Basketball at Newington sees boys of all ages competing at various levels with the opportunity to tour overseas.
AAGPS Basketball officially began in 1975 and Newington has had a proud history in the competition ever since.
The program is open to all levels of ability:
- Representative divisions, 1sts, 2nds, 3rds and A and B teams
- Participation divisions, 4ths to 12ths and Cs–Hs in the junior divisions.
Excellent facilities and training including:
- Five basketball courts
- Weights room for strength and conditioning training
- 25-metre indoor pool for recovery sessions
- We have morning skills sessions that are open to any boy who wishes to work on his game.
The school also organises domestic and overseas tours for boys to travel and play against other schools to lift their game and learn new skills. In 2019, Newington Basketball went on a USA Tour which saw us compete in a series of friendlies against American High Schools in San Francisco, Seattle and Portland.
Training and Competition
Competition involves home and away fixtures against other AAGPS schools played on Saturdays during term. The AAGPS Competition culminates in a Championship which takes place at the end of the Summer Season.
Each year Newington participates in the National Schools Basketball Championships that are rotated throughout the country and we tour to the USA / China every two years.
The 2019/2020 Basketball season was a successful one, with Newington fielding 46 teams across all age groups and a combined 492 boys participating each week in the AAGPS competition. All age groups recorded positive win/loss results in their respective seasons. This reflects the commonality of our patterns/systems of play which allows the boys great flexibility to move throughout their age groups/teams with confidence and purpose.
A highlight this year was the 16As, 15As, 15Ds and 14Hs all achieving the rare accomplishment of going undefeated in the GPS season. After a 2-point overtime loss in round one of GPS competition, the Newington 2nds team, a squad of fourteen players, showed remarkable selflessness and flexibility as a group. They went on to win their remaining games and became co-premiers of the AAGPS competition, claiming their share of the TE Bawden Shield. With two losses, the 1sts achieved a second place finish in a very tight GPS competition.
Tournament play this year really highlighted the flexibility of the program, with a total of seventeen teams entered in seven tournaments throughout the season. The 1sts claimed silver at the Australian Schools Championships, silver at the Sydney Schools Shootout and another silver at the Knox Invitational. The 2nds team claimed a silver at the Newington Classic and our 15s won gold at the Port Macquarie Seaside Classic and a silver at The King’s School tournament.
This year we provided three coaching development seminars to our 32 coaches and six age group coordinators with the sessions having a strong focus on practice organisation, game management and how best to implement our patterns and systems of play across the age groups. These concepts coupled with our morning skill sessions, which saw an average of 120 boys per week participating, plus our five player development camps were the main reason the ball club was able to achieve its strong 2019/2020 results.
Finally, to the boys, our reason for being and the rightful owners of what has been achieved this year – thank you.
ONU Service Prize for Basketball: Pop Maluach Felix Booth Trophy for the most successful basketball team: 15Ds (captained by Harrison Scott-Mackenzie; coached by Mr T Callaghan) WA Phipps Trophy (Best and Fairest Player): Kelly Delahunty