Young talent takes on tournament

Juniors. Six local basketballers have proven they are among the state’s best, joining other players in competing at the 2016 Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup. Toby Reeve, Ryan Nibbs, Jett Grey, Sophie Furphy, Emerson Wells and Sienna Thorp will travel to Albury, New South Wales in January to compete in the annual tournament. Local Seniors …

3 years ago

Narrow misses for U/22’s

NWBU. Friday night saw the Tall Timbers Smithton Saints U/22 women go down in a two-point loss to Burnie Tigers. Starting strong and taking a 10-point lead in the first quarter and a six-point lead at the main break, the young team could not maintain the intensity in the second half. Poor passing resulting in …

3 years ago

Women secure second win

NWBU. The Tall Timbers Smithton Saints U/22 women secured their second win of the season on Friday night, taking on the Devonport Warriors. Despite the Warriors having a home crowd advantage, the young Saints took control of the game from the opening minutes, playing four solid quarters of basketball. According to coach Laine Tuxworth, Tyla …

3 years ago
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Three defeats, one win

NWBU women. The Tall Timbers Smithton Saints U/22 women have had a tough start to the U/22 season, recording just one win to date. In a narrow defeat by Somerset Heat on Tuesday, the Saints went down by a frustrating four points. Coach Laine Elliott said “lapses in passing and poor boxing out in defence” …

3 years ago

Slow start, good finish

NWBU men. The Tall Timbers Smithton Saints U/22 men had a slow start on Tuesday night against Somerset Heat but by the end, were celebrating a 10-point win. It wasn’t until the second half that the men “upped the tempo” according to coach Steve Poulter, finishing the game 64-54. Danyon Saville took out the top …

3 years ago

Champs on the rise

Basketball. Two junior Saints teams travelled to Launceston at the weekend to compete in their respective divisions at the Basketball Tasmania State Tournament. Held at Elphin Sports Centre, an under-10 girls team and an under-11 boys side represented Smithton, playing three games on the first day of the competition against others from all over the state. …

3 years ago

Clark’s USA countdown 

Basketball. Smithton Basketball Club senior player Kyle Clark is looking to make the most of his final weeks in Tasmania having recently returned from Australian U/19 duties. The 18-year-old, who travelled to Greece last month with the 12-man Emus squad for the FIBA U/19 World Championships, is preparing for a life-changing move to America on …

4 years ago
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Teams make final plays

NWBU. Despite missing finals, the Tall Timbers Smithton Saints’ men have ended their season on a high with an 11-point win over Devonport on Tuesday night. Returning from Australian U/19 duties, Smithton’s Kyle Clark was quick to settle back into league life as he won the initial jump-ball and shot the first two-pointer for his …

4 years ago

Saints’ season review

This season, crowds have witnessed an impressive turnaround of fortunes from the Tall Timbers Smithton Saints. Last year, the Saints’ women finished on the bottom of the ladder with three wins and 18 losses. This year, they currently sit in fifth with 10 wins and 10 losses, only likely to be eliminated from finals due …

4 years ago

Hoppers force game-over

NWBU. The Tall Timber Smithton Saints’ slim playoff hopes were dashed on Tuesday night following significant losses to Ulverstone at Smithton Sports Centre. Needing to win their remaining matches while also hoping for other results to go their way, both the Saints’ women and men were unable to break through with a win in their …

4 years ago