THE moment of #MUVJBL17 is here.
Sides from across the state – including a great array of country-based teams – have shone throughout the Melbourne Utd. Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) season.
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But the stakes have been raised yet again and those who match them will be crowned the state’s best.
It’s an amazing honour – for our champion sides to be whittled down to from 1291 to the final 130.
130 champions who endured a nine-month season of grading games.
130 champions who endured the ups and downs.
130 champions that battled through tournament play, difficult divisions and almighty obstacles.
These are the sides that don’t just win grand finals, but win the ultimate respect of the league. Nothing defines an incredible season better than a gold medallion that says “Melb Utd. VJBL champion”.
But that’s the glory of the final dance; there are still 300 or more sides vying for those titles.
Our Victorian Championship teams enter the last of their semi-finals tonight, setting the stage for their triumphant grand finals next Friday night – 22 September.
But to reach VC in the first place, many players and many sides battle it out in our divisional set up and rise accordingly.
Who knows what stars will emerge from this weekend’s Victorian Junior League (VJL) and Regional competitions head into their grand finals.
VJL tips off tonight (Friday 15 September) as the best of the best descend on Dandenong, Eltham and Keilor to battle it out for the top gongs in their divisions.
There are four flights of competition in the VJL – with our team numbers growing constantly in each.
Our Regional teams tip off Saturday 16 September at Werribee and Sunday 17 September at Blackburn, Nunawading, Waverley and the State Basketball Centre. Every clash, every competition – all played for serious stakes no matter the division.
It costs $3 to get in and see the action unfold at the venues and with around 100 people cramming in to watch each grand final last year, it makes for an electric atmosphere and a memorable occasion for players, coaches, friends and family alike.
Memories of success echo throughout the years; everyone remembers their first junior championship. Everyone remembers the mateship and perseverance needed to galvanises a championship winning group. It may be the peak achievement for some while others use this as a launching pad towards bigger and better basketball achievements.
No matter what though, both groups will always be together in that memory, in that moment, forever champions as one.
So here’s to the 1161 teams that gave everything… but the champion 130 deserve their moment in the spotlight this fortnight most of all.