Basketball Victoria Awards Night 2017 winners announced

BRINGING together the best and brightest in Victorian basketball, the State Basketball Centre was transformed on Saturday night for the Basketball Victoria Awards Dinner.

Victoria’s elite players, extraordinary associations and amazing volunteers, staff members and referees, united to celebrate all things Victorian basketball in 2017.

The Awards Dinner highlighted the outstanding efforts from our community on and off the court, in support of growing the game and maintaining our elite standards at all levels.

Our major playing awards were won by Alanna Smith, Mitch Creek, Jaz Shelley and Sean Macdonald for their amazing contributions on court throughout 2017.

Creek starred wherever the road took him – playing for Australia and toiling in Adelaide’s remarkable NBL season, while Alanna Smith played an incredible role in Stanford’s NCAA tournament run to the Final Four.

Macdonald and Shelley flourished for Victorian junior representative teams before national duties beckoned as the basketball world continues to stand in awe of these superb guards.

Basketball Victoria capped off the night with the induction of three familiar faces to the Basketball Victoria Wall of Fame. Natalie Porter, Pat Reidy and Les Riddle joined the exclusive club of Victorian basketball greats in recognition of their extraordinary achievements on the basketball landscape.

Natalie Porter’s presence on and off the court has always impressed. She was a powerhouse wherever the game took her. Reaching the pinnacle of the sport internationally was something Porter was destined to achieve. She became one of our WNBA draftees – when she was drafted to the New York Liberty in 2000. Porter was a perennial presence in the Opals as she featured in the almighty Athens Olympic Games campaign where we won silver. She also featured year-in, year-out in the WNBL as one of the league’s greatest.

Pat Reidy towered over Australian basketball as one of our finest low-post players. A perennial figure in the NBL, across an incredible 468 games at North Melbourne Giants, and Townsville. He was pivotal in our 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games campaign where the Australian men went agonisingly close to securing the men’s elusive first medal.

Les Riddle backed up his amazing achievements as a player with an exceptional career as a coach. From the Olympic Games in Moscow, the World Cup and a suite of NBL games in the fledgling competition, Riddle quickly pivoted into coaching upon retirement and flourished as he helped Coburg’s men and women earn national titles and bring acclaim to Melbourne’s north.

 BASKETBALL VICTORIA WALL OF FAME – 2017 INDUCTEES

 Natalie Porter

NATALIE PORTER

Drafted by Women’s National Basketball Association (New York Liberty) – 2000

WNBL Defensive Player of the Year – 2003

278 WNBL games

Silver Medallist at Athens Olympics – 2004

Year inducted – 2017

 

Pat Reidy

PAT REIDY

1991 Worlds Junior Men

1994 NBL Championship

1994 World Championship

1996 Olympics

1996 Oceania Championship

1997 Oceania Championships

468 NBL games

Year inducted – 2017

 Les Riddle

LES RIDDLE

101 NBL games

1978 World Championship

1979 Oceania Championship

Moscow 1980 Olympian

1981 Oceania Championship

1982 World Championship

1983 Commonwealth Games

1985 Head Coach WNBL Coburg Cougars

1986 Head Coach NBL Coburg Giants

Year inducted – 2017

 

BASKETBALL VICTORIA ANNUAL AWARDS – 2018 WINNERS

JACK CARTER MEMORIAL AWARD

Stephen Walter

ALLAN ASHE MEMORIAL AWARD

Mal Allison

JUNIOR PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

Eltham Wildcats

BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR

Werribee Basketball Association

THE EDDIE CROUCH AWARD – REFEREE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

VBRA Knox Branch

COACH OF THE YEAR

Darren Perry

CHARLES RYAN WHEELCHAIR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Teisha Shadwell

INCLUSIVE ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR

Collingwood Basketball Association

BASKETBALL ATHLETE WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

Molly Urquhart-Moran

Michelle Couling

Photograph of the Year: Michelle Couling

PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR – MEDIA

Michelle Couling

COVERAGE OF THE YEAR – MEDIA

Kilsyth Basketball Association

WALLY PATTISON AWARD – TECHNICAL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR

Erin O’Connell

DISABILITY PROGRAMS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Bob Tyler

FAIR PLAY AWARD

Cameron Slacik

ALAN HUGHES AWARD

Mitch Creek

BETTY WATSON AWARD

Alanna Smith

JUNIOR MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Sean Macdonald

JUNIOR FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Jaz Shelley

MOLTEN DOMESTIC COACH OF THE YEAR

Jackie Lee

 

 

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