The Beeanly Bugle: Winter at Last



Winter at Last


So what happens from here? What does the future hold for our august basketball team? For the first time ever, The Beeaans will brave the cold, and take part in a winter basketball season.


As is the case at the beginning of any season, summer, or winter, we’ve started off with some grading games, with one win, and two losses coming from the three games, The Beeaans would again play in the lowest division possible.


While the fixture says E Grade, the reality is, there are eight tiers, with B through D grade all featuring two sections, meaning our Beeaans upcoming E grade title (alright I’m getting ahead of myself) will really be a H grade.


The winter season is already underway, with two games in the bag, and some divisional reshuffling, all the upcoming opponents have either already been a victim of The Beeaans, or is yet to have the opportunity to face us.


The two newcomers, The Fat Eagles, and Eclipse, are of vastly differing histories, with the former being old men, and the latter being fresh out of juniors, the general feel around the league is that The Fat Eagles will compete for finals, and Eclipse will provide some youthful competition, either scraping into the top four, or at the least providing some stiff competition for teams.


Two other teams that are in the division, King Browns, and Make Basketball Great Again (MBGA), have been regular opponents for The Beeaans, with results going both ways between the sides. The Beeaans vs King Browns meetings have been split, with a victory by King Browns in round one of the winter season, albeit with some key outs of Skip and The Pigwan, and a previous victory last season. MBGA have played The Beeaans a total of three times, once in summer grading, and twice in regular season games, with The Beeaans winning the most recent contest. Both teams are expected to challenge for finals.


The first round matchup against King Browns was an ugly one for The Beeaans, as without Skip and Pigwan, we were smashed on the boards. An ugly 30-11 loss, that had Grandpa scoring four points and grabbing nine rebounds to lead the way, while No Ice lead the defensive charge, swiping four steals and a block to cap off an excellent individual defensive performance. Moss, once again, was excellent on the glass, ripping down six rebounds.


The final two teams that will face The Beeaans in E grade are Vipers Venom, and The Storm. Both sides have never defeated our Beeaans, with the Storm going down in a winter grading game, and the Vipers being the only team that have lost to The Beeaans multiple times. The Storm are not expected to play finals, and will probably only win a handful of games, while the Vipers aren’t expected to beat anyone, and will probably finish in last place. The Beeaans faced The Vipers in round two of the winter season, and were taught an absolute lesson.


The Round 2 showdown, between The Beeaans and Vipers Venom, was a doozy. The favoured Beeaans started off with a 5-0 start, as the Vipers have continually broken league jersey rules, and were subsequently punished, in favour of us. Again, The Beeaans were missing players due to holidays, as No Ice rotated states with Skip, heading to Queensland on the day Skip landed back in Victoria. This had no negative impact whatsoever, as Grandpa Bean dropped a nasty 26 points, hitting 7-12 from three, and handing out three assists. Not to be outdone, was Skip playing like vintage Wilt Chamberlain, scoring 21 points, grabbing a monster 23 rebounds, dishing out a phenomenal nine assists, while capping it off with three blocks and a steal. The Pigwan narrowly missed out on his first double-double, finishing off with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Moss continued his hard work on the glass from the week before, this time with seven rebounds.


The Beeaans, just quietly, are supremely confident of winning it all this season, believing they can win every game they play, against every opponent they face. An E grade premiership is nothing short of the goal, the target, the expectation for our lowly Beeaans, in Winter 2021.


That wraps up everything about The Beeaans, from its inauguration to the present, from this point on, there is no more I can tell you about your favourite domestic basketball side, The Beeaans.




To read more of the Beeaanly Bugle by Connor Hoetzel click HERE



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  1. Good work, Connor.
    Good luck for the winter season.

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