North-West Thunder chairman Tony Barker speaks on Sejr Deans appeal by Basketball Tasmania

The board of the state’s governing basketball body dismissed an appeal by the Thunder to have Deans, who lives in Launceston, exempt from playing in the NWBU due to school and basketball commitments, after the NWBU and its clubs stood by their by-laws.

“I don’t know in reality whether there is an opportunity for Sejr playing here this year or whether its something we need to look at down the track,” Barker said.

“I was a bit disappointed but not surprised at the Basketball Tasmania decision you could say.”

Barker reiterated his stance that the NWBU and its clubs needed to show more flexibility towards players ahead of upcoming reforms to basketball both in Tasmania and on the North-West Coast.

“I can understand the information that we got back from Basketball Tasmania in that they supported the NWBU because they followed their by-laws.

“But I suppose you can also see there is opportunity for something a bit different because the new world in basketball is going to be different.