· Club Lunch – Saturday 12th October
· Rookie Reds Season Still Alive - 2:40pm this Saturday at Immanuel College, Try and Make it Out!
SACBA Central Men 3
ROUND 15 by Lachie
Rookie Reds vs United Abilities 28-34
Upon checking the fixture I wanted to sew my eyelids shut after finding out we had to play in the most dimly lit gymnasium in the state with rings that rattled worse than a 40 year old car on an unsealed road. Nevertheless we knew we’d have it tough playing against a strong United Abilities outfit with two of the top three scorers in the league (in PPG).
In a common occurrence for the season the opponent was short of players for the first 3 minutes but they sorted that all out and we were shortly underway with a blissful 3 point shot from Harry Tidmarsh. Getting off to a flying start the reds took and early lead 13-2 playing some solid man D (which we look to use in our finals run) and credible offence with adequate sharing of the rock and the points. The G’s ground out the half with some interesting 3 point attempts and makes (how they went in was beyond me) from Stephen and Lincoln x2.
Then in the true spirit of the Australian snow season the G’s were on a slippery slope downwards as Igor (a very talented man) proceeded to do the only thing he knows how to, in driving to the ring and scoring in a seamless matter.
Then behind a few very average calls from the referee’s (nothing out of the usual for the church league, and what you’ve all experienced yourselves from what I’ve heard) the game descended into scrappy basketball that made me wish I followed through with my earlier comments.
On a positive note? (Funny but probably not the best in relation to representing the club), Liam managed to get an easy Technical upon asking (Quite politely in-fact, especially from Liam) the referee to ‘go to spec-savers’. Then unsurprisingly the second of the dangerous duo that is Steve and Liam decided to join in with a few words that made me question the depth of his vocabulary.
All in all the G’s ended up taking the L going down 34-28
Additionally whoever scored had no clue what they were doing by the looks but I’d say some credible performances were made my Harry T and Lincoln
Points: Harry 9
SAABL DIVISION 1
ROUND 15 by Orken
PAOCBC Reds vs Kings Park Royals 60-77
Coming up against the self-appointed leaders of a coalition of unknown monarchic realms, the similarly self-styled Red Princes were seeking at least a five-point victory over The Kings to seal progression into the Royal Tournament – the SAABL finals. With Prince Orken returning from his football quest of folly, the Red Princes had height on their side, but as is often the case with this lanky journeyman, there is an inverse relationship between height and performance, with He of the Height missing 90% of his under the basket shots throughout the game, including a missed dunk.
Making up for this Royal Fool posing as a Red Prince, Prince Philip of House Farrerdon battled valiantly in the painted field, scoring hard earned artisanal baskets for his effort. One of the King’s, hailing from the mystic Sturt Realms defied expectations as a big man and hit six three pointers throughout the battle, and another smaller King of an unknown realm hit five. As the wise sages say, “Live by the sword, die by the sword” and it was the Sword of Threes that beheaded the Red Princes that day. Even discounting the conniving Bishops’ best efforts to sway the battle in their Majesties favour, the Red Princes underperformed for most of the battle, although a late sally forth in the dying hours (minutes) made the scorecard a little more respectable, with The Jester Prince Michael using his knowledge of juggling and sleight of hand to befuddle the Kings, who had frankly already started reclining on their tricliniums to quaff mead and scoff boiled goose and swollen grapes.
Disappointingly the Red Princes closed out their campaign with an unsatisfying defeat, losing 60-77. But we shall rise again! Harder! And Stronger! For we are Princes men forever, we never shall say never, to challenges we meet along the way. We will face the world with might. Uphold the Red and White, and march right on into another day
Points: Phil 20, Liam 11
SAABL DIVISION 2
PAOCBC REDS 2
ROUND 15 by Brandon
PAOCBC Reds 2 vs Titans BC 57-76
In what was an up and down season for the B’s, we finished off with a game where we all agreed we just wanted to have some fun. However, The social aspect of the team and how well we all got along off the court was the real highlight this season. As you can see, I’m trying to stay away from the fact that we lost, but we all said that whilst we didn’t win as much as we would’ve liked, it was an entertaining season nevertheless. Shout out to Adam, a new recruit this season who absolutely balled out this game whilst everyone else was sticking up the joint. The game started out slow with everyone missing makeable shots but as the game went on it started to become a high scoring affair. Selfy started to make a couple shots and Gus again slashing to the ring as always. Adam had 4 3’s and an overall really good game, one of the few positives from what was a pretty bland game in all honesty. The real game began at players player where the B’s put on an absolute clinic Saturday night with beers at the Austral and later, a sesh at Jive for an 80’s night. The B’s will look to come back in 2020 with the same great social aspects but hopefully a bit more winning.
Points: Adam 18, Gus and Selfy 10
PAOCBC WHITE 2
PAOCBC White 2 vs Southside Spartans
SAABL DIVISION 3
SAABL All STARS
ROUND 15 by Manners
All Stars v Punjab Lions 37-34
Stars come out needing to beat Punjab Lions and then rely on the upset of all upsets on the good Saints team losing to Adel Uni. Stars come out well, Jarrod driving and drawing the foul, knocks both down, then a jumper, then a layup, then another jumper, scoring our first 9 points and 11 in first 6 mins. Max makes a 3 and its 14-nil or close thereto. Lions come out and get a few easy ones and end up with 20 odd in quick time, Lunny with a nice and-one to end the half. Second starts well with Scott making a nice lay-up, second half a tight arm restle the whole way with Stars lead hovering at 6 or 7, then wittled down to 4, then they make an and-one to get it to one point with over 2 mins left. From there Stars hold nerve, don’t turn it over and run clock, Max with a great offensive rebound, then a hustle steal both in last 30 second to ensure Lions don’t get one last offence. Jarrod with 19 to cap off a great second half of season, Max hustle was the difference in the end. Stars win by 3 with season likely over - a big thanks to Jarrod’s better half and two daughters, Lunny’s lad Ethan and daughter Jazmine for their support and scoring all year. Am proud to have been a part of a team who played ball all year in the right way, always backing each other, and by season’s end there were 7 mates on-court genuinely willing success for each other.
Points: Jarrod 19, Lunny 7
PAOCBC REDS 3
ROUND 15 by Ollie
PAOCBC Reds 3 v RAVSTASS Leprechauns 32-68
The Es played against the Leprechauns this week and once again we’re faced with the tough task of playing with 3 fill ins. The game began fairly even with us going into a time out down 7-13 but the last 8 minutes of the first half saw the other team go up 27-7. Before long we had an injury and we were down to 4. This did not prove helpful as we ended up getting beaten by a large amount! Great job this season it has been tough but we’ve come away with some wins hopefully we get more of a consistent and set team next year.
Points: Focca 14, Greg 8
PAOCBC WHITE 3
ROUND 15 by RT
PAOCBC White 3 vs Top Heavy 20-57
A quick check of the ladder pre-game indicated that the result for this game was another forgone conclusion. Ladder position 3 plays position 9. Div 3 team plays Div 4 team.
We lost. It could have been closer, but we pretty much forgot how to shoot.
Troy started well, with consecutive threes, RT got 2 points off the floor. Then the rot set in. We didn’t score again until about halfway through the second half, while they scored freely from pretty much everywhere. We managed to somehow find a few baskets in the second half to give our total of 20, well short of their 57.
Trev and Frank with 6 each.
RT and Caldy with 4 each.
Flair and Nele not troubling the scorers.
Special mention to Flair, the season stats showing a total of three points made in 8 games played. Possibly a personal record!
Post game beers by RT.
Half the team went to the Player’s Player to see Nele receive the medal. It was a good night for all involved, many beers and much shit talking. Special mention to Jimmy and his high 5 technique.