Welcome back to basketball here at Frankston.
I trust everyone had a nice Xmas and a Happy New Year.
We would like to acknowledge one of our own Ryan Broekhoff for his terrific efforts raising much needed financial support for the Bushfire relief effort along with his NBA pals. Thanks Ryan!
On a sad note we lost Craig Cutting on Tuesday 28th January due to an accident, Craig is the father of former Blues player Jake and who still competes for the Skye Sonics Tigers on a Wednesday evening. Our thoughts are with Emma, Jake and the girls.
As an Association we wish to acknowledge the late Kobe Bryant, his inspirational efforts during and post his career in inspiring kids to play basketball is immeasurable . RIP Kobe Bryant his beautiful Daughter Gianna and the seven others on board the helicopter that also passed away.
Frankston Stadium Enhancements
Over the last few weeks the stadium has had some significant enhancements completed. All courts now have new backboard and rings installed by Ringleader, the investment was $160,000 and considering the backboard and rings were in year 28 of a 30 year life span it was certainly time for an upgrade. President Tim Bower and the Board’s support for the recommendation to get this project done was terrific.
Courts 5 and 6 have also had the timber floors sanded down to raw, re-sealed and polished. New line-markings have been completed which now facilitates compliant entry side baseline and court 6 sideline/wall run-off. The score bench will be relocated to the wall on court 6. We also plan to have seating re-located to the wall.
We have touched up a number of areas that required painting including areas of court 2, 3 and 4 as well as changing the light blue to a dark blue on court 1. The visitors change rooms have also had some work done to make the visitors room more comfortable for visiting teams ( but not too comfortable…)
We are currently investigating the possibility of installing a water fountain as currently to fill up a water bottle is occurring next to the canteen which is adequate but not ideal. There are also a number of smaller items that we are addressing.
Again thank you to the FDBA Board for their support for these important projects and a very big thank you to Mitch for his enormous commitment to arrange all this work without it impacting competition. Thank you Mitch.
Regional Academy Holiday Camps
The Holiday camps that were conducted during the Holidays were very well attended and we will no doubt see many of these little champs continue to follow their basketball dream. Thank you to all of the coaches that facilitated the camp sessions.
Domestic competitions are back in full swing now and registrations for the summer season were again an increase on previous years and it clearly indicates that the growth in basketball participation particularly the younger age groups continues to be very strong.
Following the Eltham/Dandenong tournament the official season starts in earnest. The standard I have personally witnessed across all age groups has gone to another level and that is based on the hard work and extra sessions that the coaches and players commit to. I will be planning to catch up with all parents/coaches/players/team managers soon to formally wish you well for the year and ensure that expectations that we all have are exceeded.
In the senior space, both the Women and Men’s rosters are now complete with both NBL1 senior coaches Belinda Snell and Andrew Harms putting together a very competitive group of athletes. Daniel Spangler has been promoting each signing on our website and socials and I am sure you will agree the new signings will add to our current group of elite talent.
The first game is fixtured for Sunday 19th April with the Women tipping off at 12.30pm and the Men at 2.30pm. We would encourage every family to attend as based upon last years 2 finals hosted here at Frankston the experience is unbelievable.
Season memberships can be purchased HERE
We were delighted to host 19 young people recently (January 16th) that have been identified by Frankston Council as kids that require some guidance, NBL1 import and now Frankston’s own Najael Young facilitated a session to assist in providing the kids with some direction and inspiration and then took them out on court for some tips and tricks and some fun. These sessions will continue to be part of what we do here at Frankston to assist the kids in this region.
Finally to all of those girls and boys of ages from 5 to 70 thank you for choosing to play basketball here at Frankston.
Wayne Holdsworth – General Manager