Well, hasn’t 2020 been an extremely challenging and unprecedented year?
Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to play much basketball due to COVID restrictions and lockdowns. On Friday 13th March, everything from our introduction programs to domestic competitions, to Junior Blues and Senior Blues was postponed, and then officially canceled.
While the Frankston Basketball Stadium was closed a number of renovations and upgrades occurred to improve the facilities for our members. These included painting the walls of courts 5 & 6 walls, installing the new ‘cafe-style’ seating area at the front entrance, painting the referee’s room, and the renovation of the court 4 storeroom to a second meeting space.
The FDBA took a 3-phase approach during the lockdowns:
With this in mind, we focused on staying in touch with our membership, providing open, transparent, and informative communication.
We then sought was to engage with our members by providing various online development programs which included domestic competition development programs, training sessions for junior representative players in the format of virtual tournaments, trick shot challenge and competitions, and of course, many Zoom sessions to try to keep some normality.
In June, we held our Annual General Meeting via Zoom, which was a first for the Association. Brenda Cotta, Jo Toombs, and I were all re-elected unopposed, I take this opportunity to congratulate both Brenda and Jo, I look forward to working with them both for the next 3-year term. The executive remained unchanged with myself elected President, Grant Dennis Vice President, Jo Toombs Secretary, and Ian Watt Treasurer. Our Board of Management remains strong, we continue to live our association’s core values and remain focused on achieving our strategic goals and objectives.
In what was a record-breaking event our Street Hustle Peninsula Tour was a huge success with over 150 teams participating in the event. I would like to acknowledge the generous support of the local schools and the National Basketball League head office.
On Wednesday 23rd November, we re-opened with the first domestic basketball game in metropolitan Melbourne with our Monday Morning Women’s competition. This was then followed by all of our normal operations recommencing in a Covid-Safe format.
We have recently completed our Junior Blues tryouts and I congratulate all those selected and wish them the best for the upcoming season. Thank you to Scott and Kerryn for their continued efforts and for the volunteers who supported the tryout process.
Looking ahead to 2021, we have locked in our coaches for the Frankston Blues Senior Program with the return of Andrew Harms and Belinda Snell for our NBL1 South teams. I would also like to welcome Kerryn Mitchell into the senior programs in a head coach role, and new to the club Ash Arnott, who will be taking the Youth League Women and Youth League Men respectfully. We wish them all the best next year.
I wish to thank all of our commercial partners for their continued support in these trying times, in particular; Frankston RSL, Powerade, Fratelli Frankston, Peninsula Sports Medicine Group, and Core 24 Health Clubs. I would encourage everyone to support our partners when and where possible.
I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our talented and dedicated FDBA staff who continue to surpass expectations in what has been an extremely challenging year.
To our membership, thank you for your continued support and for allowing me to be President of this wonderful association, it is a great privilege. I am extremely confident that 2021 will be a great year as we continue to grow and develop basketball in the Peninsula region.
I look forward to seeing everyone fit and healthy in the New Year as we open slightly earlier than normal in mid-January.
Merry Christmas and keep dribbling.
Tim Bower – President