Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Board of Sabres Basketball would like to share some exciting and ground breaking news for the Association.

Via Sandringham Basketball.


We are about to enter, what can only be described as a seminal point in the 40 plus years of Sabres history around the addition of new courts, a strategic plan for growth, and the appointment of Opals Coach, Brendan Joyce to the position of Head of Basketball.

At a Bayside Council meeting held last week, it confirmed its support of four new courts at the Tulip Street site.

Furthermore, a report will be presented at the December Council meeting seeking to award a tender for Architectural Services for detailed designs and quantity surveying.

This will be used to provide detailed cost estimates for the project. This will then give the Council the opportunity to seek capital cost approval for the 2018/19 budget in November of 2017.

During this, relatively, short 11 months Sabres Basketball will be working with Council Officers on potential grant applications, loan applications and the like.

It is imperative that during the next 12 months we demonstrate to the Council a strong financial position, a strong business plan and a strong Governance position.

As a first step, to demonstrate our ability to ready our business for this potential opportunity we will be conducting a full 360 review of the whole business, including our Domestic competition, our Representative program, our Community involvement, our Domestic Clubs, internal operations, sponsors and other supporters, including Basketball Victoria.

This review will be conducted by external consultants and will provide valuable insights to assist in developing a strong strategic plan to take us forward for the next five years and beyond.

As a start of our growth plans and a strong view into the future, we are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Opals Coach, Brendan Joyce to the position of Head of Basketball.

Brendan has been appointed to review and oversee all aspects of the Basketball Operations Department from Community and Domestic Clubs Development, Representative, Elite right up to our SEABL and Big V programs.

Brendan enjoyed a 13-year playing career in the NBL, including 289 games and 2 NBL All Star appearances before retiring in 1991.

He began his coaching career at Ballarat Miners, where he won two National Titles before taking on the role of Director of Coaching for the Illawarra Basketball Menís and Womenís programs.

Brendan was appointed as Head Coach of the Wollongong Hawks, a position he held for 11 years taking the Hawks to the National title in 2001.

Leaving the Hawks Joyce then took on the role of Head Coach of the Gold Coast Blaze NBL program.

During his time in the NBL Brendan was also appointed as Assistant Coach to the Boomers National Menís Basketball Team, he attended two Olympics (2004, 2008), Commonwealth Games (2006) and FIBA World Championships (2006).

In 2012, Joyce was named as the Head Coach of the Australian Senior Womenís Program (The Opals) and Head Coach, Basketball Australian Institute of Sport (BA Centre of Excellence), where he was instrumental in the success enjoyed by the Junior and Senior teams, including a World Championship Gold medal.

The Sabres Family is very pleased to welcome Brendan to the Sabres family in January.

As Sabres Basketball enters its 42nd year and beyond, we have a real opportunity to put Sabres on the sporting map, not just in Bayside, but as a part of the wider Basketball Community in Victoria.