Basketball

History

At the 1990 Mt. Evelyn (Vic.) Convention, the SSPA inaugurated a basketball competition between teams of short-statured people from Victoria and New South Wales. The first match was played at the Kilsyth Stadium in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and resulted in a victory to Victoria by 9 points. The scores were: Victoria 22 New South Wales 13. A trophy was donated for perpetual competition between the two teams and was named the Rosemary Hobbs Trophy, after the S.S.P.A.’s co-founder.

The idea for starting the basketball competition can be traced back to 1989 when two members of the SSPA travelled to the L.P.A. Convention in Baltimore, Maryland and became participants in the Dwarf Athletics Association of America (DAAA) Games. Impressed with the organisation of the various sports, both members came back to Australia with ideas of how short-statured people could be involved in such sports as track and field, swimming and basketball. As basketball was a team sport, it was decided to interest as many S.S.P.A. members as possible in that sport, particularly in the two states with the biggest membership – New South Wales and Victoria. Eventually, training squads were formed and coaches appointed.

Originally, it was hoped that the competition would become an annual event to be held as part of the S.S.P.A. National Convention programme. However, after the inaugural match had been played in 1990, the next match between the two teams did not take place until two years later, at the 1992 Gold Coast (Qld.) Convention. Again, the Victorians won, this time by a smaller margin of 6 points. The scores were: Victoria 16 New South Wales 10. Another two years passed before the two teams played again. In a break from tradition, the match was played on the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June in Melbourne. New South Wales broke through for its first victory by defeating Victoria 25-8 – a thrashing by 17 points!

Since 1994, matches have been organised on an annual basis. In fact, in 1997 two games were organised in the one year. In June, 1996, Wodonga, a rural city on the border of Victoria and New South Wales became the next venue for the S.S.P.A. basketball competition. Although not held at the National Convention that year, the decision to hold it at this location on the Queen’s Birthday weekend proved to be successful. So successful in fact, that the same event has been held every year since, in conjunction with the S.S.P.A.’s quarterly National Council meeting. The Wodonga basketball weekend has become the second biggest event on the S.S.P.A.’s calendar, behind the National Convention. By 1996, Victoria had won four of the five matches held between the two teams. However, in recent years, New South Wales has made up some ground by winning five of the next six games.

Attempts to develop the basketball competition beyond Victoria and New South Wales have so far proved to be fruitless, for the simple reason that the membership in the other states (South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland) isn’t big enough to sustain the numbers required for ongoing basketball squads. Given this scenario, individual members from those states have been given the opportunity to participate by playing for an “adopted” state e.g. Victoria “recruited” a South Australian as well as a Western Australian member for its team at the 1997 National Convention. Also, these states formed the nucleus of a team known as the “Allies” which played the Victorians at the 1998 National Convention. Although this particular match was an unofficial fixture, the Allies managed to beat Victoria.

While the possibility of developing a national basketball competition for short-statured people in the future is a remote one, both Victoria and New South Wales continue to sustain sufficient numbers of basketball players for its respective training squads. In particular, New South Wales has been able to split its training squad into two distinct teams for a regular competition of its own. This competition started in 1998 between the Eastern Sydney Eagles and the Western Sydney Redbacks. With lesser numbers in Victoria, the emphasis has been on nurturing a junior squad of players from the ages of 8-12 so they can eventually graduate to the senior team’s training squad.

In June, 1999, Victoria and New South Wales once again did battle for the Rosemary Hobbs Trophy at the Wodonga Basketball Stadium in Victoria. After an even first half where Victoria led 25-23 in an entertaining shoot-out, the New South Wales team completely dominated the rest of the match scoring 30 points to 4! The final scores: New South Wales 53, Victoria 29. In winning the game, New South Wales not only achieved the highest score by either team in this competition but also the greatest winning margin.

The year 2000 has seen the tenth contest between New South Wales and Victoria. In this contest, held once again at Wodonga Basketball Stadium on the June long weekend, New South Wales made it three wins in a row – the first time that either side had managed the feat in the ten-year history of the competition. In a one-sided contest, New South Wales won 39-17.

In 2001, New South Wales made it four wins in a row by defeating Victoria 64-29 in a one-sided contest.

Rosemary Hobbs Trophy Match Results (1990-2012)

New South Wales vs. Victoria

Year Venue Result
1990 Kilsyth, Victoria Victoria 22 def. New South Wales 13
1992 Gold Coast, Queensland Victoria 16 def. New South Wales 10
1994 Kilsyth, Victoria New South Wales 25 def. Victoria 7
1995 Rye, Victoria Victoria 21 def. New South Wales 16
1996 Wodonga, Victoria Victoria 25 def. New South Wales 18
1997 Wodonga, Victoria New South Wales 18 def. Victoria 13
1997 Gosford, New South Wales Victoria 38 def. New South Wales 31
1998 Wodonga, Victoria New South Wales 32 def.  Victoria 25
1999 Wodonga, Victoria New South Wales 53 def. Victoria 29
2000 Wodonga, Victoria New South Wales 39 def. Victoria 17
2001 Wodonga, Victoria New South Wales 64 def. Victoria 29
2002 Wodonga, Victoria New South Wales def. Victoria
2007 Wodonga, Victoria Victoria def. New South Wales
2008 Wodonga, Victoria New South Wales 30 def. Victoria 29
2010 Albury, New South Wales Victoria 34? def. New South Wales 16?
2011 Albury, New South Wales Victoria 42 def. New South Wales 22
2012 Albury, New South Wales Victoria 16 def. New South Wales 8

Overall results summary:

Matches played: 17 New South Wales: 8 wins Victoria: 9 wins

Details of the 2012 match

Victoria 16 (J, Tripp 8, M. Young 4, M. Spain 2, S. Devine (SA) 2) defeated New South Wales 8 (R. McKee 2, B. Mamula 2, D. Ong 2, ??)
- at the Albury Sports Stadium, Albury, New South Wales.

Match MVP: Jonathon Tripp

TEAMS

New South Wales: M. Blair (Capt.), R. Cowlishaw, R. McKee, B. Mamula, D. Ong, C. Wargon, N. Kristen (NZ).

Victoria: M. Young (Capt.), M. Besant, J. Emmet, A. Hutchins, O. Lynch, R. Paton, M. Spain, J. Tripp.
Coach: M. Daly

Details of the 2011 match

Victoria 42 (N. Stewart 16, M. Tripp 8, S. Millard 6, M. Spain 6, O. Lynch 2, R. Paton 2, J. Tripp 2) defeated New South Wales 22 (D. Ong 6, A. Simak 6, R. Cowlishaw 4,
R. McKee 4, A. McCann 2)
- at the Albury Sports Stadium, Albury, New South Wales.

Match MVP: Nathan Stewart

TEAMS

New South Wales: M. Blair (Capt.), R. Cowlishaw, A. McCann, R. McKee, B. Mamula, D. Ong, A. Simak.

Victoria: M. Tripp (Capt.), S. Millard (V-Capt.), O. Lynch, R. Paton, M. Spain, N. Stewart, J. Tripp.
Coach: M. Daly

Details of the 2010 match

Victoria 34 defeated New South Wales 16 
- at the Albury Sports Stadium, Albury, New South Wales.

Match MVP: Nathan Stewart

TEAMS

New South Wales: M. Blair (Capt.), D. Bos, W. Bos, R. Cowlishaw, B. Mamula, D. Ong, T. Parker, A. Simak.

Victoria: M. Tripp (Capt.), S. Millard (V-Capt.), C. Boyle, J. Clayton, A. Hutchins, O. Lynch, R. Paton, M. Spain, N. Stewart, J. Tripp. 
Coach: M. Daly

Details of the 2008 match

New South Wales 30 defeated Victoria 29
- at the Wodonga Basketball Stadium, Wodonga, Victoria.

New South Wales MVP: D. Ong
Victoria MVP: J. Tripp

Details of the 2001 match

New South Wales 64 defeated Victoria 29 
- at the Wodonga Basketball Stadium, Wodonga, Victoria.

New South Wales MVP: A. Shipley Coach’s Award: A. Simak
Victoria MVP: M. Geaghan Coach’s Award: H. Killeen

TEAMS

New South Wales: M. Blair (Capt.), W. Bos, D. Cowlishaw, T. Parker, D. Cottrell, D. Gullota, R. McKee, N. Monk, D. Ong, Allan Shipley, Amanda Shipley, A. Simak, J. Fallon.
Coach: S. Belgre

Victoria: O. Lynch (Capt.), M. Young, S. Barrett, R. Paton, T. Huebner, H. Killeen, M. Geaghan
Coach: L. Lilly

Details of the 2000 match

New South Wales 39 (M. Blair 9, W. Bos 8, A. Shipley 8) defeated Victoria 17 (F. Kelly 9)
- at the Wodonga Basketball Stadium, Wodonga, Victoria.

New South Wales Players’ Player Award: D. Ong Coach’s Award: A. Shipley

TEAMS

New South Wales: M. Blair (Capt.), M. Pearce, W. Bos, D. Cottrell, D. Cowlishaw, D. Gullota, R. McKee, N. Monk, D. Ong, T. Parker, Allan Shipley, Amanda Shipley, A. Simak.
Coach: M. Pearce

Victoria: F. Kelly (Capt.), M. Young (Vice Capt.), J. Clayton, J. Gillivour, T. Huebner, H. Killeen, O. Lynch, R. Paton, L. Rochford.
Coach: F. Kelly

Details of the 1999 match

New South Wales 53 (R. McKee 17, M. Blair 12, A. Shipley 9) defeated Victoria 29 (C. Boyle 8, F. Kelly 6, M. Young 6) 
- at the Wodonga Basketball Stadium, Wodonga, Victoria.

New South Wales MVP: S. Belgre Victoria MVP: F. Kelly

TEAMS

New South Wales: M. Pearce (Capt.), S. Belgre, M. Blair, D. Cottrell, D. Cowlishaw, M. Cowlishaw,  R. McKee, T. Parker, Allan Shipley, Amanda Shipley, A. Simak.
Coach: P. Leonard

Victoria: F. Kelly (Capt.), C. Boyle, T. Huebner, B. Johnston (WA), H. Killeen, O. Lynch, R. Paton, D. Pinnell (SA), L. Rochford, M. Young,
Coach: R. Millard

Details of the 1998 match

New South Wales 32 (M. Blair 12, R. McKee 10, S. Belgre 7) defeated Victoria 25 (M. Young 14, F. Kelly 6)
- at the Wodonga Basketball Stadium, Wodonga, Victoria.

New South Wales MVP: R. McKee Victoria MVP: M. Young

TEAMS

New South Wales: S. Belgre (Capt.), M. Blair, W. Bos, D. Bos, D. Cottrell, D. Cowlishaw, M. Cowlishaw, J. Fallon, R. McKee, T. Parker, M. Pearce, A. Rothwell.
Coach: P. Leonard

Victoria: F. Kelly (Capt.), S. Barrett, C. Boyle, T. Huebner, H. Killeen, O. Lynch, R. Paton, J. Whitaker, M. Young.
Coach: R. Millard

Details of the 1997 match – no. 1

New South Wales 18 defeated Victoria 13
- at the Wodonga Basketball Stadium, Wodonga, Victoria.

Victoria MVP: S. Barrett

TEAMS

New South Wales: S. Belgre (Capt.), M. Blair, D. Cowlishaw, J. Fallon, R. McKee, N. Monk, A. Parker, T. Parker, M. Pearce.
Coach: P. Leonard

Victoria: F. Kelly (Capt.), S. Barrett, C. Boyle,  E. Hobbs, T. Huebner, A. Koedyk, O. Lynch, R. Paton, M. Young
Coach: R. Millard  Assistant coach: P. Keane

Details of the 1997 match – no. 2

Victoria 38 (B. Johnston 16, F. Kelly 10, S. Pinnell 6) defeated New South Wales 31
- at the Gosford Basketball Stadium, Gosford, New South Wales.

Victoria MVP: F. Kelly

TEAMS

New South Wales: S. Belgre (Capt.), M. Blair, W. Bos, D. Cottrell, D. Cowlishaw, J. Fallon, R. McKee, N. Monk, A. Parker, T. Parker, M. Pearce, T. Stapleton,
Coach: P. Leonard

Victoria: F. Kelly (Capt.), C. Boyle,  E. Hobbs, B. Johnson (WA), O. Lynch, R. Paton, D. Pinnell (SA), M. Young
Coach: R. Millard  Assistant coach: P. Keane

Details of the 1996 match

Victoria 25 defeated New South Wales 18
- at the Wodonga Basketball Stadium, Wodonga, Victoria.

TEAMS

New South Wales: S. Belgre (Capt.), M. Blair, T. Cottrell, D. Cowlishaw, J. Fallon, M. Pearce, ??
Coach: P. Leonard

Victoria: E. Hobbs (Capt.), S. Barrett, C. Boyle, F. Kelly, O. Lynch, R. Paton, D. Pinnell (SA), J. Whitaker, M. Young.
Coach: L. Lilly

Details of the 1995 match

Victoria 21 defeated New South Wales 16
-  at the Kilsyth Basketball Stadium, Kilsyth, Victoria.

TEAMS

New South Wales: S. Belgre (Capt.), M. Blair, W. Bos, T. Cottrell, J. Fallon, A. Parker, T. Parker, M. Pearce, ??
Coach: P. Leonard

Victoria: E. Hobbs (Capt.), S. Barrett, C. Boyle, P. Keane, F. Kelly, R. Paton, D. Patterson, J. Whitaker, M. Young.
Coach: L. Lilly

Details of the 1994 match

New South Wales 25 defeated Victoria 8
-  at the Kilsyth Basketball Stadium, Kilsyth, Victoria.

TEAMS

New South Wales: ??
Coach: P. Leonard

Victoria: S. Barrett (Capt.), C. Galbraith, S. Galbraith, E. Hobbs, P. Keane, F. Kelly, J. Paterson, R. Paterson, R. Paton, J. Whitaker, L. Whitaker, M. Young.
Coach: L. Lilly

Details of the 1992 match

Victoria 13 defeated New South Wales 10
- at the Tallebudgera Basketball Stadium, Tallebudgera, Queensland.

TEAMS

New South Wales: J. Iles (Capt.), M. Blair?, D. Bos, W. Bos, T. Cottrell, D. Cowlishaw, A. Parker, T. Parker, T. Sue-San, S. Turk.
Coach: ??

Victoria: S. Barrett (Capt.), C. Galbraith, S. Galbraith, E. Hobbs, P. Keane, F. Kelly, R. Paton, J. Whitaker, L. Whitaker, M. Young.
Coach: L. Lilly

Details of the 1990 match

Victoria 22 (S. Barrett 14, F. Kelly 8) defeated New South Wales 13 (M. Blair 7) (Halftime: Victoria 9 led New South Wales 8)
- at the Kilsyth Basketball Stadium, Kilsyth, Victoria.

TEAMS

New South Wales: D. Cowlishaw (Capt.), M. Blair, K. Cook, M. Cowlishaw, H. Faulkner, E. Hobbs, J. Iles, R. McWhirter, D. Marsh, A. Parker, T. Parker.
Coach: J. Iles

Victoria: F. Kelly (Capt.), C. Hobbs (Vice-Capt.), S. Barrett, S. Enderlin, S. Galbraith, J. Harrold, R. Paterson, C. Weber, J. Whitaker, L. Whitaker, M. Young.
Coach: L. Lilly

 

 

 

 

 


 

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