Club History

Sandy Saints Basketball Club commenced in 1979 with the aim to offer basketball skills at an early age and to foster team work in the local community of Sandringham and Bayside. With much Club growth over the years, some of the original founding teams are now watching and coaching their children with the Sandy Saints. Many of these members have now been involved in the Club as players, referees, coaches and team managers for over 40 years. Sandy Saints continues to grow through ensuring members enjoy the game, play as a team and have fun.

Interested in more Sandy Saints history? You can read it at Sandringham Sabres - The First 25 Years - 1974-1999

Here are some throwbacks.

1970s

Sacred Heart (Sandy Saints) Sacred Heart Club (renamed Sandy Saints in 1985) began in 1979 as the brain child of Carol McDonald by entering a Sabres holiday workshop for under 11 boys. Captained by Joe Margheriti, the team consisted of Julian and Nick McDonald, Tim Warren, Damian Wilson, Sam Murphy, Stefan Poulos, Matt Monoghan and all were playing in the under 18 domestic season just completed.

First Time Sacred Heart Club: Formed.

Changed name to Sandy Saints in 1985.

Family Leisure Centre Grand Opening: Held on 11th February.

Junior & Senior Domestic Competitions: Start at the Family Leisure Centre in February.

Boys played all day Saturday and girls played Friday evenings.

Day-time women’s competition: Start at the Family Leisure Centre in February. Played on Monday mornings. Sandringham Junior Tournament: Held in May.

1980s

Sandy Saints In 1986, the Club entered three teams in the Sale Sonics Easter Competition and acquitted themselves well. Under the Presidency of Jim McDonald/Garry Moller and Bob Umbers, the club has grown in strength and numbers and last season entered 16 junior teams and 2 senior men’s teams. We have a perpetual trophy for the Best Club Sportsperson which began in 1985 and has been won by Drew Russell, Tim Gattuso, Gavan Southern, Sally Gattuso, Julian McDonald, Juliana Horsfield and Jackie Bissett. Sandy Saints became an incorporated body in February 1989 and our logos are still in the melting pot. By Jim McDonald

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Courtesy Chris Bennett. Sandringham Sabres – The First 25 Years 1974-1999, is an eBook compiled and edited by Chris Bennett, an SBA Life Member, for the 25th Anniversary of the Sandringham Sabres.