Nichols and Jones are two.
This will be the highest level Nichols has ever played and he will be late to the team anyway.
If upon joining the Nichols is a starter then it is a gamble to suggest he will transform the teams relatively inexperienced (at NZ level) guard stocks.
No clue who the third missing starter is - almost has to be a decent 5 man.
The Huskies first named signing Muo, is out unless he plays until Nichols arrives. Then decision time there.
Billups and Nichols can go. Don't underestimate them. They can all easily play at this level. Billups was a legit college player who didn’t quite make it because he had a heart condition. He has a pacemaker which hasn’t stopped him from being a dominant player at every level he has played. Michaels is a Wildcats DP. He’s much better than what he looks like. I wouldn’t write this team off just yet. I’m not expecting them to dominate, but they will def hold their own.
The team list is known. That's the point. The only addition was Vandenberg.
Yet people here are happy to criticise when the list has been released for a VERY LONG time. Just look on their FB page.
Billups announced Dec 10. Nichols announced 14 Dec. Muo Dec 19. Michaels Dec21.
Pretty clear isn't it.
Idiot haters gonna hate because they have no knowledge.
North west Tasmania beat them in there first hit out, Nichols wasn't there but he’ll be facing the likes of Ili and a much better pool of guards, especially if he is playing the two and Bragg playing the one. It’s not all doom and gloom but they need a five man and Vandenberg isn’t it, but anyone thinking there going to win the comp are dreaming. If they play finals it would be a great result, but I’m thinking around sixth. That would still be a good result as setting up club and getting a team together from scratch isn’t easy plus the different local and import rule confusion at the start never helped. Hopefully Muo is allowed to play but I still see he’s listed as an import. They haven’t even trained together as a full team with two players still in the Asian league.
Well Muo played a few games for South Sudan, there was kings dp a few years back that got a few games for Holland, Australian born, NZ mother I believe but was classed as an import. Strange rules but unless changed that's the way it is, hopefully they change to allow Muo to play.
If Bilups can play the five great but didn’t look that way last week end, it would be the answer even though there’d be small.
Starting five be at a guess
It gets a little thin after that, hopefully Muo, Ratclife, Michaels, and who knows.
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Huskies have continued with signings from WA and picked up Lochlan Cummings......anyone know anything about him?
re switching between nbl1 and nz nbl is this a hard and fast rule? Would like to think some of the Hobart Huskies such as Jack Stanwix could get a run in the Nz team
Muo ruled out, could now be going back to qbl is the latest. Southern Huskies had to name eight players that were not allowed to play for Hobart huskies, so they couldn't load up in the nbl1 when nznbl finished. I think nbl 1 players can go up and back down as long as you’re not one of the eight.
Cummings is a Perth Wildcats DP. He is a 6'3 SG/PG with the ability to finish around the basket and hit the 3 ball. Not outright quick or athletic but uses change of direction and hesitation moves very well to create space. Reads defenses well. He should fit in well for the Huskies. He won a SBL championship last season with The Perry Lakes Hawks and was a major part of that teams success. He and Bragg will work well together. Both skill sets complement each other.
The Southern Huskies this week will make their much-anticipated debut in Sal's New Zealand National Basketball League (NZ NBL). While they will break new ground and create history in becoming the first Australian team to play in a New Zealand professional league, they may well be embarking on the biggest road trip in Australian sporting history.
Southern Huskies embark on historic journey in NZ NBL
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"The biggest road trip in Australian sporting history".....ummm, not even close.
In the early NBL days Illawarra flew to Perth on a Friday and played the Wildcats Friday night, flew to Adelaide the next morning and played the 36ers on Saturday night, then flew to Melbourne Sunday morning to play the Tigers Sunday afternoon.
That Sunday evening they flew back to Sydney and jumped in a bus for the ride back to Wollongong.
That certainly shits over a 'tough 3 gamer' to NZ.
Despite trailing by as may as 13 points in the third term, the Huskies clawed the deficit back before holding on for a thrilling 1 point win. Craig Moller was the standout, amassing 27 points with 17 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals as the travel-weary Huskies ensured a win as the first Australian team to play in a New Zealand national league.
Moller leads Huskies to winning debut
They take on Wellington today who boast a star-studded lineup. The Saints boast a star-studded line-up led by New Zealand Breakers guard Shea Ili. This season he is joined by a trio of Australian NBL stars Nick Kay, Rob Loe and Reuban Te Rangi. Newly signed Cairns Taipan Sunday Dech was also recently added to the roster, so the Huskies can expect to have their work cut out of them in the second leg of a three-game road trip.
Watch the game live on The Pick and Roll.
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Huskies have had 3 trainings together and don't have Marcel Jones yet. They need some time together to gel before they make changes. Billups would want to get fit in a hurry though, and show some appetite for D.
To be a genuine contender I think they need to add another NZNBL level guard, not necessarily a star, just someone who can carry a few minutes and help the team.
Bilups seems to talk the talk but looks a long way off, can't even set a screen, hopefully Jones can play the 3 allowing Moller to the 4 spot where he’s not lost on the wing. Muo loss just on a size value is bad plus he has game. Try find a local 5 keep vandenburg as well, punt Bilups and bring in Muo as import.
The Huskies now have a full team together when they host the unbeaten Wellington Saints on Saturday night.
Craig Moller spoke about the game in an interview here:
Moller's Huskies aiming to upset the unbeaten Saints
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Refs could have come from the moon, they were still horrible. Ball has to be in Nichols or Mollers hand down the stretch in tight games or when the press is on, no one else. This probably cost them the game down stretch in game they should have won. Great game though.
Refs were absolutely terrible regardless of whether they were Australian or NZ refs. Id love the opportunity to read the reports the league will almost certainly receive from both coaches.
Marcel Jones looks like he'll be a very solid inclusion in the huskies team. Bryan Michael on the other hand looks well out of his depth in this competition.
Bragg and Nichols should not be on the floor together, Nichols should be starting point guard and Bragg off the bench, Jones should be fine but over played his hand and can't make free throws. They need a quality five man so they can start Bilups in the four, Jones in the three and Moller in the two, though passing in from the base line. Huskies will be lucky to make finals but a good start to their first season.
Anon 127, Bragg and Nichols can play on the floor together, Bragg needs to play PG though. Instead of trying to attack the ring every possession he needs to become a facilitator. There's no need to score as pg in that team, but theres definitely need for some organisation and leadership. Nichols on other hand has to start scoring out of the offence instead of one pass call for an onball. Too predictable.
Moller doing what Moller does.
Billups needs to stop shooting 3s (blokes out there building houses) and start making plays inside where hes unstoppable.
Marcell looks like a good addition but we'll see how his thirst for the ball effects chemistry.
Bench guys are solid enough and don't need to be massive contributors, but given the lack of rotations by the coach you wouldn't know if any of them can contribute anyway. Not gonna win games against the likes of Wellington playing without some depth.
Bragg not playing like a facilitator though, that's the point you made your self, he thinks of nothing but getting to the rack, it’s why I agree with above anon, he should come off the bench. Bilups is scorer but has to improve his defence, and stop jacking the three. Coach Stewart got it together last season but it was based around Nichols and Moller and roll players, at present Jones, Bilups, Bragg want the ball where it’s better with Moller and Nichols making the decisions.
Another loss while leading by 17 at 3/4 time, Nichols and Moller can play team, but Jones and Bilups play for themselves. Nichols has to play point guard and Moller in the four, Pledger was carving and Vandenberg stayed on the bench, who knows. If Vandenberg not good enough get a five man or play him. Finally the refereeing again was atrocious, if NZ refs want to call it all their way might as well not enter competition. Foul count 25-14, free throws 29 to 14, hard to win games like that.
Nichols is an import so makes it hard but he's ok, Moller on team already, the rest don’t understand team. Chargers looked much better than the huskies, no big names but all new there roll. The loss of Froling hurt big time and the original signing of Bilups looked good but like lot bigs struggles down the defensive end.
Huskies were up by 14 at 3/4 time and not 17 as mentioned above.
Sharks scored 35 points in the last quarter.
Billups supposed to be a beast and had 5 rebounds and Nichols out rebounded him!
Bragg 2 points and Masunda 0 ain't going to win you any games. Michaels 0 too.
Vandenburg should already know that fouling is his problem.
The last 2 weeks have shown they have huge potential to make some noise in the NZBL but their season is rapidly slipping away.
The team has no direction with out Moller in the four playing point forward, and there transition on both ends of the floor leaves a lot to be desired. Not certain why Vandenberg was not given a chance on Pledger when he went into beast mode. Obviously the difference in this league compared to the WA league where most these guys played before is a massive difference, should have looked at a few seabl guys before them.
Huskies only have 9 players.
Vandenberg was on 3 fouls and is a defensive liability. Along with many other players.
Last 2 crowds were not OK and bad. Why they chose to play a game in Launceston on Mother's Day is beyond me.
The great North and South divide may be an issue. I reckon and it's only a guess that if the NOrth / NW don't get behind next Saturday's game, they won't see the Huskies there ever again.
The Huskies have tried to include them but yesterdays crowd was less than most SEABL games.
The Silverdome game was basically free entry and still a small crowd.
Ticket prices were slashed in the week leading up to the Wellington home game at the DEC and hundreds of free tickets flooded Launceston Thursday last week. The Mascot was giving free tickets away at the door!
After such an interesting and promising arrival into Tassie, the Huskies have really dropped the ball following through in capturing the hearts and minds of Tasmanians.
It's disappointing and with team of individuals not certain much will change. Should’ve built the team around Tre and Craig, gone and got pieces around these two. The whole chargers demise has probably left a bad taste after such a successful season.
Yeah it looks like the Chargers demise destroyed all the momentum.
Strange how the Chargers/Huskies looked to be seemmingly morphing something great between them, then BTas enter the picture, the Chargers are out, the Chargers coach is now working for BTas and the Huskies!
Thhe Huskies/BTas have seemingly already done a deal, hangin'the Chargers out to dry cause they seemingly think they can ride rough shod ín, take over the momentum, stealing the lime light, perhaps settling some old scores as a bonus.
Fairly safe to say if Bartlett was still the guiding influence the whole show would have gone from strength to strength.
Now its a bits a pieces sh#t show and now one seemingly cares anymore to even go to watch.
LK won't let them in if there is divisiveness, far from being a shit show because of Bartlett, it looks like he kept it altogether. Huskies should’ve just kept southern huskies and let Btas swing. All state associations are a law to them selves and are as you say shit shows. Great to see LK taking over Basketball Australia.
Not at all. It means that his ego is still in the way of sensible basketball focussed decisions.
Then reason HE killed the Chargers is simple. EGO. His battle with McCoy one of the reasons. He also wouldn't kowtow to BV with their requirements.
Funny that the Launceston Tornadoes and the NW Thunder are happily playing in the NBL1 and the Chargers could be too.
He single handedly destroyed the Chargers. His current agenda will never get off the ground either.
He tossed all the kids aside in the Chargers programs and is a blight on basketball now.
Time will tell re his current dealings, but not letting Btas or BV dictating to you is probably a good thing. Nbl1 has certainly not set the game alight and all Tasmanian teams are struggling. Will be a very interesting few years, let's hope it works out best for all basketball fans and players.
Basketball in general and the Chargers thrived under Bartlett.
The bloke can be proud of his achievements.
Now the crowds are poor and basketball has resumed its mission of getting in its own way.
Bartlett's obvious passion for the game of basketball in general, not just the Chargers, bridged the many basketball divides that existed in Tas, and now quite obviously exist again, now that he is forced somewhat into the background by some envious and powerful onlookers that now wanna piece of the action.
Bartlett got his nose out of joint when he as the unofficial spokeman for the Huskies was told his services weren't needed. He had illusions of him being the boss.(which was never going to happen.)
I fail to see what Btas is doing wrong. The other 2 teams besides Hobart a ppear happy with the new arrangements with BigV. Lets face it,its that or nothing.
LK wants a team out Tasmania but if they don't get bums on seats it won’t happen, I’m also hearing there might be another player re a Tasmanian consortium. Maybe Bartlett should’ve been backed in, or brought back to the fold, he did a lot right.
Unless you are LK I'm not certain you can say with authority that it won’t happen, in the end he makes the decisions on the nbl. I’m just hearing things through the grape vine, who knows where it’s going but they had better start getting more people in or it will be a missed opportunity again.
If the Huskies can't get bums on seats how it is possible that Bartlett and Co can do it? They have no form, no relationships with the local clubs and nothing to offer the NBL other than possibly money.
If the Huskies don't get in and it should be announced some time soon I would have thought then kiss the NBL goodbye as a Tassie dream.
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Haha, the problem with somebody like Bertlett is that he is such a divisive person. After his infamous "deal with the devil" almost half the people in Tassie, (including the big end of town) will hate him till the day he dies.
Yes, he wanted to be the one spearheading the push for a Hobart NBL team, but I don't think that was a realistic ambition.
Like it or not, and it could definitely have been handled better, the Huskies have replaced the Chargers, and if they want basketball to flourish then the people of Hobart need to get behind them.
As for why nobody in Launceston turned up for their NZBL game, Blind Freddy could have told them that was going to happen.
Trying to get bipartisan support for a "Tasmanian" team was always going to be a massive challenge.
Referring to it as "Southern" was a dumb move.
Announcing that your entire bid is predicated on obtaining and redeveloping a home in Hobart, probably didn't help.
Co-branding it with the Hobart NBL1 team was the (mind-numbingly stupid) final nail in the coffin. The Huskies are now, by definition, Hobart.
It would be like asking New Zealanders to support the Boomers at the Olympics
So Stewie is right. Moller clubbed on the attempted layup, ends up on the ground and no foul called. Fortunately he had the foresight and ability to pass it to MXJ.
Many refs that used to be SEABL refs (just) are now in charge of a far more physical game here in Tasmania. They simply aren't up to it.
Of course when you go to NZ the Huskies will always be clubbed.
Moller was absolutely smashed on the final play and still no whistle, as above said lucky Jones was there to get the tip in. The refs are not up to it. Great result for the chargers. As also noted previously Bilups doesn't fit this team, talented with ball around the basket but offers nothing else. The stats were a absolute shambles and no excuses will do, if the huskies want to take the next step fix these up. They had better find a few more spectators as well.
Wow Karl Malone you ain't. MOst of the anonymous dudes here would have more basketball experience in their little finger than you have had in your whole life. Your 6 non incisive posts show that lack of knowledge too.
Unfortunately BTAS has allowed incompetent refs to continue reff'ing in this state.
The problem is that if you got rid of them all there would be none left. As I said earlier they were hardly competent at SEABL level let alone move up to the more physical and so much tougher NZBL competition.
Another valuable contribution from an anonymous, not. Why don't you post with an alias so you can be taken a little more seriously. Oh wait, probably because the history in your posting life would leave you less credible/interesting than what you already are.
The refereeing was still shit, very good win to the huskies, Bilups should play less minutes and Cummings more. A back court of Nichols, Cummings and Moller in the three looked great down the stretch. The stats people had better improve as well, they missed heaps.
Yes we take all your posts seriously Karl Malone. Said no one ever. You now have 7 very credible posts to your name. Run away please.
The refs were always going to be a problem at this level. They fly one over every week and they are crap too. Unfortunately the Tassie refs are even weaker.
The stats bench has been going down hill for years.
According to the official stats the missed NO stats for the Giants and they had a good night by only missing 4 rebounds and one turn over for the Huskies. Not good enough.
There were 3 referees on the game and only one was Tasmanian. There could have just as easily been a foul called at the other end the play before.
You have to be concerned when Billups is asked pre-game who the best coach he has played under and answers "definitely not Stewie".
Stewie is a great face of the game but is either not listening or not getting the support he needs from his assistants.
Didn't see the interview but if Bilups said definitely not stewie, it was not a smart answer, he doesn’t come across as a smart player either with so many defensive liabilities. It was a amazing when he got tech fouled out with 1minute 41 left on the clock the huskies trailed by six, they then got stops, passed the ball, looked like a team and one the game.
"Six down with a minute 46 left on the clock and Bilups fouled out. Huskies then win the game."
The Huskies were on a roll and with just less than 2 mins Billups fouled out and they were 4 points down.
Oh btw it's BILLUPS.
Go and watch the tape it's obvious. No idea what you saw but you are wrong.
Bilups is a selfish player, they were six down after he Bilups got his second tech and NG went and made two free throws. At that stage of the game Huskies had given the lead away and were going backwards, it was a game changer for the better for the Huskies and turned the game back to them.
A few Huskies highlights.
Billups is unstoppable. Watching the tape Billups reacted that way because he was fouled so many times. Poor decision undoubtedly however watch the evidence as to why he was so frustrated.
Not sure what game you saw but after the wheels fell off in the 3rd, Billups was outstanding and was MVP. Good D down the stretch too.Jets are below them and have a good mix of talent.They will trouble a few before finals time. Huskies now 4-4 and 5th on the ladder. 2 games on the road this weekend will find out if they are pretenders or contenders.
Bilups was fantastic today at both ends no argument there. They led by 15 and got run down, has happened in every game, they go into selfish mode and give team play away once they think they've won. The got away with it today and last week but Wellington and Souths ran them down and won. They should be 6-2 instead of 4-4. Lot of tough games left, not many losses available. Will they make finals? Possibly but next week away should tell us more.
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