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The AGM will be held on the 14th of November at the Ulverstone Sports & Leisure Centre in the Upstairs Function Room, Flora Street, ULverstone and this will be a shared AGM with NWBU.  The NW Tall Timbers Thunder Board November meeting will follow shortly after both AGM’s have been […]

NW Tall Timbers Thunder AGM, 14 November 2018

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 […]

Basketball Tasmania CEO Chris McCoy confident Tasmanian SEABL clubs will ...

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Thunder, along with Tasmania’s two other SEABL clubs, look set to for a change of scenery after Basketball Australia’s decision to withdraw its management of the league after the 2019 season. Clubs were reportedly left blindsided by the decision, which was dropped on them at […]

Basketball Australia to abandon SEABL competition after 2019 season

JARRYD MCGUANE   THE ADVOCATE   North-West Thunder and Wynyard guard Tre Armstrong says the opportunity to represent Australia has given him confidence to chase loftier basketball goals. Armstrong came off the bench and played the shooting guard and small forward positions for the duration of the FIBA Under 18 Asian Championship, […]

Armstrong’s the North-West’s new basketball golden boy

THE ADVOCATE   The North West Tall Timbers Thunder have opened up applications for their head coach for next year and have asked Sam Armstrong to reapply. As chairman Tony Barker told The Advocate this week, it is club protocol to advertise the position.  “(But) I’d be rapt if we could Sam back in that role […]

Head coach call for North-West Thunder

BRAD COLE  THE ADVOCATE  NWBU women’s coaches Tony Webb and Shane Hayward believe the reintroduction of a North-West Thunder women’s program needs consideration to assist the development of female basketball in the region further. The Thunder has been a men’s only program for 10 seasons now after the women’s team folded at […]

Rise again

ALEX FAIR   THE ADVOCATE   North-West Tall Timbers Thunder chairman Tony Barker says he is “cautiously optimistic” about the plans of those behind Tasmania’s NBL bid’s plans for his club and region. Southern Huskies consortium bid spokesman David Bartlett last week told The Advocate he envisaged the Thunder as being an official feeder side […]

North-West Thunder chairman Tony Barker keen for more info on ...

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   There was no miracle return to form for the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder as they crashed out of the SEABL finals with a 96-74 loss to Geelong in Saturday night’s elimination final. It was always going to be a difficult task for the Thunder after falling […]

Thunder silenced by Supercats to end year

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE  North-West Tall Timbers Thunder captain Jeremiah Ingram is confident his spluttering team can get rolling again in preparation for Saturday night’s SEABL elimination final. The eighth-placed Thunder, who finished the season losing three out their last four games, head interstate to face Geelong, a team that stormed home with […]

North-West Thunder meet Geelong in SEABL elimination final

ALEX FAIR   THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Coast is firmly in the view of those behind Tasmania’s proposed NBL team Southern Huskies, with  consortium spokesman David Bartlett labelling the region as the “home of basketball” in the state. While the prospect of the side playing regular season matches on the Coast is out […]

The North-West Coast a big part of Southern Huskies’ plans

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE  A season that looked set to finish on a sour note for the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder has been given a lifeline to see them claim the last spot in the SEABL finals. Sandringham’s 85-71 win over Mount Gambier on Saturday night, which saw the Sabres produce a stunning 26-10 […]

North-West Thunder qualify for 2018 SEABL finals

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   The finals hopes of the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder now officially hang on the fortunes of others after crashing to a heavy 104-63 defeat at the hands of Tasmanian rivals Hobart on Friday night. The result leaves the Thunder awaiting the result of Saturday’s game between Mount Gambier […]

Thunder crash again

ALEX FAIR   THE ADVOCATE   Coach Sam Armstrong says defence will be key for the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder as they fight for their 2018 SEABL life against the Hobart Chargers on Friday. Armstrong is well aware of their intrastate rival’s potency, with Tre Nichols and Craig Moller in the top three scorers […]

Defence the key for the North-West Thunder ahead of SEABL ...

NW TASMANIA THUNDER (10-9) Defeat Hobart Move to 6th if BACOE lose and Bendigo lose two games this weekend Move to 7th if BACOE lose and Bendigo win two games this weekend Move to 7th if BACOE lose and Bendigo go 1-1 for the weekend Remain in 8th if BACOE […]


Faced with an opportunity to seal their finals destiny, the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder will instead have to defeat its bogey side in the final round after a disappointing 95-91 loss to Diamond Valley in Devonport on Saturday night. Following a set of favourable results in the penultimate round’s other games, a victory to the Thunder […]

Diamond Valley defeat North-West Thunder 95-91 in SEABL match

Men’s Run Home  –  Heading into the last fortnight of the regular season, check out the run home for every team that is still eligible for the 2018 playoffs. Head-to-head results are determined by results in regular season meetings. Should teams finish with a 1-1 record and an equal margin, ladder […]

Men’s Finals Count Down

JARRYD MCGUANE   THE ADVOCATE   Supreme play from point guard Mason Bragg made sure the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder were able to split their SEABL round 13 Victorian road trip to keep their finals hopes alive. The Thunder opened their back-to-back games with a narrow 79-73 loss at the hands of the Bendigo […]

Bragg back at his best for the North-West Thunder in ...

50 GAMES MILESTONE   It may have taken seven years but Ben Richmond will finally notch his 50th SEABL game when we take on Diamond Valley in Devonport on the 14th July. Ben played 11 games with Thunder way back in 2011, before heading interstate and playing a solitary game with Canberra in 2012…. […]

2017-18 Thunder News Edition 13 – July 2018

CONGRATULATIONS – TRE ARMSTRONG  Great news to hand, is that after completing the selection camp with the U19 Australian Emus squad over July 1-3, Tre has been selected as part of the team to head to the FIBA U18 Asian Championships in Bangkok, Thailand from August 5-11. The Aussies are […]

Conratulations to Tre Armstrong being selected

JARRYD MCGUANE   THE ADVOCATE   The North West Tall Timbers Thunder face their toughest test of their season with a road trip double-header against Bendigo Braves and the Melbourne Tigers in SEABL round 13 action this weekend. The eighth-placed Thunder start the weekend against the sixth-placed Braves on Saturday night, followed by the […]

Road trip critical for Thunder finals hopes

ALEX FAIR   THE ADVOCATE   A dream come true is the way Tre Armstrong has described his selection for the Australian Emus for the Under 18 Asian Championships in Bangkok next month. “This is a huge step for me hopefully towards bigger things and something that I have really dreamt about as a […]

National selection a ‘dream come true’ for Tre Armstrong

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder have put aside a first-quarter horror show to keep their SEABL finals chances alive with an 84-73 victory over Dandenong at Ulverstone on Saturday night. Needing a win to keep to get their season back on track and potentially return to the top […]

North-West Thunder defeat Dandenong Rangers in SEABL clash at Ulverstone

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   On a SEABL ladder which has reached a significant logjam, North-West Tall Timbers Thunder coach Sam Armstrong is only interested in the column that contains the amount of wins his team has. Currently sitting at 8-7 with five games remaining, the Thunder are looking to rebound from […]

Thunder desperate to regain winning ways

ARRYD MCGUANE   THE ADVOCATE   North-West Tall Timbers Thunder coach Sam Armstrong said his team was outplayed in back-to-back games in their round 11 SEABL road trip against the Sandringham Sabres and Nunawading Spectres The Thunder opened their weekend with a 97-92 loss against the Sabres at the Sandringham […]

Double road trip failure for Thunder

TODD NOTHROP GAME  The Thunder organisation would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who “dipped into their pockets” and helped us raise $658 for Cancer Council Tasmania at the Todd Nothrop game against Melbourne on the 16th June…. 2017-18 Thunder News Edition 12 – June 2018 Facebook Twitter […]

2017-18 Thunder News Edition 12 – June 2018

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   It’s not quite season-defining, but North-West Tall Timbers Thunder assistant coach Nick Haywood is acutely aware of the importance of this weekend’s pair of games. The Thunder set off on just their second two-game road trip in 2018, heading to Sandringham on Saturday night before […]

Thunder hit the road in vital two-game trip

On Monday the 18 June, Taylor Aylett attend the Devonport branch of Bendigo Bank to open a new account and receive the $500 that she won with the Bendigo Bank Half Time shootout on Saturday, 20th May at the NW Tall Timbers Thunder home game against Ballarat.  Taylor was very […]

Taylor Aylett winner of the Bendigo Bank $500 half court ...

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder are still searching for answers after the final stages of Saturday night’s thrilling victory against Melbourne at Ulverstone were marred by an incident involving a laser beam from a member of the crowd. With his team trailing by one point, Tigers guard Billy […]

Foul play

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   North-West Thunder defeat Melbourne Tigers in SEABL match  A stirring last-quarter comeback has given the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder a memorable 94-92 win over Melbourne in Saturday night’s SEABL game at Ulverstone. After hanging tough with the hot-shooting Tigers and gaining a three-point advantage midway through the […]

Thunder tame Tigers

REBECCA MORRIS   THE ADVOCATE   North-West Tall Timbers Thunder will take on the Melbourne Tigers in the annual Todd Nothrop memorial fundraising match. Chairman Tony Barker said the match would be a great chance to remember someone who gave so much to the local basketball community.  “His family is still very […]

Thunder are ready for the annual Todd Nothrop memorial fundraising ...

JARRYD MCGUANE  THE ADVOCATE  A refreshed North West Tall Timbers Thunder side welcome the Melbourne Tigers to Ulverstone Sports and Leisure Centre for round 10 SEABL action on Saturday night. The Thunder entered the break sitting with a 7-5 record sitting in eighth place with eight more games in the regular season. […]

Thunder recharged for late season challenge

The Thunder boys are looking resplendent in their “Call to Arms” yellow socks which they will wear as part of the Todd Nothrop cancer fundraiser against Melbourne on Saturday night.  They certainly are striking and a big thank you to BJ Armstrong from Intersport for supplying them.  Hope to see […]

Join us in raising awareness

Thunder’s clash against Melbourne Tigers will be on Saturday 16 June at the Ulverstone stadium with tip off time at 7.30pm.  Melbourne is currently sitting 6th on the ladder and Thunder has now moved up to 8th, another important game for Thunder. This is also another annual fundraiser event for […]

Todd Nothrop Memorial Game – Saturday 16 June 2018

JARRYD MCGUANE  THE ADVOCATE  North West Tall Timbers Thunder and Wynyard guard Tre Armstrong is one step away from representing Australia after being selected for the Emus selection camp ahead of the FIBA Under 18 Asian Championships. Armstrong was the only Tasmanian chosen in the squad of 15 and will head to Basketball […]

Emus nod for Armstrong

The Next home game for NW Tall Timbers Thunder will be against Melbourne Tigers on Saturday 16 June at the Ulverstone Stadium, Flora Street Ulverstone. (not the Devonport Stadium) TODD NOTHROP CANCER FUNDRAISER EVENING We would like to put out an early warning about our annual Todd Nothrop Memorial Game […]

NW Tall Timbers Thunder to play against Melbourne Tigers at ...

ALEX FAIR  THE ADVOCATE   North-West Tall Timbers Thunder coach Sam Armstrong has praised the mental strength of his troops following Saturday night’s one-point triumph against Canberra in the nation’s capital. The Thunder collected a 67-66 over the win-less Gunners at Belconnen Basketball Stadium, one highlighted by an improved defensive effort after quarter-time […]

Capital result for the North-West Thunder in a thrilling win ...

JARRYD MCGUANE   THE ADVOCATE   North West Tall Timbers Thunder coach Sam Armstrong says his side will not underestimate the winless Canberra Gunners in the round 9 SEABL clash on Saturday night. The Thunder travel to Belconnen Basketball Stadium with a 5-5 record to sit just outside the top eight, while the […]

North West Tall Timbers Thunder wary of Gunners

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   Just when the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder looked like they had developed into a consistent team capable of beating the SEABL big boys, problems of old appear to have resurfaced at a crucial time of the season. That was the wash-up from the 92-78 loss to Ballarat on […]

Thunder strike past woes in loss to Miners

WHITE OUT NIGHT – Thunder would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who played a part in making our themed “White Out Night” such a huge success…  Read More Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn

2017-18 Thunder News Edition 10 – May 2018

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   It will be all hands on deck for the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder at Ulverstone on Saturday night as they face their hardest test of the year against Ballarat. Currently sitting in ninth place on the SEABL ladder with a 5-4 record, Thunder coach Sam Armstong […]

North-West Thunder host Ballarat Miners in SEABL clash on Saturday ...

BRAD COLE  (@BJCole10)   THE ADVOCATE   Mason Bragg says his time at this week’s NBL Next Gen Camp was a confidence-boosting experience as he looks to get himself back on a NBL roster. The 24-year-old from Burnie spent Monday and Tuesday showing the eight NBL coaches what he can do on […]

NBL Next Gen Camp a confidence booster for North West ...

BRAD COLE  THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder have received a boost in their attempts to qualify for SEABL finals, receiving a win on forfeit against Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence. The COE players are heading to Italy to play in a NBA Global Camp Europe event from […]

Thunder receive free victory

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   If ever Mason Bragg wanted the ideal audition tape to take with him to Monday’s NBL Next Gen Camp, Saturday night’s performance to lead the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder to victory should be the first thing he packs. The point guard’s impressive haul of 35 points, 11 […]

North-West Thunder defeat Mount Gambier in SEABL clash

JARRYD McGUANE   THE ADVOCATE   North West Tall Timbers Thunder guard Tre Armstrong said he has began to feel more comfortable in the rotation as team prepared for Saturday night’s game against Mt Gambier at Devonport Basketball Stadium.  Armstrong has become a key piece in Sam Armstrong’s developing young […]

Tre Armstrong finding his feet for the Thunder

This SATURDAY night at DEVONPORT is the McDonalds “White out Night” we are asking all patrons to make a gold coin donation to the Ronald McDonald House charity & then you will receive a “McDonalds and Thunder” branded white shirt that can be pulled on over your clothes, meaning everyone […]

NW Tall Timbers Thunder – McDonalds “White out Night”

JARRYD MCGUANE   THE ADVOCATE   North West Tall Timbers Thunder coach Sam Armstrong was proud with the effort of his team despite giving up a 15-point three-quarter time lead in their 89-81 loss to the Dandenong Rangers on Saturday night. Playing in their second game in two days, the […]

Sam Armstrong not concerned by fade-out

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   A Mason Bragg-led late show has guided the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder to a dramatic 87-76 over Frankston in Friday night’s SEABL match at Ulverstone. After leading for the majority of the first three quarter, the Thunder’s offence spluttered to a halt in the […]

Thundering home

BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   Taking care of business at home will be the first point of order for the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder on Friday night as they embark on a unique block of two games. Following the clash with the Blues at Ulverstone, Sam Armstrong’s team will head to […]

North-West Take on Frankston Blues and Dandenong Ranger in SEABL ...