SHBA DOMESTIC COMPETITION STARTS WEEK OF 30, 31 JANUARY & 1 FEBRUARY 2024
Serving Our Basketball Community Since 1956
The Swan Hill Men’s Basketball Association started in October 1956 with two courts at the Drill Hall with 12 teams competing. Desire for improvement in facilities and more teams in the competition led the move to get new courts in a more central position at the Showgrounds. The Association built three sealed, well-lit courts at the Showgrounds providing first class facilities for players and spectators. Many finals were held indoors at the Orana Ballroom (Oasis Hotel) which was regarded by many at this time as the best set-up for basketball in the country area.
In October 1967 a two court stadium with seating and facilities was built and the Swan Hill Men’s Basketball Association grew as basketball become more popular. The association introduced the club system and with the addition of another two courts in the following years basketball was booming in Swan Hill. The club system finished at the end of 1995-96 season and was replaced with a graded system.
Swan Hill was well known for its New Years tournament where teams from Victoria and interstate flocked to play 3 days of basketball and see the New Year in. An event that was in a must do in the basketball calendar. It was first held in 1964 as the Murray Valley Championships and later known as the Converse Classic and Oasis Classic. In the 1980’s numbers were as high as 150 teams competing and hosted some of the best teams and players of all time from the NBL, WNBL and other competitive leagues. Gathering at the Oasis after games and camping at the showgrounds along with the Red Cross marathon participants are memories of so many.
SHBA once hosted a NBL game (Newcastle Falcons v St Kilda Saints), ran an U16 Australian Junior Championships and sent many teams off to compete at the State and Australian Championships. In the early years Swan Hill was known as a powerhouse in Division 1 and over many years has continued to produce many pathways for players, coaches and referees in Swan Hill and beyond.
Swan Hill Basketball Association currently run domestic basketball competitions for Juniors and Seniors, and Representative teams and is affiliated with Basketball Victoria.
SHBA is located at The Stadium, Gray Street, Swan Hill and runs Summer and Winter competitions over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. On Saturday mornings Aussie Hoops and an U10 program is also delivered.
Education courses and clinics are run to build a safe and learning environment for players, coaches, referees and volunteers to help provide our participants a positive basketball and social experience. SHBA can be a starting point for all to further basketball pathways in Swan Hill and at Representative and State levels.
If you are interested and enjoy being a part of your child’s basketball journey, we invite you to volunteer as there are so many opportunities each season with scoring, helping game nights, coaching and our Swan Hill tournament.
Vale Murray Treseder
The Swan Hill Basketball Association is saddened with the news of the passing of Life Member Murray Treseder. Murray passed away on 9 Oct 2023.
Murray’s extensive basketball journey started in Swan Hill as a junior with the Trotters basketball club in 1967 which continued to the highest stages in the sport spanning over decades driven by great commitment and passion to the game of basketball.
Murray was involved in Swan Hill Basketball on many levels from committee member, player, coach, and mentor and lifetime friend. He was also involved with the local Tigers and Speewa clubs as a coach and player which lead to many premiership titles year after year.
He coached Swan Hill representative teams with great success in the 1970 & 1980 era and was particularly known for his development with the Swan Hill junior boys’ program and titles with the senior women’s team in Division 1 Country Championships. His coaching interest was to help develop country athletes reach their potential and compete at the highest level.
Murray’s coaching career extended Australia wide and to international ranks receiving many accolades along the way: –
- Basketball Victoria Country junior boys’ and girls’ state teams in Victoria and Western Australia – winning Gold silver & bronze with our Victoria Country teams.
- Head coach of Bendigo Braves SEABL women, men & junior teams
- WNBL level with Sydney and Perth coaching 99 games in the league.
- Assistant coach 1989 with Australian Gems (U19 women) winning bronze.
- Director of Coaching Western Australia, Coach at Western Australia Institute of Sport, Head coach in Western Australia Basketball of the Basketball Australia’s National Intensive Training Program (now the BA Centre of Excellence)
- Wheelchair basketball Head coach Rollers 2001 – 2007, winning a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in Athens 2004, Bronze medal at the Gold Cup (World Championships) in 2006
- Great Britain men’s wheelchair team Head Coach 2007 – bronze at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and European Championship success in 2011 and leaving British Wheelchair basketball after London 2012
Murray’s basketball knowledge and friendship has touched so many in the basketball circles on and off the court in Swan Hill and around the world. This contribution has helped influence numerous to a lifetime of basketball enjoyment and success.
The Swan Hill Basketball Association extend our heartfelt condolences to Murray’s family and friends, and he will be sadly missed.
Swan Hill Basketball Association Programs
A short Senior Open Men & Womens Competition will commence Tuesday 10 October 2023 & will finish before Christmas. Organize your team now and ask your team mates to enter individually in PlayHQ. Registrations will close 29 Sept 2023.
For more information contact:
SHBA Admin Office:
Mobile: 0461 596 947
Ford Aussie Hoops is program for 5- & 6-year-old children introducing them to a fun way to learn basketball. SHBA will deliver the Aussie hoops Term 1 program on Saturday mornings for 6 weeks starting on the 3 February 2024. Register on PlayHQ