OUR Victorian teams have earned their spots for the upcoming Basketball Australia Under 14 Club Championships, held in Dandenong in October.
Following the first few months of Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) action, the top sides across the Ashe and Watson conferences of the Victorian Championship have booked their tickets to #ClubChamps.
With five spots booked for 2017, the top two sides from each conference as well as the Country Championships winner in boys and girls will represent the state at the titles.
Bulleen, Hawthorn, Dandenong, Eltham and Geelong have made the grade in the under-14 boys while Bulleen, Diamond Valley, Eltham, Dandenong, Nunawading and Ballarat will represent the girls.
Ballarat girls and Geelong boys earned their places after winning the BVC Championships earlier this year.
Nunawading girls wrapped up their spot in style on Friday night, clinching a hard-fought challenge triumph over Hawthorn to take the place and book their ticket to the nationals.
“This is absolutely fantastic – we’ve just qualified for the Australian Club Under 14 Girls Championships – and we’re absolutely rapt,” Nunawading coach Peter Rooke said. “It an absolutely positive thing for the club to make the under-14 club championships and it is an honour to represent Victoria and Nunawading Spectres are going to rock and roll it there.”
For our Country teams, qualifying through the BVC Championships earlier this year, it was a hard slog as well, with Geelong head coach Rod Boone believing it is an amazing achievement the kids will look back on fondly.
“In the first instance it is a privilege few players in this age group can achieve throughout Australia,” Boone said. “Basketball Geelong has a long tradition of their Under 14 teams making the nationals and it is something we strive for and try hard to realise each year.
“The team is pleased to have won the right to play at Dandenong in early October – there has been discussions about where they expect to finish.
“They are slowly beginning to understand that improving their basic skill set is the key to success.”
The teams will play for the Ken Watson Trophy (boys) and Michele Timms Trophy (girls) across the weeklong competition at Dandenong Basketball Stadium from 2-9 October.
Knox under-14 girls won our solitary Club Championships title in 2016, defeating Bendigo in a thrilling 51-46 clash in Newcastle.
BASKETBALL AUSTRALIA UNDER 14 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAMS SELECTED