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BY BRAD COLE THE EXAMINER   The North-West Thunder remain firmly in SEABL finals contention after scoring a 93-84 victory over Canberra in Ulverstone on Saturday night. With Bendigo breathing firmly down their neck, the fourth-placed Thunder had to win, but it took them until late in the third quarter to establish […]

North-West Thunder proved too good for Canberra at Ulverstone

The NW Tall Timbers Thunder Basketball Club would like to say thank you to all the U12 Girls and Boys who participated in the Oliver’s Cup games during the season.  Congratulations to Burnie and Ulverstone girls and boys for participating in the finals.

Olivers Cup Winners 2017

BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder may still be firmly in finals calculations, but a pronounced lift in standards is needed if it wants to mix with the SEABL elite according to coach Sam Armstrong. Bouncing: Ahmad Starks brings the ball down the court for the North-West Thunder […]

Thunder win but coach wants better

 BY CAMRON SLESSER (@camronslessor)  THE ADVOCATE   North-West Thunder play-maker Daniel Sepokas believes his side can’t let another opportunity slip ahead of its final home game of the season.  The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder will take on Canberra at Schweppes Arena this Saturday sitting in equal fourth position on the SEABL ladder with […]

North-West Thunder focused on booking finals spot ahead of Canberra ...

Saturday 22nd July – N/W Tasmania v Canberra Only one team has been successful on the Tasmanian road trip in 2017 (Nunawading) and Canberra are the final team to take it on this season. N/W Tasmania currently sit fourth in the South Conference with a game’s lead over Bendigo and […]

SEABL Round 16 Preview – Men’s

BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE   For the second time this season the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder have been left embarrassed by its biggest SEABL rivals after Hobart scored an emphatic 88-65 victory at Ulverstone on Saturday night. Shining light on a dark night: Jeremiah Ingram gets two of his 24 points in […]

North-West Thunder suffer heavy SEABL loss to Hobart Chargers

BY CAMRON SLESSOR (@camronslessor) THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Thunder’s clash against their traditional rivals, the Hobart Chargers this Saturday will be a big occasion for the club on and off the court.  The highly anticipated SEABL match will also act as the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder’s annual fundraiser game for cancer […]

North-West Thunder’s clash against Hobart Chargers to honour Todd Nothrop

BY CAMRON SLESSOR (@camronslessor) THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder are ready to show their home fans just how far they’ve come this SEABL season when they take on rivals, the Hobart Chargers this Saturday. The Coastal side have stormed back into finals contention in recent weeks and come into […]

North-West Thunder have chance for redemption against Hobart Chargers

BY CAMRON SLESSER (@camronslessor) – THE ADVOCATE    The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder have thrust themselves back into finals contention with another standout performance on the road.  The Coastal side have been one of the in-form teams of the SEABL competition in the last month, headlined by coach Sam Armstrong being […]

North-West Thunder climb to fourth with wins over Albury-Wodonga and ...

TODD NOTHROP CANCER FUNDRAISER  – Thunder’s clash against old foes the Hobart Chargers on the 15th July is important on a couple of fronts…. Read More – 2016-17 Thunder News Edition 13 – July 2017

2016-17 Thunder News Edition 13 – July 2017

BY HAMISH GEALE – THE EXAMINER  North West Tall Timber Thunder completed a dream away trip on Saturday night by edging out Kilsyth Cobras 84-80. Point guard Ahmad Starks starred in the nail-biting win, sinking 28 points as the Thunder just managed to hold on after leading by as many […]

Thunder hold on for tight Victory

BY BRAD COLE – THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder have bounced back from a poor third quarter to defeat Albury-Wodonga 88-80 in Friday night’s SEABL clash at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. The visitors used a 25-16 second quarter to extend their two-point quarter-time lead into a handy […]

Thunder bounce back to grab vital win

Friday 7th July Albury/Wodonga v N/W Tasmania The season may be on the verge of unravelling for the Bandits, having lost four straight to fall out of the East Conference top four while injuries to Darcy Harding and Mitch Newton have further hampered matters. N/W Tasmania are similarly on the […]

Round 14 Preview – Men’s

The Player and Coach of the Month for June has been announced with TJ Robinson of the Albury/Wodonga Bandits and N/W Tasmania’s Sam Armstrong earning the honours. Read More

SEABL – Sam Armstrong Coach of the Month

BY CAMRON SLESSER (@camronslessor) THE ADVOCATE    You need to perform at your best consistently over four quarters to play finals at SEABL level.  That’s the opinion of North-West Tall Timbers Thunder captain Brad Simpson ahead of his side’s road trip to face Albury-Wondonga and Kilsyth this weekend.   The comment also follows […]

SEABL | Consistency the key for North-West Thunder

BY CAMRON SLESSER  THE ADVOCATE    The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder outscored Geelong by 15 points in the third term on Saturday night but have fallen just short of a remarkable win.  The Thunder went down to the Geelong Supercats at Schweppes Arena 85-92 in their round 13 clash but the deficit […]

SEABL | North-West Thunder show fight in loss to Geelong ...

By SEABL Find out where you can watch games this weekend via clubs’ live-streams with Canberra Gunners/Capitals Academy, Dandenong Rangers, Mt. Gambier Pioneers and Kilsyth Cobras broadcasting their contests. SATURDAY Canberra will host the Nunawading Spectres with the Capitals Academy tipping off at 5.30pm before the Gunners hit the court […]

Round 13 Live Streaming

BY CAMRON SLESSOR (@camronslessor ) THE ADVOCATE    The last time the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder played against Geelong it was one of their finest performances of the 2017 season.  But coach Sam Armstrong believes his side had to be prepared for a Supercats team looking for revenge. The Thunder travelled to Victoria […]

SEABL | North-West Thunder wary of veteran side as Geelong ...

SEABL Media Saturday 1st July – N/W Tasmania v Geelong At 4-8 and seemingly out of playoff contention, N/W Tasmania have turned their season on its head with four consecutive wins and if they can beat Geelong and Bendigo fall to Dandenong, the Thunder will find themselves in the top […]

SEABL Round 13 Preview – Men’s

BY CAMRON SLESSOR (@camronslessor ) THE ADVOCATE    Brady Armstrong’s recent form for the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder has showcased what impact the local brigade have had so far this SEABL season.  They may not play as many minutes as the starting five but Coastal talents in Armstrong, Kobe Jackson and Tre Armstrong have […]

SEABL | Armstrong having a big impact for the North-West ...

Todd Nothrop Cancer Fundraiser – We would like to put out an early warning about our annual Todd Nothrop Memorial Game on the 15 July, , which raises funds for cancer research on behalf of Cancer Council, Tasmania. 2016-17 Thunder News Edition 12- June 2017

2016-17 Thunder News Edition 12- June 2017

By Camron Slessor  (@camronslessor) The Adovcate    The North West Tall Timbers Thunder have turned their 2017 SEABL season around with their fourth straight win on Saturday night.  The Thunder welcomed Albury-Wodonga to Schweppes Arena fresh from two wins on the road against the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence and Canberra […]

North West Thunder win fourth straight in thrilling clash over ...

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