FIBA Oceania Bulletin August 2009 President’s Report— When I was President of BBNZ and bidding and by Barbara Wheadon then setting up the structure for conducting the event I have to say there were some sceptics as We have had an extremely busy we contracted, at the advice of the NZ Govern- past few months, the Oceania ment and SPARC, an event management com- Tournament in Saipan, the FIBA pany. This company has in its stable of clients, Oceania Congress and if that was- ‘The Ellerslie Flower Show’, ‘NZ Triathlon’, ‘NZ n’t enough, Basketball New Zea- Volleyball’ and the ‘NZ Secondary Schools Asso- land hosted its first ever World ciation’ conducting events such as the ‘Weetbix Championship. Triathlon’ for Primary School pupils, Beach Vol- Developing and leyball Tours, Hip Hop Dance competitions and promoting basketball Congratulations to not just the medal winners in the Polyfest festival and cultural event for Sec- across the Pacific Saipan but also the participants and the many ondary Schools . volunteers who helped make this event an enjoy- able one for all who attended. Special thanks to The key component for Basketball New Zealand the locals who welcomed us to their country . was their ability and willingness to engage with the volunteer sector as well as the commercial Congratulations to Bob Elphinston who was and business environment needed to make the elected President of the zone. Bob’s term will event a success. Yellow Ribbon Fiji commence 2010 following his Presidency of FIBA. Oceania Tournament BBNZ launched a programme called TRYBASKET- We are extremely pleased that not only was Presi- BALL. This event has received substantial sup- dent Bob with us in Saipan but also Secretary Gen- FIBA U19 Men’s Cham port from the Ministry of Youth Development eral Patrick Baumann and FIBA Sport Director and will now be rolled out around the country. Lubo Kotleba. All not only added value to the Vanuatu School Champs meetings of the Board and the Congress but also With FIBAs support coaching and referees clinics shared with me how much they enjoyed meeting Tonga Revitalised were conducted and the FIBA Staff were guest and sharing their experiences within the zone. speakers at a special function held for the ad- Refereeing with Becker ministrators of the local associations . The FIBA Under 19s in New Zealand was an ex- 40 Movers & Shapers perience I am sure no one involved will ever for- The basketball community was overcome with get. Again supported by the presence of FIBA the success and the opportunities to engage and President Bob Elphinston and Secretary General link with their counterparts from the other 15 Patrick Baumann, Basketball New Zealand con- countries here along with the many scouts and ducted a fabulous event , and I extend the Zones media representatives. thanks to New Zealand for being as always coura- geous in their endeavours to be part of the global To also work along side the FIBA Staff and ex- family FIBA. perience a truly international event is something they will never forget. P.O. Box 174, Toormina The opportunity to conduct this event provided NSW, Australia 2452 amazing opportunities not only for the players as Coach Angelo from New Caledonia was there for Ph +61 2 6658 6110 part of their development but also for the many every game, and there were some volunteers Fax +61 2 6658 6114 volunteers involved at all levels of the event. from Australia and the USA . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Basketball Fiji forms a partnership with the Prisons Department The partnership will promote basketball and the Yellow Ribbon Program to people Website: during the Hibiscus Festival. Basketball Fiji is committed to the expansion of basketball throughout www.fibaoceania.com Fiji, and as part of the federation’s strategic plan has joined the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Hibis- cus Festival will be held at Albert Park in Suva on 21st - 29th August & is an event that attracts more than 100,000 people. Basketball Fiji is excited to be the first sporting federation to be part of the Yellow Ribbon Program. A half court will be placed at the hibiscus grounds where basketball games will be organised for the kids. At the moment Prison Officers & Basketball Fiji Devel- opment Officers are exchanging ideas on how they can both achieve their goals. We welcome stories from across the zone for the Bulletin. If you have some news from your club, school, association or federation, email it, and a photograph to Judy Smith at email@example.com The Oceania Bulletin is an official publication of FIBA OCEANIA and is circulated throughout Oceania, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe. To be added to the email distribution list, send your address to firstname.lastname@example.org Visit our website at www.fibaoceania.com for previous editions. Page 2 FIBA Oceania Bulletin, August 2009 The 2009 Oceania Tournament, Saipan th The 6 FIBA Oceania Tournament for senior men and women was conducted in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands from 21st to 26th June 2009. This was the first time that the tournament has been played in the Micronesia region, and this was also the first ‘true’ Oceania Tournament since 2001, due to basketball being included in the 2005 South Pacific Mini Games in Palau. It was a pleasure to have the FIBA President, Bob Elphinston, and FIBA Secretary Gen- eral Patrick Baumann, in attendance at the Oceania Tournament. Tournament All Star 5 women and men The local organising committee, under the leadership of Michael A tournament All Star 5 was selected by the coaches. Each coach White, did an excellent job. Each of the managers did a great job voted for the players on the opposing team after each round within their own portfolio, and the volunteers who they recruited games. The All Star 5 are: were part of one of CNMI’s historic events. Women Men Zoe Kensington (NZ) Thomas Daly (Australia) Due to financial constraints Fiji, Palau and Tahiti withdrew from the Derin Santos (Guam) Zach Makavilitogia (NZ) tournament after close of official entries but the tournament went Caitlin Rowe (Aust) Jericho Cruz (CNMI) ahead with Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, CNMI and Myriam Fenaufanote (N Cal) R Tetainanuarii (N Cal) Guam men and women – 10 teams. Connie Camacho (CNMI) Joe Blas (Guam) Australia won both the men’s and women’s competitions, against New Caledonia in the men’s division and against New Zealand in the women’s division. Guam took both bronze medals. Games were played in the Ada Gym and the Marianas High school, and teams were housed in the Saipan Grand Hotel. Meals were taken at the Marianas High School cafeteria, as the tournament was held during the school vacation period. Financial support for the tournament came from FIBA Oceania, who contributed $30,000AUD, and local sponsors. In kind support was provided by many local businesses. FIBA Oceania, though the FIBA Study Centre provided considerable equipment support. Coinciding with the tournament, the FIBA Oceania 4 yearly Con- gress was held in Saipan. 2009 marked the 40th year since the Oceania Basketball Confedera- tion was granted zone status by FIBA, and during the tournament, 40 people across the zone were recognised for their services to basketball. Awards were made at the 40th birthday celebration dinner, which was attended by FIBA President Bob Elphinston and FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann. Final Team Placings: Men: 1. Australia 2. New Caledonia 3. Guam 4. New Zealand 5. CNMI Women: 1. Australia 2. New Zealand 3. Guam 4. New Caledonia 5. CNMI Page 3 FIBA Oceania Bulletin, August 2009 Referees put through their paces and come out on top: Pictures from the FIBA U-19 World Championships FIBA’s Sports Director Lubo Kotleba, based at the FIBA headquar- Auckland, New Zealand ters in Geneva, has been in Oceania during July. During the Oceania Tournament in Saipan, he conducted a clinic for FIBA International Referees at which Gabriel White (Northern Marianas), Jubilee Kuartei (Palau) and Ramsie Joab (FSM) were re-accredited after initially gaining their FIBA Referee’s Licence in Samoa in 2007. Malekalio Fenuafanote from New Caledonia successfully passed the clinic and makes our fourth FIBA international Referee among our 19 island federations. Also in July, Kotleba conducted a clinic for FIBA International Refe- rees in Melbourne Australia. Congratulations to Robyn Manhire, Toni Caldwell, Tim Boswell, Sean Myers, Matt Beattie, Chris Reid, Damian Lyons and Matt Townsend who all were accredited as FIBA Try Basketball FIBA President Elphinston in korowai International Referees as a result of the clinic. In New Zealand in March, Gavin Zimmerman gained his FIBA Li- cence and former FIBA International Referee Ken Coulsen (now retired) gained accreditation as FIBA Commissioner. Kotleba was in Auckland in July for the U-19 (men’s) World Champi- onship. Dallas Pickering (NZ), Scott Beker (AUS) officiated during the Championship and Ken Coulsen acted as Game Commissioner. Scott’s good performances were rewarded with the Gold Medal game between USA and Croatia. Australia’s Kellie Knight and CNMI’s Gabriel White officiated at the FIBA U-19 Women’s World Championship which concluded only a few days ago in Bangkok, Thailand. Kellie’s performances were rewarded with a semi-final game and Gabriel officiated the Bronze Bayfield School ‘adopted’ the French team medal game. New Zealand’s Tim Brown was the recipient of an invitation from FIBA Europe to officiate at the FIBA Europe Junior Championships in June in Sweden and received appointment to a Bronze Medal game. Jubilee Kuartei from Palau will come to Australia and New Zealand later this month to officiate at the Oceania Championships for women and Malekalio from New Caledonia will come to Brisbane to whistle games at the FIBA Oceania U-17 Championships for men and women. FIBA Oceania are pleased that pathways exist for basketball refe- rees across the region to pursue officiating internationally if they The captains of the participating teams gain the necessary qualifications. Our plans at this stage are to con- duct our next Clinic for FIBA International Referees in New Caledo- nia in 2011 at the time of the Pacific Games – so any official who thinks they have what it takes have plenty of time to get ready. Glenda Taylor & Poro Powhiri Gabriel White officiating the U19 Women’s Worlds Page 4 News From Around the Zone FIBA Oceania Bulletin, August 2009 News from ZDO Ryan Burns: Upon recently starting in the role of FIBA Oceania Zone Devel- opment Officer 6 months ago I have had the opportunity to make Development Visits to Solomon Islands, Nauru, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Northern Mariana Islands and Federated States of Micronesia. I have enjoyed my visit to every country. Notable events and achievements from these visits include: Telekom Easter Challenge Tournament – Solomon Islands PNG Technical Workshop HOOPS in Chuuk Progress on construction of new court –Solomon Islands Level 1 Referee & Level 1 Coaching Courses – Nauru Level 0 & Level 1 Coaching Course – Vanuatu Level 1 Referee Course – Vanuatu Intensive Sports Administration & Technical Workshop – PNG Outreach Programs in Sports (HOOPS) Clinic – Chuuk, FSM College of Micronesia Summer Camp – Pohnpei FSM My attendance at the recent Oceania Tournament held in Sai- pan, CNMI allowed me to work with some of Oceania’s very best referees who did an excellent job throughout the week Summer Camp FSM Castro & Nimrod in Pohnpei long tournament. I also found operating with FIBA Sports Direc- tor Mr. Lubo Koleba and New Zealand FIBA Educator & Trainer Healthy Living in PNG: Mr. Ken Coulson to be a rewarding experience. It was extremely The InterOil Ltd Oil Refinery Island of Motukea (5 min boat ride of pleasing to see many younger officials step up to take leader- the Port Moresby Fairfax Harbour) recently conducted a 6 week 3 ship responsibilities as referees and represent their countries on 3 basketball competition. The Camp Manager of the Oil Com- with pride. pany , Robert Lamond, a former player in the Port Moresby based Capital Basketball league started the initiative. Considering this, I would like to do two things. Firstly I would like to thank those referees who attended the Oceania Tourna- Robert decided to give his staff some time off work to participate ment to contribute their time and skills in what was a great in a healthy lifestyle, fitness and social activity, which resulted in spectacle of Oceania basketball. It is often the case the referees the company building a half basketball court. are only thought about or considered when there is some form of controversy or criticism of their performance. The success The BFPNG and national players have now been invited by the and smooth running of the 2009 Oceania Tournament was in General Manager of the company to attend the grand opening of part attributed to the high level and consistent officiating that their full sized court in early 2010. was displayed by all 20 Referees in attendance and I would like to acknowledge and congratulate them on their performance. ELECTRONIC Secondly, I would like to lay down the challenge to referees and SCOREBOARD officials throughout the Oceania Zone who attended the Oce- EXPERTS ania Tournament or who are active officials in their country. I would like to encourage you to pass on your skills and help PLAYER FOUL LIGHT DARK PLAYER FOUL other referees from your community, town, province and coun- try to develop their skills so that they too may able to experi- F O U F O U ence basketball at the elite level. It is clear that basketball L L brings many opportunities and not just by playing, by becoming SUB SUB a basketball referee there are pathways that many past and T/O PERIOD T/O current Oceania Referees have taken to tour the Pacific and the World. Another tournament that will be held this year is the Vanuatu Provincial Games, due to be held in August, 2009. In support of BASKETBALL SCOREBOARDS this tournament and to follow up on my visit to Vanuatu earlier AUXILIARY DISPLAYS this year, I will be in Port Vila for a week prior and for the first SHOTCLOCKS & GAME TIMERS week of this tournament. This allows for an excellent opportu- PLAYER FOUL DISPLAYS nity to further develop the referees that were trained in my previous visit and also assist with the administration of what is FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT US AT the National Games of Vanuatu. www.scoreboards.com.au OR CONTACT US AT Marshall Islands and Papua New Guinea also have plans for QUESTEK AUSTRALIA their National Games later this year and these are just some of 22 Brodie Street Rydalmere NSW Australia 2116. the projects that are on the horizon in the coming months. I Inside Australia Ph. 02 9898 9500 Fax. 02 9898 9400 look forward to seeing you, in your home country, soon. Outside Australia Ph. +612 9898 9500 Fax. +612 9898 9400 Email email@example.com Page 5 FIBA Oceania Bulletin, August 2009 FIBA U19 Men’s Championships, New Zealand —Some addi- Vanuatu concludes National School Championships: tional activities organised around the World Championships. The school championships started on 1st of July with the primary schools, Mascot - 'Poro' followed by the secondary school on The tournament mascot - 'Poro' proved extremely popular at Friday 3 July. The VBF expected to the games especially during the schools programmes and holi- involve a greater number of students day programmes. and teacher in this years’ competition, Schools Programmes and thanks to pre-tournament meet- The School Programmes brought close to 8000 youngsters to ings, this outcome was achieved. the Championship on Thursday, 2nd July and Friday, 3rd There were 40 primary school teams July. The two school initiatives were ‘Adopt a Team’ where 15 competing for the championship in schools adopted a visiting team, and ‘Bring Your School to the four different divisions and 60 secon- World Champs’ which was organised by Auckland & North dary school teams in 6 categories. Shore City Councils. It was great to see the effort that the schools went to in making banners, painting faces, and cheering The National schools championships wildly. lasted for one month with the grand finals held at the same time as the TRYBASKETBALL –Whakamatua to try celebrations to commemorate the Over 3000 children bounced a ball, or shot a hoop during the 5 anniversary of our 29th Independence days of this event, which was conducted in the carpark of the Day on the 30th of July. North Shore Events Centre. FIBA Oceania provided basketballs, keyrings and stickers which were given away to participants. Holiday Programmes Over 30 different holiday programmes attended the tourna- ment from Monday, 6 July to Wednesday, 8 July bringing close to 1750 kids. Many holiday programmes had made banners, did cheerleading at the breaks, chanted throughout the games and had a great time. Welcome Reception The Welcome Reception was held at SKYCITY on Tuesday, 30th Taiwan Navy Sunk in Palau: June was very well received. The visiting teams and delegates The Palau National Gym was loved the Powhiri from the Ngati Whatua iwi, with numerous alive and jumping in July as pictures being taken. some 400 sailors from the Tai- Captains Call wan Navy invaded the gym to The ‘Captains Call' Media Conference, organised in conjunction cheer on their team playing with Tourism Auckland, went extremely well. It was held at the against a select team from the Maritime Museum on Wednesday, 1st July with all major media National Youth Men's Squad. present (approx 30 media in total). Interviews took place in the Maritime Museum, before the captains came down to the The gym was filled with trumpets and drums and much noise Viaduct for a photo, and interviews in front of the Harbour, or as the large Taiwan crowd tried to spur their team onto to the portable Trybasketball hoop which was set up for the func- victory. The game was started with a ball toss by the Ambassa- tion. dor for Taiwan. It was an entertaining game that the crowd thoroughly enjoyed and with much noise and cheering, cou- Opening Ceremony pled with many Mexican waves (some led by the Ambassador The Opening Ceremony featured a variety of cultural perform- for Taiwan), the entertainment by the visiting sailors was also ers from top young Maori, Cook Island, Tongan and Samoan. much appreciated by the local supporters. Final score Palau 86 Official Dinner and Taiwan Navy 69. The Official Dinner held at the Floating Pavilion, during which FIBA President - Bob Elphinston was presented with a Maori Work Experience with Basketball Fiji: Feather Cloak (Korowai) Moses Seroney, a form 5 student at Inter- national Secondary School, has just fin- Memorabilia Project ished working with Basketball Fiji. Over the Displays prepared by visiting archivist Glenda Taylor, and the two week period Moses was with Basket- New Zealand Basketball ball Fiji he helped Basketball Fiji's Develop- Foundation proved a big ment Officers, Lai & Mark hit with young and old. Displaying photos from ‘Basketball Fiji is an awesome place to 1924 to 2009 they repre- work. I chose it because I am a keen basketball enthusiast. sent the start of the Foun- Learning how the federation operates and the different prob- dations plan to establish a lems facing basketball in Fiji is a real eye-opener. I learnt a Hall of Fame for Basketball. great deal in 2 weeks.” Page 6 FIBA Oceania Bulletin, August 2009 Inaugural Disabled Basketball Australian women perform well at World University Games: Games in Fiji: Australia’s women’s team backed up their 2007 Gold medal Proving that basketball is a game achievement by claiming Bronze at the 2009 World University Sum- to be played by everyone, the mer Games in Belgrade, Serbia in July. The Women won the bronze Central Eastern Disabled Games medal by trouncing the Czech Republic 88-77 in the decider. Two in Fiji introduced basketball into Opals squad members led the team, Elyse Penaluna and Marianna the program for the first time Tolo. Penaluna averaged a double-double at the tournament and ever. posted 28 points and 16 rebounds in the decider. Over the past months, AYAD Mark Seccombe has been con- Drawn in a tough pool the Australian University Men’s team per- ducting learn-to-play basketball classes in a number of Special formed admirably, while they lost their two pool games and were Schools in Suva, and this resulted in basketball being included relegated to the minor classification play offs, they finished the rest in the games. of the tournament undefeated to claim 17th place. Gospel School for the Deaf was crowned the inaugural winner Australian Emus finish fourth at World U-19 Championships: of the basketball competition at the Tattersal National Gym, Australia’s U19 Men’s team, the Emus, fought their way to a 7-2 while Suva Special School took home the second place and record at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men to finish Hilton Special School was third. fourth at the prestigious tournament. For their win, Gospel took home the Fiji Paralympic Commit- The Emus had their unbeaten run ended in the Semi Finals where tee/Mark Secombe Trophy. Tournament organiser Saimoni they were upset by Greece and fell to Croatia in the Bronze medal Nainoca said this was an historic occasion for the games as it game in Auckland, New Zealand was the first time they had included basketball. Nainoca said on July 12. he was impressed by what he saw at the courts as the kids played with a lot of confidence and skills. Just the week before the champi- "We have only three schools playing basketball this year but onship the Emus hosted Greece, we hope to increase this number next year," Nainoca said. France and Spain at the U19 Four Nations Tournament in Mel- Development Manager Visits Tonga bourne, where they went unde- By Regan Kama feated to win the tournament. This short visit to Tonga was to gain an understanding of the basketball situa- tion in the country, and to assist in setting up a structure for the reforma- tion of basketball in Tonga. The Tongan Basketball Federation Executive Committee is a relatively Regan with NOC’s Taki new committee that was formed in March 2009. Each committee member has something to offer and it is exciting to see an enthusiastic group working together to gain knowledge on what their role is as a committee mem- ber, and working to achieve the federation goals. The main priority for this visit was to establish a federation plan, establish a calendar of events and inform the community through schools, government, local businesses and the media that the basketball federation had been formed and is moving ahead with plans to reactivate basketball in Tonga. These ob- jectives were achieved through many committee meetings and visits to various groups in Nuku’alofa. A number of recommendations have been left with the federa- tion to complete, along with their new federation plan and calendar. This groundwork will ensure the federation will be on their way in becoming a well organized and professional organization. I would like to thank the federation especially Loleini Ostling for your hospitality while I was in Tonga. I would also like to thank the Tongan National Olympic Committee for their assis- tance with FIBA Oceania’s and the Tongan Basketball Federa- tion’s programs. Page 7 FIBA Oceania Bulletin, August 2009 FIBA Oceania 4 Yearly Congress: Refereeing—the next best thing to playing! The four-yearly Congress of FIBA Oceania was Australian referee Scott Becker was awarded held in Saipan on the rest day of competition the gold medal game at the FIBA U19 Men’s during the 6th FIBA Oceania Tournament for men and women. World Championships, and just like the play- ers, the referees aim for gold. Below are The Federations of Guam, Northern Marianas, Palau, FSM, Scott’s comments: Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Australia and New Zealand were represented. We were delighted and honoured that My refereeing career started when I was 15 at both the FIBA President and the FIBA Secretary General made Newcastle basketball stadium in regional Aus- time in their busy programs to be present at our Congress and tralia, and that will be 20 years ago next year! I for part of our Tournament. knew early on that representing my country was my goal. I was never going to make it as a player so I decided to take the harder The Congress was preceded by a short Special Congress which road and try to make it as a referee…..and I’ve never looked back! considered a minor amendment to the Constitution, proposed by the Secretary General and supported by Basketball Austra- I was awarded my FIBA licence in 2005 and since then I have offi- lia. The change preserved the principle of the four-yearly rota- ciated at major tournaments all over the world. As a kid from tion of the Presidency of FIBA Oceania but allowed a previous “the bush” in Australia to the world stage I can say that it goes to President to resubmit themself for election after at least a show that if you are prepared to do the hard work, which some- term away from the office. times is extremely difficult, the rewards do come. The hardest part of officiating is patience. Sometimes you miss out on ap- The Congress considered the activity and financial reports of pointments but most of the time there’s a very good reason. You FIBA Oceania for 2008 and elected the members of the board just have to believe in yourself. Not every one can have the top for the next four year period. It is a requirement of the FIBA game, but be patient and you just never know. Statutes that the term of office of the Zones correspond to those of FIBA (World) so the following will hold office 2010 - The 9th FIBA World Championship for men in New Zealand was a 2014 fantastic experience both on the court and off. The tournament was billed as showcasing the future of world basketball which President: Bob Elphinston was a promise that the players well and truly lived up to! The Members of the Board: Robert Vautrin action on the court was fast and furious and the play of such an Barbara Wheadon exceptionally high standard, and with that the standard of offici- Bill Keldermans ating was just as high. Having the opportunity to represent Aus- Michael White tralia and officiate in a World tournament is a huge honour. John Maddock During the tournament I was trusted to officiate some fantastic The Secretary General, Steve Smith is contracted by the Board games. A couple of stand outs were Greece vs Lithuania, which and is a member of the FIBA Oceania Board. was a replay of the European qualifiers from last year, a fantastic A report of the meeting of the FIBA Oceania Congress and Spe- game that was very tough, but also a lot of fun. Another standout cial Congress was sent to our member federations last month. was Puerto Rico v France. This game literally went down to the The changes to our Constitution are currently being registered last second which made it very exciting to be a part of. But that’s in Australia with the body responsible for supervising our not- not the reason it sticks out. The reason that game was so good for-profit status and will shortly be distributed to our member was that one of the Puerto Rico players scored fifty-four points! You can’t help but be impressed by that effort against a quality federations and posted on our website. team. The last one that stands out and the one that I still some- times can’t believe was the gold medal game between USA and Greece. I was fortunate enough to be given the honour of offici- ating the final at this tournament and just to be out there was a feeling that is very hard to describe. Given the amazing calibre of the other officials from around the world I was so very humbled to be nominated for the final. But even if I didn’t officiate the final I would still be extremely proud to represent my country, and Oceania, at the most prestig- ious FIBA World event this year. With that I’d like to congratulate FIBA Oceania Congress Dallas Pickering and Ken Coulson, both from New Zealand, who also officiated at this tournament. Dallas as a referee and Ken as one of the game commissioners. Both of these guys were great hosts to their fellow referees and as a group we were extremely grateful! Above all else the organisation of this tournament by the New Zealand federation and their volunteers was absolutely amazing! I was so impressed by how smoothly the tournament was run and they should all be so very proud of what they achieved. Page 8 FIBA Oceania Bulletin, August 2009 FIBA Oceania Recognises ‘Movers and Angelo Francoise-Eloccie New Cal Larry Fejeran Guam Shapers’ Lindsay Gaze Aus Andrew Gaze Aus Acknowledgement was given to 40 people Jon Hoyle Aus Patrick Hunt Aus across the Oceania region who have contrib- Ed Imo Am Samoa Giff Johnson Marshalls uted to the growth of basketball at a special dinner during the Tom Joumkalop PNG Frank Kyota Palau Oceania Tournament in Saipan. Lorraine Landon Aus Brigitte Langomazino Tahiti Gloria Lango Van Fred Lavaki PNG As one of its events to mark the 40 year milestone since the Stuart Manwaring Aus John Martin Aus recognition of the Oceania zone by FIBA, FIBA Oceania recently Gordie McLeod Aus Glynis Miller Fiji announced the names of 40 persons recognised as having a Bob Pelkey Guam Lawrence Quan Solomons leading role in the growth and development of the game Alistair Ramsay Aus Bob Staunton Aus across the region. Kazuki Sungino Palau Michelle Timms Aus Ken Tupua Am Samoa Bob Tuxson Fiji Players, coaches, referees and administrators from 13 member Robert Vautrin New Cal Pierre Villant Tahiti countries of FIBA Oceania were recognised in the final list ap- Michael Whippy Fiji Michael White CNMI proved by the FIBA Oceania Board at its recent meeting in Sai- pan, Mariana Islands during the FIBA Oceania Tournament for men and women. The 21 member federations of FIBA Oceania were invited to submit the names of people who over the last 40 years have made a significant contribution to basketball in their country or in the region. A small committee consisting of Al Ramsay, the father of FIBA Oceania, Barbara Wheadon, current FIBA Oceania President and Steve Smith, FIBA Oceania Secretary General, sorted the nominations and made a recommendation to the FIBA Oceania Board. The list features some world fa- mous names such as Andrew Gaze, Michelle Timms and Pero Cameron from the playing ranks and equally well known Tab Baldwin and Lindsay Gaze in the coaching ranks. In the admini- stration area, Al Ramsay the founding Secretary General and Bob Elphinston the current President of FIBA give the list an international flavour. Less well known but proving that basketball across the region has grown to its present status through the work and enthusi- asm of numerous volunteers in many countries, are Bob Tux- son a former national player and national coach from Fiji, Ronnie Chavez a former President of Tahiti Basketball and competition manager at the 1995 South Pacific Games and Kazuki (Topps) Sungino former national Cambage stars in Australian Gems top player, national coach and now Na- five finish: tional Basketball Development Offi- Australia’s U19 Women’s team, the cer from Palau. Gems, finished a commendable 5th place at the FIBA U19 World Champion- Congratulations to the 40 award win- ship for Women in ners. FIBA Oceania hopes that the Bangkok, Thailand. recognition of your achievements will inspire the next generation of basket- 203cm centre Eliza- ballers across the zone to make the beth Cambage was second 40 years an equally progres- named in the tour- sive period for our sport. nament All-Star Five for her standout Tab Baldwin NZ performance as Florence Bundu PNG leading scorer, aver- Pero Cameron NZ aging 20.4 points Ken Clifford Aus per game, she also Sir Lance Cross NZ averaged 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks Cedric Cudby NZ per game and in her best game posted a Graeme Davey NZ phenomenal 38 points and 10 rebounds Bob Elphinston Aus to lift the Gems to an 8-1 win-loss re- Merv Emms Aus cord. Page 9 FIBA Oceania Bulletin, August 2009 Marshall Islands to host 10th national Championships: FIBA Oceania produce a 40th birthday celebration booklet: The Bank of Marshall Islands 10th Ralik Ratak Basketball Cham- To commemorate the 40th birthday of FIBA Oceania, the staff pionship is scheduled for September 12-25 in Majuro. The flag- have produced a pictorial history book, covering the major ship basketball competition is named after the two chains of events in the zone since 1968. islands in the Marshall Islands, and teams compete represent- The booklet will soon be available to download from the FIBA ing their atolls or islands. Launched by the Marshall Islands Oceania website under the ‘40 Year Celebration’ button. Basketball Federation in 1999 as a national tournament, the event this year is changing formats from an open competition to an invitational tournament. Twelve men's teams and four women's teams are being invited to compete to win cash prizes of up to US$1,000 (men) and $500 (women) and brag- ging rights as the best team in the country. Many sponsors are joining to support this event. Bank of Mar- shall Islands is the tournament's major sponsor, as it has been for many years in the past. The US Army is donating trophies for the top three teams in each section, as well as a perpetual trophy. The MIBF is partnering with the Ministry of Internal Affairs Sports and Recreation Office to run the tournament. The Marshalls Prevention Group, a substance abuse preven- tion non-government organization, is supporting the event with a donation and will promote health awareness during the tournament. And the Marshall Islands National Olympic Com- mittee is backing the event. FIBA Oceania Development Officer Ryan Burns will be in Ma- juro in advance of the tournament to conduct referee, score bench and coaching trainings, and will assist with referee evaluations and other tournament activity for the first few days of the Ralik Ratak Shootout. The format of play for men will feature two pools of six teams each playing in a round-robin with the top two teams in each pool playing off for the championship. The women will com- pete in one pool. Australian Wheelchair teams in top form: Rollers World Challenge: Australia’s Men’s Wheelchair basketball team, the Rollers, proved their gold medal haul at the Paralympic Games in Beijing was no fluke when they trounced wheelchair basketball power- houses Canada and Great Britain, and Japan, to finish first at the Rollers World Challenge in Sydney last week. The Rollers had nine of their Beijing Paralympians in the team and, in their Gold medal rematch against the Canadi- ans, crushed their opposition decisively. The Rollers thrashed Canada in the Gold medal final, 77-48 Gliders match Paralympic effort in Canada: Australia’s Women’s Wheelchair basketball team, the Gliders, ousted host nation Canada to win bronze at a four nations tournament in Ottowa on Saturday. The Paralympic Bronze medallists held off the Canadians 48-45 to seal a podium finish. Page 10 FIBA Oceania Bulletin, August 2009 Palau adopts new development plan: New Zealand’s Junior Tall Blacks finish The Palau Basketball Federation recently adopted a new Devel- 13th at World U-19 Championships: opment Plan for the 4 years 2009-2012, to take basketball in Palau to new heights. After many years of growth, the PBF ac- The New Zealand Junior Tall Blacks fin- knowledged that during the past 3-4 years, growth had stag- ished the tournament 2-3, with group D nated somewhat and wanted to find a way to push the sport losses to Argentina (66-64), Croatia (79- forward. 72) and Kazakhstan (90-83) and wins over Syria (93-75) and Angola (62-54). The Plan has two parts – a restructure of systems within the Fed- eration to ensure the best management of the Plan; and a Na- “I think we did really well,” team captain Dion Prewster said. tional Development Program (NDP) that will deliver the pro- “We didn’t let ourselves down. We did want to do better but we grams to achieve our vision. The PBF have also decided to fall in did play some good basketball. Well, the best we could anyway. line with FIBA & FIBA Oceania in their daily marketing and will We just got a little unlucky. use the name “Basketball Palau” in the promotion of basketball. “And we’ve got a lot of respect from other basketball playing Funding of an overseas coach and administrator to design and nations and that we should be here. People have been quite implement the Plan became possible through a grant from IOC surprised by the way that we’ve played, so it’s always nice to under the Development of National Sports Structure (DNSS) pro- hear people saying that.” gram. This grant is available to each country each year and has been previously used to form Development Plans for basketball Nathan Jawai makes it to the in American Samoa, Fiji and FSM. NBA: In 2004 a young indigenous man PBF’s Development Plan to develop basketball covers each area made his debut for the Australian of the sport – players, coaches, referees, score table officials, youth team at the FIBA Oceania statisticians and administrators. The restructure of the PBF has Youth Tournament in Coffs Har- already started and a National Program Committee (NPC), com- bour. His name was Nathan Jawai, prising Topps Sungino, Bill Keldermans and Sinton Soalablai, and he had been plucked from Cape York and set on a path that have been appointed to oversee and review the NDP on a would eventually lead him to the NBA. monthly basis and a National Director of Coaching has been ap- pointed to be responsible for the day to day operation of the Over the next 5 years Nathan Jawai progressed at amazing NDP. Other committees will come on line in the near future to speed, and in 2009 he has made it to the Dallas Mavericks NBA be responsible for separate areas of the Plan, such as coaching team. We are sure many players from around the zone who and referees and officials. were played in that tournament will follow his progress in 2009. Basketball Palau’s NDP for player development covers the Na- tional Squads for Senior and Youth, and development squads for youth and juniors will commence in 2010. Plans are being pre- pared to expand local community basketball for juniors, that will, in time, increase player numbers. Under the Plan the PBF have also adopted their own system of courses for all areas of the sport and with approval of the Palau National Olympic Committee (PNOC), may be the start of a Na- tional Accreditation Scheme (NAS) for all sports in Palau. In the next 6 months: a national registration system, a national talent identification system and a national players and coach selection system. In addition a 4 years calendar is in the process of being prepared. The first of the coaching courses to be held under the NAS will be a level 2 coaching course held through August and Septem- ber, and a level 1 coaching course will be held in October. The PBF will be insisting on level 2 accreditation for all coaches in the NBL by the 2011 season and this coming level 2 course provides the coaches with a chance to be qualified by then. Currently Basketball Palau is advertising for applicants for the National Men’s and Women’s Squads and these appointments are due in August. Following these appointments the coaches will select the National Squads in September and they will start their program in early October. As the PBF President, Mr Frank Kyota, said following the adop- tion of the new Plan: “A nation without a vision will perish and so is a Basketball Federation without a development plan. We are BASKETBALL PALAU” Page 11 FIBA Oceania Bulletin, August 2009 Volunteers—Do you reward your volunteers? The Annual Belau Games: Volunteers are the backbone of all basketball events, world- The Palau NOC continues to be the leaders in organising annual, wide. Tournament organisers could not deliver their competi- multi-sport games for their sporting fraternity. From 16th-25th tions without the support of so many enthusiastic and passion- July 2009, the Palau NOC conducted their annual Belau Games, ate basketball people. In the Oceania region, volunteers have which incorporated 13 sports and 1,500 athletes. Participants been out in force over the past few months, servicing a wide represented their state in all events. range of tournaments and competitions. The basketball program drew 9 men’s state teams and 5 Whether helping as volunteer organisers, score table officials, women’s state teams. Women’s games were played each morn- statisticians, floor wipers, administration staff, media people, ing, while the men’s games were played in the evenings. Large hospitality workers, facility staff, drivers, team liaison staff, and vocal crowds were a feature of the basketball program. first aid or merchandising people, the volunteers provide ser- vices that our organisation would never be able to pay for. A huge crowd packed the National Gym on grand final night to see a magnificent and exciting game of basketball when Koror In New Zealand there were 280 volunteers giving their time defeated last Games champions, Peleliu, to take the gold in the and expertise free of charge at the U19 FIBA Men’s World men’s division. Peleliu took gold in women’s by defeating Nga- Championships. In Saipan at the Oceania Tournament the 30 remlengui in another close encounter. A wonderful ending to a volunteers did an excellent job, as did the volunteers working great tournament. the Belau Games in Palau. But do organisers adequately reward their volunteers, and keep them involved after the tournament is over? In Palau, the volunteers were rewarded with a night out at a local restaurant, and a big story Rewards for Palau volunteers on the website. In Saipan, a photo and website story, along with uniforms and meals dur- ing the tournament was a way of rewarding the volunteers. In most cases in the Pacific Islands, the volunteers who are recruited for these tournaments are teenagers. Federations should recognise that when the tournament is over, they have a body of trained and experienced people who should be util- ised by the federation in their domestic competitions. Just imagine the delight of players who can see their game statistics on the federation website via Live Stats! 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The tournament dates are not yet main participants, Australia and New Zealand. finalised, but the suggested date is towards the end of 2010. This year, for the first time, each of the participating countries New Caledonia will host the Pacific Games in 2011, so the will host a single game in the series, with the winner of the 2010 Youth Tournament will be an opportunity for the Pacific series decided either on the number of games won, or in the Games basketball program organisers to test their volunteers, event of a drawn series, the aggregate points across the entire equipment and facilities. series. A purpose built Athlete Village and a new basketball playing The new competition format reflects the desire of both Bas- facility, are underway in Noumea, and will be completed by ketball Australia and Basketball New Zealand to have signifi- the Youth Tournament. President Lecourieux and Vice Presi- cant international matches played on home soil on a regular dent Robert Vautrin did a presentation on the preparations for basis. Under the previous two or three game series played in the Pacific Games at the FIBA Oceania Congress in Saipan. one country, local fans only got the chance to watch their local heroes play on home soil once every four years. The new format will ensure that each game in the series is competitive, because even if a team is losing in the first game, it will try to minimise the points spread to improve its chances of winning the series through victory in the second game. With the new format, basketball fans in Australia and New Zealand will get to see the Opals, Tall Ferns, Boomers and Tall Blacks, playing in country every two years. The two national federations are looking to complement the two-yearly Oceania (home-and-away) Championships with an annual trans-Tasman clash, also played home-and-away, to increase the presence of the national team games in their re- spective countries to an annual event. Organisers will be closely watching the support for the 2009 Yoann Lecourieux presents at the FIBA Oceania Congress Oceania Championship with a view to increasing the number Australia’s National League Back on Track: of games in the series if needed. The Australian men’s National Basketball League will hold a The 2009 FIBA Oceania Championships will qualify teams from pre-season tournament, the Top End Challenge, featuring all the Oceania continent for the FIBA World Championships in eight NBL teams in Darwin from 3 – 5 September. The event, 2010 which will be played in Turkey (men), August 28th – Sep- which is being supported by the Northern Territory govern- tember 12th and the Czech Republic (women), September 23rd ment and will be the biggest basketball event in Darwin’s his- – October 3rd. tory. It will provide teams with the chance to have an invalu- able hit-out prior to the tip-off of the season on Sept 24th. How the series will be decided: If one country wins both games, they will become the “Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Larry Sengstock Oceania Champion. said the event was a unique one on the NBL calendar. If each country wins one game then the aggregate “This event is a further sign that Basketball is back and points scored in both games will determine the series stronger than ever,” said Sengstock, “ winner. If each country wins one game and the aggregate “Basketball Australia has been very strong points across both games is equal at the end of the sec- in its resolve to reconnect the elite end of ond game, then the normal FIBA system for breaking a our sports to the grass roots community tie will be used – that is, the second game will continue and to that end the Teams will be conduct- with as many extra periods of five (5) minutes as is nec- ing a wide variety of community engage- essary until the aggregate points across the two games ment programs such as basketball clinics, is not equal. school visits and hospital visits which will reinforce that Basketball is truly Everyone’s Game.