After a successful debut season in 2017 with their SBL Division 1 Men’s team, the Northern Star Resources Goldfields Giants are taking the next step to grow the “Giants Family”, by adding a SBL Division 1 Women’s team next season
The move, which was officially endorsed by the State Basketball League this week, will see the first ever female “Goldfields Giants” team take to the court in 2018, competing in a statewide competition against some of the best up and coming basketball talent in the state.
Coming off a successful year for representative female basketball in the region, where the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Basketball Associations’ senior women’s team won their first ever Country Championships Division 1 title back in March as well as the recent Under 17’s title success as the Basketball WA State Championships last month, the Association wholeheartedly endorsed the Giants plan to provide an additional pathway for junior basketballers in the region.
The team, to be coached by local basketball stalwart Peter Rowling will make it’s official debut on Saturday the 24th of March as part of the Giants home opener for the season, which will see all three Giants’ teams take to the court.
Goldfields Giants chairman Jamie Crombie was thrilled of their inclusion.
“In 12 months the Goldfields has progressed from having no SBL Division 1 representation to having a Men’s and now a Women’s team, which is very exciting for our sport, our Giants and the region” Crombie said.
“We’re blessed with high caliber young players and coaches, and this promises to be another intriguing season for Giants supporters.”
Elite female basketball development in the region has had some major success over the years, with a number of Goldfields basketball products going on to successful Women’s State Basketball League, Women’s National Basketball League or US College careers.
Players like Lisa McLean, Darcee Garbin, Jacinta Bourne and Fleur McIntyre have all taken the next step into WNBL careers and most recently Mackenzie Clinch-Hoycard has commenced her US College career at the University of Hawaii.
In WSBL circles, there have been numerous players from the region to play in the league, with the Rockingham Flames WSBL 2014 and 2015 championship teams having four Kalgoorlie born players on their roster, including 3 starters.
Going forward, it is hoped this is the first step into the long awaited addition of a SBL women’s team for the Goldfields club, an idea has been investigated previously, most recently in 2010.
The long term feasibility of the women’s team was always an issue, but using this as a way to build their business case is a major positive to getting a women’s State League team in the future.
Short term, the club will be looking at securing partners for the team to help cover the travel, uniforms, equipment and additional costs involved in putting the team on the court each week.
“The inclusion of a SBL Division 1 Women’s team will be great for the Goldfields community and it provides a unique opportunity for the right partners to come on board and help us get this team to where we want it to be.” Crombie said.
“We’ve already had a couple of local businesses express some interest in being involved. We’d love to hear from anyone who like to help us achieve our dream.”
The massive task of putting together a squad to compete starts almost immediately with the first open tryouts to take place at 2:30pm on Sunday 17th December at the Niels Hansen Basketball Stadium on Brookman Street.
They will be open to all ages 14+, but it is hoped a number of the KBBA’s more senior players try out as well to give the team that much needed experience.
For more info or to register your interest, email the Giants at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Peter Rowling on 0428 611 668.