FINALS… can you believe it?
Another scintillating season of Melbourne Utd. Victorian Junior Basketball League action has boiled down to this moment. Down to these skilled sides, expertly run associations and those who have ridden their luck the best to this point.
We’ve already got our VJL Divisions battling it out in finals competitions and now with the VC Divisions heading off into finals, it’s time to have a closer look under the microscope at some of the key stats throughout the league.
From our 1303 entered teams in the MUVJBL 2017/2018 season, 708 have advanced to the next stage and put themselves right in the midst of a potential championship run.
Casey (31), Keilor (30), Dandenong (29), Eltham (29) and Melbourne Boys (25) lead the charge for teams qualifying for the finals. All but one of our associations has qualified a team for finals, showcasing the strength and diversity of the league throughout Metro Melbourne and the country regions.
All seven Victorian-based National Junior Classic title winners – Bulleen U12B, Eltham U12G, Eltham U14B, Melbourne U14G, Bendigo U16B, Nunawading U16G and Melbourne U18B – remain in the hunt to pick up the impressive Classic/VC double. While it is an incredibly elusive achievement, there are some teams on the hunt for a three-peat.
Eltham’s U14 boys and Melbourne’s U14 girls will take their Classic and VC form into the Basketball Australia Under-14 Club Championships, held October in Kilsyth and Shepparton.
For one athlete in particular, Kristian Ferronato, his seasons in the under-14 age group will rank as some of the fondest of his life. He’s won at the Classic this year, at Under-14 Club Championships in 2017 and because of that, he was able to represent the Asia Pacific Boys team at the NBA Jr. World Championships, held earlier this year in Orlando, Florida. His side remains in the hunt in the under-14 VC grade and there’s plenty to play for over the next four weeks!
On that note plenty of players have the chance to add state silverware to their national titles with three out of the four Victoria Metropolitan and Victoria Country sides coming back from winning gold at the Australian Junior Championships. Nothing screams out a brilliant year quite like hanging yet another medal around your neck!
It all culminates starting the weekend of Friday 14 September with VJL 1-4 and 5 and Below grand finals. Keep an eye out for announcements on the venues for these MUVJBL grand finals over the next week.