This week, Woodville Warriors ABA Mens basketball team will be visiting Port Pirie to play the PPBA Panthers Mens side.
The Warriors will feature Daniel Carlin who is a former 36ers player. He is a formidable player at 206 cm he is the son of dual-Commonwealth Games hammer-throwing Gold Medallist Sean Carlin. He has played a lot of college ball in the US at Westmont in Santa Barbara, where he made the NAIA All-American team, a great achievement. He can dunk the ball and has fantastic low post moves and will feature heavily in this game.
Joining Carlin will be rising junior Riley Meldrum who early this year attended Basketball Australia Development camp at the AIS in Canberra and will be pushing for a spot in the Australian U17 Mens side known as the Crocs. The team will be well coached by Scott Whitmore. Scott’s basketball coaching resume is extensive and highlighted by winning the Australian National U20 championships in Melbourne this year. This was the first time since 1993 that SA has won this and a great testament to Scotts coaching ability.
However they will be up against some of the best talent Port Pirie can muster. Lyall Gillett who is a brilliant athlete and becoming a Port Pirie basketball legend. He always shines when playing basketball at the highest level and this was acknowledge earlier this year when he was awarded the player of the final when Pirie won the SA Country Championships.
Current PPBA MVP from last season Lawson Munzberg will be keen to impress. Lawson has the ability to play above the rim and will dunk the ball at any opportunity. The match up between Lawson and Meldrum will be exciting and both lads have played well at the highest level in Australian basketball. Austin, older brother to Lawson, will be pivotal. He can play numerous roles and will have to guard Carlin for a lot of the night. He is a versatile player able to hit the outside shot but also play inside. His rebounding prowess will be key to stopping seconds chances for the Warriors players. The team will also see the current top 4 scorers from the competition play.
Rhustie Adona is leading all chargers in this area just ahead of Chad McLean, both will be make their Panther debut. Both these lads on their day can hit the shoot from anywhere, often shooting from NBA Three Point range. They will spread the defence. Matt Leske, also scoring heavily this year, will make a return after some years playing local ball.
The rest of the team will be made up of some of our exciting juniors including Mason Munzberg, Harrison Magor, Tom Head, Aaron Olsen and senior players like the exciting play anywhere Ryan Hoare and Maciej Jankowski.
Woodville will also be bringing their U14 boys to play the red hot Pirie Panthers U14, who are coming off a terrific win at the Port Augusta carnival last weekend. This team will feature for the Panthers Cooper Promnitz and Ethan Sims, who have both been selected to represent SA Country Basketball at the Australian Country Championships in Albury January 2018. This is a great achievement for both these lads who have worked hard all throughout the year to get this recognition.
Joining these boys in Albury will be Tiah Peek, who for the third year in a row has made the SA Country girls team.
This time Tiah will be playing U16. She plays A grade womens basketball locally and is a star. She will be pushing this year for selection in the U16 Nationals team and is a strong chance. Port Pirie hasn't had any women playing at that level since Claudia Thomas six years earlier.
The action starts this Saturday night at 5pm at Donaldson Stadium with the feature game at 7:30 pm. Expect dunks a plenty in warm ups and some of the sweetest shooting during the game.