Media Release

Coopers 4 Team Challenge

The Millicent Basketball Association will be once again holding the annual Coopers 4 team challenge held at the Peter Seebohm Stadium this year. The round robin tournament will be held on Friday the 2nd, Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th of March.

The 4 team challenge welcomes back the regular Mount Gambier Pioneers whom compete in this challenge annually and the Woodville Warriors who are returning from last years’ experience. Two new teams are being introduced to the competition; Eltham Wildcats and the South Adelaide Panthers. All four teams will look to showcase their full squads and present an exhilarating basketball atmosphere for the local community. In the previous years the standard has been set extremely high and there are no doubts that the competition is going to exceed the expectations and provide amusing and professional basketball to the crowd. 

In talking to the Castec Rural Supplies Pioneers Coach Richard Hill it was obvious he is very excited about the upcoming season and the lead in to it.

“It was great to have the team together for the first time last week. Generally we are in great shape and the guys have worked very hard in the off season”

“The group is pumped and anxious to get into some “real” basketball after 2 months of individual skill and physical preparation”

“The Millicent tournament is always a huge part of our pre-season, this year will be no different. Integrating Kyle, and Lewis into the group will be a priority for us.” Hill said.

The Pioneers will be missing Majok Deng, still at the 36ers, Chol Luk who will be rehabbing an achilles strain and Brad Hill is on a restricted program after ankle surgery and will play limited minutes.

Local Millicent player Josh Murphy will join the squad to help our front court depth. He is a talented young player and this will be a great experience for him.

“I would encourage Pioneer supporters to check out the action on the weekend, it is always a very competitive and well run tournament and will be the only chance to see your team

in action without travelling to Geelong or Melbourne before round two of the SEABL season” Coach Hill concluded.


Coopers 4 Team Challenge Pioneers

Tom signs on for 2 more.

Tom signs on for 2 more.

The Castec Rural Supplies Mount Gambier Pioneers championship captain Tom Daly has committed to the Pioneers program for a further 2 seasons.

Coming off his third national championship win in four years and his first as captain Tom  is excited to recommit to the Pioneers.

“ I’m very happy and grateful to be on board for the next two seasons, its a privilege to play for the Pioneers and I think the future is bright for us here. I believe we’re putting together a strong group again with some exciting new talent and I can’t wait to get all the guys in and get to work! I want to publicly thank everyone at the club who has believed in me in the past and now for the future”– Tom said.

Tom has continued to grow and improve as a player, having  his best season last year averaging 16.7 points 3.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. Tom’s outstanding season was reflected by his overdue inclusion on the all SEABL team and culminated in him leading his team to a National Championship whilst winning the Grand Final MVP.

“Tom continues to improve each season, he is committed, hard working , sets an outstanding example for his team mates and most importantly  is a winner”  Pioneers coach  Richard Hill said.

There was never any doubt that Tom would be returning. He now has family in Mount Gambier and calls the  Lake City home.

“The decision to stay was easy, I’ve loved each of my five seasons in Mount Gambier on and off the court and I was always determined to help lead the team to the highest success again in 2018. My young family also now call the Mount home and don’t take for granted the wonderful support we receive from a fantastic club and community. We all look forward to enjoying more success together.”  Tom concluded.

Whilst Tom is settled in Mount Gambier he hasn’t given up on returning to the NBL where he spent 4 seasons with the Adelaide 36ers. “Tom is now much better equipped to play at the highest level” “Each game Tom matches up against high level Australian or import point guards  and he invariably comes out on top, he is worthy and certainly deserves another chance” Pioneers coach Richard Hill noted.

The Castec Rural Supplies Pioneers are gearing up to defend their National Championship and continue their incredible run of success Tom is a big part of this. He joins the returning Erik Burdon, Kane Dewitt, Luke Jamieson, Dellon Brown and Lachie Hunter and new additions Lewis Thomas and Kyle Tipene.

The Pioneers expect to complete their 2018 roster very soon. Stay tuned.





The 2018 South East Australian Basketball League 2018 fixture has been released with the Castec Rural Mount Gambier Pioneers 2018 Championship defence beginning on the road against old rival the Geelong Supercats.

Pioneers fans will get their first opportunity to see the Pioneers at the Ice House for the first time in 2018 on the 13th of April against the Albury Wodonga Bandits. The club looks forward to bringing Friday night basketball to the Ice House for the clubs 10 home games at the revised time slot of 7:30PM. Our Conference final rivals Nunawading will return to Mount Gambier on May 11th, whilst we will also see a 2017 Championship rematch against the Dandenong Rangers on June 1st. New entrants to the competition Diamond Valley will make their first trip to Mount Gambier in round three.

The 20 game home and away regular season has been overhauled with the removal of the South & East conferences although the home and away finals format remains with top seeded teams given the right to host finals with the National Championship game to be held on Saturday the 18th of August in Melbourne.

AWAY GAME V. GEELONG – 5:00PM Saturday, April 7th 2018.

HOME GAME V. ALBURY/WODONGA7:30PM Friday, April 13th 2018.

HOME GAME V. DIAMOND VALLEY7:30PM Friday, April 20th, 2018.

HOME GAME V. BENDIGO7:30PM Friday, April 27th, 2018.

AWAY GAME V. FRANKSTON – 8:30PM Saturday, May 5th, 2018.

AWAY GAME V. KILSYTH – 2:00PM Sunday, May 6th, 2018.

HOME GAME V. NUNAWADING7:30PM Friday, May 11th, 2018.

AWAY GAME V. HOBART – 8:00PM Friday, May 18th, 2018.

AWAY GAME V. NW TASMANIA – 7:30PM Saturday, May 19th, 2018.

HOME GAME V. CANBERRA7:30PM Friday, May 25th, 2018.

HOME GAME V. DANDENONG7:30PM Friday, June 1st, 2018.

HOME GAME V. KILSYTH7:30PM Friday, June 15th, 2018.

AWAY GAME V. BENDIGO – 8:00PM Friday, June 22nd, 2018.

AWAY GAME V. BALLARAT – 8:00PM Saturday, June 23rd, 2018.

HOME GAME V. GEELONG7:30PM Friday, June 29th, 2018.

AWAY GAME V. BA COE – 7:00PM Friday, July 6th, 2018.

AWAY GAME V. CANBERRA – 7:30PM Saturday, July 7th, 2018.

HOME GAME V. FRANKSTON7:30PM Friday, July 13th, 2018.

HOME GAME V. MELBOURNE7:30PM Friday, July 20th, 2018.

AWAY GAME V. SANDRINGHAM – 7:00PM Saturday, July 21st, 2018.



SEABL FINALS WEEK ONE – Friday 27th – 29th of July, 2018.

SEABL FINALS WEEKEND TWO – Friday 3rd – 5th of August, 2018.

SEABL FINALS WEEKEND THREE – Friday 10th – 12th of August, 2018.

SEABL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Saturday 18th of August, 2018.

To see a full 2018 SEABL fixture Click Here or visit the SEABL website for the full Media release.



The Pioneers Basketball Club board of management have made their first off court appointments heading into the 2018 SEABL season.

The 2017 season capped of a successful and un rivalled on court era by its current board. Winning five consecutive conference finals and winning three of four of the last national championships.

Current club Chairman Neil Boase informed his board in August that he would not seek re-election at the end of his 3rd term in the position.

Tom Kosch and Travis Fatchen have been elected by the current board to fill the role as Chair and Vice-Chair. With the above appointments and election of remaining board positions to to be ratified at the clubs Annual General Meeting on Saturday October 28th.