It’s been a while since our last update and some exiting things have happened in that time.
The National Junior Classic was held over the Queens Birthday weekend at the Dandenong and State Basketball Centre venues. The Classic was a great drawcard of junior talent around Australia, with the Victorian associations dominating winning all age groups except the U/18 Girls which was won by Forestville from South Australia.
|Classic Standings 2018|
|P||Girls 12’s||Boys 12’s||Girls 14’s||Boys 14’s|
|8||Hills Hornets||Warrnambool||Diamond Valley||Norwood|
|12||Sturt||Southern Tigers||Forestville||North Adelaide|
|13||Bulleen||Norths Bears||East Mavericks||Blacktown|
|16||Norwood||Canberra||Hills Hornets||Central Districts|
|P||Girls 16’s||Boys 16’s||Girls 18’s||Boys 18’s|
|4||Bulleen||North Adelaide||Manly Warringah||Hawthorn|
|11||Forestville||Knox||West Adelaide||Hills Hornets|
|12||Hornsby||Eastern Mavericks||Diamond Valley||Mckinnon|
|14||Southern Tigers||Melbourne||Norths Bears||Canberra|
|16||Manly Warringah||Eltham||Kilsyth||Central Districts|
|Teams highlighted in Yellow Interstate – Teams Highlighted in Blue Country not in VJBL
Teams in Red won Country Championships
The Regional Challenge (David Hickman Shield) was held on 13thJuly with the North winning over a determined East. One surprise was Bellarine handing out a hiding to Latrobe in the 14 Boys. All the other games kept spectators on their toes with their closeness, Keilor winning by a solitary point over Kilsyth in the 16 Girls and Westgate winning by 2 points from Waverley in the 16 Boys which had double overtime. Overall it was a great night for basketball and showcased some up and coming juniors.
REGIONAL CHALLENGE 2018 Results
|WHITTLESEA 2(G12)||29||defeated||NUNAWADING 3 (G12)||22|
|CASEY 4 (B12)||49||defeated||WESTGATE (B12)||36|
|DANDENONG 4 (G14)||35||defeated||COLLINGWOOD 2 (G14)||30|
|BELLARINE (B14)||78||defeated||LATROBE 2 (B14)||31|
|KEILOR 3 (G16)||33||defeated||KILSYTH 3 (G16)||32|
|WESTGATE (B16)||54||defeated||WAVERLEY 2 (B16)||52|
|WERRIBEE 2 (B18)||47||defeated||MORNINGTON (B18)||35|
The MUVJBL 3 X 3 Tournaments during the last week of the school holiday proved to be a fantastic success with teams from around the State taking part in twin tournaments at Mill Park and Patterson River, overall the standard of players was excellent with the standard improving all the time. Go to website for results
Over the last 4 rounds it has possibly determined the destiny of some teams whether they make or miss out on finals participation. Most sections are extremely tight with all teams still a realistic chance of making the finals. In this period there were 901 games decided by 5 points or less, 166 games with one point results and also 89 tied games (total for the season so far 261 approx 20 per week). In round 14 the 14 VJL7 Boys produced some astonishing results with 3 tied games, a one point game and the blowout was a 6 point game.
World Calls for Bellarine Hoops Star
Star Bellarine junior Agnes Emma-Nnopu is off to the FIBA Under 17 World Cup. Emma-Nnopu was selected as part of a twelve player Australian roster to compete at junior basketball’s pinnacle event in Minsk, Belarus in late July. The selection adds another feat to an already impressive resume for Emma-Nnopu having won a gold medal at the under 16 Asian championships with the national team, gold and bronze medals at the Australian under 18 championships with Victoria Country and earning a scholarship to the Australian Institute of sport in the past 18 months.
Agnes and the Sapphires have a significant task in front of them as they head to the tournament as the defending world champions after the 2016 team defeated Italy in the championship game. Speaking to Basketball Australia head coach Shannon Seebohm has strong belief in his group’s ability to replicate the success of the team’s predecessors. “This group has some great versatility, will be able to match-up against any team we meet at the World Cup and also has the ability to play a similar style that won us the gold medal two years ago,” said Sapphires coach Shannon Seebohm.
For Emma-Nnopu the world cup will be another chance to display her talents on the world stage. Another significant achievement for a humble girl from the Bellarine Peninsula. The Sapphires open their campaign against Angola on July 22nd and will also play Latvia and Canada in the group stage before reaching the knockout rounds.
Interesting Facts in Basketball
- A warm basketball is bouncier than a cold one because the molecules in the warm ball hit it’s inside surface at a higher speed.
- The world record for the highest basketball shot is 415 feet high. In 2015, an Australian trick shot team stood atop the Gordon Dam in Tasmania and threw a basketball through a hoop below.
- No other sport has more injuries than basketball, and the most common basketball injury is a sprained ankle. However, knee inflammation is the injury that causes players to miss the most games.