Central Real Waratah 1 Men

Learn more about each of our the Central Coast Crusaders Waratah 1 Men by clicking on their image below (Captain followed by alphabetical order by surname):









About the team:

The Central Coast Crusaders Championship Men’s Team competed in the 2019 Spalding NSW Senior Waratah League. The team played 22 games during the season – of these 22 games, they won 16 and lost 6 games providing a win percentage of 72.73%.

Due to such a strong performance during the season, the Central Coast Crusaders Championship Men qualified to compete in the finals weekend which was held at their home court ‘Breakers Indoor Sports Stadium’ located in Terrigal on the Central Coast of NSW.

The Semi Final was played against the Maitland Mustangs, in front of a sold-out home crowd on Saturday 17th August 2019. In a closely contested game the Crusaders prevailed over their arch rivals winning 82-71. This win qualified the Crusaders to compete in the Grand Final against the Manly- Warringah Sea Eagles the following day.

The Central Coast Crusaders fans arrived in droves to support their team against an experienced and strong Manly team, led by current NBL Player, Kevin White. The Crusaders commenced the game on the front foot, scoring the first 9 points of the game before Manly were able to respond by getting their first points on the board.

The Crusaders were able to hold on to their lead for the majority of the game, but the Manly Sea Eagles continually closed in on the Crusaders lead.

In the final 5 minutes of the match, Manly was firing on all cylinders and were able to bear down on the Crusaders with both teams equal with only 1-minute remaining.

The Crusaders were two points down with 30 seconds to play. What happened next wrote Central Coast Crusaders into the Waratah League’s record books. Crusaders Big Man, Cal Jenkins with ice running through his veins sunk 2 high pressure free throws to tie the game.

The Crusaders were given one last opportunity to finish the game in front and with only seconds left on the clock, were able to take possession of the ball and remain composed with Mitch Rueter taking the final shot of the game. The audience sat in anticipation to see if this was the magical shot that was needed to allow the Crusaders to win the game. In what looked to be the game winning shot, the shot from Reuter hit the rim of the basket however, Crusaders big man Cal Jenkins used his experience to position himself for the match winning ‘tip in’.

The Crusaders fans went into raptures with many joining the players on the court to celebrate the win.

The Central Coast Crusaders Championship Men’s Team led my coach Chris Ohlback, assistant coaches Ian Robilliard and Julian Khazzouh are now the 2019 Champions and the first host Association to win, in the history of the competition.

The players within this team are true champions both on and off the court. They train extremely hard with many of the players local residents who have been competing at our stadium since they were in primary school. This players dedication to the game throughout the season, followed by the historic win has inspired the local junior players and will no doubt inspire more young people on the Central Coast to play the sport of basketball, knowing that there is a very real pathway to playing at an elite level.

This win was the culmination of many many years work with the majority of the team having played junior basketball together for the Gosford City Rebels.

One of the players within the Central Coast Crusaders Championship Men’s team, Mitch Reuter was named as the Grand Final MVP with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists.

Three players from this team also represented the University of Newcastle in the Nation 3×3 Basketball Hustle, finishing runners up in NSW.

About the Team Sponsor: Central Real

Central Real are specialists in property developement who live and breathe the Central Coast, they intimately understand the significant potential of the region.

They know what buyers are looking for and design considered places to live and work which are perfect for the Central Coast lifestyle. As one of the most heavily invested developers in the area, they are instrumental in driving the local market.

Central Coast Basketball’s General Manager, Mick Ryan says “We are extremely proud that we are able to offer a pathway for players on the Central Coast, starting at the grass roots level. This is an exciting time for the sport of Basketball on the Central Coast we can’t wait to work closely with the amazing team at Central Real, as the naming sponsor of our Senior Representative Basketball program”.
Central Real is a company born on the Central Coast and owner Tony Denny is extremely passionate about unlocking the true potential that the Central Coast has to offer. Choosing to live and invest in the Central Coast shows Tony’s commitment and passion to the region and his contributions extend far beyond his luxury apartment buildings which include the recently completed ‘Elysium’ development at Terrigal; as well as ‘Icon’, ‘Vue, ‘Aqua’ and ‘Scenic’ at Gosford, ‘Peninsula’ and ‘Marina’ at Point Frederick.
With a shared passion and vision for the Central Coast, it seemed organic that a partnership was born between Central Coast Crusaders and Central Real.
Central Real CEO, Richard Ellis says “As a local company committed to the Coast, supporting our community is extremely important to us. The Central Coast Crusaders will be competing at the top of their league and we’re extremely proud to be part of their journey as they represent the Central Coast in this next level of elite competition.”