The Kangaroo Island basketball community held its biggest day of the season on Saturday.
Grand Final day started with the doors opening at 8.30am for an all-day event. A lot of work had gone on behind the scenes from the KI Baskbetball Association committee to make sure this day ran smoothly.
With song choices from the teams to warm up "Space Jam" and "Here comes the Boom" U12s Sweathogs v Queenie were the first to begin.
The Sweathogs kids coached by Corinna Klein came away winners 52-43. Best on Court for the day was Tait Florance. MVP winners for the season were Ryan Stoeckel (Queenie) and Runner up MVP Tait Florance (Queenie). Highest points scored from competition was Queenie 570 points.
Next was the game of the day for most spectators, with the U14 kids showing their impressive skills and talent.
With a nail biting final Queenie coached by Neil Stoeckel came away with the win by one point over Sweathogs White 47-46. Best on court for the day was Ethan Stoeckel. MVP winners for the season were Jordan Whittle (Sweathogs Black) and Runner Up Blake Florance (Sweathogs White) Highest points go to the Sweathogs Black team with an impressive 737 points.
The 17s match was always going to be a great one to watch as the boys showcased their ability to the crowd. Queenie coached by Jack O'Brien and Austin Soan ended up getting away from the Sweathogs boys with a win of 38-22. Best on Court went to Koby Cockshell (Queenie) MVP went to a well deserved Jayden Christophers (Sweathogs) and Runner up Koby Cockshell. Highest points for the season went to Queenie with 829 points - most scored in the whole association comp.
To finish the end of the junior section U10s put on a demonstration for spectators showing their new skills. With two courts running with a round-robin style games, five of the cutest teams played a part on the day. With each coach and team receiving a medallion, the kids got to experience what Grand Final is all about. These young guns can shoot as Parndana U10s received the highest points scored in their comp of 318.
The KIBA Junior Islander Award was presented by Maggie Patterson from The Islander and had six nominees. The worthy recipient went to Bailey Gaskin (Parndana) who was nominated by his club to receive the award. The criteria must have all-round ability in playing and volunteering. Congratulations Bailey who was unable to be there to accept his award.
KI Rep teams, coaches and umpires were acknowledged and thanked with another successful Country Champs Carnival. Thanks to dedicated KIBA Junior Development Offices Linda Stoeckel and Jane Roberts.
Our Masters kicked off the Senior part of the day with Demons v Parndana. These girls have still got it with Parndana coming away winners 15-12. The Masters competition only had three teams this season so they didn't get a lot of court time with byes and forfeits but it is great to see this grade still competing.
MVP winners went to Kelly Fogden (Parndana) and equal runner ups Christine Berry (Demons) and Tash Walden (Sweathogs). Best on Court went to Danielle Bowden and the team with the most points went to Demons with 238.
Our B Women were next with another nail biting performance, with the experienced Sweathogs girls winning by a mere two points. Best on Court went to Amanda Buick (Queenie) MVP winners were Amy Thomas (Panthers) and Runner up Eloise Wheaton (Sweathogs). Most points scored went to the Sweathogs with 440 points.
Sweathogs v Eagles B Men were up next in match that was always going to be tough. Both teams having a mixture of young and old, the team from the east came away winners defeating Sweathogs 38-28. Best on Court went to Clayton Willson (Eagles) with Clayton also winning MVP. Runner Up went Sam Henderson (Sweathogs) Most points scored went to Eagle boys with 618 points.
Important awards were handed out in the presentations with Pete and Vicki Maclean, Sharon Gaskin and Jai Turner all being nominated for the Umpire Award. With a Queenie nomination, KIBA Life Member and mentor Peter Maclean was the winner of this award with his experience, knowledge and dedication to this season.
The Grace Holman Award, which is the most worthy association volunteer, went to the surprised KIBA president Kristy Turner, who was nominated by her Sweathogs Basketball Club. She has dedicated valuable time to the association and her club. A very emotional Kristy was presented the award by Grace's daughter in law, Wendy Holman.
The A Women between Queenie and Eagles was a very highly skilled and close match with spectators on the edge of their seats. The Queenie girls coming away premiers by 2 points, 24-22. Best on Court and MVP winner went to Kelly Roads (Queenie) and runner up Morgan Bruce. The Eagle girls winning the points with 589 for the season.
The A Men was the young Panther side v the experienced Sweathogs. With the biggest margin of the day Sweathogs boys winning 62-36. Barry Jamieson Best on Court was presented by Bec Vogt and daughter Aria went to Khyal Stead "Hodgy". MVP winners were Adam Trowbridge (Sweathogs) and Runner Up Frank May (Parndana). Most points for the season went to Panthers for 577 points.
Without Umpires, games would not happen, so a massive thanks to Mick Whittle (KIBA Umpire Coordinator) and his team of umpires for the day Wendy Booker, Addison Couchman, Pete and Vicki Maclean, Dani Fleet, Jai Turner and Basketball SA umpires Tim and Billy Round.
With the day such a smooth success, it's a credit to the hard working KIBA committee. A big thanks to Cuppa Joey, Panthers Basketball Club, Lucy's KI Kitchen, The Damn Duck and We love Vietnam for feeding everyone for the day.
A big thanks to sponsors SeaLink, KI Council, Tricky Earthworks, Jamieson Marine, Ozone, Dougies Fencing, Whitham & Couchman, Seaside Inn, Bella, Robyne and Wally Walden and the Roberts Family.
Thank you to Maggie Patterson and The Islander for bringing basketball back into the public eye.
2018/2019 Season is complete! Congratulations to all premiers and award winners. See you next year! - Kristy Turner, KIBA president