Issue #1 February 2001
-- Westfields Basketball
Family Information Evening set down
for 7.30pm Wednesday 27/02/02
Westfields Basketball Program will be holding a Family Info
Evening on the above date. The purpose of this evening is to
inform all families of some vital parts of the program. Firstly
parents will be introduced to our coaches. It is good for
parents to meet the coaches who will be working with their
children. We will outline the weekly training timetable for
all squads. Parents should know how much training is
expected of their children.
We will also outline the annual
playing schedule for all groups. There are more school
basketball today, and we must keep a balance. You will
receive a "Code of Conduct" document that all families will
need to read and sign. We will also discuss our Overseas Tour
plans, Fund raising activities, and the formation of a Parents
Support Group for basketball. You will also have the
opportunity to put questions to the coaching staff.
By Bernie Slattery
Page 2: Westfields basketball has now undisputedly come of age. We have in
the past won numerous state championships (both CHS & All Schools,
both Boys & Girls, both Open & 15yrs), we have had players represent
NSW (both CHS, All Schools & NSWBA teams), we have had players and
coaches selected to All Australian Camp, we have had players and
coaches gain AIS Scholarships, we have won Under 17 Nationals, but
in December 2001 in Ballarat our open girls team created school
history as they became the Champion School in Australia (after being
runners up in 2000). We have attained the highest honour in School
girls basketball. The team comprised, Kiri TeWhata, Sarah Hately,
Vanessa Wong, Fiona Buchan, Katherine Watson, Adrianne TeWhata,
Pete Sinclair, Jamie Samuels, & Bec McLeod, and the team was coached
by Owen Craig. Congratulations to you all, a wonderful achievement.
Six of these girls return to the team in 2002, and we have a very
strong group coming through from the younger classes. We look
forward to another great year in 2002. I am that the girls will be
very keen to defend their titles. Miss Healy also returns from the AIS
where she was the scholarship coach for 2001.
The experience that she has gained at the elite level is sure to
Thought of the Month|
Decide what it is that you want,
Decide what you are willing to give up for it.....
Then go to work!!
Table of Contents|
Family Info Evening....... 1
Welcome back............... 3
Competition Structure..... 4
benefit the girls in their
endeavours. Is it harder to get to the top, or stay there? Right now
the challende is not to win that last game in December, but to do things right everyday, so
that you will be ready you get there!
Our junior teams encounted less success in terms of victories, but
will all benefit greatly from their experiences. The junior girls
narrowly missed the bronze medal, finishing fourth in Division 1.
The junior boys who went with higher ambitions had to settle for fifth spot in Division 1,
as they struggled against more aggressive and skilled teams.
The tournament will again be held in Ballarat in 2002, and we will be
better organised this year, sa we learn from our 2001 experiences.
Our first priority will be to start fund raising much earlier to
take the pressure off families financially.
Ideally we will take both Junior and Senior Boys and Girls teams.
Teams will be selected as early as possible to give families the chance to plan ahead.
Together Everyone Achieves More!!!
The Sponsorship Hunt Begins Again
With ever increasing numbers of students in the basketball program
(56 total students in 2002) we are now catering for six teams in some
competitions. We are on the lookout for companies who would like to
sponsor our team uniforms. I will be starting work on this project
again in coming weeks, hpwever I am always interested to hear from
any parents who may have contacts with potential sponsors. Parents
can contact me on 02 9862 8852 or 0418 627 343. Our current uniforms
are starting to show signs of wear, and all need replacement.
The alternative tp sponsorship is a new system that would see a
student get a playing number when they arrive at the school , and
keep it for theit entire school career. In this system, we would
allocate numbers from year 12 down, place the order, and students
would then buy their jerseys when they arrived. When the uniform
no longer fits, a student merely puts in an order for a bigger size,
keeping their number. Students would be required to purchase both a
blue and a gold jersey. We are allowed to utilise the numbers (4 - 15,
20 -25 -30 -35 -40 -45 -50 -55) thus not requiring the duplication of
numbers. We may put this plan into place this year if required.
We would prefer to avoid additional costs to families, however that is
dependent on our gaining sponsors in the immediate future, so again
parents, if you have any leads let me know and I'll get to work.
Welcome Back Miss Healy
The basketball program welcomes back one of its most loyal and
hardworking servants. Sonia Healy joined us some years ago from
Taree via Uni of Newcastle. Since her arrival, Sonia has worked hard
for the students in the program and has earned their respect.
The appointment to the Scholarship Coaching position at the AIS for
2001 was a great honour for Miss Healy and the exper-
ience and knowledge
that she has gained will benefit both the students and coaches here at
Westfields. Sonia takes over the senior girls team this
year and is eager to get back to coaching the team. The AIS girls team
plays in the WNBL, ans Sonia has gained first hand experience at this
level. She has also been exposed to the complexities of one of the
premier Sports Insti-
tute in the world. We are happy to have Sonia
back and on behalf of the Basketball Program, we welcome her home.
We hope that you settle back into the rewal world with the minimum
of problems. Yes that's right teaching and coaching all day every day.
Competition Overview For 2002|
There are some important adjustments to the school basketball
competition structure for 2002. I am happy to say that the challenges
reflect the increasing support for school basketball.
The first change relates to the CHS tournaments. In both boys and girls
Open age & 15Yrs State Knockouts Westfields Sports has been
granted byes for the first four rounds. We now enter the competition
at the Final 16 stage. If we win our first game, we will then progress
to the Final 8 Tournament. The CHS has made this change to avoid the
one sided games that we were having in the first few rounds. It is
accepted that, year after year, we are considerably stronger than
most schools. Thus if a school draws us in an early round they are
finished. This had the effect of discouraging schools from entering
the tournaments. The change is an attempt to improve the
competition, make it fairer for the comprehensive schools, and we
support the move. It also means that we don't have our students
missing class for games that have little benefit to anyone.
The second chance applies to the Champion Schools Cup run by
Basketball NSW. They have not released full details yet, but have
given us some general info. The tournament this year will see teams
from Viv, ACT and NSW competing, with a finals weekend to be held in
ACT. The tournament will also cater for Yr 7/8, Yr 9/10 & Yr 11/12
boys & girls divisions. These changes will serve to strengthen the
competition, and include more of our students, so with the Finals set
for the middle of term three.
The third significant change is related to the Sydney Kings &
Panthers tournament which has been conducted at various times,
and in varying formats over recent years. This year the tournament
is tentatively scheduled for the last three days of the October holidays
(11 - 13 October) and will be run for both boys and girls open age
teams only. The tournament will be conducted at the new basketball
stadium at Narrabeen. Final details will be forwarded on as soon as we
Not so much a change as a notification, but we will again be attending
the National Schools Basketball Tournament in Ballarat. We will be
putting fund raising activities in place before the end of term one.
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