Pioneers ready to play hard ball

PLAYING HARD BALL: Pioneers captain Tom Daly with his daughter Gracie, 2, has called on the community to rally behind the embattled team. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

THE community campaign to save the embattled Pioneers Basketball Club is gathering momentum as the iconic sporting institution faces possible elimination.

The 30-year-old sporting club has been thrown into crisis amid Basketball Australia foreshadowing a major restructure of the South East Australia Basketball League.

While club officials remain in the dark, it is understood a Basketball Australia’s board meeting next week will determine whether the Pioneers can be slotted into a viable league.

Boasting a string of championships and wide grassroots community support, the popular Pioneers home matches regularly attract between 800 to 1000 people at


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