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NBL1 Central regular season review

Grading each teams regular season against their expectations. Obviously the top 5 teams final grade can still change over the next month. Be interested to hear people's thoughts.

Sturt Sabres
Grade: A

Only a slip up with an 0-2 weekend keeps this from an A+. Rigoni has again shown why he’s one of the most respected coaches in the competition taking a young side with no imports to top spot. Their guard rotation of Daly, Spear and Rasmussen have given teams fits all year and would have them as firm finals favourites if Rasmussen didn’t leave. A poor finals could see this grade slip but these guys are still genuine contenders despite sputtering into finals. If they do fall short, their strategy of relying so heavily on players who won’t finish the season will be called into question.

Surprise Packet: Rasmussen. Obviously a highly touted junior I’m not sure anyone thought he was ready to contribute consistently at the level he has all season.

MVP: Tough to split between Daly and Spear who both perform at both ends every week. I’ll take Spear as he’s more threatening on the perimeter but both are essential to their success.

Forestville Eagles
Grade: A-

Unbelievably for a Forestville team have flown under the radar and secured a double chance. While not as deep or potent as some recent Eagles teams they still feature plenty of firepower and had the likes of Machar step up when required. Would still fancy themselves coming into finals to beat any team on their night.

Surprise packet: Malith Machar. Filled in Brine’s absence with some huge numbers and has continued to contribute.

MVP: I think Mays and Harris are the easier answers here but Brine has been a consistent performer at both ends for them and allow the others to be effective.

Norwood Flames
Grade: B+

Tossed up between A- for these guys as their back end of the season (bar their last game) had been A+ after a slow start. Turnage looks every bit the league MVP despite being in a different role and Anthony Green has shown his ability after an injury break. Have the experience to get the win this finals series and coach Malat has done a great job, no doubt he will be reappointed.

Surprise packet: their second half of the season. Maybe a cop out but at 3-6 at the midpoint I think most had written them off. Honourable mention to Ray Harding who has stepped up over this period.

MVP: CJ Turnage. Best player in the league. Has been their engine this year. Easiest vote of any team.

North Adelaide Rockets
Grade: B-

Always a tough circumstance for the Rockets this year with many moving parts, looked gone early having given up too big a head start to other teams then looked likely to secure a second chance before Dech’s untimely
Injury. Ultimately Nyberg and the Rockets will be judged on their performance over the next month. I think they’re a step behind the top 3 sides but they’ve given themselves a chance.

Surprise packet: Verle Williams. I know he had some credentials interstate but it’s hard to fathom how he can be effective when you see how small he is. Lightning quick and very shifty he’s put together a solid season. Honourable mention to Jimma Dau who seems to have gotten better as the season has gone on.

MVP: Hard to go past Jack McVeigh. Puts up 30 most nights despite facing multiple defenders.

Southern Tigers
Grade: B

On the borderline of a B+ there’s no doubt their first half of the season was an A having them sitting second. Coach Morrell has done great with the squad he has and while they have been found out towards the end of the season their win over Woodville to secure finals was quality. Coleman a great find and McCalop an All Star 5 candidate.

Surprise packet: Machar Machar. Not only producing on court but providing some of the greatest highlights in the league this season.

MVP: Cameron Coleman. A consistent performer he gets their toughest matchup each week and still gets numbers. Classy import.

Central District Lions
Grade: B

Were in the finals hunt until the final day, despite flying under the radar for the majority of the season. Coach Atkins did well with a shallow roster that missed Humphries at the start and end of the season. Manyang a great performer for them before leaving for college and Maharaj a quality pickup. Coaches and players would surely be looking to run it back next season after our performing expectations this season.

Surprise packet: Magok Manyang. Getting his first real opportunity at senior level Manyang was consistent even shooting the 3 pointer well and providing energy for the Lions.

MVP: Lual Diing. Had some monster games and displayed an inside outside game that makes him a very tough cover at his size, playing the full season gets him the nod over Humphries. Could he be on the NBL radar?

West Adelaide Bearcats
Grade: C-

Finished 7th but weren’t realistically much chance of finals towards the end of the season. Inconsistent performances highlighted by some big wins early in the season along with an inexplicable 30 point loss to an undermanned North. Ross didn’t live up to the hype as he picked and chose when to play hard and while Michaels was ok he is better suited to being a role player rather than main contributor. McLean must be feeling the pinch as the championship glow of 2017 continues to fade.

Surprise packet: Akok Machar. Inconsistent but had some huge games and big highlights (sound familiar?). Needs to improve his shooting but showed he’s a capable scorer at this level.

MVP: Earnest Ross... for lack of better options.

Woodville Warriors
Grade: D-

Woodville had title hopes this season and weren’t shy telling everyone about it after finding an avenue to bring in an NBA level import (or so they claimed) despite travel restrictions. With a familiar core which had led them to solid finishes in recent years the addition of Jacobs and a watered down competition should have put them firmly in contention. Jackson was as expected, a solid performer and good second import but Whitmore should face an intense review after dropping the ball on this one.

Surprise packet: their 8th placed finish. Most would have had them top 3 at worst pre season. Just a nightmare of a season that was already de-railed well before the Jacobs injury.

MVP: Jacobs was their best player though he fell short of the considerable hype. Stanbridge an honourable mention for a consistent season despite inexplicably coming off the bench.

South Adelaide Panthers
Grade: F

What else could it be? One of the greatest failures in league history considering the talent, spend and hype around this group and while Jamie Petty is there easy scapegoat here plenty of players have to look in the mirror and acknowledge they simply aren’t as good as their reputation. Not sure on Pettys situation for next season but can’t imagine a scenario where they would bring him back as there seemed a disconnect between him and the playing group. He was let down by Hulland’s poor performance in particular along with other factors but every team has a sob story this year, South managed theirs the worst of any team. I don’t think anyone thought they could even miss the 5, let alone finish 9th.

Surprise packet: exactly that, finishing 9th. Not convinced a single player out performed expectation for this team.

MVP: Mudronja? Starling? Tough to say. There are no winners this season for South.

Eastern Mavericks
Grade: D

Tough situation for the Mavs, a lack of talent to begin with and none of their recruits panned out for various reasons. Rojo’s sideline antics were probably uncalled for but his coaching chops are unquestioned and kudos to him for finishing the season. A win would have got them a C- but it unfortunately eluded them this season.

Surprise packet: Tom Cromarty who had a big second half of the season after being given free reign.

MVP: Will Wise. A solid import who did what he was capable of (scoring) and didn’t do much of anything else.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Season isn't over for 5 teams. Maybe wait for finals before judging those still playing.

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Anonymous  
Last month

if you are going to review the season and criticize players and coaches , you should at least put your real name to it , otherwise it means nothing

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Anonymous  
Last month

Nice review, thanks. Looking forward to one after GF is over.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Excellent writeup, of course you get the clowns that complain because you must have mentioned a player, coach or team that they have a vested interest in. Why does this person have to put their name up for it to be valid. Seems to be an extremely well written and unbiased review of the minor season.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Generally the source of information needs to be considered when considering their expertise, knowledge on the subject. This is especially true when subjective reporting is provided. I will provide you some better definitions on conisdering the quality of the above content;

"Four criteria are widely used to appraise the trustworthiness of qualitative research: credibility, dependability, confirmability and transferability"

This content has virtually no credibility.

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Anonymous  
Last month

This is an Internet forum. If you're coming here for what you term "credible reporting" I think you have missed the point. Accept it for what it is. Agree, disagree, discuss... I don’t think anything here was over critical or personal, particularly in light of some other posts on this forum.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"This content has virtually no credibility."

Coming from someone who doesn't have their name against it, this is not very credible.

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Anonymous  
Last month

That's not how it works. He wasn't the one making statements about people's performances and even careers.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Whoever did the write up obviously knows their stuff, you only have to read the comments on Brine to know that. Simons knows he is the key to the Eagles winning the Championship

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JT  
Last month

Fairly benign comments, nothing personal or disproportionate to actual performance. What's the problem? If this is a a serious league, it’s going to be evaluated.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Ffs, the OP is hardly discussing the ramifications of covid on the economy in Bangladesh for married couples under the ages of 40, it's their opinion and observations of the season in nbl1 central. Don't need to show they have a degree in journalism from Oxford.
Once again the whinger will be either a Woodville or South supporter. I'm betting a Whitmore lover, even South fans have got to be embarrassed at their position. But you get to enjoy Scotty commentating the GF, God knows he'll never be coaching in one.

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JT  
Last month

874 you were doing so well for one paragraph.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Thanks JT, sure you're looking forward to a few Scotty commentating gems. But I thought the first paragraph was pretty good as well about why a poster needs to prove credibility. But thanks for the compliment!

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Anonymous  
Last month

861 sounds like a fun guy.

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Anonymous  
Last month

HAHAHAHA hilarious come back. He's not fun. Ouch.

OP's post was popularist. There's nothing in depth there and nothing really accurate either. Fun read, but i'll get my feedback from better sources.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Because there are so many NBL1 Central sources out there. What a goose lol

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Anonymous  
Last month

There are plenty actually, maybe you just don't know them. Because they don't hide on here throwing shade at players and coaches.

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Anonymous  
Last month

861 there is something seriously wrong with you.
Do you take everything so seriously?
Chill.

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anon  
Last month

Earnest Ross signed with Yokohama in Japan..... wonder if they know what they getting??

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Anonymous  
Last month

Yeah dozens of Central sources following the league with insightful commentary by basketball purists. Hahaha

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Anonymous  
Last month

#928, I don't how Ross has got away with it for so many seasons, never been much.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Excellent write up OP

For me Maharaj and Coleman probably the best two new signings this year, turned some pretty thin teams into finals contenders.
Centrals could've really caused some havoc this year at full strength, who would've thought we would be saying that at the start of the season.

South and West under achievers this year but most the disappointing team would be Woodville. Even with the injury woes they faced there is no way they shouldn't have won 10 games.

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NBL1 Reporter  
Two weeks ago

Updated to reflect finals performance.

North Adelaide Rockets
Grade: A

Just held on waiting for the 36ers to arrive and again just held on waiting for Dech to come back. Looked to be too far behind at times (including the first final against Southern late in the game) but were pretty dominant in the final two games. Peaked at the right time and had guys buying into their roles. Worthy winners.

Norwood Flames
Grade: A-

Handled business against the top two sides before falling to North. Still over achieved with their group and had a good season after a poor start.

Sturt Sabres
Grade: B+

Exposed in the finals for their lack of take t and depth remaining in the country. Made a conscious decision to plan their season around kids who will leave and that being the case 3rd was about as high as they could achieve. Not how I would choose to run a senior program but each to their own.

Forestville Eagles
Grade: C+

Would bd terribly disappointed not to win a final, with the first game against Norwood probably the critical one as that would have set them up for a shot at the grand final. A big spend for an underwhelming finish this year.

Southern Tigers
Grade: B-

Will take them down a peg only because they had a real chance against North without Dech. A solid season that finished in disappointing fashion.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

B+ for Sturt? The self proclaimed most elite and respected club in Adelaide choked and crashed out in straight sets, that's more like an F
Long time juniors like Calligeros Nash Reemst Goodall are nowhere which is a worry when you consider they have a great coach in Rigoni and have had all the development we keep hearing is the best in the country
Rigoni is a winner and would be embarrassed a failed season has been marked so highly.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Sturt won as many games as the champions North Adekaide and more than any other club.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Just not the games that mattered

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Anonony674  
Two weeks ago

Think about it North money won the Final. Not north's talent ....

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Looking forward  
Two weeks ago

Did Sturt have the smallest spend on their roster?

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

NBL1 men club spend guess form most to least , player payments only not including coaching clinics , camps, school gigs etc , JDO roles, just payer payments

north
forestville
south
norwood
southern
lions
woodville
west
sturt
eastern

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Earnest Ross would have cost as much as Norths roster himself.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Woodville, South, Forestville, West in some order are the highest spends.

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Anon1  
Two weeks ago

West and woodville not in same league as south or Eagles surely..
Reckon table about about right.. reckonn top 5 and then big gap to bottom 5...or maybe next 4 and massive gap to eastern.. give them credit for not wasting junior fees at least
South biggest bust though...

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Woodville got an import from NT so probably cheap but getting a guy in from the USA was definitely not cheap this year. Plus we know Stanbridge left Norwood for more money a few years ago, Boonstoppel shops himself every year and so on. That isn't a cheap roster.

West payments concentrated heavily on two players but they would have been expensive.

Woodville and South definitely the biggest busts.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

stanbridge left norwood for more money, Lol , off the drugs mate

not even close

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

I am not sure how anyone can possibly determine what a clubs roster cost.

I think North spent their money wisely. The first half of the season the players payments were very low and increased in the second half. It's not as if the 36ers were paid for the full year

In addition North lost two key juniors to other clubs as they wouldn’t match offers from other clubs. Similarly there were a handful of players from other clubs which North stepped away from as the cost was over the top

Just because some clubs pay ridiculous money to some players doesn’t mean you should assume that all clubs do.

You might want to consider that North’s junior fees are virtually the lowest of all clubs, have a full time high profile Basketball Director etc and you never hear of them being in financial difficulty. So how do they do it - I would suggest cost control over all programs is the answer which includes NBL1 costs

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

So North paid less for McDech than South paid for Hulldronja? If that's the case it takes South’s 9th position and the people making those calls to a new level of failure

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

If my mail is correct North and South paid similar for their 36ers. South paying more for Starling, Johns and I heard rumours even Davies than what North paid for the rest of their roster.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

It all comes down to who the agent is remember , all 4 players repped by the same bloke so similar money

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

All this talk about money when we are talking about next to nothing for almost all players who don't have club associated jobs.

The NBL guys have more to lose than gain financially by playing in most situations.

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Anon1  
Two weeks ago

Why is money seen as a negative. Think club should promote they prepared to back the coach with resources.. shows confidence. Backs the coaches. Says look at who we can get. We are destination club. We aspire.
Brown paper bag shit well truly gone. Be transparent. Back yourselves. North did. Give them credit ... this is the bar.. We playing to win. Isnt that what nbl 1 is all about.. in it win it. Others stiff shit. Cry whatever your problem face reality. Big boys win .. and big girls..

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Why a negative???

Well because the junior members of said clubs who spend all this money on players aren't receiving sh*t in return for the fees they pay when they are spent on senior teams. If senior programs were making money it wouldn’t be a problem.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

So let's scrap senior representative teams then. Happy?

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Alex Starling wasnt really paid but was.... South brought his $15K debt from North racked up by individuals court hire etc ... He was and still has a car supplied by Club a car as well.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Still cost South that money no matter where the money went.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Don't know who manages Mudronja & Hulland but if he got them the same money as Mc Veigh and Dech then he’s wasting his talent in NBL1

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

When it came to Alex and Owen it was very much supply and demand , starling went down injured , the price for the DPS went up , south paid it

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Were they not signed and playing before Alex was injured

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Well before.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

237 with the innovative way of demonstrating they have no clue.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Correct , it was when south sent the import back to darwin not Alex getting injured , same supply and demand situation re price , Agent got top dollar for both

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Nice recovery.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Anon #182

Other option is to be fiscally responsible.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

How much realistically would John's be on these days. His best is way past him, certainly handy but not worth more than a few grand. Apart from South, who would pay more than that for him.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Why do you care what Sam Johns is on from
south? How much do you get paid anon261?

It is pocket money for anyone that is lucky enough to even get paid at local level.

The exception are those paid proper wages (still at low level award rate) for other roles at their club.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Big trouble in Norwood land.

Coach not being renewed for another season, the players like him.

CJ and their import big both going overseas and won't be returning.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

How can they sack him after his season was independently graded an A-?

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Ask The Family why he's getting sacked.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

A Webber retired and returning as coach?

I don't think the big guy is a huge loss. CJ is a different story. I thought he was being chased interstate.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

not only did they sack him they did it over email, surely he deserves more than an email

what is Wil Smith doing as GM?

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Wouldn't Will be the one hiring and firing?

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Anon1  
Two weeks ago

Seems far fetched

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Anon1 what is far fetched ?

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Nah, head of the Family is returning and expecting his starting spot back.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Adelaide 36er fans: That's a shitty way to fire a coach!!!
Norwood Flames: Hold my beer!!!

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

So there's now openings at Central's, West, South, Southern and now Norwood and should be shaky at Woodville and Eastern. Shuffle the coaches or new lot come in?

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Anon1  
Two weeks ago

Far fetched about norwood coaches...being a bit mischievous to Crack norwood..over yearly coach appt.

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Anon  
Two weeks ago

Majority low spend programs. Maybe clubs need to get serious follow north Eagles model to success. South tried but maybe regret overall structures. Key injury never helps..

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Who is this idiot that keeps using multiple full stops? Obviously English isn't their first language because they rarely make sense but ramble with a few ... between sentences.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Other clubs have tried that in the past, with little to no improvement bought to clubs through NBL1 or the equivalent league at the time.

At various periods, Eastern and Woodville have spent big amounts of money to win and after all the money is gone, and they are in debt, someone needs to come in and save the club from extinction through improved fiscal responsibility.

What do Southern have to show for their PL and NBL1 success? There hasn't been a corresponding sponsorship boom, they've lost the coaches and players from those successful teams, their juniors are performing worse than previously and they have fewer teams, plus their domestic competition has grades with predominantly South teams.

Doesn't mean I think that they should spend nothing on NBL1, but how can they possibly spend more and more money each year when the only long-term outcome is insolvency?

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Anon  
Two weeks ago

English is me first language and it makes sense to me.. notice 324 you discovered the pleasure of a triple full stop... similiar to 270 pivot.. glad you consider me an idiot. I guess you specialise in identifying obvious traits based on your experiences.

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Anon  
Two weeks ago

English is me first language and it makes sense to me.. notice 324 you discovered the pleasure of a triple full stop... similiar to 270 pivot.. glad you consider me an idiot. I guess you specialise in identifying obvious traits based on your experiences.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

English is me first language? Glad that makes sense. Whats a 270 pivot?
Wow.

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Anon  
Two weeks ago

Not me sorry typo should been may. Thank you

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Greenfrogsjump  
Two weeks ago

Not me

What did I just read ? I must be blind pissed.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Well played. You are either indeed an idiot using may instead of my, or a funny person. Methinks that you are an idiot.
...

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