Club History

OUR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

 

The Lost Sheep Basketball Club (TLS) was formed in 1979 and was a founding member of the Northern Districts Basketball Association (which later became the Broadmeadows Basketball Association Inc).

Fr Phil O'Donnell, the Assistant Priest at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Gladstone Park who came up with the Club name - because of its connection with the Good Shepherd and the fact that, as a new bunch of basketballers we lacked focus and direction, hence "The Lost Sheep" -generated interest in having teams enter the then NDBA open age competitions commencing at the Glenroy Valley Sports Centre (the asphalt courts in the disused Morgan Factories) as a community building exercise.

Jeff Knight (Patsee Milner's older brother) convinced others to sign up for basketball and TLS entered two mens teams and a womens team in the competitions conducted at the Glenroy Valley Sports Centre (2 courts) and the then Oak Park High School (1 court).

In the early days, the Club entered mens and womens teams at both Broadmeadows and Coburg and had a great deal of success, winning many A and B Grade flags at Broadmeadows and C, D and E Grade pennants at Coburg.

The predominantly family based nature of the Club's membership in the early days led to junior teams being entered as the children of those founding members got older, and the TLS Club was one of the more dominant junior Clubs of the early 1980s to the early 1990s, winning many A Grade Junior Domestic flags and Tournament titles.

Run by a small and sociable Committee, whose first President Jeff Knight was succeeded by Malcolm Best (Jeff's brother-in-law), the Club also competed regularly at the Wangaratta Labour Day weekend tournament, the Portland Queens Birthday Weekend tournament, and the Albury Senior and Junior Tournaments, winning many Albury Junior Tournament grand finals.

As the original family members of the Club left the neighbourhood or found other interests, the successful reputation the Club had built up by the mid to late 1980s had adult and junior players from other suburbs clamouring to play for TLS.