Years ago

Hunter Pirates final roster

Shields (import)
Franklin (import)


How do you think this roster will fare in 2004/05? Could they make the finals? A lot might depend on how Shields turns out?

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Years ago

where is kevin brooks playin these days? why dont sixers sign him up?

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Years ago

The Sixers can't sign KB unless he or one of our imports becomes an Aussie or a Kiwi, we won't sign him. But imagine if we did!!!



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Years ago

yeah, i forgot that dusty was an import

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Years ago

That's easy to do, he just fits in so well, you'd swear he was Australian.

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Kent Brockman  
Years ago

Isn't KB married to an Australian? doesn't that mean he can get an Aus passport?
What are the rules regarding "naturalised" players a few years a go i think they still had to play as an import even though they were Aus citizens for a couple of years.

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Years ago

if Melmeth stays healthy I think they could make the finals. 8 out of 11, only gotta beat 3 teams.

Shields is the big question mark, the Pirates will need to get consistant scoring from him.

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Years ago

Are the finals still 8 of 11 with the number of teams in the competition!? Oh dear. Surely that will be a point of embarrassment for the league? Why not switch to 6?

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Two months ago

Yes Issac, but don't complain because that silly finals format only goes till 2008. It’s top-4 now from 2010. It’s a bit of a joke now because we still have the same top-4 finals format after 11 years. Now we got 10 teams in 2021?

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Two months ago

I heard NBL is considering bringing back a team from Newcastle. Not sure if it would be the Falcons or Pirates brand?

Be good if Newcastle could have a team back in the NBL. It's been 15 years since the Pirates were in the league.

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Two months ago

Didn't Perth finish 8th that season o keep their finals record going, not certain.

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Two months ago


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Dave Marshall  
Two months ago

Newcastle Basketball are considering renaming their rep team (currently the Hunters) if they're accepted into NBL1 East. They're running a survey; options include Falcons and Pirates, as well as more obscure names like Scorpions (the original women's SEABL name back in the mid-'80s) and Hustlers.

And yep, the '04-'05 Pirates scraped into the finals in 8th place, thanks to a double-OT win in Wollongong. Clayton Shields indeed was a big question mark - he was cut after finding out he had a heart condition, and was replaced by Brian Wethers (and the rest is history...).

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Two months ago

Pirates were a fun team to watch. They can't have Scorpions or Huskies over Falcons/Pirates?

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