SEE BELOW FROM BASKETBALL WA
ANNOUNCEMENT – POSTPONEMENT OF NBL1 WEST and CANCELLATION OF WABL
The Government today has confirmed that it will be mandatory as a Condition of Entry for all people (including staff) that aren’t primary or preschool age, to wear masks at all times while indoors (unless eating, drinking or swimming) in the Perth and Peel region for the period of 12:01am Saturday 1st May – 12:01am 8th Saturday May 8th 2021.
Basketball WA is extremely disappointed with the Governments decision despite pointing out that this means that 30,000 Western Australians who would have been playing basketball this week will no longer be able to do so as a result of this decision.
In discussions with our Associations and Stakeholder groups, we understand it is impractical for basketball games at the level of NBL1 West and WABL to proceed with players and referees having to wear masks. It is thus the decision of Basketball WA to postpone all Round 3 and Friday night Round 4 (7th May) NBL1 WEST fixtures and cancel all Round 2 WABL fixtures due to be played this weekend.
Player of the Month
The heat is rising for Josh Ritchart
Returning to the Flames for his 2nd season after a season ending injury in 2018, Josh was a high priority signing coming into 2019, and you can see why. Due to our depth, and us easing him back in after the injury, he’s only playing 27.8 minutes a game currently, yet still averaging 20.7ppg, and going at 69.4% from inside the 3pt line. His 3pt shot has eluded him so far, but even then we’ve seen signs of it starting to come back with his 4/5 night against the Senators last week.
His best game in April came against a massive rival in the Joondalup Wolves, on the road, where he logged 35 minutes, and had 26 points and 5 blocked shots in the 6 point win. Once he gets back to full fitness, we’d expect his 3pt shot to come back and his overall numbers to continue to increase.
- Career Highlights
- Played professionally in Japan for Bambitioss Nara, Played professionally in Greece for Koroivos
- Favourite Basketball Memory
- Winning the 2015 Big West Championship & Playing in the olympic stadium in Athens