BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE Basketball Tasmania CEO Chris McCoy can see plenty of light at the end of the tunnel for Tasmania’s three SEABL clubs after Basketball Australia’s announcement that it was withdrawing its support of the league.
With the chances of the SEABL not even being around even for next season looking more likely by the day, McCoy was confident that the North-West Thunder, Launceston Tornadoes and Hobart Chargers would be playing in a quality competition in 2019.
“We are working pretty hard with Basketball Australia and Basketball Victoria to explore the opportunity of our teams being part of a premier league in Victoria which they are trying to establish,” McCoy said.
“Basketball Australia’s decision came as shock to everyone, but now we’ve had a time to reflect, it’s also a great opportunity for the country to get their competitions better aligned.
“I can see the premier league standard being very similar to SEABL and involving all of the current Victorian SEABL teams, with Albury-Wodonga having the choice of joining New South Wales or Victoria and Mount Gambier most likely going to the South Australian league.
“The view is to then form a national championship weekend where all the top state conference teams come together.”
McCoy added that the SEABL had provided a valuable pathway for Tasmanian players and it was vital for that level of competition to continue.
“Basketball has been on a nice upswing both in Tasmania and in Australia and it’s important we have these pathway pieces in place for them to come through,” McCoy said.
“The second-tier national level has proven to be a great level for a lot of our players.”