· Intercol – Monday 22nd July
· Quiz Night – Saturday 27thJuly
· Players Player – Saturday 24th August
· Club Lunch – Saturday 12th October
**Tickets for Quiz Night now available HERE. Form a table and get ready to drink your quiz-mates under it! All welcome, will be an entertaining night and is an important fundraising opportunity for the club's ~sweet new uniforms~!
SACBA Central Men 3
G’s (Rookie Reds) v Holdfast Sunrise by Lincoln
Another gritty and hard fought win against Holdfast Sunrise sees the Rookie Reds sitting comfortably on top of the table with 6 wins and 1 loss. The first 5 minutes of the game the opposition had us on the back foot after conceding some easy points and a 3 pointer. We immediately fought back after some individual brilliance from Noah Miles. At about the 10 minute mark Holdfast Sunrise called a timeout in which we made the decision to switch from a zone defense to man on man defense. What a great idea that was. The man on man defense stopped the opposition from getting easy shots which frustrated them. Solid team defense saw Lachlan Crawford, Stephen Ottanelli and Noah Miles score freely on the other end to give the rookies a slender 20-16 lead at half time.
In the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half both teams found it easy to score. There was constant end to end scoring but some fantastic lockdown defense from Martins Lidums, some brilliant individual defensive efforts (*cough* Lincoln Halton *cough*) and some excellent rebounding from Connor Craigie and Noah Miles brilliance saw the Rookie Reds hold their nerve and run out comfortable 39-32 winners.
Ps. congrats on Noah Miles on finally overtaking Igor Negrao for the competition’s top scorer!
Points: N. Miles 18, L. Crawford 8, S. Ottanelli 7, L. Halton. 2, M. Lidums 2, C. Craigie 2
SAABL Division 1
A’s v The Franchise by Mike
Saturday was a game the Reds would like to forget. They headed to the Schnithouse (formerly Lost Barrel Bar andG) on the Parade. The Parade has happy hour specials from 3-6 (which was Mike’s free throw shooting this week) and 8-9 (which would have been The Franchise’s conversion rate) where they do half price jugs of craft beer as well as $7 pints. The boys got a jug of the Infra-red, easily the best decision making they had all day, choosing far too late to change to man in the game.
Mike shouted this round throwing cash around carelessly, similar to the ball in the game giving up too many possessions needlessly. James chimed in with another jug, keeping the court as the only dry spell for the day for our Reds. Twiss accompanied the Reds to the bar with Brendon, a choice as dubious as his shot selection this week, not carrying on from his heavy lifting the day before. Boneless wings were on the menu, greasing up the hands that already seemed rather primed for the game, as we saw many passes fall through hands. A game we’d rather forget.
Final Score: Reds go down 35-51.
Scorers: Mike 8, Brendon and Stu 7. Best reds player: Billy (franchise) with 13.
*Lachlan, Mike and Phil all rocked up at PAC despite writing in the group that the game was at Saints.
SAABL Division 2
B’s v Titans BC by Charlie
Coming off two bad losses the pregame chat focused on not getting beat in transition and trying to play a defensive minded game, knowing we didn’t have the firepower to beat them in a contest in the 60s.
It was shaky early as we went down 9-2 after some tough makes from the Titans. However we managed to take advantage of their sloppy passing, pushing the tempo and getting some easy baskets in transistion. We moved the ball well with Brandon hitting two big triples and Gussy and fill in big man Rory showing good touch around the basket. Half time Reds up 25-19.
The second half started on a similar note - B hitting triples in both the half court and transition (I don’t know why they didn’t get a hand up ...). After a Titans time out they started playing a *pretty garbage* trap, that we quickly realized was only off their makes. We negotiated the trap well, getting a few easy scores and them in foul trouble.
Personal fouls 19-7 told the story, B’s played more disciplined defensively as the Titans got frustrated and sloppy. Brandon and Kara spent most of the second half at the free throw line as we were in the bonus with 9 minutes to play.
Good to be back in the winners list after two loses, taking out a team above us on the ladder. Post-game beers were enjoyed in much higher spirts this week and it was nice to be joined by Chairman Heylen and hopefully soon to be regular contributor Rory.
Final score: Reds 47 defeat Titans 35
Buckets: Brandon 20, Gus 13, everyone troubling the scorers.
C’s v Southside Spartans
First Half: C’s got out to a hot start, Jon scored in transition and hit a 3! Morgan, Cam and Will (fill in) dominated the board getting plenty of second chance points. Dylan hit a 3 and a runner 0 C’s were up by 9 at the half and as much as 15 at one point
Second Half: After missing lots of 3s early, Spartans started to heat up making 4 in a row and coming within 2 pts of us. C’s were getting good looks but missing some open shots - in the last 2 minutes will got a crucial put back and Dan hit a 3 with 30 seconds to go to put us up by 8.
Final score: Reds win 46-38
Scorers: Jon 15, Will 10, Dylan 8
SAABL Division 3
PAOCBC White 3 (F’s) v SAABL All Stars by Road Train (F’s perspective)
Here it is, the first “dance with your sister” round. Tasmanians especially welcome. I think I speak for most of the club when I say I particularly dislike playing against my own club mates. With 3 teams in the same division this is obviously the first of a few games of this ilk. Something that wasn’t supposed to happen with the proposed 4 division competition… but I digress.
We had 6 for the start, including an RT provided fill in by the name of Scott Kenny. He brought some welcome height to the game and ended up with a decent carpet burn to one shin after diving for a loose ball. The kind of commitment we welcome, if not the kind we display ourselves! He also got a handy 4 points and three fouls.
Once again SACBA style reffing was the order of the day. Inconsistent from one end to the other, poor calls, no calls, etc. It went both ways, but both ways badly. RT with a tech for voicing frustration towards the end of the game, but certainly not going to have a change of opinion.
A loss for us, but no one was really surprised by the outcome. Caldy supplying surprisingly good beers (no West End!) and RT with chips (Crisps to Dangerous Stu). All were welcome after the game, Stu the only taker from the opposition team. Manners made the comment that it would be uncouth, which probably describes our team very well!
Final score: All Stars 47 defeat White 3 31
F’s Scorers: B-Rad top scored with 9, Caldy with a crafty 7, Hendo got 6, Nele with 3 and RT with 2.
All Stars Scorers: Stu 13, Matt Williams 10, Bishop 8, Lunny 6.
E’s v Pace and Space
The PAOCBC Reds played against Pace and Space who are a finals contender in Div 3. To begin the game we had only four for the first 6 minutes. We gained a little control back when our 5th arrived however it was no match for the IQ of the much, much older team of Pace and Space. All in all, our defence and ability to secure rebounds let us down and allowed the other team to get up many jump shots of which they missed only a few. We look forward to putting this game behind us and moving on to the next game. Special mention to Tristan Kitchen for his highest scoring game of 5 points which is 5 more than all his previous games combined.
Final score: *gulp* Pace and Space 92 defeat Reds 52.
Points: Ollie 25, Sibly 11, Borken 6.