Team deflated as Victorian league application denied

SHATTERED: Pioneers head coach Richard Hill is gutted the Pioneers have been left out of a new Victorian-based elite league. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

THE Mount Gambier Pioneers Basketball Club has been thrown into turmoil amid a shock decision by Basketball Victoria to lock it out of its revamped elite league.

Club officials late yesterday were left stunned by the news, which now leaves Mount Gambier’s 30-year-old iconic team outside of any viable elite league.

It is understood a Basketball Victoria panel could not be convinced the Pioneers could field a competitive women’s team, which was a requirement of the restructured competition.

Stunned club officials were yesterday scrambling to call players, club officials and board members when the news broke in the afternoon.

An emotive Pioneers head coach Richard Hill – who was yesterday struggling


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