The player pathway from the grassroots to the elite continues to grow for young Victorian female basketballers with news that no less than 23 metropolitan and country basketball associations will be represented at the Deakin Melbourne Boomers WNBL tryouts for Development Players, commencing July 25.
For the third year running the Boomers will provide an opportunity for players to attend tryouts over the course of three weeks with an opportunity for six or more Development Player positions to be awarded. In an exciting initiative by the Boomers, this year’s intake will include at least one contracted position on the senior squad.
“It’s a glowing endorsement that the Melbourne Boomers are focused on representing Victorian basketball,” said Club GM Justin Nelson, adding, “We have a very clear focus and vision that includes a strong player pathway that is representative and supportive of the outstanding work done by all the Victorian basketball clubs and associations.”
Last season a number of Development Players stepped on court and played for the Boomers in WNBL games, including Kasey Burton (Ballarat), Chloe Molloy (Seymour), Genna Ogier (Shepparton), and Courtenay Wragg (Bulleen), while the likes of Shanae Greaves (Knox) has steadily progressed over the last three years to become a recognised player in the league.
“This year we already have more than 30 clubs and associations partnering the Boomers in a variety of ways, so hopefully we continue to see more young players attending these annual tryouts in the future. All up over 40 players will work with Guy Molloy and his coaching staff in coming weeks and no doubt they will take that incredible experience back to their clubs and associations. We’re really proud of that,” Nelson added.
Basketball Victoria’s Manager – Basketball Operations, Grant Wallace praised the the initiative.
“We are seeing a number of the Victorian based WNBL programs running development try-outs and we applaud the initiative as it provides our identified junior female athletes with an outstanding opportunity to develop their game at the highest level and hopefully make a senior roster. It also further enhances the exciting pathways in our sport.”
“The Melbourne Boomers have also provided some great opportunities for our Victorian HP Coaches. This year we are delighted to see 2016 Victorian Junior State team coaches Katrina Hibbert, Nicole Howard and Alan McAughtry taking on assistant coaching roles with the Boomers, further supporting our great pathway.”
For Coach Molloy, the tryouts are another important step in each player’s pathway from juniors through to seniors, a step that he says is a “vital part of the Boomers program.”
“Victoria has an incredible legacy of developing outstanding players. The clubs and associations, along with the Basketball Victoria are clear leaders in the programs they administer and run. Our vision is to extend that pathway from juniors into seniors with a position in the WNBL as a member of the Melbourne Boomers being a significant goal for these young players,” Molloy said.
“Over the coming weeks we will get to see and work with some really talented players, it’s an exciting part of our program, we enjoy welcoming the players and their families to the Boomers environment and helping them to continue their development. The WNBL is a world-class league and we should all be proud to see young Victorians pushing for selection at this elite level.”
Victorian associations who will have representatives take part in the Boomers try-outs are as follows:
Altona, Ballarat, Bulleen, Camberwell, Coburg, Dandenong, Diamond Valley, Eltham, Geelong, Hume City, Keilor, Kilsyth, Knox, Latrobe City, McKinnon, Melbourne, Mornington, Nunawading, Ringwood, Sandringham, Sunbury, Warrandyte, Waverley