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Now displaying: August, 2020
Aug 30, 2020

Nunawading Basketball was established in 1969. In 1979, a Nunawading Spectres men's team entered the National Basketball League for its inaugural season. Barry Barnes would coach the team during every NBL season until the team decided to move into the CBD to facilitate more fans and in doing so were renamed the Eastside Melbourne Spectres.

The Nunawading Spectres would narrowly miss out on an NBL Grand Final appearance due to countback in 1979 and then were runners-up in 1981 to Launceston City Casino.

The Spectres' opening-night roster included Bill Palmer, Fox, Brendan Joyce, Alan Black, Dean Templeton and Barry Barnes as coach. Six men who were to play significant roles in shaping the NBL during it's for 20 seasons.

Palmer became general manager of the league in the mid-90s and took the game to new heights. Fox, Joyce, Black and Templeton became NBL head coaches with a combined 565-499 win-loss record and four NBL Coach of the Year awards (two each for Black and Joyce).

Among other players who wore the red, white and blue for Nunawading in the NBL were Damian Keogh, Dean Uthoff, Bruce Bolden, Ian Stacker, Steve Lunardon, Chuck Harmison, Vince Hinchen, Darren Lucas and Robert Scrigni.

Barry Barnes would also coach the Geelong Supercats and Canberra Cannons before becoming the first full-time head coach of the Australian Men’s  National Team in 1993, leading the Boomers in two Olympics (1996 & 2000) and two FIBA World Championships (1994 & 1998).

Topics include;

  • The history of the Nunawading Spectres NBL program (2:00)
  • The difference's between the Australian National program in the 1960s compared to the 1990s (10:30)
  • The NBL begins in 1979, Barry's memories of that time and the first season of the Nunawading Spectres (18:00)
  • The Spectres miss out on the 1979 Grand Final in unusual fashion (30:00)
  • The Spectres ability to produce some of the greatest Australian coaching talent in the 1980s (36:00)
  • Why Barry wasn't happy about the team moving to the CDB and becoming the Eastside Spectres (41:00)
  • A three-year stint with the Geelong Supercats which includes Shane Heal, John Dorge, Daren Rowe and Bobby Locke (47:00
  • Does winning the coach of the year award mean you're doing your best coaching? (56:00)
  • What things would he do differently as a coach knowing where the game is today (100:00)
  • Who was the hardest opposition player to stop during his time as a coach (103:00)
  • Memories of former Nunawading Spectre Robert Scrigni who sadly took his own life only a few years after playing for the Australian Boomers (106:00)
  • Thoughts on his former Boomers assistant Brett Brown being fired by the Philadelphia 76ers (108:00)

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Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Kevin Lisch, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Aug 20, 2020

Barry Barnes is arguably the most successful Boomers coach ever. With a record of 119 wins and 53 losses as head coach, an outstanding 69% win percentage, and having led the national team to two fourth-place finishes (1996 and 2000) his resume is hard to beat.

Barry became a Boomers assistant coach under coach Adrian Hurley in 1985, joining the team at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic games before being elevated to head coach in 1993 where he would become the program's first full-time head coach.

Barnes was head coach of the National Men’s Team from 1993-2000 leading the team in two Olympics (1996 & 2000) and two FIBA World Championships (1994 & 1998).

Barnes was elected to the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame in 2007.

Topics include;

  • Should the Boomers coaching job be a full-time or part-time job? (2:00)
  • The difficulties of coaching the national team (8:00)
  • Why 1996 was the Boomers best chance of winning a medal so far (17:00)
  • Did the Boomers tank in 2016 (20:00)
  • An unusual start to the 1996 Olympic Games (24:00)
  • Facing Dream Team III and Shane Heal's clash with Charles Barkley (30:00)
  • Memories of the 2000 Olympics (39:00)
  • Boomers rookie hazing stories (55:00)
  • The Boomers 2021 Olympic hopes and what the team need to do to bring home their first Olympic medal (105:00)

Visit dunk.com.au for your next set of basketball uniforms.

Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Kevin Lisch, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

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Aug 1, 2020

Andrew Parkinson played 10 seasons in the NBL debuting with the Geelong Supercats (1988–1990) before relocating to Melbourne where he would win the league's Most Improved Player award in 1991 with the Southern Melbourne Saints after averaging 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

In 1992 the Saints merged with cross-town rivals the Eastside Spectres and formed the South East Melbourne Magic where "Parky" played from 1992 to 1998, winning NBL championships in 1992 and 1996.

In September 2019, Parky was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma (SSC) of the bladder, a highly malignant and fast-growing cancer. 

Parky gives us an update on his condition and takes us through NBL championship years with the South East Melbourne Magic.

Topics include;

  • Playing basketball as a junior with Knox and Dandenong basketball associations (2:00)
  • Becoming one of the first Australia's to attend an NCAA basketball program (10:00)
  • A rookie season with Geelong Supercats (11:30)
  • A breakout season in 1991 which resulted in the NBL Most Improved Player (18:00)
  • Be a part of the Australia Boomers program in 1992 (22:00)
  • Playing for the now-defunct Southern Melbourne Saints (26:30)
  • Parky's current battle with bladder cancer (30:00)
  • How much did the Magic and Tigers hate each other back in the day (36:00)
  • The Spectres merge with the Saints and win the 1992 NBL championship as the South East Melbourne Magic (41:00)
  • What Brian Goorjian's grueling training sessions were like (43:00)
  • Why Robert Rose was the best import Parky ever played with (54:00)
  • The road to the 1992 NBL Championship (56:00)
  • A second Magic championship in 1996 (58:00)
  • Did the Magic underachieve by only winning two titles? (105:00)
  • What forced Parky into an early retirement (109:00)
  • The biggest mistake of Parky's career and what he learned from it (1:14:00)
  • The highlight of his career and is Parky's "masters" basketball team the greatest of all time (1:19:00)

Visit dunk.com.au for your next set of basketball uniforms.

Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;

Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley

Current NBL Stars - Kevin Lisch, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic

Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver

NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton

The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton

And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

All that and much more.

Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email us at info@aussiehoopla.com

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