BACK ON COURT

Katan­ning Se­nior Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Dom Pon­tillo is gear­ing up for a big sea­son buoyed by more team nom­i­na­tions.

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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.

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