IF reigning Colac Basketball Association champion Hawks Magic is to win this season’s flag, it will have to do it without three of its best players.
Towering centre Tim Battersby and recruit Jimmy Huybens, of Geelong, and floor general Jason Cuolahan are all unavailable for the March 29 grand final.
Pre-season, officials incorrectly fixtured just 15 A Grade men’s matches instead of 16 matches and had scheduled the regular season to finish on March 1.
With 15 rounds, Magic players assumed – with three weeks of finals – the grand final would be on March 22.
But when officials fixed their mistake this month, and added a 16th round and a March 29 grand final, the problem arose for the 12-2 team.
“Basically we figured with the season wrapped up after round 15, we added three weeks for finals and JC and Batters have organised holidays after that week, which clashes with the actual grand final,” Magic’s Pete Williamson said.
“So we’ve lost them, and without Batters driving back from Geelong, Jimmy can’t get to the games because they carpool and he doesn’t have a licence,” he said.
The team appealed to the association last week, which allowed centre Andrew Scott to join the Magic’s finals campaign despite not having played five qualifying matches.
Scott netted four points and took a stack of rebounds in his first match – a 51-35 win over Rebels BWFC on Tuesday night.