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By SEABL Roy Ward chats to North-West Thunder head coach Sam Armstrong as his side comes together following an interrupted pre-season as well as covering the media wrap-up.                               There have been some headaches and changes for […]


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

BY ALEX FAIR (@AJFAIR85), THE ADVOCATE North-West Thunder coach Phil Thomas admits he is proud of the fact that his team has proven it can match it with the best in the SEABL. But at the same time close enough is not good enough for Thomas. Reflecting on another tight loss, last […]

North-West Thunder coach Phil Thomas keen to take a big ...

BY ALEX FAIR (@AJFAIR85), THE ADVOCATE SATURDAY’S home clash against Geelong will be the North-West Thunder’s Todd Nothrop memorial game for this season. The game is played in the memory of former state junior basketballer and Ulverstone point guard Nothrop, who died at the age of 23 in 1995 after a long battle with […]

North-West Thunder to host Call to Arms match this weekend

BY ALEX FAIR (@AJFAIR85), THE ADVOCATE North-West Thunder coach Phil Thomas is confident his injury-hit side can cope with the challenge that Eastern Conference leaders Bendigo present on Saturday as they look to celebrate Mason Bragg’s 100th match with a win. And it is Bragg who looks set play an important role. […]

Mason Bragg set to play a key role for North-West ...

BY BRAD COLE, THE ADVOCATE It will hardly go down as one of their most convincing results, but for North-West Thunder coach Phil Thomas, a win is a win. The Thunder stayed in the SEABL South conference top four with a 85-78 win over Kilsyth at Ulverstone, but the margin […]

Late Cobra bite foiled

SPONSOR PROMOTION – The NW Tall Timbers Thunder is indebted to our sponsors for their ongoing support, whether it be via a very welcome financial contribution or the provision of essential goods and services. During the upcoming month of July, we would like to highlight all of the businesses and […]

NW Tall Timbers Thunder sponsor’s promotion and you can win…

BY BRAD COLE, THE ADVOCATE Once loved by the North-West Thunder fans for his three-point prowess, Tom Wright has returned to haunt his old side in Hobart’s 98-94 overtime thriller on Saturday night. The 27-year-old, who played for the team in 2013 before transferring to the arch enemy, nailed two wide-open […]

Wright returns to sink Thunder

BY BRAD COLE, THE ADVOCATE The North-West Thunder and Hobart have produced one of the most dramatic Tasmanian derbies in recent memory, with the Chargers prevailing 98-94 in an overtime thriller at Ulverstone on Saturday night.  Scores were locked at 82-all at the end of regulation after Thunder import Gary Johnson narrowly missed […]

Thunder go down in overtime thriller

BY BRAD COLE, THE ADVOCATE A heavy week of analysis has North-West Thunder coach Phil Thomas confident they can find a plan to shackle Hobart’s potent offence on Saturday night. Thomas opted not to attend the NWBU finals on Tuesday to watch several of his players go around, instead staying at […]

Big Study

BY CAMRON SLESSOR (@CamronSlessor), THE ADVOCATE The Thunder got the points against their top four rival 87-80 at  Kilsyth Sports Centre, led by Garret Jackson (29 points), Gary Johnson (22) and Brad Simpson (17). The Thunder started strongly to lead by seven at the first change and pushed that margin […]

Thunder confident ahead of Hobart Chargers rematch

BY BRAD COLE, THE ADVOCATE Hobart coach Anthony Stewart believes his star-studded guards can give his team the edge when they meet rivals North-West Thunder on Saturday night. The second Tasmanian derby in 2016 is set to be one of the best yet, with the Chargers sitting atop the South Conference and […]

Star Edge

BY ALEX FAIR (@AJFAIR85), THE ADVOCATE North-West Tall Timbers Thunder coach Phil Thomas believes his side are lacking confidence and he’s unsure why. Following their third straight loss with a 30-point hammering at the hands of an impressive Mount Gambier on Saturday night, Thomas said the Thunder needed to lift their standard. […]

North-West Thunder back on track with road trip wins

BY CAMRON SLESSOR (@CamronSlessor), THE ADVOCATE North-West Tall Timbers Thunder coach Phil Thomas believes his side are lacking confidence and he’s unsure why. Following their third straight loss with a 30-point hammering at the hands of an impressive Mount Gambier on Saturday night, Thomas said the Thunder needed to lift their […]

North-West Thunder lacking confidence following 30-point loss

BY CAMRON SLESSOR (@CamronSlessor), THE ADVOCATE Phil Thomas believes he has a very resilient group of players this season. The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder coach is confident his side can bounce back at home following two “uncharacteristic” losses on the road. The Thunder were beaten convincingly in both games on […]

Thunder rematch v Mount Gambier at home

BY CAMRON SLESSOR (@CamronSlessor), THE ADVOCATE The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder went down in their first of two matches on the road this weekend, against powerhouse Mount Gambier. The Thunder started well and only trailed by two at the first break before the Pioneers got on top in the second […]

Thunder go down to tough Pioneers

BY CAMRON SLESSOR (@CamronSlessor), THE ADVOCATE North-West Tall Timbers Thunder coach Phil Thomas says he’s well aware of the challenge his side will face on the road this weekend. The Thunder are set to take on Mount Gambier on Friday night who are one of the best teams in the competition […]

Thomas aware of task

BY CAMRON SLESSOR (@CamronSlessor), THE ADVOCATE North-West Thunder star Garrett Jackson said his side are aiming to do something they were yet to do so far this season when they travel to take on another powerhouse of the competition. His side are aiming to get two back-to-back wins on the road as the […]

Thunder’s double plan

BY CAMRON SLESSOR (@CamronSlessor), THE ADVOCATE It was only two weeks ago that the Thunder went down to Brisbane on the mainland but the Coastal side were too strong at home, defeating the Spartans 94-88 on Saturday night. Garrett Jackson lifted for the Thunder to guide them to the hard-fought win, […]

Thunder down Spartans to earn sweet revenge