Majok’s our Man!
The Castec Rural Supplies Pioneers are pleased and excited to announce the signing of Adelaide 36er big man Majok Deng.
Majok is currently playing his second season with the 36ers after an impressive college career at La-Monroe University in Louisiana where he was named all Sun Belt first and all tournament team in 2016. Majok’s 18.7 points 7 rebounds 2 assists and 1.2 blocks per game were enough to earn him an invitation to join the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Summer league team.
NBL devotees would have been impressed by Majok’s recent form with Adelaide where he has started to find his groove and has played a huge roll in a number of their recent wins.
Pioneers Head coach Richard Hill is very pleased to have Majok join the Pioneers program. “I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work Majok out a couple of times and more importantly get to know him” “He will be a great fit for our team and the community of Mount Gambier”
Majok has a scorers mentality and is a unique athlete possessing great length and a competitive spirit that will fit well with his like minded team mates.
A South Australian who played his junior basketball with the Forestville Eagles and has worked tirelessly with his mentor ex NBL star Rashad Tucker and 36ers coach Joey Wright to continue to grow his game Majok is a perfect fit for the Pioneers.
“Having another quality South Australian player join our team is very important to our club and fits our plan for ongoing success” coach Hill concluded.
With the recent announcement of captain Tom Daly’s commitment for two years the Castec Rural Supplies Pioneers’ roster is almost complete.
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/WODONGA – 7:30PM Friday, April 13th 2018.
HOME GAME V. DIAMOND VALLEY– 7:30PM Friday, April 20th, 2018.
HOME GAME V. BENDIGO – 7:30PM 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. NUNAWADING – 7:30PM 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. CANBERRA – 7:30PM Friday, May 25th, 2018.
HOME GAME V. DANDENONG– 7:30PM Friday, June 1st, 2018.
HOME GAME V. KILSYTH– 7:30PM 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. GEELONG – 7:30PM 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. FRANKSTON – 7:30PM Friday, July 13th, 2018.
HOME GAME V. MELBOURNE – 7:30PM 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.
CLUB BOARD ELECT SUCCESSIVE Chair & Vice Chair
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.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
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
MOUNT GAMBIER SA 5290
Or by email: – ua.mo1516636153c.lla1516636153bteks1516636153absre1516636153enoip1516636153@nimd1516636153a1516636153
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.