STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS – CASTEC Rural Pioneers basketball team success

Mr PASIN (Barker) (13:44): Today I rise to speak about the tremendous success of the CASTEC Rural Pioneers basketball team in Mount Gambier. My hometown of Mount Gambier has many things to be proud of, and our sporting achievements are right up there. The CASTEC Rural Pioneers are Mount Gambier’s only national sporting team. Indeed, they are Barker’s only sporting team that are competing in a national league and playing, as they do, in the South East Australian Basketball League. The Pioneers have been extremely successful in recent years, and this year has been no exception. Last Friday the Pioneers defeated the Nunawading Spectres, 92-81, in the South East Australian Basketball League’s East conference first semifinal. The Pioneers finished the regular season on top of the conference ladder, with an outstanding 2017 home record.

The Pioneers are no strangers to end-of-season success. Their next game, scheduled for Friday week at the Ice House, will be their chance to win their fifth consecutive East conference championship. With a week’s break and home court advantage in the East conference final, the pioneers are in poll position to take home yet another championship. The Pioneers will face the winner of next week’s elimination final between Nunawading and Geelong, who managed to emerge victorious against Nunawading on Sunday afternoon. With bated breath, I look forward to celebrating the results of the final. Let’s go, five in a row!