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BY SEAN SLATTER  (@seanslat) – THE EXAMINER   It has been a winning weekend for the North West Thunder in the SEABL, with the team recording two wins in two nights. After beating the Basketball Australia College Centre of Excellence team 90-73 on Friday night, the team led from start to finish […]

Two wins in two nights for North West Thunder

BY BRAD COLE – THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder have secured a valuable road-trip double and extended its winning streak in total to three games after a 79-62 victory over Canberra on Saturday night. Impressive: 14 points and 10 rebounds from Chudier Pal helped the North-West Thunder score […]

Thunder sweep road trip after silencing Gunners

Watch games via clubs’ live-streaming across Round 11 –  Canberra Gunners v Launceston Tornadoes and NW Tasmania Thunder/Capitals Academy. The Canberra Capitals Academy host the Launceston Tornadoes at 5.30pm and the Canberra Gunners take on N/W Tasmania Thunder from 7.30pm with both those games available via Basketball ACT’s YouTube channel here.


BY ALEX FAIR (@AJFair85) THE ADVOCATE    The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder’s trip to the nation’s capital started in a positive fashion on Friday night. Sam Armstrong’s side walked away with a 90-73 win over the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence at the AIS Training Hall in Canberra. But this was a contest […]

Win on the road for North-West Thunder

Friday 16th June –   Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence v N/W Tasmania Finding some form as we headed into the mid-season break, the Thunder have kept touch with the East Conference top four and only sit three wins behind Bendigo. However, they have not strung together consecutive wins since […]


BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE   On paper the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder should start favourites for its two road games against the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence and Canberra – two teams with a combined three wins between them this season. But coach Sam Armstrong has been around the league long enough […]

North-West Thunder head to the ACT for SEABL road trip

The second of this year’s junior clinics will be held on the 13th July with all our Thunder stars on hand to put the aspiring little ones through their paces.  These clinics are always very well attended and are loads of fun, so get in early and reserve your spot. […]

The second of this year’s junior clinics will be held ...

The Thunder team has certainly done us proud in recent weeks with some outstanding performances against the best sides in the league.  The fun began down at Geelong, where we have not recorded a victory in recent memory; the guys defied the odds and the Supercats home court “hoodoo” to […]

2016-17 Thunder News Edition 11 – May 2017

Men’s Mid-Season Review:  South Conference – Read More NW Tasmania (5-8) Another club that has parted ways with an import in the first half of the season, N/W Tasmania replaced Akeem Richmond with Ahmad Starks after three games with the aim to go smaller and faster.  Starks now leads them with 20 points […]

Men’s Mid-Season Review: South Conference

BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE   While results on the court appear to be heading in the right direction, North-West Tall Timbers Thunder chairman Tony Barker said the club is in the midst of challenging times off it. A decline in crowds and sponsorship so far this season has resulted in the Thunder feeling some […]

Thunder feeling pinch off court

BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE    The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder have returned to the winners list in style, grabbing the big scalp of conference rival Ballarat at Ulverstone on Friday night. Led by a game-high 30 points from import Ahmad Starks, the Thunder survived a strong Miners comeback in the last […]

Thunder get better of Miners in major upset

   Hi junior members,   Just a reminder that the Kid’s Zone will be up and running this Friday night and everyone is welcome to sit in the area and provide very vocal support to the Thunder team. Your noise is a big factor in pumping the guys up so […]

Kid’s Zone will be up and running this Friday night

BY CAMRON SLESSOR (@camronslessor) THE ADVOCATE   Sam Armstrong says he expects another challenge when his side takes on one of the in-form teams at the top end of the SEABL ladder this weekend.  The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder coach said he couldn’t wait to witness his team take to the court […]

North West Thunder ready to battle in-form Ballarat Miners

BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE   Pulling off a second upset in as many nights against the SEABL elite proved one bridge too far for the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder as they fell to a 96-82 loss at home to Nunawading on Saturday night.  While there were flashes of the brilliance that […]

Spectres on point to ruin Thunder double

BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder has scored arguably its best win for the season, defeating Geelong 92-87 on the road in Friday night’s SEABL game. In a game where the lead never grew above seven points for the whole game, the Thunder overcame foul trouble in both […]

Thunder’s roar helps upset Supercats

BY ALEX FAIR (@AJFair85) THE ADVOCATE   Despite facing two daunting tasks this weekend, there is a level of confidence coming from those in charge of the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder. Coach Sam Armstrong on Thursday said he believed the improvement shown in recent weeks would again be on show on […]

North-West Thunder are growing after time together

By SEABL Friday 26th May – Geelong v N/W Tasmania While the Braves have knocked over Mt. Gambier and Nunawading in recent weeks, they could not get past Geelong who were serviced by Nathan Herbert’s 22 points and a near triple-double from DeMarcus Gatlin (19 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists). […]


BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE   North-West Tall Timbers Thunder coach Sam Armstrong has been involved in some jaw-dropping offensive performances in his time as a player. Shooting star: 27 points from Jeremiah Ingram helped the North-West Thunder to an impressive win against Melbourne on Saturday night. Picture: Brodie Weeding. But […]

Thunder tear up paper Tigers

After their 1 point loss to Melbourne Tigers a few weeks ago at home the NW Tall Timbers Thunder avenged themselves on the road this weekend and defeated the Tigers by 42 points.  NW Tall Timbers Thunder 105 defeated Melbourne Tigers 65. Some stats from tonight’s game … Dan 29 points, 2 rebounds and 2 […]

A great win for the NW Tall Timbers Thunder on ...

The team well and truly got back on track against the visiting Braves on the 6 May, with a very welcome 3 point win in what was a real team effort… 2016-17 Thunder News Edition 10 – May 2017

2016-17 Thunder News Edition 10 – May 2017

BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE   Thrilling finishes and victory haven’t been on the best of terms with each other for the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder in recent seasons. However all those heartbreaking losses were quickly forgotten at Ulverstone on Saturday night as a timely block from Chudier Pal gave the home side […]

Thunder roar again

Thunder is very pleased to announce that a new player has joined our ranks, American point guard, Ahmad Starks who has replaced our previous back court import Akeem Richmond, who has returned home for family reasons… 2016-17 Thunder News Edition 9 – April 2017     

2016-17 Thunder News Edition 9 – April 2017

BY ALEX FAIR (@AJFair85) THE ADVOCATE    The search for consistency will intensify for the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder on Saturday against Sandringham. The Thunder will resume form their Easter break still reeling from their heartbreaking buzzer beater loss to the Melbourne Tigers, a result coach Sam Armstrong said had plenty of good and […]

SEABL 2017: Consistency quest for the North-West Thunder

BY CAMERSON SLESSOR (@camronslessor) THE ADVOCATE    Ahmad Starks has been announced as the man to replace Akeem Richmond on the roster for the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder. It is a case of one American for another, with Starks, from Chicago, replacing Richmond, who returned home last week due to a […]

North-West Thunder sign Starks as import replacement

BY CAMERSON SLESSOR (@camronslessor) THE ADVOCATE    The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder seemed to be in control with the clock counting down on Saturday night.  But an incredible buzzer beating three-pointer from Melbourne Tigers guard Tom Wilson broke the hearts of players and fans at Schweppes Arena.  The Thunder welcomed Australian basketball […]

North-West Thunder lose as Melbourne Tigers hit buzzer beater

BY CAMERSON SLESSOR (@camronslessor) THE ADVOCATE  Mason Bragg said his focus for 2017 was to show the Perth Wildcats his impressive debut season in the NBL wasn’t a fluke. The Burnie product joined the Wildcats in November last year in what was supposed to be a two week trial.  The club […]

NBL | Mason Bragg reflects on his whirlwind debut season ...

BY CAMERON SLESSOR (@camronslessor) THE ADVOCATE  The man described as the greatest basketball player Australia has ever produced will visit the North-West this weekend.  Andrew Gaze has had one of the most impressive basketball careers for an Australian having won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999 […]

SEABL | Andrew Gaze to visit Tasmania as Melbourne Tigers ...

BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE   The Tall Timbers North West Thunder have rebounded from their horror start to the 2017 SEABL season, toughing it out for a 86-79 win over Frankston at Ulverstone on Friday night. After looking like running away with an easy victory midway through the third quarter, the […]

Thunder hold off Blues to score first victory

BY ALEX FAIR (@AJFair85) THE ADVOCATE  Tall Timbers North-West Thunder coach Sam Armstrong is on the hunt for new import with a family illness forcing Akeem Richmond back to the US. Richmond had played all three of the Thunders’ matches this season, averaging 13 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The 25-year-old […]

North-West Thunder searching for a new import to replace Akeem ...

BY CAMERON SLESSOR (@camronslessor) THE ADVOCATE  The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder have named their leadership group for 2017 with two new recruits joining an experienced campaigner in the role.   Brad Simpson will once again be an on-court leader taking on the captaincy role for the 2017 SEABL season while American import […]

North-West Thunder name leadership group for 2017 SEABL season

BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE Perth guard Mason Bragg is still pinching himself at thought of being forever known as a NBL premiership player.  The 23-year-old, who made his debut in November, picked up a championship ring on Sunday after the Wildcats completed a 3-0 series sweep over Illawarra.  After […]

Wild times for Bragg

The NW Tall Timbers Thunder Basketball Club will be holding the 2017 season launch on: Date:   Thursday, 16 March 2017 Time:   6.00pm to 7.30pm Venue: Schweppes Arena Upstairs Function room Ulverstone Sports & Leisure Centre, Flora Street, Ulverstone, Tasmania The event is to present the 2017 SEABL NW Tall Timbers Thunder team to […]

NW Tall Timbers Thunder 2017 Season Launch

The North West Tall Timbers Thunder would like to invite you to enter the LITTLE TRANSPORT 2017 – Thunder Classic to be held on: Date:  22 and 23 April 2017 Entries Close: Friday, 30 March 2017 Entry Fee: $150.00 per team Entry Form 2017 Game Rules

Little Transport Thunder Classic

The first Junior Clinic will be held on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 from 10am to 12 noon – more information soon. The second Junior Clinic will be held on Thursday, 13 July 2017 from 10am to 1pm – more information soon. 

NW Tall Timbers Thunder – Junior Clinics for 2017

In our latest newsletter we talk 2017 Sponsorship, new off-court personnel, our road trip to Hobart, our season launch. We also look at our new Footy Tipping competition, upcoming junior clinics and one of our volunteers whose climbing up the stats ladder. 2016-17 Thunder News Edition 4 – February 2017

2016-17 Thunder News Edition 4 – February 2017

Are you able to blind tip the 2017 AFL season? By selecting your tips for each game of each round, you have the chance to win not only a Grand Prize at the end of the season, but also great weekly prizes. We are being generous and giving competitors a […]

2017 AFL Season Tipping

Practice Match – NW Tall Timbers Thunder v Penguin Blue, Wednesday 1 February 2017 Little Transport Thunder Classic 22 and 23 April 2017 School Holiday Clinic 26 April 2017 School Holiday Clinic 13 July 2017

Future dates to keep marked your calendar

A testing double-header to begin the upcoming SEABL season was just what coach Sam Armstrong was hoping for.  The 2017 SEABL season fixtures were released on Thursday with the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder set to take on Kilsyth and Tasmanian rivals the Hobart Chargers in the opening round.  The upcoming season […]

North-West Thunder face challenging start to 2017 SEABL season

BY ALEX FAIR (@AJFair85) THE ADVOCATE  Chudier Pal has been unveiled as the North-West Thunder’s fourth and final signing for the 2017 SEABL season. The 25-year-old, 206 centimetre Perth Wildcats development player has had a US College career playing for UNC Asheville and Roane State Community College.  The power forward/centre […]

NW Tall Timbers Thunder name their final recruit for 2017 ...

Now that the new Committee is in place, we are turning our attention to the essential business of tying up our sponsors for the season ahead. A big thank you to all those organisations and individuals who have already indicated that they will be supporting us again in 2017…

2016-17 Thunder News Edition 1 – December 2016

Congratulations to Phil Thomas and Nick Haywood who have been awarded Life Membership of the North West Thunder Basketball Club. Phil has been an outstanding coach of North West Tasmania Thunder Basketball in the SEABL program, (and in its’ predecessor leagues the CBA and ABA), joining a very elite few […]

Thunder awards Life Membership

The North-West Thunder has added some firepower to their line-up with the addition of two new recruits for season 2017.  Australian point guard Daniel Sepokas and American import Akeem Richmond have joined the SEABL team as Coach Sam Armstrong’s first new additions following his appointment.  Armstrong said the loss of point guard […]

North-West Thunder add firepower with first two signings ahead of ...

North West Thunder will commence their preparation for the 2017 roster with some pre-season training to be conducted on Thursday 17th November 2016 at Schweppes Arena, Ulverstone commencing at 6.30pm.  These will be open scrimmages, with anyone and everyone welcome. Players are encouraged to come along, get on the court, […]

North West Thunder commences their preparation for 2017

One of Coastal basketball’s favourite sons will return to lead the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder.  Sam Armstrong was on Thursday announced as the new coach of the Thunder for the 2017 season, replacing Phil Thomas in the role. Thomas has coached the side for the last seven years and led […]

Sam Armstrong to coach North-West Tall Timbers Thunder

WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL TEAM?  This is a very subjective question and for many it will be the figures in the win/loss column…. 2015-16 Thunder News Edition 9 – June 2016

2015-16 Thunder News Edition 9 – June 2016