Media Release

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.

2017 AGM


Notice is hereby given that the AGM of Members of the Pioneers Basketball Club Incorporated will be held as follows:

Saturday 28 October 2017

Commencing 10am at Commodore on the Park
Corner Jubilee Highway East and Penola Road, Mount Gambier

Election to Board

Expressions of interest are called and will be considered by the Board. Expressions are to be forwarded to:-

Mr Tom Kosch

Pioneers Basketball Club Inc.

PO Box 2379


Or by email: – ua.mo1529678633c.lla1529678633bteks1529678633absre1529678633enoip1529678633@nimd1529678633a1529678633

Nominations are to be received no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 25 October 2017.

Members wishing to nominate should contact the Secretary to obtain an application form. Nominations must be signed by two current financial members. For the information of the Board, nominees must also provide a personal statement supporting their nomination.



Pioneers Basketball Club Inc.

SEABL Grand Final

Mount Gambier Pioneers vs Dandenong Rangers National Final Match Preview Saturday 2 Sept 2017
The 2017 SEABL season reaches its pinnacle this Saturday night when the Mount Gambier Pioneers and Dandenong Rangers face off in Kilsyth for the ultimate prize, the national championship.
Both sides barely emerged from their respective conference finals with both matches being decided in the final seconds of the contest. The Pioneers snuck home by three points against Nunawading after Dain Swetalla missed a three-pointer that would have sent the game into overtime. Dandenong on the other hand had an even tighter finish with Jorden Page hitting a three-pointer to send the game into overtime before the Rangers got the better of Ballarat and closed the game out by eight points in the extra period.
The two sides split their season series with the Pioneers winning on their home court by seven points and the Rangers returning serve with victory in their arena way back on June 18 by 14 points. A lot of water has passed under the bridge for both sides since their last meeting and Pioneers Coach Richard Hill agrees, stating that “our road loss to the Rangers seems like an eternity ago and they have changed a lot since then”. Hill knows his side faces an uphill battle and believes “Dandenong are a very talented and deep team, winning 12 of their last 15 games to come out of what ended up being a very strong South Conference”. “Adding Garrett Jackson has given them a very potent offensive unit whilst not losing much at the defensive end”.
The Pioneers strongest weapon this season has been their own talent and depth across all positions allowing them to consolidate a lead when the second unit is deployed and maintain a high level of intensity throughout four quarters of basketball. Big games call for big performances and the Pioneers will be once again looking to its big three of Tom Daly, Brad Hill and Daniel Alexander to get the job done.
Daly was exceptional against the Spectres last week with a whopping 21 points and 11 assists that kept the Pioneers in the contest. Brad Hill was the hero in the semifinal against Nunawading with 29 points (7-11 3P) at 58% but soon became the villain in the conference final putting up just nine points at 36.4% shooting. Hill is a key part of the Pioneers setup because he can score from anywhere on the floor and rebound with intensity, making him a two-way threat and a nightmare for Rangers Coach Darren Perry.
Daniel Alexander is the Pioneers most valuable player but he didn’t live up to the title on the offensive end last week and that needs to change. Alexander may have eventually compiled a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds but he missed his first five shots and would go on to fire 3-12 from the field at 25% for the game. Alexander may have won the match for the Pioneers last week with his heroic rebound and clutch free throws but he did go missing for extended periods of time and must put in a 40-minute effort this week if the Pioneers are going to avenge their 2013 national final loss to the Rangers.
The Rangers will be looking to their own big three of point guard Lucas Barker, shooting guard Chauncey Orr and small forward Garrett Jackson to provide the nucleus of a memorable victory. Each of these players have produced solid numbers this season with Barker putting up 14.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 5.4 apg, Orr adding 14.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 3.1 apg and Jackson has come on strong with 17.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.5 apg on the season. Barker will take Daly to task and stretch the Pioneers captain on defence, Orr will relish the challenge of running Erik Burdon off the three-point line and Garrett Jackson will be looking to play a three/stretch four position and push Brad Hill’s limits on both ends of the court. Add to that the very real triple threat of Jorden Page who put up four last quarter treys to win the game for his side last week and you have a serious offensive force to be reckoned with.
With the Rangers boasting such offensive weaponry, Pioneers Coach Richard Hill is clearly aware that tough defensive application is crucial for his side, stating that “interior defence and rebounding will be key for us”. Both sides had tough conference final matchups but the Pioneers do have the added advantage of an additional day’s break and this could prove a decisive factor as time winds down in the final moments of season 2017. Coach Hill believes his side will be “better for the tough clash with Nunawading and will be in good shape come game time”. Coach Hill sums up the contest perfectly when he states that Saturday night will feature “two outstanding teams in good form on a neutral court which should provide a great final”. If the conference finals are any indication, this match is going to be another epic encounter with neither side willing to back down in the pursuit of the ultimate prize.