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State Champs - Mt Gambier

Not sure about other grades but noticed Mt Gambier had a team in 18 girls state, uneven comp due to Woodville not having a div 1 team. They had a great weekend appearing in finals. Know there's a few rules lately like div 3 can't enter reserves etc. I was just curious as to how they gained entry and is it possible in the future to have them in other age groups.
Is it time to revisit having up to 12 teams per group, top div 3s in reserves etc. Can a team, let's say for example, Western Magic (please no sledging) are easily best team in 3s, let them have a crack. Traditionalists will say get them to join a member club but if it's one weekend a year, let them have a go.
But back to original question, how did Mt Gambier get in.

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Part of BSA now they are in Premier League

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any country association can nominate and it's up to the committee to approve nomination - usually the country state champion for that grade. Having said that they had Limestone Coasters about 15 years ago was a combined SE area team. Lot of country associations don't play during May so it's off season for many to be ready for state champs after sa country champs. Stronger clubs have Div 3 teams that would push bottom Div 1 teams . Trouble is Div 3 and below isn't deep enough in all grades to run a state champs (U18 girls no D3) and why run it ? (although not full D1 comps exist) State Champs is for a title and entry into classics / club championships. There are plenty of tournaments for D3/4/5/ etc that D1 can't enter. It's tough not being part of a big SA basketball weekend with all clubs focussing on their D1/2 teams. About 15 years ago BSA did run state champs and reserve 1 and reserve 2 - so clubs could go 3 teams deep for state champs - and a few years they also ran U10s.

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Thanks. Not implying there should be a div 3 state champ comp or anything, just on the odd occasions when a dominant div 3 team could enter and see how they go. And also if it occurs a non foundation club having a go or country team. Would think Mt Gambier and surrounding area competition could field very competitive teams, would just be a matter of grading. After all it's State Champs, not Adelaide champs. Probably 16s in boys with at that age some kids hitting a growth spurt and gaining coordination, seen many div 3 kids from that age group go onto div 1 in a short period of time.

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have seen in the past some 3rd teams stronger than 2nd or even 1st teams from others. Maybe the teams should be seeded rather than play in a round robin draw. I.e. wild card and lower teams play knock out the first few rounds then higher ranked teams enter after certain rounds have already been played.

IMO it was great Mt Gambier played.

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one other comment on this is a strong country association usually has a few that play in Adelaide metro comp - and that creates an issue - who would they play for ?

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