Basketball Stuff

For those of you who didn't know, I play basketball, and this page is dedicated to my personal basketball.

If you live in Melbourne, or just visiting Melbourne, I'm inviting you to come watch us play, or if you are disabled and want to play basketball then come along and see what it's all about. There are a variety of skill levels, so it doesn't matter if you can't play that well, or if you play "Like Mike", there is going to be something there for you.

I'm a very approachable person, so if you do come to basketball (MLC venue), just walk straight up to me and introduce yourself. I love to meet new people.

Team Name Change

Back in 1998, when I first started playing competition basketball, they put me in a team called Ashwood, which was coached by Aves Meddings. That was a great start for me, because I got used to the competition and became more confident in my ability. We won a few championships in Division 4 so they put our team up in to Division 3. Then the team started losing and I didn't feel like this was the right team for me, so I started to look for a different team that would be suitable for me.

The team I found was Avengers, which was coached by Sarah and her mum, Joyce. As soon as I joined this team we started to win again so they put Avengers up in to Division 2. Then Sarah and Joyce left, so I sort of inherited the team, and I still manage the team. Once it was established that Sarah and Joyce weren't coming back, and the team effectively mine, I decided to change the name of the team. My first thought was to change it to something to do with Mariah Carey, so I had "Honey B Flys" in mind. But then I thought that nobody (except me) would want to join a team called Honey B Flys, so I went to my second option which was Def Leppard. I asked the organisation that runs the competition if I could change the team name to Leppards, and they said yes, so now the name of the team is Leppards.

Divisions

I play in Division 2 for the Power House Basketball Committee, so therefore I only post stuff about Division 2. If you play in, or intend on playing in, another Division and you want to know about those Divisions, then Click Here to go to the official page of the Power House Basketball Club. Although there is a women's championship, women are allowed to play with the men in any division that suits them best, so that women of all skill levels can play.

There are 32 teams in the whole competition, spread over 5 different divisions. The divisions are:

Championship Men: 6 teams
Championship Women: 5 Teams
Division Two: 6 Teams
Division Three: 8 Teams
Division Four: 7 Teams

The teams in the division I play for (Division 2) are:

Fire
Leppards
Outlaws
Raptors
Razors
Wild Dogs

Venues

With there only being 2 basketball courts at Hawthorn, and the continuing expansion of Power House Basketball Committee, it meant that they had to find another venue to accomodate all the teams. They found Methodist Ladies College (MLC), moved Division 2 over to that venue, and left all other Divisions at Hawthorn. So make sure that if you intend on playing for, or watching, a different Division, that you go to the Hawthorn venue.

Kew - Division 2

Methodists Ladies College
207 Barkers Rd,
Kew, Victoria 3101

Map of MLC

Hawthorn - All other divisions

Hawthorn Secondary College
Burgess Street
Hawthorn, Victoria 3123

Map of Hawthorn

Details

Cost

$3.50 - To play. This is charged every week.
$1.00 - To watch. This is also charged every week.
First Time - On your first time to either play or watch, it's free!!!

Times

For Division 2

The first game starts at 6:40pm, with the other possible times being 7:15pm & 7:50pm.

The games consist of 2 halves, which are 15 minutes each, with 5 minutes in between halves.

For all other Divisions

The first game starts at 6:30pm, with the other possible times being 7:05pm, 7:40pm, 8:15pm, 8:50pm.

Length of Games

Each game consists of 2 halves, which are 15 minutes each, with 5 minutes in between halves. Depending on if they're running late, there might be a little less time between halves.

The Finals are 2 halves, with 20 minutes per half.

In regular season games, the clock only stops on a referees time out, IF the ref feels that it would be unfair to one team to let it continue. Only in the Grand Final does the clock stop in the final TWO minutes of the game. It will stop when the ball needs to be inbounded (for any reason), when a time out is called by either team and when there is a foul. The clock will restart once play resumes.

Rules

The rules vary between divisions, but the main principles of basketball remain throughout all divisions. For example; In Division 4, if you travel A LITTLE bit, you won't get called out for it, whereas, in Division 2, you most definitely will be called out for even the slightest travel. Just small things like this are largely overlooked in Division. Also, the better a player is, the more likely he/she is going to be pinged for a violation.

Snacks

There are drinks (coffee, soft drinks/soda) and food (hot dogs, sausages, dim sims, chocolates) available for a small price.

Please Note: The snacks are only available at Hawthorn.

Finals

There are 2 lots of Finals per year; Summer Season Finals and Winter Season Finals. Because the summer season is shorter than winter, the Finals are also shorter. Here is how the Finals are played in both seasons...

Summer

Semi Finals Grand Final
1st vs 4th Winners of the two Semi Finals games
2nd vs 3rd

Winter

Semi Finals Preliminary Final Grand Final
Semi Final #1
1st vs 2nd
Loser of Semi Final #1
vs
Winner of Semi Final #2
Winner of Semi Final #1
vs
Winner of Preliminary Final
Semi Final #2
3rd vs 4th

Fixture

Upcoming Games

The current season is the 2018 Winter Season.

Round # Date Time Court Our Opponent
11 August 3 6:40pm 2 Razors
12 August 10 6:40pm 2 Outlaws
13 August 17 7:15pm 1 Wild Dogs
14 August 24 6:40pm 2 Raptors
15 August 31 6:40pm 2 Fire
16 September 7 6:40pm 2 Razors
17 September 14 6:40pm 2 Outlaws
18 September 21 7:15pm 1 Wild Dogs
19 October 5 6:40pm 1 Raptors

Results

These are the results from the CURRENT season, if you want to see how our team went in previous seasons, please click the button below.

Previous Seasons

Round # Date Outcome Who We Played Record Points
1 May 18 Loss: 14-23 Razors 0 - 1 14 - 23
2 May 25 Loss: 14-58 Outlaws 0 - 2 28 - 81
3 June 1 Win: 37 - 20 Wild Dogs 1 - 2 65 - 101
4 June 15 Win: 37-30 Raptors 2 - 2 102 - 131
5 June 22 Loss: 18-30 Fire 2 - 3 120 - 161
6 June 29 There was a mixup with the courts, so they skipped Round 6
7 July 6 Loss: 23-30 Outlaws 2 - 4 143 - 191
8 July 13 Win: 34-27 Wild Dogs 3 - 4 177 - 218
9 July 20 Win: 42-29 Raptors 4 - 4 219 - 247
10 July 27 Win: 22-15 Fire 5 - 4 241 - 262
11 August 3 Loss: 0-20 (W/O) Razors 5 - 5 241 - 282
12 August 10 Win: 24-16 Outlaws 6 - 5 265 - 298
13 August 17 Win: 44-23 Wild Dogs 7 - 5 309 - 321
14 August 24 Win: 30-10 Raptors 8 - 5 339 - 331
15 August 31 Win: 22-19 Fire 9 - 5 361 - 350
16 September 7 Win: 23-22 Razors 10 - 5 384 - 372
17 September 14 Win: 24-22 Outlaws 11 - 5 408 - 394
18 September 21 Another mixup with the courts.
19 October 5 Win: 34-20 Raptors 12 - 6 442 - 414

The Finals

Final Date Result Opposition
Semi Final October 12 Win: 43-26 Fire
Preliminary Final October 19 Win: 23-18 Razors
Grand Final October 26 Win: 35-27 Outlaws