vir non camelus est.

Thursday, March 30, 2006


Sweet Victory

Round 4

An apprehensive hush fell over the capacity crowd at MARS Stadium tonight as the proud Black Fish took to the court for a crucial Round 4 clash with traditional rivals Spectrum. After a forfeit and two heartbreaking losses, the season was on the line for the sentimental favourites.

There can be no greater demonstration of the tense atmosphere during the opening stages of this clash than the scoreline towards the end of the first half: 2-2. This was a watershed moment. And the Fish knew it. It is the mark of a champion team to respond at such a moment - and respond this grand team did. At once the crushing 'mystery' zone defence shut down the Spectrum offence more effectively than their waist-hip ratios were narrowing their coronary vessels, resulting in a spectacular display of insanity by every member of their team who had not yet reached VO2max. To quote the referee: "That number 22 is a fucking nutcase. The crazy fucker."

A panicked time-out by Spectrum was not enough to halt the offensive march by a rejuvenated Fish outfit. Fast breaks, offensive boards, flawless free-throw shooting (OK, by Nick Rodgers only), and high-quality niggling were all on display as the Fish drew away from their malodorous foes.

The second half was simply a procession as the mighty mighty Black Fish stormed to their first win of the season, 26-14.

Not even the late start next week will keep the diehard fans from flocking to MARS to watch the Fish tackle traditional rivals Lobetrotters.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Round 3

After the euphoria and heartbreak of Round 2, there was an expectant air at MARS stadium for the Round 3 encounter between the mighty Black Fish and traditional rival The Fakers. The Fish were buoyed by the return of the Rodgers brothers from their overseas pre-season, and the official debut of talented youngster Nissen as a full-time Fish.

After a cautious start by both sides the Fakers established a slender half-time lead. Relentless defensive pressure by the Black Fish in the premiership quarter brought the scores to within a few points and forced a panicky time-out by a rattled (and unattractive) Fakers outfit.

Sadly for the large contingent of Fish fans sitting courtside, the Fakers drew away in a dramatic final few moments. Despite claiming a moral victory, the scorecard records another heartbreaking loss for the Black Fish, 22-29.

On a positive note, no major injuries were recorded. On an even more positive note, no Fishettes were present to witness the mincy free-throw efforts from their otherwise testosterone-laden men.

The Black Fish look forward to a capacity crowd for their Round 4 encounter with traditional rivals Spectrum.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Round 2

Round 2 saw the Black Fish back in action for the first time in some 9 years in an epic clash with The Flaming Wedgies.

Alkis Psaltis bravely stepped up at the last minute to join a depleted Fish line-up of only 5 players (and thus only 9 functioning lungs).

A vocal crowd watched a brave BF team go down 23 -38.

Although in touch with the Wedgies at half-time, the limited pre-season began to tell late in the game as a youthful Wedgie outfit pulled away from their vastly more attractive opponents.

No major injuries were recorded, allowing the Fish to focus their full attention on a critical Round 3 encounter.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Theme song

It's time for the fans to nominate their choice for the Black Fish theme song.

I vote for this song.

(with apologies to renowned blogger Blogjam for pinching his work)

Players Winter 2006

This season sees the biggest upheaval in playing stocks in the history of the club.

Expect to see the following athletes grace the pine:

00 - Sam Whittle
06 - Alex Rodgers
07 - Sam Edwards
10 - Michael Nissen
17 - Nick Rodgers
21 - Tristan Vasilunas
23 - Suresh Rajapaksa
0.5 terabyte - Carl Noutz

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Early Disappointment for Fans

The diehard band of BF supporters was devastated to learn late today that the long-awaited return of the Fish is to be postponed by one week.

Due to unforeseen scheduling difficulties (and the weak effort of Phil Humphris not to fly back from Ethiopia), the mighty Fish have been forced to forfeit their round one match on March 9.

No doubt this early minor setback will only strengthen the resolve of the team to sweep to a stunning return Premiership 10 years after their triumph at Marion.

Monday, March 6, 2006

Fixtures Winter 2006

March 9 : Black Fish v Famous Potatoes 9:45pm

March 16 : Black Fish v Flaming Wedgies 8:15pm

March 23 : Black Fish v The Fakers 8:15pm

March 30 : Black Fish v Spectrum 9:00pm

April 6 : Black Fish v Lobetrotters 10:30pm

April 13 : Easter Break

April 20 : Black Fish v Aussie Bruddhas 6:45pm

Black Fish Are Back!

Welcome to the official web record of the world's premier amateur basketball club - the mighty mighty Black Fish.

This blog will be a forum for spreading the BF message to the world. Look forward to reading all the results as they happen, a club history, and profiles of your favourite players.

As a BF fan, you will have the opportunity to view upcoming fixtures, download photos of your club heroes, and take advantage of the club's magnificent merchandise.

Enjoy the ride as the mighty Fish re-enter the fray at Marden for season Winter 06.