SBL Shootaround
SBL Shootaround has a first year to savour

SBL Shootaround has a first year to savour

October 28, 2020

WITH a host having had a lifelong bond with the game and having coached his team to the last five SBL championships and guests ranging from legends like Andrew Vlahov, Jeff Anderson and Mark Worthington, and current greats Gavin Field and Seb Salinas, and you can see why SBL Shootaround took off.

Co-hosts Chris Pike and Ben Ettridge came together ahead of the SBL season in 2020 and decided to start up the Men's SBL Shootaround podcast with a vision to promote basketball in WA and to provide a platform for those involved in the game, both past and present, a platform to share their stories and lifetimes in basketball.

A significant spanner was thrown in the works thanks to COVID-19 and the SBL season was initially postponed and then cancelled altogether.

However, the two co-hosts came together to decide to begin SBL Shootaround anyway and with Chris Pike having covered the SBL extensively since 2013 and been involved in basketball since 2005, and with Ettridge a 200-plus game player and now a dual championship winning coach, their passion for the game in WA was always going to mean there were no shortage of things to cover.

Early on with no guarantee of any basketball happening, discussion turned to the greatest basketball movies ever made and then transformed into starting up a tremendous popular NCAA type tournament to crown the Ultimate SBL Championship team.

That saw a bracket set up to put the last 32 championship winners against one another and in knockout format just like the NCAA tournament, it ran over the next several weeks with the winners decided by a combination of Ettridge, another long-time SBL servant Mark Utley and our listeners.

In the end it came down to the stunning Perth Redbacks team of 1990 up against the superstar filled Swan City Mustangs team of 1991. 

On the last show heading into the vote to determine the winner, we were joined by Andrew Vlahov from that Redbacks side and Glenn Ellis from the Mustangs to make the case, and in the end it was the Redbacks of 1990 named the SBL's Ultimate Championship Team.

To coincide with the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament, the SBL replacement West Coast Classic was ready to get up and going for a nine-week season concluding with a finals weekend giving SBL Shootaround plenty of exciting basketball action to cover for the rest of the season in 2020.

Each week we would breakdown the action from the weekend just gone and preview the action to come for the following weekend while bringing the best calibre guests you could ever ask for on a WA basketball podcast.

Our first ever guest was four-time championship winner and triple Grand Final MVP James Fitch and we only continued on with the big names from there. We spoke with fellow SBL legends along the way like Wayne Simmons, CJ Jackson, Stephen Charlton and Jeff Anderson.

We weren’t shy on current coaches either with Mark Utley, CJ Jackson, Wayne Creek, Aaron Trahair, Mike Ellis, Dave Daniels and Mark Worthington giving up their time generously.

There were also current players including those who've already had all-time great careers like Seb Salinas, Jarrad Prue, Corey Easley and Shaquille Maharaj while we were joined by others building their legacy like Shaquille Maharaj.

Australian Basketball Hall of Famer Andrew Vlahov blessed us with his presence across two episodes as well and there were times we couldn’t even fit shows into one episode, and provided bonus shows along the way featuring Ryan Gardiner and Michael Farrell.

When you consider those who have been greats of WA basketball and then with Cody Ellis, Mike Ellis, Greg Hire, Mark Worthington, Aaron Trahair, Andrew Vlahov and Bryn Jones having accomplished huge things nationally and internationally, we couldn’t have been more blessed with our calibre of guests.

We also heard from five-time SBL Referee of the Year Steve Diconza along the way for a different perspective and each and every week we had a tremendous time providing the platform for our guests to share their stories about a lifetime in basketball.

The two father-son shows we had firstly with Liam and Dan Hunt from the Geraldton Buccaneers, and then Mike and Cody Ellis from the Warwick Senators were among the highlights as well.

But the two co-hosts Chris Pike and Ben Ettridge put their reputations on the line throughout the show by offering their opinions and predictions to help create for an entertaining and talk-provoking show throughout 2020

That even included both co-hosts selecting their virtual All-Star Teams for the West Coast Classic with Chris Pike taking charge of a South team and Ben Ettridge in charge of the North team.

The starters for the South team were Jackson Hussey, Damien Scott, Gavin Field, Majier Garang and Mayo Malek. They were then joined by Ryan Godfrey, Fletcher Klasztorny, Travis Durnin, Luke Travers, Mitch Keller, Andrew Ferguson and Tom Atkinson.

The North team starters were Lochlan Cummings, Justin King, Shaquille Maharaj, Caleb Davis and Lee Roberts. They were backed up by Brendan Dinardo, Marshall Nelson, Ben Purser, Caleb White, Corey Easley, Kieran Berry and Brayden Inger.

There was even an on-going discussion throughout the year on the show about the SBL Shootaround Personality of the Year. 

That began with Mark Utley nominating Ben Ettridge before Kalamunda Eastern Suns super fan Luke Franklin took over the charge and even was spotted sporting a shirt at games proclaiming himself the Personality of the Year. 

But it was Ben Ettridge who made the surprise announcement on the final show of his nominee which left his co-host Chris Pike lost for words for the first time during SBL Shootaround. 

When it was all said and done, what we started SBL Shootaround for was to promote basketball in WA and the people involved in it. We wanted to provide some exposure but also give those involved a chance to speak in a relaxed environment to get their stories out there.

We hope we achieved those goals and we had a terrific time doing it. The show turned out to be a much more popular hit than we could have hoped and we were blown away by the audience we picked up along the way.

Not only was the podcast available on all the usual platforms, but it was a significant boost to us to be played live on 91.3 SportFM every Thursday night and we can't thank the station enough for that support.

This was a new venture for both co-hosts Chris Pike and Ben Ettridge. Both of them are passionate about promoting basketball in this state and have long histories involved in the sport, but podcasting was something new. 

We did our best to provide the best quality product we could given we were learning on the job and we look to be back bigger and better in 2021 with another season of SBL Shootaround whether we are talking about the SBL, NBL1 West or who knows, another West Coast Classic!

CLICK BELOW TO GO BACK AND LISTEN TO EACH SBL SHOOTAROUND EPISODE 

EPISODE 1 – Introduction episode with a discussion about Ben Ettridge lifetime involved in the SBL and basketball 

EPISODE 2 – Special guest James Fitch to talk about his four championships and three Grand Final MVP awards 

EPISODE 3 – We are joined by two very special guests with a special connection to Ben Ettridge, Joondalup Wolves captain Seb Salinas and Kalamunda Eastern Suns coach Mark Utley 

EPISODE 4 – The legend himself CJ Jackson joined us to talk about his 30-year journey in WA basketball and return to coach at the Perth Redbacks 

EPISODE 5 – Former SBL import and music sensation Wayne Simmons drops by as our discussion over the Ultimate SBL Championship Team heats up 

EPISODE 6 – This is a show we'll always remember fondly as we are joined by Geraldton Buccaneers father-son championship winning duo of Liam and Dan Hunt 

BONUS EPISODE – The first of our special bonus shows sees us have a tremendous chat from China with Cockburn Cougars SBL championship winner Michael Farrell 

EPISODE 7 – The race for the Ultimate SBL Championship Team continues as we have a terrific chat with the SBL's all-time leading shot blocker and Goldfields Giants coach Wayne Creek 

EPISODE 8 – The big names continued to join SBL Shootaround and this week it was Lakeside Lightning legend Jarrad Prue and Perth Wildcats inaugural big man Bryn Jones who gave up their time to join us 

BONUS EPISODE – The next of our special bonus shows saw us catch up with dual Perry Lakes Hawks championship winner, Perth Wildcats champion and long-time basketball administrator Ryan Gardiner 

EPISODE 9 – This show was an especially insightful and informative one as Goldfields Giants and Cockburn Cougars championship coach Stephen Charlton dropped by while we are down to the last four in the Ultimate SBL Championship Team tournament 

EPISODE 10 – With us down to the Grand Final match up in the Ultimate SBL Championship Team Tournament, we have Andrew Vlahov stating the case for his Perth Redbacks and Glenn Ellis for his Swan City Mustangs 

EPISODE 11 – We wrap up our tournament to crown the Ultimate SBL Championship team while continuing our discussion with Hall of Famer Andrew Vlahov, and preview the start of the West Coast Classic 

EPISODE 12 – We look at the opening weekend of the West Coast Classic while joined by four-time MVP winner and Willetton Tigers great Jeff Anderson 

EPISODE 13 – This week's guest is 422-game NBL veteran and current Mandurah Magic coach Aaron Trahair in what turns out to be a fascinating and entertaining discussion 

EPISODE 14 – He came out as an import and has settled into life in WA and current Kalamunda Eastern Suns big man Corey Easley joins us as our latest special guest on SBL Shootaround 

EPISODE 15 – The big name guests continue as we are joined by NBL champion, Australian Olympian and current South West Slammers coach Mark Worthington for yet another tremendous discussion 

EPISODE 16 – You couldn’t do an SBL show in 2020 without speaking to Perth Wildcats four-time championship winner, Wolfpack SBL Grand Final MVP and A Stitch in Time founder Greg Hire 

EPISODE 17 – Cockburn Cougars superstar captain Gavin Field joins us on this week's SBL Shootaround to talk about a lifetime in basketball and plenty more as he opens up in a wide-ranging discussion in a show that includes the All-Star Team selections 

EPISODE 18 – As the West Coast Classic finals race heats up, we are joined by rising East Perth Eagles superstar Shaquille Maharaj and five-time SBL Referee of the Year Steve Diconza 

EPISODE 19 – We look ahead to the finals weekend in the West Coast Classic and breakdown the teams that missed out while chatting with Lakeside Lightning coach Dave Daniels 

EPISODE 20 – We wrap up the year on SBL Shootaround by talking with Warwick Senators championship winning coach and captain, father-son greats Mike and Cody Ellis 

 

What a first year of Women’s SBL Shootaround that was

What a first year of Women’s SBL Shootaround that was

October 26, 2020

THERE was so much new and different in 2020 and we were excited to bring you the first season of Women's SBL Shootaround which we had a lot of fun creating, and couldn’t be more blown away with the support we received.

When thinking ahead of a way to offer something new to the SBL season in 2020, Chris Pike and Randy Miegel got together and decided to co-host a podcast and it was all set to go back in March for the start of the season proper.

The decision was then made to start the show in 2020 no matter if there would be any sort of basketball played locally to help fill the void left thanks to COVID-19. Then when the West Coat Classic was announced, everything fell into place nicely.

With Chris Pike bringing his passion from covering the SBL permanently since 2013 having been involved in basketball for 15 years, and then Randy Miegel joining him as a two-time Women's SBL Coach of the Year, the show got up and going and never looked back.

Along the way, SBL Shootaround provided all the coverage anyone needed of the West Coast Classic competition by providing full previews, tips and reviews of each round.

This morphed into the announcement of a Wandering Distillery Player of the Week award winner announced on each episode with votes given for the Bassett-Scarfe Realty Player of the Year award.

Winners of the weekly award won a voucher thanks to Wandering Distillery and those who won included Stacey Barr, Kayla Steindl, Bree Fisher, Tayah Burrows, Jessie Edwards, Jess Jakens, Ash Isenbarger, Christina Boag and Maddie Allen.

It was a thrilling race for the Bassett-Scarfe Realty Player of the Year award with Stacey Barr of the Warwick Senators and Ash Isenbarger of the Lakeside Lightning unable to be separated.

The winner was then determined by votes cast by the SBL Shootaround listeners with Barr narrowly winning with hundreds offering their choice on social media, and it was reigning SBL MVP Barr who just came out on top.

While the two co-hosts offered plenty of insight and discussion during the season over the action in the West Coast Classic and a lot more, there's no doubt the star of SBL Shootaround during 2020 was the remarkable array of guests that came onto the show.

They included current players like Stacey Barr, Ash Isenbarger, Amber Land, Jessie Edwards, Jodee Sontay, Darcee Garbin and Rachel Halleen who all allowed our listeners to get to know plenty more about themselves and their basketball journey.

Coaches Ryan Petrik, Keegan Crawford, Dion Dagostino, Craig Allen and Deanna Black were also more than generous with their time and provided some great insight into themselves, their teams and their coaching beliefs and philosophies.

There were some all-time greats of West Australian and Australian basketball that we were honoured to be joined by headlined by Tully Bevilaqua, Sami Whitcomb, Ali Schwagmeyer-Belger, Casey Mihovilovich, Melissa Marsh and Tanya Fisher.

We had several co-hosts for entire episodes throughout the season as well first up with championship winning coach Craig Mansfield and later on with father-daughter superstar duo Vince and Desiree Kelley, and then star player and Her Hoops AU founder Makailah Dyer.

There was even plenty of fun had when Randy Miegel reconnected with his former Goldfields Giants teammate Doc Earl for a fascinating discussion.

When it was all said and done, what we started Women's SBL Shootaround for was to promote women's basketball and the people involved in it. We wanted to provide some exposure but also give those involved a chance to speak in a relaxed environment to get their stories out there.

We hope we achieved those goals and we had a terrific time doing it. The show turned out to be a much more popular hit than we could have hoped and we couldn't have done it without our partners Wandering Distillery, Bassett-Scarfe Realty and Her Hoops Au.

Not only was the podcast available on all the usual platforms, but it was a significant boost to us to be played live on 91.3 SportFM every Thursday night and we can't thank the station enough for that support.

This was a new venture for both co-hosts Chris Pike and Randy Miegel. Both of them are passionate about promoting basketball in this state and have long histories involved in the sport, but podcasting was something new. 

We did our best to provide the best quality product we could given we were learning on the job and we look to be back bigger and better in 2021 with another season of Women's SBL Shootaround whether we are talking about the SBL, NBL1 West or who knows, another West Coast Classic!

WOMEN'S SBL SHOOTAROUND EPISODES

EPISODE 1 – Introduction to show and detailed chat about Randy Miegel's life in basketball 

EPISODE 2 – Warwick Senators coach Dion Dagostino as special guest 

EPISODE 3 – We chat with Rockingham Flames, Perth Lynx, Australian Opals superstar Darcee Garbin 

EPISODE 4 – Newly appointed Perth Lynx coach joins us along with Mandurah Magic captain Rachel Halleen 

EPISODE 5 – Championship winning coach Craig Mansfield is our co-host for a fascinating show 

EPISODE 6 – Willetton Tigers legend and Perth Lynx/West Coast Waves games record holder Melissa Marsh is our very special guest 

EPISODE 7 – Randy Miegel reconnects with Goldfields Giants teammate Doc Earl as Chris Pike catches up with Perth Redbacks coach Craig Allen  

EPISODE 8 – One of the great SBL imports this decade Amber Land joins us to discuss her career and the Land Performance Centre 

EPISODE 9 – WNBL championship winner and SBL MVP Tanya Fisher drops by to talk about her career, coaching and daughters Bree and Eryn 

EPISODE 10 – One of Australia's all-time great basketballers Tully Bevilaqua provides us with the honour of chatting with her from Indiana

EPISODE 11 – We are joined in studio by Willetton Tigers captain Desiree Kelley and her father, the legendary Vince Kelley 

EPISODE 12 – Former superstar WNBL and SBL player, and now championship winning coach at the Perry Lakes Hawks Deanna Black is our special guest 

EPISODE 13 – The youngest coach in SBL history Keegan Crawford catches up with us in a packed episode that includes fascinating chat with 350-plus game veteran Jodee Sontay  

EPISODE 14 – Two of the best players in the West Coast Classic and now Perth Lynx teammates Jessie Edwards and Ash Isenbarger join us for a huge show 

EPISODE 15 – Reigning SBL MVP and Warwick Senators superstar Stacey Barr chats on the back of a 75-point weekend 

EPISODE 16 – Randy Miegel catches up with his former Mandurah Magic captain, the legend herself Casey Mihovilovich 

EPISODE 17 – At the business end of the season, all the West Coast Classic latest plus a fascinating chat with Lakeside Lightning legend and Sydney Uni Flames WNBL signing Ali Schwagmeyer-Belger 

EPISODE 18 – We finish off joined in studio by Her Hoops AU co-founder Makailah Dyer while we end with a bang chatting with triple SBL MVP and now dual WNBA champion Sami Whitcomb 

Men’s SBL Shootaround - Episode 20

Men’s SBL Shootaround - Episode 20

October 2, 2020

We've got to Episode 20 in Men's SBL Shootaround and it's our lucky last show of 2020 and what better way to finish things off than being joined by the father-son championship winning captain-coach duo from the Warwick Senators as we wrap up the West Coast Classic and the year that we've had here on the show.

We open up Episode 20 of Men's SBL Shootaround as co-hosts Chris Pike and Ben Ettridge provide a full rundown of the finals weekend in the West Coast Classic which ultimately saw the Warwick Senators bring the first banner since the inception of the SBL to Warwick Stadium.

Continuing on from that discussion, we then chat with Mike and Cody Ellis about their championship triumph together with the Warwick Senators. We discuss what it means for the father and son to share in a championship together, and what it means to win for the Senators and also their thoughts on just how strong and successful the West Coast Classic has been in 2020.

We also discuss with Mike where this success rates in his achievement during his 48-year involved with the Senators in a life in basketball that obviously also has him an all-time NBL great at the Perth Wildcats where he was a 302-game player and the inaugural championship winning captain.

We also talk with Cody about his relationship with this group at the Senators and what it means to him as well as looking back on his strong 150-game NBL career that he put together and how he feels about things moving forward.

We then continue on SBL Shootaround but continuing to look back on the season that was in the West Coast Coast with Ben Ettridge telling us where the finals teams are on the championship clock moving forward. We also discuss the now vacant head coaching position at the Willetton Tigers.

Then it's time to wrap things up on SBL Shootaround for 2020 with a big thank you to our guests and listeners while Ben announces his Personality of the Year and then signs off for the season.

Women’s SBL Shootaround - Episode 18

Women’s SBL Shootaround - Episode 18

October 2, 2020

It's a bit sad that this is the last Women's SBL Shootaround episode of 2020 but we are going out with a bang with Makailah Dyer joining us as co-host, Sami Whitcomb joining us as a very special guest and then we wrap up the finals weekend of the West Coast Classic.

It's a massive final episode of Women's SBL Shootaround this week with regular co-hosts Chris Pike and Randy Miegel joined in the studio by two-time SBL All-Star Five superstar guard and Her Hoops AU founder Makailah Dyer.

We open up the show by breaking down what we saw in the finals weekend of the West Coast Classic that ultimately saw the Joondalup Wolves defeat the Perry Lakes in the Grand Final.

It's then time to chat with the legend herself Sami Whitcomb and boy is there a lot of ground to cover. We chat to her about reaching another WNBA Finals with the Seattle Storm but now her decision to return home to Perth to be with pregnant wife Kate Malpass, and why she has to go through four weeks of quarantine just to get home!

We then talk basketball and discuss her time in the WNBA at the Seattle Storm, reflect back on her joining the Rockingham Flames and why her brilliant SBL form saw her break down the door for a WNBL opportunity with the Perth Lynx.

We also discuss why she's so excited to return to the Lynx for the upcoming WNBL season and then we talk motherhood, where home will be and just how competitive her and Kate's baby son will be.

It's a fascinating discussion but then we continue on with SBL Shootaround to breakdown in more detail what we saw this season in the West Coast Classic in terms of our Wandering Distillery Player of the Week award winners, the Bassett-Scarfe Realty Player of the Year award winner, and then breakdown how we saw all 12 teams.

It's then time to put Makailah Dyer under the microscope to discuss Her Hoops AU and her basketball journey before wrapping things up on SBL Shootaround for 2020.

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