THE final battles of 2017 will tip off Friday night.
Our best from the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) 2017 season have been assembled.
From varying regions across Victoria, the best have found their way to Dandenong and the State Basketball Centre on Friday for our Victorian Championship and Victorian Championship Reserve grand finals.
For those who can’t make it to the under-18 grand finals, Basketball Victoria and the MUVJBL will livestream the Victorian Championship under-18 grand finals from State Basketball Centre starting from 8pm. Dandenong will face Nunawading in the under-18 boys VC grand final while the girls match tips at 9.30pm between Dandenong and Bulleen.
2017 national champion and Australian representative Tyler Robertson will lead his Rangers arm-in-arm with fellow high-calibre talents Blake Taylor, James Spencer and Ryan Rapp. They came from the lower rungs to qualify, finishing the season seventh but rising up in finals to knock over top-two pair Diamond Valley and Melbourne. The Spectres – with Joe Mutimer, Shawn Clarke and Jalen Barker in its midst – have consistently shone throughout 2017 and will be a worthy adversary for Dandenong in the last clash of the season.
Dandenong’s VC under-18 girls contingent is potent. Isis Lopes, Isobel Anstey, LT Poa, Maddi Puli and Olivia Babic led the power-packed roster and more importantly – knocked over an almighty undefeated Bellarine side 62-47 in the preliminary final. Bulleen isn’t without its own firepower as Abbey Ellis and Sophia Locandro sit amongst an even-spread of Boomers ready to knock over the Rangers.
Sam Thornton and her rampaging Bulleen Boomers have won their way through the under-16 VC finale against Dandenong. The group features a strong selection of Victorian representatives in Alex Keating, Chelsea Suemai, Erin Riley, Sascha Korakis and recently announced Australian under-16 representative Gemma Potter. They won the National Junior Classic, they united in the Victoria Metropolitan colours to bring home the under-16 national championships… but can they sweep? It will make for a potent clash on Court 4 as Dandenong’s best – led by Emily Sewell, Makaela Zeldenryk and Leia Hanafin – will aim to take the title off the minor premiers.
Melbourne Tigers – led by another Victorian rising star Paul Tsapatolis – will go head to head against Dandenong – featuring Leyi Adebayo, Mason Perry and Zac Taylor – from 9.10pm.
Our under-20 stars will feature over at Dandenong Basketball Stadium as Kilsyth battles Hawthorn while Sandringham squares off against Blackburn to round out their MUVJBL journeys.
Our country contingent has also impressed to make the grade with Ballarat, Latrobe and Pakenham earning the right to feature in VC Reserve grand finals at Dandenong Basketball Stadium.
It all boils down to these last 20 matches following another incredible year on court in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL). With our expansion to 1291 teams this season as well as new associations joining the competition, it proves the strength of our competition is here to stay as we continue to grow.
MUVJBL FIXTURE – VICTORIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
B12VC: Eltham v Kilsyth, 7.20PM, SBC 2
G12VC: Melbourne vs Knox, 7.40pm, Dandenong Crt1
BU14VC: Dandenong v Eltham, 7.40pm, SBC 6
GU14VC: Bulleen v Dandenong, 7pm, SBC 4
BU16VC: Melbourne v Dandenong, 9.10pm, SBC 6
GU16VC: Bulleen v Dandenong, 8.30pm, SBC 4
BU18VC: Dandenong v Nunawading, 8pm, SBC 1 (Livestreamed via Basketball Victoria Facebook)
GU18VC: Dandenong v Bulleen, 9.30pm, SBC 1 (Livestreamed via Basketball Victoria Facebook)
BU20VC: Kilsyth v Hawthorn, 9.40pm, Dandenong Court 9
GU20VC: Sandringham v Blackburn, 8.50pm, SBC 2
MUVJBL FIXTURE – VC RESERVE – FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
B12VCR: Frankston v Nunawading 2, 7pm, Dandenong Volleyball Crt 1
G12VCR: Diamond Valley v Latrobe, 7.20pm, Dandenong Court 5
B14VCR: Casey v Diamond Valley, 8.10pm, Dandenong Court 9
GU14VCR: Ballarat v Waverley, 8pm, Dandenong Court 6
B16VCR: Eltham v Werribee, 8.30pm, Dandenong Volleyball Crt 1
GU16VCR: Melbourne v Ballarat, 8.50pm, Dandenong Court 5
BU18VCR: Eltham v Sandringham, 9.10pm, Dandenong Court 1
GU18VCR: Pakenham v Ballarat, 9.30pm, Dandenong Court 6