Three new faces receive recognition for sensational seasons this year with MVP favorites Joe Werner and CJ Massingale earning recognition for the second consecutive year. The “All SEABL Team” is decided by the coach and captain of each team. The team is selected by playing position from a list of players that received Most Valuable Player votes throughout the regular playing season.
CJ MASSINGALE had another standout season and is rewarded with his third All SEABL Team Selection. CJ had a sensational year, finishing the season as leading scorer (25.0ppg), including seven 30+pts performances. Massingale guided his Raiders team to their third Conference title in four years, and will be hoping to cap his brilliant individual season with team success and win the Championship this weekend.
Dandenong Rangers forward DUSTY JURA earns All SEABL team selection in his first season after averaging 24.0ppg (2nd), 12.7rpg (2nd) and 1.6ass. Jura started the season at a blistering pace recording 34pts and 9rebs in his first match. Jura received Player of the Month accolades in June after producing two 40pts and 15+rebs games
CHRIS GOULDING received the Australian Youth Player for the second consecutive year this season and has been awarded with his first All SEABL team selection as well this year. Goulding averaged 20.8pts, 3.7rebs, and 2.9ass in his third season with the Brisbane Spartans. Chris was a member of the Australian Boomers Squad this year, but injured his ankle in round 14 and missed numerous camps. Goulding has shown over the past few years he is a talented athlete and after two years as a development player in the NBL, he is sure to give the NBL a shake this year in his first season with the Gold Coast Blaze.
Brisbane Spartans forward ASH CANNAN receives his first recognition on the All SEABL East Men Team in his first season back in the SEABL after stints in US College and the Big V. Cannan was instrumental in his teams Minor Premiership this season, and finished the season averaging 19.4pts, 9.7rebs and 2.2ass. Cannan’s passion on the court shows up in every game and he received Player of the Week recognition in round 18 for averaging 19.5pts, 13rebs, 3ass and 3stls on the Spartans 2 game road trip to Victoria
JOE WERNER scored a double double in all but three games this season and earned Player of the Week for his performance in round 12 with 45pts, 20rebs, 3blks and 2ass against Ballarat. Joe averaged 21.8pts (4th), led the league in rebounds with 13.6 per game, and 1.5ass for the year. Joe was a dominant force.
All five players awarded a position on the All SEABL Women team are first time recipients of the award. The “All SEABL Team” is decided by the coach and captain of each team. The team is selected by playing position from a list of players that received Most Valuable Player votes throughout the regular playing season.
Having received 19 out of a possible 20 votes, KELLY WILSON was the leading vote getter for the All SEABL Team after a consistent season which saw her guide the Bendigo Lady Braves to a 13-7 record. Wilson led the league with 22.8 points as well as recording 5.8rebs, 4.5ass (2nd) and 2.1stls this season.
Joining Kelly in the back court is Ballarat Lady Miners AMY LEWIS. Lewis joined the Lady Miners after a successful rookie season with Townsville in the WNBL and was an influential player for Ballarat this year. Lewis scored 20+pts on five occasions with a season best of 27pts@62% on 25th July. Lewis finished the season averaging 16.5pts (6th), 4.7rebs and 2.27ass.
Transferring to Knox Raiders in the off-season has been a fantastic move for EMILY FRYTERS. Emily led the league in rebounds for the second consecutive season with 11.8 per game. Fryters was a dominant threat in the paint all season and recorded a season best 19 rebounds on May 3 against Dandenong. Emily damaged her ankle in round 18 of the regular season but has been working hard to be fit for the Championship game this weekend against Brisbane.
With 22pts, 16rebs and 4ass in her second SEABL game New Zealand Tall Fern LISA WALLBUTTON showed she was going to be a threat in the competition. Wallbutton guided the Lady Bandits to their first ever finals appearance with an 11-9 season record. Wallbutton finished the season averaging 18.8pts (3rd), 11.6rebs (2nd), 1.7ass and 1.2blks. Wallbutton started the season with player of the month recognition in March.
The final position on the All SEABL team is awarded to Kilsyth Lady Cobras AMY DENSON. Earning Player of the Month recognition in June, Denson averaged 19.5pts (2nd), 10.5rebs (5th), 1.8ass, 1.5stls and has been one of the standout front court players.
Your Kilsyth Cobras play host to the Eltham Wildcats in the NBL1 Game of the Week on Saturday night. The Cobras look to defend home court in a key late season doubleheader, with the Women needing a win to stay in postseason contention, while the 11-6 Men look to continue their rapid rise up
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A primetime NBL1 home showdown and VYC regular season finale highlight a huge weekend of home hoops for your Kilsyth Cobras. The NBL1 Cobras play host to the Waverley Falcons on Saturday night (Women 6pm, Men 8pm), in a key late season doubleheader. The Cobra Women (7-9) take on a Falcons team (8-6) in