Corio Bay Stingrays

The Corio Bay Stingrays are an Australian basketball team based in Geelong, Victoria. The Stingrays compete in the Big V State Championship Men's division and play their home games at Geelong Basketball Netball Centre. The team is affiliated with Corio Bay Basketball Association (CBBA), one of two major administrative basketball organisations in the region, the other being Basketball Geelong.

Corio Bay Stingrays
LeaguesBig V
HistoryCorio Bay-Barwon Bullets
2009–2010
Corio Bay Stingrays
2010–present
ArenaGeelong Basketball Netball Centre
LocationGeelong, Victoria
Team colorsWhite, blue, black
PresidentMike Nelson
Head coachTim O'Leary
Championships2 (2013, 2015)
WebsiteCorio Bay Basketball

Team historyEdit

Country Basketball LeagueEdit

Corio Bay Basketball Association entered an inaugural men's team in the Country Basketball League (CBL) for the 2009/10 season. The team was dubbed the Corio Bay-Barwon Bullets and went on to win both the North East Conference title[1] and the overall CBL Championship[2] behind an undefeated campaign.[3] The team was renamed the Corio Bay Stingrays for the 2010/11 season and joined the newly-formed South West Conference,[4] once again taking out conference[5] and overall championship honours.[2]

Following their CBL success in 2010/11, the Stingrays applied to enter the Big V Division One competition for the 2012 season.[6] Their Big V application was accepted, but after signing a number of big-name players, it was determined that the Stingrays would be competitive enough to enter the State Championship division.[7] With their move up to the Big V, a Stingrays side continued to compete in the CBL in 2011/12 and 2012/13.[5] A Stingrays side re-entered the CBL for the 2016/17 season after a three-year hiatus.[8]

Big VEdit

In 2012, the Stingrays finished their inaugural Big V season in fourth place with a 12–8 record. They were led by American import Eric Williams, and Australians Jason Reardon, Stefan Osborne and Paul Hutchison.[9] In the semi-finals, they were defeated 2–0 by the Ringwood Hawks.[10]

In 2013, the Stingrays finished in third place with a 14–4 record. They were once again led by import Eric Williams, and Australians Jason Reardon, Stefan Osborne, Ma'alo Hicks and Liam Norton.[11] After defeating the Waverley Falcons 2–1 in the semi-finals, the Stingrays faced the Hawks in the grand final series. There they swept the Hawks behind a Finals MVP performance from Williams.[12][13]

With the departure of Eric Williams following the 2013 season, the Stingrays recruited two new imports for the 2014 season in guard Scooter Renkin and forward Duane Johnson.[14] The pair led the Stingrays to a second-place finish with a 22–2 record. Renkin and Johnson both averaged over 20 points per game, and they were backed-up by teammates Jason Reardon, Ma'alo Hicks and Michael Rebula.[15] The Stingrays reached the grand final series for the second straight year, where they lost 2–1 despite winning game one.[16]

In 2015, the Stingrays signed swingman Casey Walker.[17] Walker was backed-up by teammates Jason Reardon, Ma'alo Hicks, Michael Rebula and Jordan Latham.[18] The Stingrays finished second in 2015 with a 20–4 record and reached their third-straight grand final series. There they faced the McKinnon Cougars, defeating them 2–0 to win their second Big V Championship in three years.[19]

In 2016, the Stingrays acquired imports Trevon Clayton and Dondray Walker. The pair were backed-up by teammates Jason Reardon, Ma'alo Hicks, Michael Rebula and Lewis Varley.[20] The Stingrays were crowned minor premiers in 2016 for the first time in their history, as they finished the regular season atop the ladder with a 19–3 record. They advanced to their fourth-straight grand final series, where they defeated in straight sets by the Ringwood Hawks.

The Stingrays were dropped from the Big V for the 2020 season.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "North East Title Winners Men". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "All-Conference Champions Men". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  3. ^ Grant, Graeme (22 February 2010). "Supa IGA Blazers go down fighting". MaryboroughAdvertiser.com.au. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Country Basketball League (CBL) 2010/11". WorldNet.com.au. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b "South West Title Winners Men". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  6. ^ Wade, Nick (29 February 2012). "Sting in the tale for Corio Bay". BigV.com.au. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Corio Bay Enter Big V". BigV.com.au. 1 December 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  8. ^ "CBL Men Preview". SportsTG.com. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Statistics for Corio Bay playing in 2012 State Championship Men". FoxSportsPulse.com. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  10. ^ Ward, Roy (16 August 2012). "The Hawks one step closer". BigV.com.au. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Statistics for Corio Bay playing in 2013 State Championship Men". FoxSportsPulse.com. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  12. ^ "CORIO BAY STINGRAYS - 2013 SCM CHAMPIONS" (PDF). BigV.com.au. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Ringwood loses to Corio Bay in game two of Big V state championship men's grand final". HeraldSun.com.au. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  14. ^ Reynolds, Ryan (5 March 2014). "US imports promise to leave Corio Bay fans slam dunked". GeelongAdvertiser.com.au. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Statistics for Corio Bay playing in 2014 State Championship Men". FoxSportsPulse.com. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Ringwood Hawks win two games in Geelong to overcome 1-0 deficit and win best-of-three Big V state championship men's grand final series against Corio Bay Stingrays". HeraldSun.com.au. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  17. ^ Aprhys, Alison (16 June 2015). "VBL: Casey Walker gives Corio Bay extra sting". GeelongAdvertiser.com.au. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  18. ^ "Statistics for Corio Bay playing in 2015 State Championship Men". FoxSportsPulse.com. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  19. ^ Cairns, David (22 August 2015). "Corio Bay Stingrays clinch 2015 Big V championship". GeelongAdvertiser.com.au. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Statistics for Corio Bay playing in 2016 State Championship Men". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Big V 2020 Competition Structure announced!". bigv.com.au. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.

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