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For on the spot pics and vids come game night and a peak into our training session! We are South Sydney Spartans!
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For on the spot pics and vids come game night and a peak into our training session! We are South Sydney Spartans!
CSBA now moves into the pointy end of the season, proudly with all four Spartan Squads entering into the Semi Finals and a chance to enter into the final dance for the Summer Competition.
We wish all our teams all the very best in their up and coming games!
Heya teams and awesome supporters… its been a while… and my sincere apologies for being so tardy with the post! Outside of basketball – aka family and work has be a little busy. Havent been able to get on here to write up any fun game blogs and for that I am sorry.
I bring good news … and that we are into the final stages of the regular season with all teams poised to make the play offs.
Our A’s are fighting for top spot on the ladder and with two games left, are keen to improve on in game rotations and defense for a strong showing during the pointy end.
B’s had recently overcame their bane team in FBC with a smarter approach to the game and earning themselves top spot on their ladder. Few tough games ahead but a welcome sign leading into the finals after being hot and cold in previous games.
C’s Light suffered their biggest loss last game but were plagued with injuries and absences. The focus now will be to Monday nights to improve their focus in the ultimate aim to cement a spot in the top four by securing one more victory out of the two games left. Currently sitting fourth on the ladder.
C’s Dark rolls through this season with more emphatic team plays and focus. Back to back now of stellar games, with the prior game to last week being an authoritative win with four truely focused team mates on the court. Placed one spot ahead on Light in third spot
After a decent 2019 *end of year season showing from A’s to C’s, we move straight into the 2020 Summer League to close out 2020.
Our Monday training group has grown with more Spartan Brothers joining the ranks in competition.
We are pleased to announce that we are fielding TWO C teams in prep for next season and there is plans to yield a further team in a higher division.
We welcome the new additions and hope they bring the joy to the game
Thats FOUR teams competing in the THURSDAY CSBA Competition.
As the South Sydney Spartans, we’re big on family the atmosphere and keen on players who are team focused, have the right attitude and good temperament.
Our players are from all backgrounds, beliefs, diets and skill levels but the collective focus is the same – everyone is onboard for making BBall fun.
If this approach to the game of Basketball is appealing to you and of one that you can be a positive and active contributor to our group…
Please get in contact with JB to a part of the preparation to 2021, as we look to move into various competitions and divisions across Sydney.
Thanks very much.
3MC’s GF Spartans vs Newtown Wolves
This was a good match up and fitting for a finals berth.
Both teams kept the game close throughout most of the match with neither side being able to kick away. Wolves just had enough in the tank to secure the W and place our boys as runners up. A massive effort by all our players who represented our black and yellow proudly. Its nice to see the guys go from strength to strength throughout the season.
Sorry to have kept this report short… Blame Rod who really should put more into the team. The far left guy pictured below. Oh and CoVid who does not allow you to watch and support from the sideline.
Its play and then … GTFO
Well done peeps
3MA’s GF Spartans vs Doosters
Scene was set for the 3 Mens A GF. Both teams had a solid regular season run with a high percentage of W vs Played. Spartans A’s copped a hiding the first time these two teams met during the regular season. The second showdown had our A’s come away with the narrow victory by playing one of their best collective team games keeping the Spartans A run of solid games going against all teams …. after that particular loss against the Doosters
We had Alz restricted to light minutes due to a niggling shoulder injury but our full squad turned up and played great Spartans Team Basketball.
Defence was kept tight once again and with the ability to go on a scoring run, our A’s managed to kick away at the beginning of the second period. After a spate of unforced errors, bad shot selection and general close out jitters moving into the latter half of the period … a much needed time out and yelling from an old man refocused our game. We truly had fought hard to get here and only our best as a team would do.
Ball movement was a beautiful sight to see as our big men attacked the seams and made the layups off well timed entry passes.
We had the (much) old guys get the ball to close out the game.
It was a glorious title win for the A’s
Four Years, Eleven seasons. Thats how long its been since out last *chip
Victory tasted like a winners Sundae!!
Thanks to all our squad. It was a joy to be a part of. Maybe I can get some minutes next time… or at least start cutting oranges.
Hello players, fans and friends. With the regular season done and dusted… we are pleased to announce that our teams had made it into the post season after a long CoVid affected regular season
Witnessing sea of yellow and black throughout the gym, it was a proud moment watching all the players representing our close knit group so well.
HUGE congrats to all the team members in making it to the semi finals and giving it their best.
Spartan Cs vs Branca United
This was a tough, low scoring game with all players putting in the effort on defence. With buckets seemingly hard to come by, there were some great plays which led to points conversions. Some masterful key moments even caught on camera which is much better than listening to Rod and how he swatted away 5 shots to give himself a fast break, self assist of the back board to windmill dunk over 3 defenders. A self proclaimed signature move of his he’s been working on. A wins a win and now to focus on using the last few W’s to bring home the bacon.
W!! 17 – 13
and with that W move into the FINALS
Spartan Bs vs FBC
Looking to bounce back from last weeks reg season loss to the same team, the B boys played a solid game for the most part and kicked ahead by 10 points deep into the second half and were looking good to seal the game. Slowly though, there was a change in momentum with the gap being gradually whittled away with FBC players hitting jumpers and in turn B’s presenting some predicable offense and tentativeness from the back court not drawing defenders out and going to the rim. Lach being heavily leaned on in providing buckets and others being reluctant to shoot. The B’s defense was sporadically great and G getting some clutch steals and denials but the occasional breakdown led to FBC knocking down open shots and easier layups. It was a nail biter that the shouting from the sidelines could be heard by C’s and A’s So close was this game it went into overtime, lucky when FBC could not seal the game on the buzzer with an unconverted and one play.
With C’s now supporting via the exit door and A’s allowed to go into the grandstand and yell encouragement, there was hope to will the boys on the court to victory.
FBC got off to a start in extra time but the Bs hung in there once again showing true grit just marred by crucial turnovers at pivotal in game moments. Still… there was another chance to make it go to 2OT with 3 seconds to go but just couldn’t get the shot in the end.
Tough L 47 – 49
Chin up boys. You did yourselves and our group proud representing the Spartans. We will pull together as a group and focus on getting you guys STRONGER
Spartans As vs Newtown Warriors
Facing a new and improved Warriors unit, this was going to be a challenging semi finals match up against size, shooters and good team chemistry. The A’s would need to be composed and efficient at both ends of the floor in this game. Don’t mind Nik who still opted to wear his nuggety shoes, REFUSING to play in nothing but the ankle swelling kicks. Alz did not look like the weapon he can be when healthy, nursing a significant shoulder injury so it was time for everyone to step up a notch.
First half started off with Jordy hitting a 3 to open up the scoring and the boys seemingly in control throughout the game. Sure it was a game of runs but late into the first we had a nice healthy 8 pt lead. A lead that is, until JB subbed off for a wee wee with Jordan later joining the bench. With turnovers and forced plays, A’s found themselves being 2pts down at the half and a few grim faces in the huddle.
Reminding the team its all about composure, confidence and trusting your team mates, we stepped onto the court with renewed focus…
and Franco fouling to give the warriors a converted and 1. Now down by 5 it was time to go to work. Lots of bucket trading with Franco landing and twisting his ankle mid way through the half and having to step off. Boss still managed to put the rock through the net for 2 to bring us within 1. A few plays later, the A’s found themselves 5pts down and facing an up hill battle. ENTER Nuggety shoes, Leb Muscle, BimBimBap, Steve Blake Dopple directed by the Asian Wolverine. With the right substitutions in Sim and Stuz, the dream team went on a mammoth run at one end and locked it down on the other. There were great defensive stops and Warrior turnovers followed by purposeful Spartan A attacks to the bucket, with fantastic offensive rebounds to get well executed second chance looks. The swinging result being a 15 point lead in favour of the A’s and welcomed composure to bring the game home for the W.
Not content on a decent points haul, Blakes dopple stole 50 percent of JB’s points in the stat sheet. No matter. Team win.
and a trip to the FINALS
Lets get to work on Monday and bring it home!!!
Catch up round for Rain Cancelled THU05MAR
Such a good feeling to step back onto the court, geared up and playing competition again. Both comp and training has resumed, though catered for the lockdown gained weight (light runs) kicking off the first training sessions in months.
A solid result for our Spartans this week. 3 / 3 means winners Sundae!
Spartan A’s vs Warriors
Even though training sessions were light on Monday, the A’s moved the ball around well throughout game time on Thurs and took goods shots. Jordan shot well from deep. It helped that Franco was on fire and aggressive getting to the bucket. He had big shoulders that night which is good, because JB got really fat during the lock down and needed to be carried to a win.
W 48 – 39
Spartans B’s vs Inner West Life
With a much improved TEAM vibe this season, the B’s rotation looks good from the start and kicked away to a good points buffer in the first half. A nice turn around from previous games. The second half was a closely contested ball game as IWL slowly started to chip away at the deficit to eventually getting ahead by a single point. It was clear that fatigue started to roll into the Spartan camp. But this is Sparta, a strong rally was had back to snatch the lead first with Lach getting an and 1 and then Timmy and Mick combining some BIG presence to get to the line and score some vital buckets with an amazing finish as Micky hit TWO clutch free throws to provide an end game buffer to seal the W.
W 30 – 28
Spartans C’s vs YMCA Sky Blue
C’s fielded just enough Spartans to make a team, no subs. Joely and Brunz combining for the ultimate dynamic duo on the offensive end, with Joely getting the first three buckets of the game from the tip off. Just like the other Divs, the C’s moves the ball relatively well and with this game, led from start to finish. Way to go boyz!
W 41 – 33
Welcome team. With restrictions easing further and a recent notification that competitive basketball is set to return, we will soon be set for tip off.
Its been a long wait – going by our last game reports and this post right here!
For training please note we will still need to be mindful and adhere to the followingIf you are unwell you must NOT participate in training OR competition games unless you have been given NSW Health ALL CLEAR from CoVid-19. Please also note that you MUST think of others and so best off to recover from illness even if not CoVid-19 related.
Players must ensure to wash hands BEFORE and AFTER training sessions using warm water and soap. We also recommend players use sanitiser on hands regularly – between sessions and minimise contact with other players
Spartan A’s vs Newington Dragons
A new and young team with plenty of potential, the Dragons were facing an uphill battle even before the tip off by only managing to field 5 players with their bigs noticeably absent. A’s looking to build on their recent improved plays against this energetic team and hats off to the Dragons in switching to M2M D in an attempt to get the A’s out of the comfort zone and force the adjustment to suit. A’s also made some small changes by going 3 up top to counter the dragons talented shooters which proved effective and pushing the main players into tough shots. Still have to work on defence and build the growing impact of the bigs in the paint as we march on into the second part of the season. A comfortable win in the end with the A’s kicking away early in the second half.
W 46 to 31
Spartans B’s vs Airballers
Needing to put the airballers away and put a stamp on the comp, the B’s were thin in their roster. Dave from C’s was kind enough to play in tonights game, giving the Spartans a much needed sub and contributor. Lach did his thing and hogged the ball scoring many points. He was convinced he knocked up a triple double but one has to give assists for them to count on the stat sheet. The B’s bigs did a good job on getting offensive boards but will need to improve on the box outs in order to strengthen their defensive fort. Freddo kept getting Daves name wrong throughout the game but was instrumental at providing another offensive threat and getting buckets late. Just go to work on defense or simply bring the defensive mindset from Mondays to comp day. Maybe jacking up buzzer beaters with 10secs left on the shot clock full Shaqtin’ style didnt help.
W 34 to 28
Spartan C’s had a bye round. Which was fortunate enough as ankles take longer than a week to heal after being broken. Love you.
Spartan A’s vs YMCA Blue
With only Nik missing from tonights game, A’s were keen to go head to head with Blue. A decent match up with both teams possessing streaky shooters and the ability to move the ball around the floor. A’s defence was solid in keeping baby Blake out of the key and contesting most outside shots taken by Blues’ main shooter, Corey and any others who attempted range. Simmys defence once again keeping anything in the paint a challenge to face. This lead to stops which often found Alz streaking down the court on a fast break or pulling up for a 3ball. The spread of A’s points once again reflecting the improved ability to move the ball for the open look and easy dish and lay up. Franco proving quite a handful to contain inside the arc, successfully shooting the long ball and throwing great unselfish passes to team mates for good scoring looks. Stuzzy making a beautiful drive around his defender and into Blake for a soft touch off glass finish. RayRay putting in a solid effort in building his 2way game. Just gotta remember his socks and not get injured. Thats about it I think… lol ?
Yes yes. Jordan won the game ball tonight. Was lit, on fire and was amazing to watch, raining buckets from deep. We’re not talking 5/57 either. Efficiently punishing the opponent for leaving him wide open after the boyz did a great job in rotating the ball back to Jordans hot hand. A joy and welcomed sight for sure.
W 56 to 36
Spartans B had a BYE round. Was nice to have G stick around to watch the boys play. Appreciate the support.
Spartans C’s vs Bouncers
With the Bouncers looking for their first W, this was going to be a physical game which required composure and smart plays. Joel also got smacked in the head a few times. Lucky he has a thick noggin encompassing his baby face. Already with a limited roster of 6, the C team dropped down to 5 after Rod limped off with an injury that sidelined him for the rest of the game. I reckon it was after shooting a 3ball Rod tried to defend the ball carrier and got his ankles broken. HE says it was while he was on offence and tried to do a hesi move. Dunno if thats any better. Joely and Brunz carried over their strong plays from previous games and became the teams go to guys. Shout out to Benny for his inspiring three and his tenaciousness effort on keeping on the court and being effective on both ends and Dre for being physical and knocking peeps inside the key. Boyz closed it out well and got the W.
W 43 to 34