MUVJBL Update 5

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
1 Eltham Bulleen Melbourne Eltham
2 Keilor Kilsyth Hawthorn Nunawading
3 Hawthorn Dandenong Knox Hills Hornets
4 Forestville Hawthorn Sandringham Sydney
5 West Adelaide Nunawading Dandenong Werribee
6 Casey Diamond Valley Frankston Pakenham
7 Dandenong Knox Altona Bulleen
8 Hills Hornets Warrnambool Diamond Valley Norwood
9 Traralgon Keilor South Adelaide Warrnambool
10 Nunawading Norwood Sturt Canberra
11 Frankston North Adelaide Manly Keilor
12 Sturt Southern Tigers Forestville North Adelaide
13 Bulleen Norths Bears East Mavericks Blacktown
14 Canberra Sturt Canberra Knox
15 Melbourne Sydney Mc Kinnon Hawthorn
16 Norwood Canberra Hills Hornets Central Districts
P Girls 16’s Boys 16’s Girls 18’s Boys 18’s
1 Nunawading Bendigo Forestville Melbourne
2 Melbourne Hills Hornets Hawthorn Kilsyth
3 Knox Ballarat Ringwood Norths Bears
4 Bulleen North Adelaide Manly Warringah Hawthorn
5 Bendigo Sydney Dandenong Sturt
6 Dandenong Bulleen Sturt Woodville
7 Sth Peninsula Nunawading Knox Nunawading
8 Diamond Valley Keilor Eltham Sandringham
9 Sturt Dandenong Bulleen Keilor
10 Eastern Mavericks Sturt Keilor Dandenong
11 Forestville Knox West Adelaide Hills Hornets
12 Hornsby Eastern Mavericks Diamond Valley Mckinnon
13 Canberra Canberra Sydney Forestville
14 Southern Tigers Melbourne Norths Bears Canberra
15 Sydney Norwood Central Districts Sydney
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.




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


Rds 10-14

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.
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