As part of the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the South East Australian Basketball League, the League announced the teams of the decades as well as the SEABL All-Star teams.
The first team to be announced on the night was the 1980’s SEABL Men’s Team of the Decade. Kilsyth Cobras Tim Corr (player) and Gary Fox (Coach) were nominated and Tim Corr was announced as one of the 10 players of that decade.
Tim Corr played 206 games for the Kilsyth Cobras and still sits in the top ten for all Club statistics to this day including third for total points scored and fourth for total rebounds made.
The 1990’s SEABL Men’s Team of the Decade was the next team to be announced. The 1990’s was where professionalism in sport started to take over. Players were faster, fitter and stronger while coaches became more astute and defensive minded.
Kilsyth Cobra’s Cameron Burns and Damon Lowery were nominated as players of that decade while Colin Donovan, Mark Landells and Rob Morgan were nominated as Coaches of the 1990’s.
The 1990’s also marked the first decade of the women’s competition in SEABL, which quickly developed a reputation as being fiercely competitive.
Kilsyth Lady Cobra’s Andrea Smoker (nee Cartledge) was announced in the SEABL Women’s’ Team of the Decade for the 1990’s. Andrea played 200 games for the Kilsyth Lady Cobras and still sits in the top ten for all Club statistics including second overall for points scored as well as still leading the Club for steals.
Mike Bainbridge was also nominated as one of the coaches of the 1990’s.
Kilsyth Cobra’s Damon Lowery, Ash Cannan and Chris Cameron were nominated for the 2000’s SEABL Men’s Team of the Decade while current Kilsyth Cobras Head Coach Grant Wallace was nominated as one of the coaches of the decade.
For the SEABL women’s competition the 2000’s era was an extremely important one for women’s basketball, the number of WNBL and import players increases as did the level of coaching. For the Kilsyth Lady Cobras it was a successful era, winning the championship twice in 2002 and 2008.
Kilsyth was represented in the 2000’s SEABL Women’s Team of the Decade by Jessica Bibby, Belinda Snell and Desiree Glaubitz, while Deanne Butler and Deanna Smith were also nominated. Jason Knight was nominated as one of the coaches of the 2000’s.
Jessica Bibby was a Kilsyth Cobra junior and played 96 games for the Kilsyth Lady Cobras she still remains fourth all time for points scored for Kilsyth; Desiree Glaubitz played 50 games for the Kilsyth Lady Cobras while Belinda Snell played 15 games for Kilsyth.
To close out the night the SEABL Men’s and Women’s All Star Teams were announced, Kilsyth Jessica Bibby was selected in the Women’s All Star Team, a fantastic honour and one that we are extremely proud off.
Kilsyth Basketball would like to congratulate SEABL on such a wonderful event celebrating such a rich basketball history full of some of the best basketball talent that Australia has witnessed.
SEABL MEN’S TEAM OF THE DECADE 1980’s
David JohnsonChris DiMattina
Andrew SimonsGary Favero
Larry DavidsonTim Corr
Ray ShirleyGary Jackson
Eric CooksDavid Flint
Coach: David Flint
OTHER NOMINATIONS WERE:
Carlos KellyTim ShawJohn Suva
Eric BaileyJeff HayesNeil Bieker
Willie JennetteKelvin HendersonRichard Ross
Joe WeberDan KrebsWayne Ricarte
Don BickettJim StephensRandy Whieldon
Bill WyattAlbert LeslieGary Fox
Bill TomlinsonBrian LongstaffMark Dearborn
SEABL MEN’S TEAM OF THE DECADE 1990’s
Ben HarveyRhys Newsome
Steve de LaveagaMark Ridgway
Mike KellyWayne Howell
David BiwerShane Smith
Eric CooksMatt Nielsen
Coach: Brendan Joyce
OTHER NOMINATIONS WERE:
Scott MitchellDavid AndersonDamon Lowery
Paul DenmanEddie CoxBen Armstrong
Grant KeysCameron BurnsAlbert Springs
Willie JennetteRicky SimpsonJerome Lee
Darren PerryDerrick LeakRodney Walker
Michael CooperMarc RidlenClyde Jordan
David FlintRobert UtterbackNorman Taylor
Jason JoynesSteve MillerRandy Anderson
Stephen BlackEric HayesAllen McCowan
Robbie CadeeGraham LongstaffMark Landells
Colin DonovanBill RuncheyRob Morgan
Brendan JoyceMark ChiversPhil Thomas
Alan KnightsTerry Kealey
SEABL WOMEN’S TEAM OF THE DECADE 1990’s
Andrea Smoker (nee Cartledge)Mandy McIntosh (nee Henderson)
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