Life Members

TERRY HENSTOCK

Terry was an integral part of the formation of Gosford City Basketball Association (GCBA) in 1990. Terry along with other founding members, agreed that for basketball to grow and succeed on the Central Coast, a standalone basketball association and basketball stadium needed to be built.

After a long and arduous road to finance, construction of the stadium commenced in Terrigal in 1992. Terry was a part of the building committee and was instrumental in keeping the cost of the project in control. Gosford City Sports Stadium was officially opened on Saturday 16th October, 1993.

Terry loved the game and was passionate about the future of basketball on the Coast. The stadium was built with the intention of a solid foundation in basketball grass roots and Terry along with our other Foundation Members, have achieved this goal. Gosford City Basketballs Junior representative program and Gosford City Sports Stadium domestic programs are a testament to the indefatigable commitment of our Founding Members.

In 1992, Terry volunteered to write a column on basketball for the Central Coast Express. This column helped spread the news of our stadiums development and was certainly a catalyst to increase our membership numbers.

Terry was made a life member on the 1st November 1999.

Terry always had time for the stadium and would visit when we were holding events, he loved to see the stadium at full capacity. In November 2016, Terry popped in to the stadium in what was to be his final visit, the stadium staff gave him a tour of all the changes that have occurred and even shot some hoops for him.  Terry passed away on the Friday 27th January, 2017. Although Terry is gone, he will never be forgotten.


 

GEOFF PATTERSON

Geoff was an integral part of the formation of Gosford City Basketball Association (GCBA) in 1990. Geoff along with other founding members, agreed that for basketball to grow and succeed on the Central Coast, a standalone basketball association and basketball stadium needed to be built.

After a long and arduous road to finance, construction of the stadium commenced in Terrigal in 1992. Geoff was a part of the building committee and was instrumental in keeping the cost of the project in control. Gosford City Sports Stadium was officially opened on Saturday 16th October, 1993.

Geoff served as the Referee director and court supervisor for many years. Geoff also contributed by assisting with Junior Player Development and coaching the junior representative teams.

Geoff was made a life member in 1998.

Geoff is a selfless community member who volunteers at many other sporting clubs who benefit from his skill, guidance and support.


 

CHRISTINE PATTERSON

Christine was an integral part of the formation of Gosford City Basketball Association (GCBA) in 1990. Christine along with other founding members, agreed that for basketball to grow and succeed on the Central Coast, a standalone basketball association and basketball stadium needed to be built.

After a long and arduous road to finance, construction of the stadium commenced in Terrigal in 1992. Christine was a part of the building committee and was instrumental in keeping the cost of the project in control. Gosford City Sports Stadium was officially opened on Saturday 16th October, 1993.

Christine assisted with player registration (before computer systems), administration of the stadium, creating draws, court supervision, canteen operations and organized additional venues when large events or tournaments were held.

Christine was made a life member in 1999.


 

ROBERT LIUBINSKAS

Bob was an integral part of the formation of Gosford City Basketball Association (GCBA) in 1990. Bob along with other founding members, agreed that for basketball to grow and succeed on the Central Coast, a standalone basketball association and basketball stadium needed to be built.  Bob was a driving force in gaining the approval to build the stadium which included drawing on his business contacts and lobbing Politian’s and departments to gain all possible assistance. Bob made some serious financial contribution to get funding across the line.

After a long and arduous road to finance, construction of the stadium commenced in Terrigal in 1992. Bob was a part of the building committee and was instrumental in keeping the cost of the project in control. Gosford City Sports Stadium was officially opened on Saturday 16th October, 1993.

Bob was the first serving President of Gosford City Basketball Association and the mezzanine level is named the ‘Bob Liubinskas Gallery’ which pays tribute to the many contributions that Bob made to the stadium and the association.

Bob was named a life member in 1999.


 

LEN GOODWIN

Len was an integral part of the formation of Gosford City Basketball Association (GCBA) in 1990. Len along with other founding members, agreed that for basketball to grow and succeed on the Central Coast, a standalone basketball association and basketball stadium needed to be built. 

After a long and arduous road to finance, construction of the stadium commenced in Terrigal in 1992. Len was a part of the building committee and was instrumental in keeping the cost of the project in control. Gosford City Sports Stadium was officially opened on Saturday 16th October, 1993.

Len was a driving force in the creation of our Junior Representative Program and was passionate about encouraging players and teams to play at a representative level in the NSW league. Len assisted by coaching teams and individuals and was always encouraging others to become coaches and was always happy to develop them.

Len assisted with booking external venues for domestic competitions and ensuring that everything ran smoothly. Len also refereed both junior and senior domestic games.

Len was made a life member in 2001.


 

JILL TWEEDIE

Jill was an integral part of the formation of Gosford City Basketball Association (GCBA) in 1990. Jill along with other founding members, agreed that for basketball to grow and succeed on the Central Coast, a standalone basketball association and basketball stadium needed to be built. 

After a long and arduous road to finance, construction of the stadium commenced in Terrigal in 1992. Jill was a part of the building committee and was instrumental in keeping the cost of the project in control. Gosford City Sports Stadium was officially opened on Saturday 16th October, 1993.

Jill assisted with the financial operations of the stadium and association, she held the position of treasurer for many years.

Jill made submissions for grants and funding to ensure that the stadium and association were able to continue to operate and remain financially viable.

Jill was made a life member in 2001.


 

LYN TAYLOR

Lyn was an integral part of the formation of Gosford City Basketball Association (GCBA) in 1990. Lyn along with other founding members, agreed that for basketball to grow and succeed on the Central Coast, a standalone basketball association and basketball stadium needed to be built. 

After a long and arduous road to finance, construction of the stadium commenced in Terrigal in 1992. Lyn was a part of the building committee and was instrumental in keeping the cost of the project in control. Gosford City Sports Stadium was officially opened on Saturday 16th October, 1993.

Lyn was the first technical official, score bench and statistician. Lyn trained at NSW Basketball to eb able to assist with representative games. Jill also gained her coaching accreditation and became our Central Coast Instructor/Evaluator for score bench and stats.

Lyn completed representative rosters, oversaw representative events, national tournaments and international tournaments.

Lyn represented Gosford City Basketball Association at NSW Committee Level and Country NSW Committee Level.

Lyn was made a life member in 2003.


 

SHIRLEY HILLMANN

Shirley has been a long serving Board Member and has held various positions including Director, Secretary, Vice-President and President.

Shirley is one of the state’s leading Stats and Score-table Officials and was awarded with NSW Basketball Long Service Award.

Shirley has chaired the Rebels Representative Committee for a number of years and has also managed a number of Rebels Teams over this time. In addition, Shirley has also managed a number of NSW Country Tour Teams at the Australian Junior Country Cup.

As well as assisting with countless presentation set up days and trophy coordination along with being a regular court manager for Basketball NSW and Stadium Events.

Shirley would have to be one of (if not) the longest serving Volunteer in the history of the Stadium…her involvement is still ongoing long after her children have stopped playing.

Shirley was made a life member in 2008.


 

CAROL GOODIER

Carol has been active within Gosford City Basketball for more than 15 years. Carol’s passion for the sport of basketball and the organisation of the game is second -to -none. Over the years, Carol has undertaken the management, training, organisation and teaching of the skill of score bench and statistics.

She has conducted many courses training individuals from our association and other associations as to the manner to correctly score basketball at Junior, senior, domestic and Representative levels. She has travelled kilometres to provide this training and to critique operators passing on knowledge and tips, pushing them, recommending them to higher levels of officiating and helping them to achieve their goals.

Carol herself has pushed her skill levels and has in turn officiated at many state, national and international games and tournaments. Not being content with score bench, Carol then moved into the role of statistician. This over the years has progressed from a handwritten format provided to coaches at the completion of a match to today’s online ‘live’ coverage of the games. This in itself has meant hours of continual training and protocol to keep up with the ever-changing demands. All this training, for herself and others, is done voluntarily. Carol does all the rostering for Crusaders, keeps all our programs and people up to date with rules and operations and without her input, we as an association, would not be able to participate in the Waratah Leagues.

Life Membership is a deserving accolade for a very hardworking and loyal member of our association.

Carol was made a life member in 2017.


 

DAVID HIGGINS

Dave has been a dedicated member of the Gosford Association for 13 years. He joined us when his girls were young and playing in the Junior Rebel competitions.

Since arriving, not knowing very many members, Dave has continually volunteered his time to our basketball. Over the years, Dave has built a large network of basketball acquaintances and tapped many resources to aid the sport of basketball. He has coached both junior and senior teams, male and female, every year that he has been at Gosford City. Dave continues to coach even today in our senior Crusaders. We may not always hear of his achievements within the ranks of basketball but his commitment to coach and encourage the younger players and the older ones to continue in the game is tireless and without his commitment to these players our club may certainly not be as strong.

Dave has also been involved as a Board member of the association on and off over the years, making himself available to Gosford City Basketball when his work commitments permitted. He has helped fundraise, obtain grants and worked at the premises, always as a volunteer.

Dave’s dedication to the game and its players is rewarded with acknowledgement of Life Membership.

David was made a life member in 2017.

 


 

IAN ‘MOOSE’ ROBILLIARD

Gosford City Basketball and Sports Stadium has been extremely fortunate and blessed to have had Ian ‘Moose’ Robilliard actively involved since 2002. The contribution that he has made and continues to make is undeniable and significant and his influence undoubtedly laid the platform for majority of the success in both our Junior and Senior Representative Programs.

Over the years Moose has been actively involved in all aspects of the Association as a player, a coach, a referee, a board member and a mentor. His passion and knowledge for the sport of basketball are infectious and his skills as an administrator are second to none and his willingness to share this knowledge has ensured that Gosford City Basketball and Sports Stadium has become and remains one of the most respected organisations in NSW.

In his time at the Club, Moose’s achievements have been endless but perhaps his most significant was when he was able to break through and orchestrate the Gosford City Rebels first ever Junior State Championship with his Under 12 Men. This success laid the platform for more success moving forward which included probably his most memorable achievement in winning Under 18 Men’s title at home, some years later. In between these successes he worked tirelessly with teams who have competed successfully at National Club Championships and has been actively involved with a number of the successful Crusader Teams.

Moose was the ultimate driver of the Central Coast Crusaders Senior Representative Program identifying the need to have a pathway for the juniors once they finished their Junior Representative Basketball and the Crusaders have enjoyed a significant amount of success in a relatively short space of time. This success was highlighted this year when the Crusaders won their first Senior Men’s Championship.

The impact that Moose has had on so many individuals within the Gosford City Basketball and Sports Stadium organization has been significant and a large amount of the success enjoyed by individuals (players, coaches, administrators) and teams can be accredited to him. The organization and the programs will be forever indebted to Moose and his legacy will carry on for many, many years to come.

Ian was made a life member in 2017.

 


 

TIM TYRRELL

Tim Tyrrell an enigma in many ways but to those who know him a gentleman and a scholar except on the basketball court when his fighting spirit was obvious and many players will testify to that. Quick with a word of wisdom and a never say die attitude best describes the man whose determination has leaked into many a young player, coached by this tactical genius.

Tim has been pioneer in our Association and has contributed in so many ways. Some examples of his contributions include:

  • The introduction of some invaluable development tools such as Floor Markings to assist with player education and designer basketballs to assist young players with their shooting techniques;
  • The donation of reversible singlets for introductory teams to encourage them to play and learn the game of basketball;
  • Legal and Governance advice across all facets of the organization and in more recent times was a Board Member;
  • Being instrumental in organizing and growing the ‘Regular Sunday Morning Scrimmages’ to create a sense of community and belonging;
  • Coordinating working bees when required and always being actively involved in the Associations Major Events;
  • Constantly supporting and participating in the Associations Domestic Competitions for over 25 years and still running around today…well sort of! and
  • Coaching in both our Junior and Senior Representative Programs.

Suffice it to say Tim has left an indelible mark on the Gosford City Basketball and Sports Stadium and will always be counted as an important brick in the wall that helped build the Association to where it is today.

Tim’s dedication to the game and its players has been phenomenal and is being be rewarded with acknowledgement of Life Membership.

Tim was made a life member in 2017.


 

EDDIE WHITMORE

Eddie moved to the Central Coast in 1996 to work for The Athlete’s Foot Tuggerah. Upon his arrival, he signed up to play for the Central Coast Cavaliers at Terrigal Stadium. The Cavaliers made it to the finals that year and were Runner’s up, which was a great achievement for such a young club.

Eddie  continued to play from 1996 – 2005, then decided to call it a day and retire to focus on his children Justice and Richmond Whitmore who at this time were 7 & 6 years old. Both of Eddies children were showing a true love for the game of basketball and were affiliated the learn to play programs which Eddie assisted with.

In 2007, Eddie was convinced by none other than Ian ‘Moose’ Robillard, to come out of retirement to show the young fellas how it’s done! Eddies team went on to make the GF in 2008, after which he retired for the last time from playing and found a new focus – coaching.

Eddie started off his coaching career with the Gosford City Rebels in 2006 when Richmond was triple bottom age U/12 and preceded to coach representative basketball for the next 7 years across both boys and girls teams finishing in 2013.

In 2010 after coaching the younger kids for a few years, Eddie I found himself longing to coach at a higher level. Which lead to Eddie taking the head coaching role with the Central Coast Academy of Sport. Eddie had his first stint as Head Coach of the Central Coast Crusaders Youth League Women, while still committing to the juniors program. This continued into the 2011 season which ended with a very narrow GF lost to the Sydney Comets.

Eddie then had a couple of years as an assistant coach, as this was a busy time for Eddie, starting a new job. Eddie then  come back as the Central Coast Crusaders Youth League Men  coach in 2015.

After having coached the Women’s team previously, Eddie was always contacted by former players suggesting that he should come back to the women’s program to give them some experience coaching.

Eddie started off his coaching career with the Gosford City Rebels in 2006 when Richmond was triple bottom age U/12 and preceded to coach representative basketball for the next 7 years across both boys and girls teams finishing in 2013.

In 2010 after coaching the younger kids for a few years, Eddie I found himself longing to coach at a higher level. Which lead to Eddie taking the head coaching role with the Central Coast Academy of Sport. Eddie had his first stint as Head Coach of the Central Coast Crusaders Youth League Women, while still committing to the juniors program. This continued into the 2011 season which ended with a very narrow GF lost to the Sydney Comets.

Eddie then had a couple of years as an assistant coach, as this was a busy time for Eddie, starting a new job. Eddie then  come back as the Central Coast Crusaders Youth League Men  coach in 2015.

After having coached the Women’s team previously, Eddie was always contacted by former players suggesting that he should come back to the women’s program to give them some experience coaching.

Eddie takes a huge amount of pride in the fact that he was able to help 7 of our local Junior/Senior players to achieve their dreams of playing College basketball in the USA on full scholarship at University.

Eddie  was made a life member in 2019.

 


 

CHRIS OHLBACK

Chris Ohlback’s name is synonimus with Gosford City Basketball having coached many of the clubs foremost junior players and now as the current Head Coach of the Championship Men’s teams in the NSW Waratah Championship, as well as his role as the Association’s General Manager for many years. 

Along his journey he has amassed many milestones, none more so than his success as the Head Coach of the highly important step as players leave juniors and move into senior basketball at the Youth League level.  His four (4) State Championships in Youth League Division One (2009, 2011, 2013 and 2018), competition is testament to his ability in the coaching ranks and his ability to connect with young players as they are trying to find their way out of junior basketball in the more competitive competition at Youth League.  Chris’s involvement is not confined to the coaching floor, as the clubs Basketball Development Manager in 1999 he has served the club for close to twenty years in an administrative role and more recently as the Associations General Manager for six of those twenty years.

The Awards received at Basketball NSW level also support his appointment to Life Membership of Gosford City Basketball, a four (4) times coach of the year recipient, and closer to home as a two (2) time Crusader Club Person of the Year Award (2017 and 2018) again support his appointment to Life Membership of the Association.

Ian Robilliard OAM a Life Member of the Association said of Chris’s appointment to Life Membership: “This is an extremely well deserving appointment and just recognition of a person who has put an enormous amount of his time into the Association and the teams we represent.  Chris is a person who has fully invested his skills into making our club a better place for those who are engaged with us.  The junior program is indebted to him for his support and untiring efforts. His work in the U14 age group where he regularly took teams to the U14 Club Nationals became a yearly fixture on the clubs calendar and now our senior players are enjoying his skills as they seek out a first win at Championship level. Congratulations to Chris on this very deserving acknowledgement of his value to the club.”

Chris was made a life member in 2019.