seconds later and the Reds were never again headed. Fill dropped and-one early (37 to go) and Phill got his own and-one seconds later.

Noise, intensity, movement and finishing were all evident as the Reds attempted to atone. 11-0 and 17-0 runs filled the half as good shots in the half court combined with excellent running of the floor to spread the scoring throughout the team.

Phil was shooting well from deep, Jon and Jono particularly were getting on the break, we were getting stops from steals and, importantly, much stronger defensive rebounding underpinned an excellent first half.

Fill pointed out that Chad JR’d an offensive rebound off a foul shot, but we’re better than Cleveland – we scored of the play. 10 points in 90 seconds finished the half and a comfortable lead was secured: 46 – 17.

The Reds committed to trying other defences in the second half and these showed us some places to tidy up, but underlined that we have options we can try when we need to change it up.

Our offence continued to click along – Phil hit back to back threes then Jono copied minutes later, Frangers continued to run hard and find open midrange looks. Fill and Phill worked the man D hard inside and stopped The Hit Squad getting a foothold.

It always felt in control, but on reflection the second half was 33-30. A little bit sloppy on turnovers trying to keep the tempo up. Something to work on for the next blow out – keeping control while keeping the pedal down. Reds win 79-47.

Though this wasn’t a game to bring us all together, it was a strong and positive response that propped up our percentage in a conference where that is likely to matter. If my team mates are looking for a moment to crystallise our ambitions, I suggest looking no further than one of my favourite films of all time – Major League. I would endorse any attempts to unify any team by Lou Brown’s methods.


SAABL Round 6

PAOCBC Reds (White) 2 (7th)
defeated by
Adelaide University Blacks (1st)

D’s lined up against top side Adel Uni. Roughie got us off the mark with a nice finish on a break finishing the pass from Stu. First half a low scoring tussle, Morgan, Stu and Ned all crashing the D boards - with Reds going into the half down 2.

In the second half Uni got going with reds 2-3 zone breaking down leading to some easy inside scoring by no. 40, reds found themselves down 8 and called time out to settle.

Reds fought back with some inside scoring from Morgan, the usual crafty finishing by Stu and some good D, and Ollie drains a massive 3 to give us the lead for the first time.

From then reds gave up a couple more easy 2’s inside and got down 5, until Ollie scored a huge and-one lay up and made the bonus free throw. Teams traded buckets from there with Morgan and Stu continuing to score inside.

Uni up one with 30 secs remaining make one of two from the line, making it a 2 point game – Reds Time out and decide to run clock. Uni come out in a man for the last possession and reds pass the ball well and late in the clock Ned takes on his man and makes an awesome scoop right hand lay up (no glass) and the game is tied with 6 seconds to go.

Ensuing Uni possession Reds wisely foul to burn some clock, Uni throws up a bad 3 and its overtime.

In overtime Uni came out with their best player making 2 free-throws, Morgan finishes inside again and reds down 2. Ryan gives up an unsportsman-like trying to stop a breakaway.

Next possession Reds turn it over and that’s the game. Reds showing tremendous fight to come back and force OT and are unlucky not to come away with the W.

Scorers Stu 17, Morgan 14, Ollie 10

SAABL Round 6


Db got lots of blocks

Billy hit 3s

Phil hit 3s

B’s hit Phil (no call)

Phil asked a question

Phil got tech foul

Phil hit more 3s

Michael missed free throws

Tyler missed the game entirely

A’s crashes boards

A’s crashed the party

A’s made the party good.

A’s win

Friday, 25 May 2018

2018 SACBA Round 6, SAABL Round 3

Stop eating donuts and get me reports on time damn it!

SACBA Round 6

PAOCBC Gold (3rd)
defeated by
SPOC F (2nd)

A new foe awaited the Gold team when we strode out onto the court this week. SPOCF were their name. We had a suspicion that the game plan for them would be throw up garbage and crash the boards, something that we all have seen before from SPOC teams.

It turned out that they had something new up their sleeve. Something we like to call “put a B grade player into a low grade team”. A reasonably effective tactic, if not quite in keeping with the spirit of the competition.
No comments this week about the reffing, we all know what I am likely to say.

RT nearly started the scoring for the Gold team, with a shot that went up and rolled around a little, before coming to a rest between the backboard and the ring. Some 25 plus years of ball under my belt and that was a first for me. It was perhaps an apt metaphor for the rest of our game.

Palky is fond of the mantra “foul shots win games”. This was particularly true for this game, where we missed 11 and lost by 9. 24 attempts and 10 points isn’t going to win us any awards.

B-Rad high scored with 11.
4 each for RT and Trev.
3 each for Caldy and Flair (first points for the season Flair? Will have to check the stats).
1 for Nele.
Missing from the action this week were Hendo and Mike.

Post game discussion leads us to the conclusion that we need to go on bended knee to Phil Walker. A few more games played to get him to qualify for finals would be handy, we already know he qualifies for post game beers.

Red (6th)
defeated by
Seeds Uniting A (1st)

This week we played the undefeated Seeds A team. They got off to a really quick start breaking out to a 28-6 lead by half time.

Seeds were getting lots of easy looks off of baseline cuts and good ball movement. Meanwhile the E’s were missing easy shots at the rim and Cam was struggling with foul trouble.

It took until the second half again for us to wake up. We exploited their somewhat weak interior defence, out muscling them around the basket, though by then their lead was too great to overcome.

Mike Tye and Max led the scoring with 8 points each.

The team is looking forward to BB and Josh returning to the team in the coming weeks, and hopefully we can get our first win in Central 1 soon!

Other church league results :

White (6th) 32 def. Burnside A (4th) 23
Lady Reds (5th) 12 def. By Kinghtsbridge Baptist (1st) 31

SAABL Round 3
All write ups courtesy of a certain SAABL volunteer who writes them for the
SAABL Facebook page.
A's (Red 1st)
Forestville Eagles (Blue)(Red 4th)

The Old Reds jumped out of the gates with a 19-4 start with Jon Foo (16 points) and Lachie Campbell(10 points) dominating the game early.

Once Forestville settled they clawed back deficit through good play from Fergus Dunne (23 points) and Elijah Weiss (17 points).
Selfy had a good second half (13 points) and Reds managed to keep the fast finishing Eagles at bay winning 58-50.

Reds are now 3-0 and top of Conference Red.

B's (Blue 6th)
defeated by
Forestville Eagles (Yellow)(Blue 5th)

Report 1:
At Saints, the first game was PAOCBC (White) and Forestville (Yellow) with both teams looking for their first win.

It was a scrappy low scoring game with a lot of missed shots from both teams. Forestville took the edge with Brad Hayden finding his jumper in the second half scoring 8 straight points.

Forestville had too much run with Connor (12 points) and Jack Dyer (9 points) getting out on the break.

Eagles won 43-28.

Report 2:
A tough week 3 match up against who were also winless.

We again struggled to get anything going in the first half missing plenty of open looks.

Letting our poor shooting get to us in the second half our defensive intensity dropped way below where it needs to be and Forestville got the win easily!

An undermanned B team will need to improve the effort next week as we’re still looking for our first win of the year.

C's (2nd)
defeated by
RAVSTASS Ravens (3rd)

PAOCBC (Reds) v Ravens was a good contest. Ravens got out to an decent half time lead by making open jumpers - Mayom Jook for Ravens was playing well.

Reds changed D in the 2nd half and started to make some shots with Brandon Reynolds (11 points) and Mitch Kirkham (15 points) but Ravens did a great job to keep Reds at arms length.

Jook (13 points) kept making shots Ravens made shots when ever Reds put on a run. Palk and Foo were iiiiiiiiiiice cold. Krantz was a machine on the boards and Lewis started to show good signs.

Good win for RAVSTASS 51-41.

D's (7th)
defeated by
Spartans (4th)

Spartans v PAOCBC (White) 2 was high scoring - Spartans hit 11 threes with Dave Freeman leading the way with 22 points. Selfy filled in for the Whites and had 23. Ned "Manbun Tan Chinos" Young had another great game with 18 points. Spartans got the lead out to 15 and kept PAOCBC at bay winning 60-55.

As always, game times are at

and are subject to change.


AAAAAnd this is the first offical annoucement of the next tailgate event.
On July 14th there are no SACBA games, so we'd love to get those teams out to support the lads at SAABL.

The A's will be playing A-Town Warriors at 3pm, who always have a 30 strong crowd.
We'd love some help drowning them out!

At 2pm the B's will be suiting up against the Red Conference powerhouse The Schvitz,
who look to be one of the top 4 teams in the comp.
The 6th man makes a difference, so let's get our boys over the line!

The C's then have a tough match at 4pm vs our traditional enemy, SPOC.
Let's go yell at the blues until they cry, yes?

And for double the entertainment, also at 2pm, the D's will be playing against the traitor Tim Moops,
now of Pick 'N' Pop.

This is how we treat traitors, Tim!

So get around it!

Go Reds!

(all those games are at Saints btw)

Monday, 21 May 2018

2018 SACBA Round 5, SAABL Round 2

Oops, looks like I'm late again. I have a good reason, I swear.

She might look adorable but she overheats my computer and likes to play with the cables
RIP wifi antenna

And onto the reports!
Which I have startlingly few of, by the way...

SACBA Round 5

defeated by
 The Corner Uniting A 

The mostly veteran E’s played another young team in the Central 1 league this week. Corner got out to a very quick start with their #24 connecting on six 3’s for the half, leading them to a 16 point half time lead (17-33).

Despite this we were dominating the rebounding and making the most of put back opportunities. In the second half we changed to a man defence, though by this time their shooter was in the groove, knocking down another five 3’s for a total of 36 points for the game.

We managed to match their scoring for the half though(33-33), driving at will past their somewhat limp defence to score at the basket. We also began to generate a number of transition opportunities with good passing getting the ball ahead to the open man.

A winnable opponent for the E’s in the future if we can stop their shooter from getting into rhythm.

Cam Smith with 13 points led a balanced offensive effort with everyone scoring multiple baskets.

Thanks to G Man for scoring and Maklin Ferguson for filling in as our 6th man.

defeated by
Spicer Uniting

The season must be well under way, as we found ourselves back at the start, playing against Spicer.

Pre-game things were looking up in some regards. The very good shooter that we had to contend with the first game out of the blocks was absent, an ankle injury sidelining him for some time.

Jen Tirrell expressed approval of RTs new kicks. The first time that he has worn shoes that weren’t ugly, according to her high fashion opinion.

It wasn’t all beer and skittles for the Gold team though. Missing in action were B-Rad, Hendo and Caldy. Apparently going to the footy ranks higher than playing ball….

Luckily we had a fill-in. Third time asking, first time responding in the positive, Phil Walker joined us for the fray. Perhaps the offer of post game beers was enough (thanks Tracey for the suggestion last week).

The game didn’t quite go according to plan (not that we plan these things. We rely on years of experience and animal cunning for our game plans).

The scores were very low, 22-17 at the final whistle, unfortunately not in our favour. Our defensive game was pretty good, but our ability to make baskets was somewhat less than stellar. 5 points total for the second half at our end was always going to make it hard.

We have never played a game before where the back half time was counted down so rigorously, or so poorly for that matter. One Ref would start the count at 7 seconds as soon as we inbounded the ball. Very odd behavior. There was also a lot of “10 seconds to shoot” called on us, while the opposition appeared to get away with 20 pass offenses. As noted before, bring on the lower grades in the SAABL.

Phil high scored with 7, Nele with 5, 2 each to Troy and Mike, one for RT, none for Flair.

Big thanks to Phil for playing and Jen for scoring.

SAABL Round 2

A-Town Warriors (Blue)

After a strong win last week, Reds has a completely new challenge this week, Warriors B’s, whom sport a young and long team.

Out of the blocks reds came out hard and attacked the glass, whilst Warriors, despite their length, favoured the 3 ball. This led to a rather swinging of scores throughout the game.

Reds pulled out to a good lead early, up 16-4 around 10 minutes in, only to be chased by back to back 3’s bringing the game back into check, 16-10. This tended to happen in bursts here and there, Reds often scoring a few more buckets than Warriors, but being worth less each time the ball found the bottom of the net.

The game got close toward the end, but experience of the older Reds shone through. Big Phil has a stand out performance, making his mark on both ends of the court, 10+ points, 10+ rebounds, approaching 10 blocks as well. This is a guy that preemptively sits during a Kendrick Concert because he’s just that humble. Selfie also another Stella performance. This guy attacks unset defence more effectively than a hungover student does a 5 pack of migoreng. Little Phil hit some of the toughest layups we have seen in a while, and I even heard the whispers of “Jack who?” A few things Reds will need to work on going forward.

Keeping loud on court to keep teammates well informed. Remembering new unsportsmanlike foul regulations and Travel rules. We all saw 10+ travels even under the new rules go uncalled. Play to the whistle and don’t do anything silly.

And since I have no other reports, here are the results of the other games:

B's defeated by A-Town Warriors Red 47-50
C's defeated Pick N Pop 59-51
D's defeated by RAVSTASS Ravens 37-47
White defeated by Kings Baptist A 25-29
Womens defeated Our Saviour Hubtitans 59-16

Since it has been over a week, if you did send me the report and I've misplaced it please let me know and I will be happy to update the blog.
All game times can now be found at

subject to change

2018 Season Fixtures

Hey guys,

Thought it best if I make one page with the season fixtures for all teams. Bookmark it!

These are all subject to change. I'm sure that Secretary Nick Krantz will alert us if there are any changes, and I'll update this page as needed.

A's (PAOCBC Red 1)

B's (PAOCBC White 1)

C's (PAOCBC Red 2)

D's (PAOCBC White 2)





Monday, 7 May 2018

2018 SACBA Rounds 3 & 4, SAABL Round 1

So we start on a sombre note today. Unfortunately the C's Captain Jay went down with what appears to be a season ending injury. We wish him all the best with his recovery and rehab.

SACBA Round 3

E's (Red) 33 def. Our Saviour Hubtitans C's 25

In an odd start to the season the E’s had won their first game by forfeit, trounced the Hubtitans C team, had a week off for the school holidays, and were up against the other Hubtitans team (B’s) this week.

We were also playing with our full team for the first time this year, welcoming Hahnz Sullivan to the carry over E’s team from 2017.

The E’s played well from start to finish in a balanced game against an unrelenting Hubtitans team. Mike Tye and Cam led the scoring with 9 each.

In the days following the game we found out from SACBA that we played a little too well and have been promoted from the Central 2 league to Central 1.

F's (White) 17 def. by 41 SPOC E

This week we were up against a tough squad from Saints. Saints got out to an early lead as we were having trouble putting the ball in the hole. The next 10 mins we played a lot better with some energy injected by Jeremy Pearce and scoring from Tim Silby.

At half time we were down 10. The second half we started off well keeping pace with Saints, but the end of the game we let it slip away, eventually going down 17-41.

Scorers: Jeremy Pearce 7, Tyler Two-Dads 3, Tone Trinh.

G's (Gold) 42 def. 24 Happy Valley C of C B's

Our game didn't exactly start off that great, but after a time out called by G we pulled it together to get a 10 point lead by half time. The second half was a lot more solid and we took the win by 18 points.

Jon for making an attempt to play after driving back from Sydney with his new project (unfortunately it broke down close to Adelaide and he couldn't play)

Mike blocking a few shots and one from the 3 point line

Nick filled in for us and scored 12 points

Brad dominating in front of his cheer squad

Hendo came in firing and had a solid second half

Troy bringing post beers. Oh yeah, and he played well.

Cheers to G for Scoring

Lady Reds 47 def. 12 Trinity WA

Awaiting report.

SACBA Round 4

E's (Red) 25 def. by 32 Our Saviour Hubtitans A's

After 2 wins in SACBA Central 2, the E's have been promoted to Central 1. Against a young and energetic Hubtitans A team the E's went down in a fiercely fought contest 25-32.

The game was tied with less than 30 seconds remaining but a 3 pointer by the Hubtitans put them ahead for good. Cam and Josh led scoring with 8 and 7 points respectively. Unfortunately BB went down early in the first half with a sprained ankle and will miss the next couple of weeks.

The E's have shown they can be competitive in the tougher Central 1 league and are looking forward to the rest of the season.

F's (White) 29 def. by 50 Holdfast Heat A

This week we were up against another tough squad, with their centre being 6’8”or 9” towering above us.

The first half we were doing well, keeping up the scoring, with a few lapses on defence giving them open 3s. The half-time score was 19-25.

The second half they switched to a man defence and we couldn’t score. Turnovers gave them fast breaks and the game blew out, losing 29-50.

Scorers: Tim Silby 9, Tyler Two-Dads 8, Charlie Baker 8.

G's (Gold) 21 def. by 23 Our Savour Hubtitans G's 

Bloggers notes are in parentheses.

Another week, another unknown team.

Another week, more reffing as expected (Personally I always expect at least one ref at a game, we don't pay just for court hire, guys). Games like the one just played are a clear example of why the SAABL was created, out of a desperate need. (Long live SAABL!)

The Unley High School stadium appears to have new lights, although not enough of them. It was light enough this week to leave the guide dog at home, but a cane with a white end was still recommended. A few dollars spent on decent rings would go a long way to bringing these courts up to a useable level. (I believe a certain illustrious member of our club once described the Walford rings in a similar manner. "Forged from the depths of hell" were his words)

We only had 5 players turn up this week, out of a squad of 8. A fill-in had been organized, but was a last minute no show after a better offer was put on the table. (Boo, you whore) We can’t understand how there could possibly be a better offer than playing with the G team , especially with post game beers always available. (and nobody called me?)

In discussion with Tracey Todd after the game, it was suggested that maybe we should place more emphasis on beer than basketball when seeking fill-ins in the future. I think that will be taken on board!

We played sort of OK, especially given our lack of subs.

Mike was the best of our players this week, running hard, getting rebounds, making baskets. Well rewarded with the high score for our team.

RT got a few in the first half but struggled with both being hammered under the basket with no calls made (classic RT), be it either offensive or defensive end and also missed free throws. Particularly disappointing as pre game free throw form was good.

Troy nailed an early three, then went a bit cold, not through lack of trying. The horrific non sprung rings were mostly at fault. Shots that would have rolled in on a decent court bounced out.

Nele only troubled the scorers with one foul, no points. Once again the rings didn’t help. Also nursing an ankle injury slowed him down a little from his usual blistering pace…

Caldy swished two free throws in the first and got 2 points off the deck in the second.

A two point loss in the final 30 seconds was hard to bear, but that is the joy of the competition we are in. 5 vs 7 is always a hard slog.

Mike with 9.
RT with 5.
Caldy with 4.
Trev with 3.
Nele zero.

With anything approaching a full team we would nail these guys to the wall and I hope that is what we do next time our paths cross. (haha, he used nail and cross in the same sentence to describe a church game. I wonder if that was deliberate?)

Just remember RT:
That's not a foul


This joke works better when it's not in the written form...

Lady Reds 31 draw with 31 Seeds Uniting WA

Currently awaiting report. Who do I chase up for these ones?

SAABL Round 1

D's (White 2) 57 def. 42 Pick N' Pop

Awaiting report. Ollie is communicating with his team to get me one. Just write me one damn it!

C's (Red 2) 55 def. 39 SPOC (White 2)

PAOCBC Reds 2 (1-0) v SPOC Whites 2 (2-0) (Okay Palky, there's been one round and you played each other, how is your record 1-0 and their record 2-0? Get it together!)

This new league is gonna be so awesome - we aren't going to need to play Saints and PAOC all the time ... it's gonna be great! So we played Saints this week.

They were short and we knew we would be able to cover their shooting and dominate inside.
We started quickly getting up 10-2 with Foo and Jay hitting 3's. Saints steadied with a couple of baskets and Reds pulled away again with Brandon 3, back to back fast breaks by Palk and Krantz inside to get up 19-6. Saints got some late baskets in the first half and Reds went in up 21-16.

Second half - Saints started well but everytime the scored we countered with a Jay basket, couple of baskets from Brandon. Then sadly Jay went down with what turned out to be a torn Achillies. We pass on all out best wishes Jay for a speedy recovery.

After the sad new Reds "did it for Jay" and went on a 21-8 run to kill the game off. Dan hit back to back 3's and a couple of FTs, Kirk hit a 3, Brandon and Krantz scored - then Dan hit two more 3's ... and it was over.

Reds won 55-39. Dan had 20 points, Krantz 12 and Brandon 9. 

B's (White 1) 38 def. by 43 SPOC (Blue)

First game of the season against Saints Blue. With Tyler in Europe we had David Bowles ‘DB’ fill in (hopefully he fills in another 15+ games).

We started slow and couldn’t buy a bucket early and as Saints always do they somehow find a way to make junk go in and make basketball purist cry at the same time.

Down 15 in the first half we managed to peg it back at the start of the second half with gritty defense. Wilson, Corbel and Haydon hit a few threes and with 3-5 minutes left we were up by 5-7 points.
The game ended up going to OT with Saints winning by 5 points.

The team is filthy about the loss but we really set the tone of how we will play out the season.
Final score 43-38

So on a note from Lachie, I watched this game and as filthy as the boys are, there are definitely some positives to take away. The start of the game was quiet, and from 11 minutes to go to 4 minutes to go in the 2nd half we only got one bucket BUT they managed to keep their heads going into the 2nd half though and work their way to an 11 point lead at one point, so there is obviously potential there.

In a few weeks when the team has gelled a bit more, those quiet patches should disappear and they'll be able to take off straight out of the gate and keep the scoreboard ticking over for the whole game.

For those of you who want to watch, I'm in the process of getting the video up.

A's (Red 1) 56 def. 47 SPOC White

Over the last few years, A grade competition has been dominated by PAC and Saints, to the point that they were the only teams remaining in the grade. After frustration of having to play the same team every week, for several years, talks emerged that concluded in the creation of a new league by parties vested in both clubs best interest.

The stage was set, the day had come at last to face new foes on the battlefield so that new competition could be fought...

First round Prince Alfred A’s vs Saints B’s... oh never mind. (haha Mike, Palky made this joke first!)

Despite the name, several of the players, and the uniform being all too familiar, the Saints team is indeed a mix of old and new competition that looks to be tough to beat, a mixture of size, speed and shooting, Saints wasted no time hitting the scoreboard.

Red’s team, making just the one change from title winning line up last season (Jamie Banks out Phil Harford in) Reds came out strong in a back and forth that didn’t show any indication of slowing down.

Both teams successfully making shots from outside and around the rim, Jon Self showing that pre season training pays off, really tearing apart unset defence. Big Phil Farrer stayed strong down low, sending some shots back to their sender to assert himself early on.

Liam and Foo found success in the gaps of the big blue defence to send the boys into the half time break at said score line. Second half was very much of the same, but with a slightly tighter reds, turning the ball over less and making shots where they were needed. A few more daggers to end the game by John self off some beautiful Phil Harford feeds, enabled the reds to run out the clock and end the game with a end score here.

A few things to work on as a group, but otherwise a mighty fine start to the season and top of the Conference ladder.

Aaaaand I'm also in the process of getting this vid up.

Current standings:
A's 1st on percentage in Conference Red, 1-0 record
B's 4th on percentage in Conference Blue, 0-1 record
C's 1st on percentage, 1-0 record
D's 3rd on percantage, 1-0 record
E's (Red) 6th place, with 0-1 record and 1 premiership point.
Soooo... do the wins from the first two rounds not count?
F's (White) 6th place, 0-3 record
G's (Gold) 2nd on percentage, 3-1 record
Lady Reds 5th place, 1-1-1-1 record

Next weeks games:
A's (Red 1) 4pm Saints
B's (White 1) 2pm PAC
C's (Red 2) 3pm Saints
D's (White 2) 4pm Saints
E's (Red) 3:30pm Wayville
F's (White) 1:50pm Wayville
G's (Gold) 3:30pm Wayville
Lady Reds 4:20pm Wayville

Please note that these times are subject to change, because why not? I'm sure Krantz will update us as needed if anything does happen.