Ballarat Miners

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Ballarat Miners
Ballarat Miners logo
Nickname Miners
Leagues South East Australian Basketball League (Eastern Conference)
Founded 1985
Arena Ballarat MARS Minerdome
Location Ballarat, Victoria
Main sponsor GMHBA
President Nick Grylewicz
Head coach David Flint
Championships 1989, 1994, 1995
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The Ballarat Miners are a basketball team that play in the East Conference of the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) in the Australian Basketball Association (ABA). They are the men's team of the Ballarat Basketball Club. Their women's counterpart, the Ballarat Rush, play in the women's division of the SEABL.


The Ballarat Basketball Club was founded by the Ballarat Basketball Association in 1985 with the aim of providing an avenue for local players to play high level basketball closer to home. The Miners entered what was then known as the South East Basketball League (now the SEABL) in 1986.[1][2][3]

During the 1986 and 1987 seasons the Miners were coached by Brian Goorjian, who later coached in the National Basketball League (NBL) and became coach of the Australia men's national basketball team. The team found success in 1987, winning the Southern Conference.[4][5]

After winning the championship, Goorjian left to coach at NBL level and was replaced by Al Westover. Under Westover the Miners won three conference championships in a row between 1989 and 1991.[5]

In 2000 the club merged with the local women's team known as the Lady Miners. The Lady Miners were founded by the Ballarat Basketball Association in 1984 and played in the Victorian women's competition until joined the SEABL women's division in 1990. The Lady Miners were renamed Ballarat Rush in 2011.[1][6][7]

In 2009, the team was sponsored by RetireInvest.[8]

In 2010, the team was sponsored by Holden.,[1] Subaru in 2012, and currently GMHBA.


As of 2012, the men's team plays at the Ballarat Minerdome[1] and were in the stadium by 2009.[8] The men's team has traditionally done well at home when playing against other teams in the SEABL.[8]

Men's team[edit]

1997 season[edit]

Erik Cooks played for the team in 1997.[9]

2006 season[edit]

The team finished the regular season undefeated at home.[8]

2009 season[edit]

In 2009, the team was coached by Leigh Gooding.[8] The team started the season with one win and seven losses.[8]

2012 season[edit]

This season, the team was coached by Guy Molloy, who shared his coaching commitments with the Australian side competing at the FIBA under-17 world championship.[10] After struggling with injuries the Miners had the league's best finish to the regular season with six wins. Amongst these wins were victories over East Conference leaders the Dandenong Rangers and South Conference leaders the Knox Raiders. Despite having the South Conference's best percentage the Miners found themselves in a five-way tie and narrowly missed finals. The Miners' 16 wins, 12 loss record was their best since 2006.

Women's team[edit]

2010 season[edit]

Karen Ashby was the team captain in 2010. Other players on the roster included Olympian Rachel Jarry, Chantal Allgood and Lynly Doherty.[6]

2011 season[edit]

The team played in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) in the 2011 season. Players on the roster included veteran Andrea McMahon, Ashleigh Stonehouse and Kate Willey. Donna Rinaldi was the team coach. It was her first year in the position.[6]

Current roster[edit]

No. Name Pos.
3 Brady Neill G
5 Jack Sullivan G/F
6 Ash Constable G
8 Kris Blicavs F
10 Sean Massey G
20 Liam Gibcus F/C
22 Roy Booker G
24 Dane Sisic F
30 Ken Horton F
32 Anthony Fisher G
41 Chris Smith F/C

Current as of 2014 season[11]



  • South East Australian Basketball League: 1
    • 1987
  • Continental Basketball Association: 2
    • 1994, 1995


  • South East Basketball League South Men: 1
    • 1987
  • South East Australian Basketball League South Men: 2
    • 1989, 1990
  • South East Australian Basketball League East Men: 1
    • 1991
  • Continental Basketball Association South Men: 1
    • 2001
  • South East Australian Basketball League Women: 1
    • 2005


  1. ^ a b c d "Club History". Ballarat Miners. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Brehaut, David (18 May 2011). "SEABL: Fisher promoted for Miners debut". The Courier (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ballarat Miners basketball - team details, stats, news, roster". Australiabasket. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Hill, Ken (31 October 2001). "Goorjian lands Boomers' post". The Courier (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "SEABL REMEMBERS… THE BALLARAT MINERS DYNASTY". South East Australian Basketball League. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c McDermott, Josh (23 February 2011). "Ballarat Rush add Melbourne youngster to their SEABL roster". ABC Ballarat (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lady Miners renamed Rush". Ballarat Miners. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Miners out to protect home court". The Courier (Fairfax Media). 13 June 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bogut sorry after foul outburst - Basketball - Sport". The Age. 14 March 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Melanie Whelan (8 July 2012). "BASKETBALL: Molloy leads Australia to gold medal match". The Courier (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ballarat GMHBA Miners 2014 Players". Ballarat Miners. Retrieved 4 May 2014.