Derby’s Premier Basketball Carnival Brings Out Record Numbers
The 2015 Boab Basketball Carnival attracted 390 players from towns and remote communities from as far as Kalumburu in the East Kimberley through to Yandeyarra in the Pilbara. The first day of competition was Saturday the 4th of July and there were a total of 112 fixture games played followed by another 40 fixture games on Sunday the 5th. Sunday afternoon included another 14 elimination games for the finals.
The women’s competition was composed of 16 teams divided into two divisions with each team playing a total of 7 fixture games. The elimination finals saw a fierce competition between the top eight teams including No Limits, Norwest Jetz, Koogaz, Mowanjum Seahawks, Derby Rebel Tarts, Billard, All-Stars and Milargoon. The All-Stars and Rebel Tarts survived the weekend competition to make it to the Grand Final.
The Women’s Grand Final was exciting to watch as the teams were locked in a tight battle during the first half. Players on both teams were hitting baskets from every angle which led to both sides needing to lock down on defence. Stacey Bedford from the Rebel Tarts was proving to be the x-factor offensively. The second half saw the Rebel Tarts take control of the game as they slowed the game down and then pulled away from the All-Stars. Derby’s Rebel Tarts defeated the All-Stars by a score of 22 to 14 to earn the title of the 2015 Boab Basketball Carnival Women’s Champions. Most Valuable Player for the Grand Final went to Missy Brinker who was consistently applying pressure offensively and defensively ripped down every rebound within her reach.
In the Men’s Division 24 teams were split into two divisions so each team also played a total of 7 fixture games. The top eight teams playing off in the elimination finals were the Derby Wizards, No Limits, Hedland Pacers, Beagle Bay Pacers, Royalz, Buccs, Shakers and Yurmulun Spurs. The two teams to play in the Grand Final were the Buccs and Beagle Bay Pacers.
The first half of the Men’s Grand Final game was a typical Kimberley basketball game played at an electric pace. Both offenses were on fire as 3-point shooting dominated and they went in at halftime with only one point separating the teams. The second half saw the game start where they left off in the first. Beagle Bay Pacers star Latrell Matthews just did not miss his shots. It was enough for the Pacers to defeat the Buccs 42 to 38 and be named the 2015 Boab Basketball Men’s Champions. The Most Valuable Player for the Grand Final went to Ezekiel McKenzie for his stellar defence, good rebounding and great team play.
Thanks to the sponsorship of Winun Ngari the Men’s and Women’s Premiership Winners received gold medallions and a team cash prize of $1000 and the Runners-up received silver medallions and a team cash prize of $500. The Premiership Winners will have their team names etched into the Boab Basketball Championship perpetual shield.
Every year the Boab Basketball Carnival is a huge event to organise. We would like to recognise the hard work and event planning skills of the Derby Basketball Association Committee and their local volunteers. They worked tirelessly to make this their premier event and put on display their commitment to developing a strong local culture of basketball in the Kimberley Region. The committee would like to thank all the volunteers, umpires, coaches, players and spectators for their support of the carnival and making it another huge success.
The committee would also like to thank the major sponsor, Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation, and also the Shire Of Derby West Kimberley, Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan, Derby Police, Derby Health Service, Tox Free, Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation, Derby Hardware Mitre 10 and Radio 6DBY for their continued support in making this event possible.
2015 Boab Basketball Carnival Awards
Women’s Division Individual Award Winners
Rising Star Award – Kathleen Ejai from All-Stars with 12 votes
Division 1 Runner Up Most Valuable Player – Kathleen Ejai from the All-Stars with 12 votes
Division 1 Most Valuable Player – Stacy Bedford from the Rebel tarts with 13 votes
Division 2 Runner Up Most Valuable Player – Jasmin Barunga from the Opals with 11 votes
Division 2 Most Valuable Player – Jasmin Calwyn with 14 votes
3-Point Shootout Champion – Anna Cox from Yurmulun Rays
Men’s Division Individual Award Winners
Rising Star Award – Jeromiah Walker from Redbakz with 16 votes
Division 1 Runner Up Most Valuable Player – Jeromiah Walker from Redbakz with 11 votes
Division 1 Most Valuable Player – Albert Bundamurra from Kalumburu Outsiders with 14 votes
Division 2 Runner Up Most Valuable Player – Clinton Ball from Mowanjum Heat with 11 votes
Division 2 Most Valuable Player - Aloysius Bundamurra from Murra Gurra Sonics with 11 votes
3-Point Shootout Champion – Darren Hunter from Dragons
Dunk Competition Champion – Kamus Gordon from Suns