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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 ...



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


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 ...



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


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



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



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


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



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


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 ...




JARRYD MCGUANE   THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder will be stretched at the guard positions when they welcome an experienced Geelong Supercats to Devonport on Saturday night… Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn

Thunder depth to be tested in Devonport



JARRYD MCGUANE  THE ADVOCATE  The North West Tall Timbers Thunder will be targeting an improved offensive performance when they welcome the Sandringham Sabres to Ulverstone Basketball Stadium on Friday night, said Thunder coach Sam Armstrong… Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn

Sputtering Thunder looking for cohesion


ALEX FAIR  THE ADVOCATE  The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder’s road trip weekend was not one to remember after losses to Albury-Wodonga and Ballarat. The double-header started poorly with an 89-70 to Albury and things improved on Sunday, but not enough for a win, falling to Ballarat 79-75. The Thunder have now lost […]

Road woes for the North-West Thunder




JARRYD McGUANE   THE ADVOCATE  North West Tall Timbers Thunder coach Sam Armstrong said his team had plenty to work on following their frustrating 92-68 defeat at the hands of the Hobart Chargers at the Devonport Basketball Stadium on Saturday night. The NW Thunder had no answer for guard Tre […]

Thunder has work to do after Chargers defeat



Game of The Week – N/W Tall Timbers Thunder v Hobart Chargers Saturday 14 April- 7:30pm @ Schweppes Arena The Tasmanian intrastate rivalry reignites on Saturday night with the latest instalment in the series between the N/W Tall Timbers Thunder and Hobart Chargers. Both teams hosted Kilsyth in Round 1 […]

Men’s Round Two Preview


BRAD COLE – THE ADVOCATE    A stunning second-half turnaround has seen the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder open its 2018 SEABL season in thrilling style with a 72-70 win over Kilsyth at Ulverstone on Saturday night. Down by 18 points in the early stages of the third quarter, the Thunder […]

Thunder find antidote to counteract Cobras



BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE  Development has been the key word in Darcy Malone’s basketball career of late.  But the 23-year-old centre is ready to put all his learning into action this SEABL season after being recruited by the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder…   Standing at seven foot tall, Malone fills […]

Darcy Malone to play key role for North-West Thunder in ...


BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE   A desire to engage more of the community will see the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder return to the Devonport Recreation Centre for part of its 2018 SEABL campaign. Starting with the blockbuster intrastate clash with Hobart on April 14, the Thunder will play four […]

Devonport to host North-West Thunder for four SEABL games in ...



BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE    North-West Tall Timbers Thunder import Jeremiah Ingram has capped off a fine debut season by taking out the club’s best and fairest award on Monday night. Winner: Jeremiah Ingram won the NW Thunder’s best and fairest award. Ingram polled 78 votes over the 24 games of […]

Jeremiah Ingram wins North-West Thunder best and fairest award


BY BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder have had their season finished in the most heartbreaking of fashion, going down by just one point to Dandenong in Saturday night’s SEABL first semi-final. Ben Richmond was one of six players in double figure for the North-West Thunder, but […]

Heartbreak for Thunder in SEABL semi-final thriller



BY BRAD COLE   THE ADVOCATE   As the fortunes of the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder improved during the 2017 SEABL season, so have the confidence levels of big man Chudier Pal.  Brought in as part of a complete overhaul of the roster, Pal is the first to admit that he struggled […]

Chudier Pal a key piece in North-West Thunder’s SEABL semi-final


BY BRAD COLE    THE ADVOCATE    It might be the same opponent with the same players at the same venue, but North-West Tall Timbers coach Sam Armstrong is expecting a different-looking Dandenong when the two teams meet in their SEABL first semi-final on Saturday night. The Thunder pulled off a memorable […]

North-West Thunder set for SEABL semi-final showdown with Dandenong