Basketball – Round 5 – B Grade!

A few good wins at the the end of grading has seen the team pushed in to B grade, which is going to be a huge stretch for all of us. We started the game by scoring in the first minute, but by half way through the 1st half we were 10-2 down. It was quickly apparent these girls were seasoned players, and the final score of 63-6 was plainly visible on all our girls faces at the end. 🙁

We were simply far too slow, not getting back to defend and not passing well at all.

A great learning experience, hopefully we can turn it around next week.

Halloween Pumpkin

2014-10-31 23.50.27Oops, i completely forgot to post this, but the girls wanted to do a bit of Trick or Treating. for Halloween, and we also decided to get and carve a pumpkin.

I’d never done it before2014-10-31 23.50.35, but I was quite happy with how it came out.

I’m not sure if anyone saw it sitting on our front porch, so I thought I’d post some pictures here.

It’s worth noting that I 2014-11-03 07.23.14couldn’t stand spending $7.50 for a huge, bright, orange traditional pumpkin that I believe you can’t really even eat, so I found a standard Kent pumpkin that cost $3 and made a delicious Thermomix   pumpkin and sausage risotto afterwards.

Disk Space Usage

I found a great new app on the weekend to find out what is using up all your disk space, and I’ve used it about 3-4 times since. It’s called Space Sniffer.

It’s a simple little program that doesn’t require installation, and just works great.

Basketball rounds 3&4

Rounds 3 & 4 of the grading rounds saw us have a couple of great wins, 29-10 in round 3 and 34-12 in round 4. We played really well as a team in round 3, maybe not so much in round 4, even though the score line was better.

We still need to work on our defense, and running back to be in position.

10Kg Lighter

I started Isagenix 90 days ago, mainly to support my darling Bernie, but also to shed a bunch of Kg’s that seem to have slowly accumulated over the last about 9 years. From the age of about 33 I found I couldn’t just eat whatever I like and put on no weight at all. 🙁

CleanseWhat is Isagenix?

Isagenix is an organic “food system” that takes a balanced lifestyle approach to better supporting the body’s natural cleansing and replenishing needs. 
Isagenix is;
NOT a “diet”, BUT a sustainable “lifestyle” 
NOT a “weight-loss program”, BUT a “body composition system” that builds muscle while burning fat 
NOT a “fast or detox program”, BUT a “nutritional cleanse” that supports the body’s natural cleansing/replenishing processes with whole-food nutrition.

What I love most are the results; more energy, better sleep, more lean muscle, faster recovery, stronger performance and less body fat!! Transforming lives, one person at a time!!

I have now released 10Kg, and feel so much better! I’ve also done this with fairly close to no exercise at all. Now is the time for me to start the exercise and really make a difference.

Has it been easy? No, not always. Has it been manageable? Certainly. Have I fallen off the bandwagon and decided I’m eating and drinking whatever I feel like today? Yep, but it often didn’t make me feel that great, and I got back on the wagon each and every time.

It’s about the little steps.

Basketball results round 2

What a difference a week can make! Unfortunately we were unable to train this week so I have had no time with the girls at all since the last game.

On the up side, we scored another new player this week, bringing the total to 8, which is a really good number.

We headed into round 2 with 2 players I’d never met before, 1 new one who had played last week, and the five that had trained the week before. Lizzie had sprained her ankle at school, and even though I strapped it up, she didn’t think she would be up to playing.

I made the mistake of benching the 2 new girls right at the start so I could have a quick chat with them, find out skill levels etc. only to find neither have played competition before at all, just a bit at school.

Not wanting both new players on the court together (initially) had to do a bit of careful subbing, but we made it through.

The score line accurately reflected our skills compared to the other girls, finishing 9-6 down.

I’m really hoping we can train this week, though it will have to be on some outside courts, but we all just need some time together, and to go over some basics.

Basketball results round 1

Round 1 with my girls started with a bunch of paperwork and getting ready, then the game finally started. I was head half down, half watching the game while I sorted out what my new player, who I had just met, knew about the game, and 2 mins later we were 6-0 up on the scoreboard!

The game went well, the girls played well and the opposition had 2 or 3 players who had never played before, so the 32-8 (I think) final score was probably not indicative of the rest of the season (and not necessarily a great thing in a grading game) but it was a great start to the season and a good chance for the girls to play together.

We also have another new player who we haven’t even met yet.

Basketball tip #1

I was speaking to a basketball coach I admire a lot, and his biggest tip for teaching the age group I’m coaching was to teach then not to all swarm around the ball.

Be if offence or defence, there is no point having 5 players around the ball, If you have the ball, there’s no one to pass to and if you are defending then you are likely leaving leaving loose players, or in the event that you get a turnover, you still have no-one to pass to.

I’m not sure how I’ll install that in to U10’s but we will give it a go once I’m happy that everyone is moving in the right direction with basics.

Basketball Coaching

A new project I’ve picked up for at least the Summer 14/15 season is coaching Lizzie’s MLBC Lakers U10 Girls Basketball team! My nephew Andrew was coaching but had to give it up due to other commitments.

It’s going to be an interesting challenge but the club has been a great support with a coaching evening and handbook and lots of affirmation and offers of help.

Beccy has also offered to be my Assistant Coach, but not sure how she will go, as it might be that her training is the same time.

I’ll keep you updated with the team’s progress.

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