The Templar Warriors Newsletter

Issue Number 10

Tuesday, 14th June, 2022


Check out this week’s newsletter below to see what’s been happening at the BMBA and if you haven’t done so already book us in for a FREE clinic at your school.

News, announcments and updates

McKinnon Primary School Clinic a great success!

Last week we visited McKinnon Primary School to conduct our FREE clinics to their large student boys throughout the week. From Prep’s through to Grade six we had a wonderful time sharing our passion for basketball with their students.

With over 700 students to get through it certainly proved to be a busy time and sometimes with 60 kids to a session it presented it’s own unique challenges. Fortunately for us the kids, as they have been at every school we have visited were extremly well behaved and the staff were both supportive and welcoming. The enthusiasm form the kids was terrific and we certainly saw some talent amongst their numbers. The kids enjoyed being exposed to our two imports in Joe Davis and Jon Kirkman as well as veteran coach Bob Mann. We would like to pass on our appreciation to Dylan Hislop who arranged our visit to the school, we think he enjoyed it as much as the kids did.

It was a busy week for the BMBA with students at Huntingdale Primary School and St Kilda Primary School also enjoying our clinics. We llok forward to visiting more schools in the coming weeks and months. Get your school booked in today!

It's been a busy term two for our School Clinics!

Term two is almost finished, and it has been a busy time for the BMBA visiting schools everywhere. This term alone we have had the privilege of hosting clinics at

  • St Josephs PS – Elsternwick
  • St Kilda PS
  • McKinnon PS
  • Black Rock PS
  • Huntingdale PS &
  • Malvern Central PS

Some schools have had us back multiple times and we have enjoyed the privilege immensely.

Book in your school today!

Zoom Q and A. Ask us your questions online

We want to allow interested parents, teachers, school staff and juniors to gather more information about the BMBA while also being able to ask questions of us about our programs, our people and our objectives. So we decided to arrange this through Zoom Q and A meetings where you can do all of this from the comfort of your own home.

For days, dates times and a registration link for these Zoom sessions, please CLICK HERE.

There is plenty happening at the BMBA at the moment. Opportunities to join teams, register for a holiday camp or an after-school training program and for a few weeks received two programs for the price of one. Check it all out by clicking on the images below.

Check out what's happening at the BMBA

There is plenty happening at the BMBA at the moment. Opportunities to join teams, register for a holiday camp or an after-school training program and for a few weeks received two programs for the price of one. Check it all out by clicking on the images below.





Can you help us spread the word?

Last week we finished delivering in person a letter, an A3 poster and ten B5 flyers to over 120 primary and secondary schools. The flyer/poster is shown on the right. We would be so grateful if you can help us to raise awareness of our new program and what it offers for both your school and your students.

To continue to be able to provide our clinics to schools we need participants to register with any one of our fantastic programs. We now have high-standard venues and quality coaches who provide high-level independent training and coaching. This has meant that in a very short time we have put together an amazing basketball product especially for juniors.  To nourish and grow our programs though, we need people to register their kids into the program. 

In doing so this will enable us to continue to come out to schools such as yours to run our clinics

You can help us to build this program so it remains in place for your students and schools for years to come by spreading the word about our program. 

You can right-click on the image on the right to share it on social media, or you can left-click to go to a PDF version that you can print and distribute to friends, families and associates.

Players and Coaches News

Joe named BIG V player of the Month for May!

Our Canadian All-Star import Joe Davis has added another gong to his cupboard when he was named the Div 2 Men’s BIG V player of the month for May. In that month Joe averaged 23.6 points and 9 rebounds per game. 

More importantly, through his efforts, Joe has led his Pakenham Warriors team into a second-place on the ladder as they head into the second half of the season and a play-off spot. Joe’s best game though was probably in a losing effort when his team took on the top team in the Gippsland Pacers and after battling the flu, Joe recorded 29 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. 

Joe will be a force that will be hard to stop in his team’s remaining games before he looks to lead Pakenham into a successful playoff run. 

Congratulations on the award Joe, it was thoroughly deserved.

Jon stars in BIG V debut weekend!

Unlike Joe, Jon Kirkmann has had to bide his time before debuting at BIG V level. After recently signing with the Melbourne University Black Angels in the Division One Men’s competition, Jon was provided with a double-header weekend to kick things off.

In his first game against Bulleen, Jon had 11 points and four rebounds as his Black Angels survived a strong challenge from Bullen. The next day though Jon show his capabilities to everybody when he had 26 points and 7 rebounds. In that 26 points, Jon dropped four 3-pointers from seven attempts in a lop-sided 107-68 win.

Not a bad debut weekend for somebody starting so late in the season. Melbourne Uni sits undefeated on top of the table in their division, so Jon has much to look forward to as he settles into his new team. 

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Community Through Hoops Program.

At BMBA basketball we are not just about building better players, we also want to mentor better people. We will be implementing this through our “Commnity through Hoops” program.

The primary purpose of this program is covered in our program’s emblem, “The Templars” which is explained below. The way we implement and conduct our programs wants to reflect age-old values for our participants that we believe are just as important in these modern times and moving into the future. In a subtle way through our love of basketball, we want to help embed within our players a sense of honesty, respect, honour and dignity in the way they conduct themselves.

We believe sport is an ideal vehicle for this.

Why the Templars?

We chose the Templars as we believe some values are eternal.

We don’t just want our symbol/mascot to project strength and tenacity, we want it to be something that defines our culture and the values we want to embed amongst our participants and players.

While the Templar Knights were fierce Medieval Warriors, they also lived by a code of honour, respect, courage and they dedicated their lives to self-sacrifice in the pursuit of servitude towards others.

We believe that this represents the culture we want to build within our program perfectly.

Younger Kids

We do our best to group participants to match their ages and abilities as much as possible. This ensures the kids obtain as much enjoyment as possible from their time with us. Generally, for younger kids, the emphasis is as much on having some fun while being taught some new skills to use in their domestic games or programs.

In teaching these skills we do so as much as possible through drill formats with the kids in teams and engaging in competitive drills with plenty of encouragement and with more emphasis on attempting to use their newly taught skills as on winning. 

Older Kids

For our older groups, we teach them more through simulated match situations and scrimmage games. Drills are still used but with the mindset of using these drills to develop skills for games situations and then putting them into those game situations.

While still focusing on enjoyment and fun, older participants are normally looking for more challenging training and coaching with a greater emphasis on competition and challenges with the skills being taught. 


Our training is designed for both boys and girls. Where numbers permit we organise girls into “girl only” groups which make things more enjoyable for the girls. We also design different skills challenges for the girl’s groups.

In the unusual event (especially in the older groups) that a girl or girls would prefer to join in with the boys, we would look at that situation where capabilities permit it.


Of course, our training is open for boys as well.  As with the girls, we look to form them into boys-only groups. This again is dependent on the number of enrolments we have.

These groups are sorted along both age and capability lines as well as keeping kids in their friendship groups where possible. Most importantly, as best as possible we place participants in groups where they are comfortable with their current skill level and where they can obtain the most enjoyment from their participation in the BMBA program.

For the more motivated

We also have groups for those players who are more motivated and wish to obtain more serious training to improve their game. We can either form them into a separate group or embed them in a group and simply provide them with more challenging drills and skills for them to use and learn from.

They will receive condensed high-level coaching and drills that will challenge them and help them improve their current skills considerably or learn new ones for future games and opportunities.

Our Coaches

Our Coaches are predominately players Bob has brought through with him via his caching career. They all have predominately graduated through Bob’s representative basketball programs. We also recruit coaches from Universities and schools who have either played or coached at a high level. All our coaches are trained in the drills and basketball programs that we implement and are supervised through all our sessions. Naturally, all of them will have to obtain and provide Working with Children Checks to be able to work with us, where they are old enough to have one.

Our Venues

At the moment we operate from outdoor school courts due to Covid-19, but we are now working to secure an indoor court now that schools have reopened from lockdowns. 

We are looking for a venue in the South East Suburbs of Melbourne, preferably within the boundaries of the cities of Glen Eira, Bayside or Kingston.

If your school fits that bill and wants to help us have kids in our community become involved in a positive recreation and program while making some revenue for your school, then contact us to discuss the possibilities.


Book a clinic today!

We are now ready and willing to go. So book us in to visit your school to promote our sport, our program and the possibilities we can present for many of your students.

CLICK HERE to contact us today to book us into a visit to your school.




CONTACT MOBILE: 0490 823 400

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