Myths and Legends President’s Newsletter, December 2023
The 2023 year has been one of a significant change for the club. Both Ian Farr and Jack Gibson have now stepped aside from being in the chair as President and Vice President. Together they have established, grown and shaped the club into a truly wonderful club that is inclusive, openly encouraging participation in Masters basketball as well as providing a platform for members to train and/or compete locally, nationally, and internationally. Ian and Jack as existing life members have now been awarded by the club Lifetime achievement awards in recognition of the enormous amount of work they have contributed and achieved for the club and given to basketball. The members of the club applaud Ian and Jack all they have done.
I am pleased to announce that Carey Paps has accepted the Vice President position for the Club, and I am looking forward to working with Carey and the Committee in 2024.
The Myths and Legends Christmas function was held at the Manningham club in November and was well attended and in addition we presented Jack Gibson with his Lifetime Achievement Award. Graeme La Fontaine also received his Life Membership.
Both awards very well deserved.
December will see annual membership renewals due, $30 for playing members or $10 for social membership. If members could ensure they update the Membership information form that is sent out to ensure our contact records are up to date and that members agree to abiding with the club’s code of conduct which has just been approved by the Committee and will be on our website for all members to refer to.
The club continues to share some inspiring and wonderful interviews on our You tube channel “Australian Basketball History. We now have 6 interviews that George Bej has hosted and I have edited and are available to watch via our web page or our You Tube channel.
1. Roland Holcomb
2. Greg Peck
3. Robbo Bennetts
4. Frank Jones
5. Jack Gibson
6. Ian Farr
Stay tuned in 2024 as we will continue to conduct interviews and put up on our channel.
2024 Upcoming Tournaments - https://www.mythsandlegends.org.au/tournaments
New Zealand Masters Dunedin We have a women’s team entered & would love a men’s team
3- 11 February 2024
Squizzy Classic Korumburra Handicapped Tournament
20 - 21 April 2024
Myths & Legends Bulleen Handicapped Tournament
6 – 7 July 2024
Alice Springs Masters
12 – 19 October 2024
Pan Pacific Masters Games Gold Coast
1 – 10 November 2024
For the major Masters’ tournaments, we have appointed new Age Group Coordinator’s for 2024. For all those who are attending Pan Pacs in 2024 would you please contact your relevant age group coordinator ASAP or early in 2024 so we can get the teams organised early for the games. Accomadation with the club will be at the Meriton appartments Broadbeach and Ian Farr is the contact if you require accomadation.
Men email Mobile
50 Graeme La Fontaine
55 Gorge Bej
60 Greg Pearson
Recap of the 2023 Australian Masters Games Adelaide
Myths and Legends entered 20 teams at the Australian Masters Games Adelaide October 2023. The club’s participation in the competition was significant and we had some great results with many medals. To be able to have two men’s over 80’s teams and an over70’s women’s is an amazing effort. The club had a social function which saw over 150 people witness Ian Farr being presented with his Lifetime Achievement Award and Frank Stapleton awarded his Life Membership.
Des de Kretser 89 & Ray Bath 91
Team Grade Medal Medal
- 0/45 Blue B Gold Gold
- 0/50 Blue B Silver Silver
- 0/55 Blue B Silver
- 0/60 Blue B Bronze Gold
- 0/60 White B Silver
- 0/65 Blue B Silver
- 0/65 White B Gold
- 0/70 Blue B Bronze Gold
- 0/50 No.1 B Bronze
- 0/50 No.2 B
- 0/55 No.1 A Gold
- 0/55 No.2 B
- 0/60 Blue B Gold
- 0/60 Gold B
- 0/65 B
- 0/70 No.1 B Silver
- 0/70 75’s B Gold
- 0/75 A Gold
- 0/80 No.1 B Bronze Gold
- 0/80 No.2 B Bronze Gold
Total Gold 11
Club’s Bank Account – Updated details
The Myths and Legends Club has changed its bank from NAB to Bendigo Bank.
If all members can update their accounts to the following now:
Option 1: Bank Transfer
BSB - 633000
Account No. - 209152313
Account Name - Australian Myths & Legends Inc
Option 2: PayID
0466 304 692 Mobile
Australian Myths & Legends Inc
Grace Schirripa is now coordinating the uniform numbers allocation. Any members requiring a new uniform would you please contact Grace to get a number allocation that will not clash in their age group before you can order via our website.
The clubs web page is a major source of information such as tournament information, contacts, uniform and clubwear acquisition as well as general information. We also have a Facebook page as well as a YouTube channel and encourage members to access these to stay up to date with what’s happening in Masters Basketball.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in 2024 on the court.
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