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NBL1 – Defensive Players of the Year

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To be in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year, your team must be above-average defensively with you on the floor, and you also must have had a large enough role so that your defense has impacted the win-loss count.Here’s my top ten.
'Much like the criteria for the Offensive Player of the Year list , to be in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year, your team must be above-average defensively with you on the floor, and you also must have had a large enough role so that your defense has impacted the win-loss count.Statistics used are via HoopsDB – plus (+) still indicates a good differential for the on-off defensive rating metric used.Players are listed in no particular order.DANE PINEAU (Melbourne) Pineau has played almost exclusively at center this season, often giving up size to the bulkier bigs.He makes up for this with his movement and smarts however, as he is very attentive, he can defend in the pick and roll, he has active hands, and he doesnt mind taking contact.Impressive numbers with a young Tigers roster. 1.4 BLK | 1.4 STL | 19.8% DREB | 3.4 FLS 97.4 on-court DRtg | +16.6 on-off court DRtg differential KUANY KUANY (Ballarat) The two dominant defensive teams this season have been Geelong and Ballarat – Kuany is one of five guys on this list from those teams.He’s disciplined and shows good intent to navigate through screens, and he also has the body-type to defend point-guard through to small-forward. 0.1 BLK | 1.1 STL | 9.0% DREB | 2.3 FLS 98.1 on-court DRtg | +11.2 on-off court DRtg differential LEWIS THOMAS (Geelong) Thomas is now a regular in this conversation after helping lead two quality defensive teams in his previous SEABL seasons.He’s played both front-court positions for this team, after playing mostly at center for Mount Gambier and Hobart, and has done it with success thanks to his mobility and attention to the opposition. 0.7 BLK | 1.2 STL | 19.1% DREB | 1.8 FLS 98.0 on-court DRtg | +12.7 on-off court DRtg differential OWEN ODIGIE (Kilsyth) Odigie has missed time this season but, interestingly, he has still finished close to the same amount of minutes as he did last year when he was named the SEABL’s best defensive player.Unlike the two-way players on this list, Odigie is more of a defensive specialist with less of an offensive role.He’s got good strength, size, quickness and athleticism – an ideal wing defender who knows his job. 0.5 BLK | 1.3 STL | 16.7% DREB | 2.8 FLS 101.1 on-court DRtg | +8.4 on-off court DRtg differential DENG ACUOTH (Ballarat) Acuoth propelled Melbourne to an above-average defense with him on the floor last season, despite minimal defensive personnel around him, so to now see him play in a system with so much talent is a big change.He’s slight and can get pushed around one-on-one against bulkier players, but his ability to recover or help his teammates with his shot-blocking is elite. 3.2 BLK | 1.0 STL | 18.7% DREB | 2.1 FLS 98.3 on-court DRtg | +8.4 on-off court DRtg differential NAJEAL YOUNG (Frankston) Dan Trist’s inclusion in the Frankston line-up has triggered a run of wins, but before that it was Young who stabilised the Blues defense.His versatility, athleticism, and quickness at power-forward has been the perfect tonic to compliment this group and hide any of their weaknesses. 0.3 BLK | 1.5 STL | 19.8% DREB | 3.0 FLS 102.8 on-court DRtg | +11.8 on-off court DRtg differential DEMARCUS GATLIN (Geelong) Gatlin is the best athlete at his size in the league, meaning that he can guard any point-guard or wing.With a quality big behind him, he can be aggressive and help generate turnovers, something Geelong do more than any other team.I wouldn’t read anything into his ‘on-off court’ number – the team is still defending at an elite rate with him on, he plays a ton, and he’s been a positive every other season. 0.5 BLK | 2.4 STL | 10.8% DREB | 2.4 FLS 102.2 on-court DRtg | -9.9 on-off court DRtg differential JOSH SYKES (Eltham) The best vertical athlete in the league.Sykes starts games at power-forward but also plays some center with Simon Bradbury off the floor.He’s certainly at his best when he can play as the help-defender, and challenge shots at the rim, as he can get caught out of position when navigating screens or defending the perimeter.He does have tools to help make up for his mistakes though, and he’s a huge deterrent inside the paint, so overall he’s a worthy name among the top ten. 2.6 BLK | 1.3 STL | 17.9% DREB | 3.3 FLS 105.4 on-court DRtg | +18.7 on-off court DRtg differential JERRY EVANS (Ballarat) Like what was said regarding Evans’ offense, he can fill anumber of gaps on defense as well.With both quality defensive bigs and guardsaround him, Evans helps create havoc in-between.He’s got a great physical profileto be able to guard multiple types of players, he gets his hands to errantpasses, he can deter shots as an on or off-ball defender, and he’ll grab therebound to kick-start offense. 0.7 BLK | 1.9 STL | 17.4% DREB | 2.3 FLS 97.0 on-court DRtg | +12.4 on-off court DRtg differential DAIN SWETALLA (Nunawading) The Spectres have cobbled together an above-average defense again despite a lot of moving parts this season.Swetalla marginally gets this spot over Tom Wright due to playing more minutes, as well as the idea that his fit next to Simon Conn goes a fair way to giving the team their defensive identity.Even in his thirties, Swetalla still has some eye-popping athleticism left to go along with a real physicality and presence. 0.3 BLK | 0.9 STL | 24.0% DREB | 2.8 FLS 105.9 on-court DRtg | +3.8 on-off court DRtg differential . 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Astronomy Night

Military National Science Week

A night at the observatory for all ages. Session starts from dusk to late. One of Australia's leading Astronomers will be on-site to answer many of your questions and give you new ones.
'Learn how the telescope works and how images are captured using long exposures. Learn about the different types of galaxies. Enjoy the night sky and meet interesting people in your area. A night at the observatory for all ages. Session starts from dusk to late. One of Australia’s leading Astronomers will be on-site to answer many of your questions and give you new ones. Visit the observatory located on campus as we search for galaxies. Watch as the dome and telescope move in synchrony to track celestial objects. Tea and coffee and toilet facilities will be available.'

Escaping ISIS at 97 years old, Shami Eso is overjoyed ‘with the power of God’ as she settles into Brisbane

Military The Catholic Leader

FOR 97-year-old Shami Eso, her escape from the terrors of ISIS in Iraq is complete as she makes her new home in Brisbane.It’s almost five years since she and her family fled as ISIS terrorists drew close to their home town of Qaraqosh in northern
'Together again, at last: Ninety-seven-year-old Shami Eso (centre) with (from left) her daughter-in-law Ekhlas Ayoob, Jameel Asho, Amer Asho and Basim Asho.FOR 97-year-old Shami Eso, her escape from the terrors of ISIS in Iraq is complete as she makes her new home in Brisbane.It’s almost five years since she and her family fled as ISIS terrorists drew close to their home town of Qaraqosh in northern Iraq.She could never have imagined she would end up on the other side of the world – never to see her home again.Newly arrived in Bracken Ridge, on Brisbane’s northern outskirts, Shami gives thanks to God that she is reunited with family.Two of her sons were already waiting for her – Jameel in Bracken Ridge and Amer in Melbourne – and she’s arrived in Australia with another son Basim and his wife Ekhlas.Jameel translates her message of sheer elation, and says she is extremely happy “with the power of God”. “We do not need anything other than the mercy of God to keep us together,” she said through Jameel. “We pray to God to give us good health and peace for Australia and all the world. “I thank the Australian Government for all its help (for me) to arrive here …” Then she broke into spontaneous song with a special prayer – louder and with more gusto than you’d expect from a 97-year-old. “This is a prayer for our father, the first human, Adam, and God’s creation of Eve to help him in his life,” Jameel said. “This is a very, very old, very old Syrianic tone …” Perhaps Shami sings of her abiding faith in God’s eternal presence from before the beginning of time, and still.Jameel tells the story of how the family fled from Qaraqosh, a town where everyone was Catholic.His whole extended family left at the same time – “the same time, the same day, the same night, on August 8, 2014”. They set off on foot to head for Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, about 60km away. “After I stayed about one month in Kurdistan (initially in a church hall), then I and my brother Amer travelled to Jordan, on September 11, 2014,” Jameel said. “My family and the family of Amer travelled to Jordan and lived in a church hall in Naoor. “We stayed there for two years and five months.” That was when Jameel, his wife Sameerah and three of their four children came to Brisbane as refugees.Amer and his family moved to Melbourne at the same time.Jameel’s son Dan and Basim’s son Martin remain in Lebanon, hoping to be reunited with the rest of the family.Jameel said Shami and Basim “arrived in Lebanon on February 8, 2016, and my son with him but (Basim’s) son Martin arrived in Lebanon before that, on December 23, 2014”. And how does he so easily remember all these dates? “Because I write many applications about coming here, from all our families … for my son, for his son, for my brother …,” he said.Basim was reluctant to leave Kurdistan when his brothers did because he had hopes of returning to Qaraqosh when the terror of ISIS had passed.He had left behind a comfortable lifestyle including a thriving retail business, with large shops and more than $1 million in clothing, cosmetics and other goods. “But then, after the liberation of Qaraqosh from ISIS, it appeared that his shops were gone, burned and damaged, and they stole everything in it, all the goods,” Basim said through Jameel. “Then I decided to leave Iraq … “And also his and Mum’s house was burned and my (Jameel’s) house was burned also.There is nothing left.” Shami said ISIS had “burned all the churches in Qaraqosh – about seven or eight churches – and especially the big church of my area”. “Until now it stays burned, black, without being rebuilt,” she said. “It stays, for the world to see what happened because of ISIS.” She used to go daily to that church to pray. “My mum stayed in Kurdistan with my son – (she was) not encouraged to travel … (being) an old woman, … but now it’s no other way to stay or to return back to Iraq, because there is no good life there now because around our village or town of Qaraqosh there are many enemies,” Jameel said. “Muslim enemies stay there and are waiting for another chance or opportunity to make the same campaign or war or to kill our people, and the Iraqi Government does not care for our people or our area …” Jameel submitted three applications for Shami and Basim and his family to come to Australia as refugees and they were all rejected.His fourth application was successful.It was faith that kept him hoping. “We trust in God.We trust … and Jesus who brought us here will continue his good with us.We also pray …” Jameel said.Shami said: “God gives mercy to all the people for all the time forever. “The mercy of God is big.” Now their prayer is for the rest of the family to be reunited. “We pray to be together with the rest of our families, like my son Dan and (Basim’s) son Martin, and other relatives who stayed in Jordan or Lebanon or Turkey,” Jameel said. “We have our big sister (Jameela) waiting in Turkey, waiting for one country – waiting to come here or to America or to Germany …” Jameel beams with joy when he remembers how happy he was on the day he was reunited with his mother and brother. “Yes, (it was a) very happy day,” he said. “It was my hope, big hope. “And I have another hope, that my son and (Basim’s) son to be here in the near future. “Our happiness will be complete.” . 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