IN this MUVJBL Update, we look at the winners of the Girls Got Game Photo Contest, celebrate some stellar Australian appointments and look ahead to the National Junior Classic!
NUMBER 4 – MAY 2018
— Kilsyth Basketball (@KilsythCobras) June 5, 2018
NATIONAL JUNIOR CLASSIC
It was an epic race to the finish in the end, but we’ve found out our qualifying MUVJBL teams that are set to compete in this weekend’s National Junior Classic! It should be an absolute thriller and if you’re around make sure you head down to Dandenong or the State Basketball Centre to see all the #NJC18 action up close!
Click here to read up on all the teams entering the Classic, starting on Saturday morning this week.
NJC18 LIVESTREAMING SCHEDULE
But if you can’t make it down we’ve also got you covered! Click here to read up on the entire livestream schedule for the Classic.
The MUVJBL and Basketball Victoria will livestream 28 games across the Queen’s Birthday long-weekend to make sure everyone gets a chance to see their team shine, even if it’s from the other side of the state! We will update the livestreaming schedule on Sunday and Monday mornings so you can see just who is in the running for the Classic title.
GIRLS GOT GAME PHOTO CONTEST
It was great to see our MUVJBL teams don the purple recently for the Girls Got Game Photo Contest. Our winners in the end were Keysborough’s under-16/1 girls team, which went the feathers and frills to set themselves above our other submissions. Congratulations to the Cougars women on winning the contest and its overall prize – a Molten MUVJBL basketball for each player! Thank you to everyone that submitted to the contest and we can’t wait to see the costumes and celebrations at next year’s event!
The SPBA could not be prouder to share the news that our Director of Coaching and Pathways, @CoachBigGee, has been appointed as the Head Coach for the Australian u18 3×3 Women who will compete at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina later this year.https://t.co/xBQ3je6OQ2 pic.twitter.com/KWhrKhQxsn
— Sharks Basketball (@SthPenSharks) June 6, 2018
HILLIER AND SMITH OFF TO 3×3 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
Congratulations to Southern Peninsula coach Gerard Hillier and Hawthorn VC star Sara-Rose Smith on being part of the inaugural Australian Youth Olympics 3×3 team in Argentina. Truly a fantastic effort and one well worth congratulating.
MUVJBL ROUND 7 UPDATE
An abundance of close games yet again with 100 games decided by three points or less and another 16 ties to go with that. In the 18 VJL3 Girls every game was seven points or less.
It was also Girls got Game Round with Mornington, Casey, McKinnon, Keysborough and Chelsea amongst all of our associations going out of the way to make the round a success and creating special attractions at their venues on the night. The MUVJBL will donate $4080 from the Girls Got Game round by giving $2 for every three point shot (2028) made during round 7. This amazing fundraising effort will go to Helping Hoops – to ensure they can continue to do their great work in the community.
NATIONAL JUNIOR CLASSIC
The fixture for the National Junior Classic has been released.
— Sharks Basketball (@SthPenSharks) June 5, 2018
MUVJBL ROUND 8 UPDATE
Another 20 draws this week bring the total for the year so far to 157. There were 124 games decided by 3 points or less. Chelsea 2 and Pakenham 3 18B VJL7 had a shoot-out with scores of 86-81 with the Gulls getting over the line and in 12GVJL4 of the five games all were decided by 6points or less,
Bek Sparrow and our under 18 girls have caught fire at the right time of the year and have earned their place in the field for the National Junior Classic. Congrats and Good Luck girls. pic.twitter.com/U5eJJdE3Ov
— Ringwood Hawks (@RingwoodHawks) June 4, 2018
MUVJBL ROUND 9 UPDATE
It was do or die for some teams in the VC competition with some teams vying for that elusive spot in the National Junior Classic to be held this coming Queens Birthday weekend at the State Basketball Centre and Dandenong Basketball Stadium.
It was also the last chance for teams to get their invitation to the Regional Challenge to be held at the State Basketball Centre on the evening 13 July.
Round 9 did not disappoint with a further 16 drawn games and another 200 games decided by 5 points or less.
VICTORIANS REPRESENTING AUSTRALIA AT UNDER-17 FIBA WORLD CUP
Congratulations to our seven Victorian representatives – Georgia Amoore, Isobel Anstey, Agnes Emma-Nnopu, Eliza Hollingsworth, Jade Melbourne, Gemma Potter and Lily Scanlon – on their selection for the Australian U17 Sapphires! They’ll head to Minsk, Belarus early in July for the Championships and we wish them the best of luck throughout this incredible tournament. It just goes to show how fantastic Victorian basketball is at all levels and we can’t wait to see our successful Sapphires’ seven surge to success overseas.
MUVJBL REGIONAL CHALLENGE 2018
The 10th Regional Challenge with be held on Friday 13 July (last Friday School Holidays) at the State Basketball Centre. It is an invitational event where top teams in VJL3 (U12s) and VJL5 (U14, 16 and 18s), after round 9) are invited from each Regional zones (North/West and South/East) to represent their Region in a one off game against the opposing region. The Regional zone with the most wins in the Challenge games earning the David Hickman Shield. Currently the Shield is held by the North after winning in 2017.
Tops and medallions will be supplied to all participants plus additional giveaways on the night of the games to participating teams. Invitations to the respective teams were sent on the Monday, with 8 teams already accepting their invite.
MUVJBL 3×3 CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT
The next Melb Utd. VJBL 3×3 Challenge Tournament is scheduled for 10 and 12 July in Mill Park and Chelsea.
Played in the newest Olympic sport format, the 3×3 pits players against each other in a half-court format designed to speed up the playing experience and showcase the high-flying acrobatics and dominant displays of precision shooting we’ve come to expect from our junior stars across the league!
MUVJBL FIXTURES FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON
Fixtures for the remaining games of the season will be made available after the completion of round 9 in the VC Competition (over the School Holidays).
USING PLAYERS STRENGTH DURING GAMES
There are players in most teams who thrive on destroying the opposition when their team has gained ascendancy. They might be risky defensive players or confidence shooters. Other players do better when the going is tough for their own team. They tough it out, look after the ball, play sacrificial defence and minimise the damage caused by an opposing team when on a run. The trick is to utilise various styles of players at the right time. In a close game it might not be advisable to have the most ambitious offensive player on the court but to have a steady scrapper who will fight every contest.