Medibank National Junior Classic teams announced

AUSTRALIA’S best junior teams have earned the right to compete in the 2017 Medibank National Junior Classic.

Set to square off in the nation’s peak elite junior tournament, held 10-12 June over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the best Victorian junior teams in each age group will face sides from around the country in a bid to become a Classic champion team.

Bulleen and Nunawading lead the way with seven qualified teams for the Medibank National Junior Classic while Dandenong and Hawthorn (six qualified to date), Melbourne (six), Knox (six) and Diamond Valley (five) have been equally impressive throughout the MUVJBL qualifying process.

State championship winning and high ranking sides from South Australia (28 teams) and New South Wales (20 teams) have earned their places while Basketball ACT (seven teams) and New Zealand have also selected representative teams to join the Classic ranks.

Winners from the Basketball Victoria Country (BVC) Junior Championships – Sale Under 12 Girls and Wodonga Under 12 Boys – not competing in the MUVJBL secured their spots in the Classic.

Bendigo Under 16 girls and Bellarine Under 18 Girls completed the impressive double of winning their BVC Junior Championship and qualifying through the MUVJBL VC process.

Three other country teams – Bendigo under-14 girls as well as Southern Peninsula under-14 boys and under-16 girls – also earned their places through MUVJBL qualification.

MUVJBL General Manager John Hilton said the 2017 Medibank National Junior Classic will push the standard of competition to the next level and the league is eagerly awaiting tournament tip off on 10 June.

“Every year, the standard at the Medibank National Junior Classic improves and it’s great to see a wide array of teams from across Victoria and Australia getting ready for this year’s tournament,” Hilton said. “For the best teams across Victoria, the Classic is the perfect opportunity to take on the country’s most talented juniors.

“Our interstate and international teams also benefit greatly from the tournament – taking an additional step up in competition that is hard to find elsewhere.

“We’re delighted to have Medibank supporting the Classic for the second year in a row and we want to thank them for their commitment to elite junior basketball.

“We wish all the teams the best of luck heading to the Classic.”

The invitation-only event is capped at 16 teams per age group, all of which have been training and preparing for this event for the best part of 12 months.

Invitations to the event are extended to the top interstate teams and the highest ranking Victorian teams. Returning for a second campaign, teams from New Zealand will make the trek over to maintain the international flair of the Classic.

There remains one MUVJBL Challenge game to determine the last spot in the Classic with Dandenong facing Hawthorn on Friday night in an under-18 boys showdown.

 Scheduling information can be found at www.vjbl.com.au.

Entry is free for all spectators.

2017 MEDIBANK NATIONAL JUNIOR CLASSIC – SELECTED TEAMS

UNDER 12 BOYS

Basketball ACT

Hills Hornets

Northern Suburbs

Sydney Comets

Central Districts

Norwood

Sturt Sabres

Dandenong

Eltham

Hawthorn

Kilsyth

Knox

Melbourne

Nunawading

Sandringham

Wodonga

 

UNDER 12 GIRLS

Basketball ACT

Manly

Hills Hornets

Forestville

Sturt Sabres

West Adelaide

North Adelaide

Bulleen

Frankston

Hawthorn

Kilsyth

Knox

McKinnon

Melbourne

Nunawading

Sale

 

UNDER 14 BOYS

Basketball ACT

Sydney Comets

Northern Suburbs

Norwood

North Adelaide

Sturt Sabres

Central Districts

Bulleen

Dandenong

Eltham

Hawthorn

Keilor

Knox

Melbourne

Southern Peninsula

Werribee

 

UNDER 14 GIRLS

Basketball ACT

Sydney Comets

Manly

Northern Suburbs

Forestville

Sturt Sabres

Southern Tigers

Bendigo

Bulleen

Dandenong

Diamond Valley

Eltham

Hawthorn

Keilor

Melbourne

Nunawading

 

UNDER 16 BOYS

Basketball ACT

Northern Suburbs

Sydney Comets

Camden Valley

New Zealand

Central Districts

Sturt Sabres

North Adelaide

Bulleen

Casey

Dandenong

Diamond Valley

Keilor

Melbourne

Nunawading

Waverley

 

UNDER 16 GIRLS

Basketball ACT

Manly

Hornsby

Hills Hornets

New Zealand

Forestville

Sturt Sabres

Central Districts

Bendigo

Bulleen

Dandenong

Diamond Valley

Kilsyth

Knox

Nunawading

Southern Peninsula


UNDER 18 BOYS

Basketball ACT

Northern Suburbs

Manly

Southern Tigers

Woodville

Forestville

Eastern Mavericks

Bulleen

Collingwood

Diamond Valley

Keilor

Knox

Melbourne

Nunawading

Ringwood

Dandenong OR Hawthorn

 

UNDER 18 GIRLS

Northern Suburbs

Hills Hornets

Forestville

Sturt Sabres

West Adelaide

Norwood

Altona

Bellarine

Bulleen

Dandenong

Diamond Valley

Eltham

Frankston

Hawthorn

Knox

Nunawading

 

MEDIBANK NATIONAL JUNIOR CLASSIC – 2017 STADIUMS LIST AND ADDRESSES

Dandenong Basketball Stadium

270 Stud Rd, Dandenong

State Basketball Centre

291 George St, Wantirna South

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