NWBU clubs to discuss basketball state league idea this week

Basketball Tasmania chief executive Chris McCoy revealed over the weekend the North-West Thunder, Hobart Chargers and Launceston Tornadoes would likely be invited to participate in the competition this season, although he said it was not an idea that would be pursued if it was detrimental to local clubs, whose playing rosters already feature players from the NBL1 sides.

That, NWBU president Kim Robinson said, would be the thought process that the North-West governing body would be most comfortable with, but ultimately it would be up to the clubs if they supported the idea and were willing to be part of it.

“The concerns we would have would be bringing in the Thunder which is made up primarily from players from our eight clubs,” she said.

“We would not like to see our clubs’ teams diluted to the point that they wouldn’t be competitive, and that also goes for the Tornadoes as half of the Tornadoes team comes from the Coast, and those key players you wouldn’t want to see them taken from other teams.

“It will be up to our clubs with what they do going forward in terms of competitions.”

North-West players have also previously been part of state high performance squad teams in that competition.

The idea of a survey to help get the clubs’ feelings down on paper on the idea will also be explored on Wednesday night.

Wednesday’s Zoom meeting will also have a closer look at how the union can get its participants back on court, with Robinson saying there were still many unanswered questions.

“We have a lot of people to consider, but the most important thing we need to consider is the future of our clubs and our communities, as they are hurting,” she said.

“We’ve had various ideas come forward and they will all be discussed on Wednesday night, and ultimately our clubs can help put a plan together with the state (Basketball Tasmania), but we also need to make sure we consider our sponsors and our volunteers first.”

Robinson last month said one of the ideas that could be explored would be a stripped-back senior roster for later in the year, which would push towards the summer months.