BACK ON COURT
Katanning Senior Basketball Association president Dom Pontillo is gearing up for a big season buoyed by more team nominations.
The Katanning Senior Basketball Association is gearing up for a big season ahead, buoyed by the number of team nominations.
The new season starts on Monday with eight teams nominated for the women’s division with the competition to consist of 14 qualifying games.
Each team will play each other twice before the top four are split into A-grade and the bottom four B-grade at the end of the qualifying games. The men’s competition will also be played on Monday nights and will play each other five times over 15 weeks.
Katanning Senior Basketball Association president Dom Pontillo said the committee was encouraged by the team numbers.
“We are pleased with how teams have been keen to play in the Katanning association,” he said.
“They all sent two representatives to the umpire briefing night, the night after nominations were submitted, which makes the committee feel we are on the right track for a promising season.”
Each team will always be responsible to umpire before their game, or after their game each Monday night during the season.
The finals will be in March next year, with the semifinals and preliminary finals being on the Monday nights after the Labour Day long weekend.
The grand finals will be held on Friday, March 22.
The Katanning Carnival will be held on February 16-17, two weeks before the country championships, allowing local teams and outlying to get some practice and comradeship before the country championships in Perth on the March long weekend.
Mr Pontillo said the association was also fortunate to have Jay Black as umpires adviser.
He would be assisted by Carla Vidovich, a West Australian Basketball League umpire.
Katanning Senior Basketball Association president Dom Pontillo with former Perth Wildcats and Australian Boomers star Ricky Grace.