The Border Watch : December 18th 2013
34 SPORT SWIFT GL “Free Auto” MORRIS ROD $16,490 DRIVE FROM AWAY VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au MAC SUZUKI 631586 44 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent Phone 8733 1461 LMVD 45868 2014 SEABL roster released Pioneers rewarded with opening home game email@example.com THE Mount Gambier Pioneers will start the South East Australian Basketball League’s 2014 season with a home game for the fi rst time in many years. Next year’s roster was offi cially released earlier this week and Pioneers will have little to complain about. The Pioneers will host arch-rival, Ballarat in the opening game of the season, a stand-alone match on Friday, March 21. A major alteration to the 2014 roster will see a reduction in rounds, 21 to 20 and in games, 28 to 26, despite the inclusion of Basketball Australia’s College of Excellence youth side, which will play 16 roster games but will not participate in the fi nals series. The Pioneers will play all opponents – except the BACoE, Dandenong, Geelong and Nunawading, twice each. Dandenong defeated the Pioneers in this year’s SEABL premiership, while Nunawading lost to the Pioneers in the South Conference grand fi nal and Geelong was also a South Conference semi-fi nalist. After playing the Ballarat Miners in the opening week, the Pioneers venture to the nation’s capital to play a double header road trip against the BACoE and Canberra. All of the Pioneers’ home games are listed as Friday is on April 11-12 when they host Brisbane on the Friday and then head to Bendigo the following night. And the fi nish to the roster series is also a pleasant surprise for the Pioneers. From July 25 to August 15, the Pioneers do not have to leave the Icehouse as they host Kilsyth, North-West Tasmania, Canberra and Bendigo on four successive Fridays. SEABL’s administrators have also opted not to schedule games over Easter (April 18-21) nor the Queen’s Birthday (June 6-8) long weekends. “As the league does every two years, the conference structure was reviewed in order to assess the overall fairness and evenness of the competition,” SEABL’s Media and Communications offi cer, Ed Reddin said. “Because of the reduction of the number of games to be played, perfect parity was unachievable as every team no longer plays every other team twice.” BRING IT ON: The 2014 South East Australian Basketball League roster has been released with the Mount Gambier Pioneers starting with a home game against Ballarat on Friday, March 21. nights and the team has also been given some respite in the scheduling of twin games when on the road. Round 1: March 21 v Ballarat (home) Round 2: March 28 v Basketball Australia College of Excellence (away, Canberra) Round 2: March 29 v Canberra (away) Round 3: April 4 v Dandenong (home) Round 4: April 11 v Brisbane (home) Round 4: April 12 v Bendigo (away) Round 5: April 26 v Albury/Wodonga (away) Round 5: April 27 v Sandringham (away) Aside of the Canberra trip in late March, the Pioneers will play Albury/Wodonga and Sandringham later that some month, the dreaded Tasmanian double header in late May, Knox and Kilsyth on June 5-6 respectively and Round 6: May 2 v Knox (home) Round 7: May 9 v Nunawading (home) Round 8: May 17 v Ballarat (away) Round 9: May 23 v North-West Tasmania (away) Round 9: May 24 v Hobart (away) Round 10: May 30 v Sandringham (home) Round 11: June 15 v Frankston (away) Round 12: June 20 v Hobart (home) Round 13: June 27 v Albury/Wodonga (home) Picture: GAVIN MALE DESIGNS Geelong followed by Brisbane in late July. The only other dual weekend roster for the Pioneers Reddin said both conferences would again have their own individual fi nals series and the two conference premiers would meet on September 14 next year to determine the overall SEABL champion. A highlight of the 2014 roster will be the inclusion of games on Anzac Day, which next year falls on a Friday. Mount Gambier is away that weekend. South East Australian Basketball League Mount Gambier Pioneers’ 2014 fi xture Round 14: July 5 v Knox (away) Round 14: July 6 v Kilsyth (away) Round 15: July 11 v Frankston (home) Round 16: July 18 v Geelong (away) Round 16: July 19 v Brisbane (away) Round 17: July 25 v Kilsyth (home) Round 18: August 1 v North-West Tasmania (home) Round 19: August 8 v Canberra (home) Round 20: August 15 v Bendigo (home) Star cyclist gives something back From back page Tomorrow’s coaching clinic, which will be jointly sponsored by the Mount Gambier Community Bendigo Bank and the Mount Gambier City Council’s highly acclaimed Junior Sports Assistance Fund, will run GIVING BACK: Cycling has taken Glenn O’Shea around the world many times. Tomorrow he is giving something back by hosting a junior coaching clinic. 34 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 9am until 3pm, with a barbecue lunch planned for all in attendance. O’Shea will split the clinic into two sessions, including lectures on the need to train, eat and sleep right in preparation for competition, while also some practical demonstrations on the track. It is expected that almost all MGCC junior members will be in attendance while club secretary Tina Opperman said there were indications that the Portland Cycling Club would also be sending a party of junior riders. Opperman said: “The MGCC invites the general public to come out and watch, but to participate riders will will need to hold a current Cycling Australia competitor’s licence.” Although hailing from Bendigo, O’Shea is now based in Adelaide where he is a member of the South Australian Institute of Sport, riding and training under the guidance of coach Tim Decker, who is also originally from Bendigo.
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