Gold Medal at 2013 U18 National Championship
2013 U18 Australian Junior Championship Grand Final Results
U18 Vic Metro Men defeated NSW Metro Men 63 – 60
U18 Qld North Women defeated Vic Country Women 55 – 52
The 2013 Under 18 Australian Junior Championships concluded on Saturday, 27 April after a weeklong tournament in Brisbane, Queensland. The U18 Vic Metro men’s team won the men’s Championship title (remaining undefeated for the entire tournament) defeating NSW Metro Men 63-60. In other Victorian results, the Vic Country Women’s team won the silver medal in the women’s division with Qld North claiming the gold 55-52. The U18 Vic Metro Women’s team placed fourth to Queensland South 60-66 and the Vic Country Men’s team also placed fourth with Tasmania taking out the bronze medal 50-65.
In the U18 men’s grand final NSW came out stronger and looked in control in the first half opening up a 13 point lead at one stage. Vic Metro kept chipping away to reduce the deficit to be only 4 points down at the major break. Captain Geremy McKay (12 points & 10 rebounds) continued to work hard in the 3rd Quarter as Vic Metro went on a 22-11 quarter to hold a slender lead at the last change. Some clutch shots by Dejan Vasiljevic and inspired play by Thomas Wilson and Joel Smith down the stretch saw Vic Metro holding onto a 3 point lead with 8 seconds to play. With New South Wales having a side ball and the last play of the game, a missed 3 point attempt ensured that Vic Metro claimed an emotional 63-60 victory to win the Gold Medal.
Head Coach of the 2013 U18 Vic Metro Men’s Team, Nick Abdicevic said: “I am unbelievably proud of what we achieved in Brisbane. I was confident that the players would give a good account of themselves throughout the Championships and was especially pleased with the way that the team structures were adhered to. The players had a special bond and this was certainly a big factor during the time spent in Brisbane. To come back from 13 points down in the Gold Medal Game was a fantastic effort and proved that the players were playing solid team orientated basketball and would not give in.
To celebrate with the players, parents and families post game was one of the most beautiful moments I have ever experienced in basketball and made me extremely proud to be a Victorian.
To my Assistants Robbie Coulter, David Crowe and David Peters, I cannot thank you enough for the hours you put in to help the team. Also, the expertise of support staff Mark Sainsbery, Warren Brown and Adam O’Halloran was first class and certainly assisted the team. I would also like to thank Basketball Victoria and the VJBL for giving me the opportunity to coach this wonderful group of players and thank Alan McAughtry as well for his coaching and mentoring assistance.
A special mention also goes to the parents of the players for the commitment they showed during the state team process.”
The U18 Vic Metro Women’s team were less fortunate than their male counterparts and had to settle for fourth place in this year’s Championship.
Head Coach of the 2013 U18 Vic Metro Women’s Team Kelly Breazeale said: “Our pool play was a fantastic team effort. Our defensive pressure and offensive output was to plan as we held teams to 50 points per game and averaged scoring of 86 points per game. In the semi finals we ran into the hoop gremlin and a tough Vic Country defense that held us to 26% in a tough loss. In the bronze game we faced Queensland South and again struggled to put the ball in the bucket. It was a privilege to coach this fantastic group of young ladies who all contributed through the week with great leadership from captain Amy O’Neill and Lauren Scherf. Victoria Metro was represented with fine play and sportsmanship.
I would also like to pay tribute to the fantastic effort all week from coaches Sam Thornton and Matt Dickins, team manager Robyn Houghton and support staff Darragh Curley and Joe Armato. The efforts of these professionals are very much appreciated.”
2013 U18 Vic Metro Men’s Team
Abi Akintola AIS/Diamond Valley
Lachlan Anthony Waverley
Geremy McKay Melbourne
Fraser Pearce Waverley
Jock Perry AIS/Melbourne
Joel Smith Keilor
Marek Toman Knox
Dejan Vasiljevic Melbourne
Michael Wearne Dandenong
Thomas Wilson Melbourne
Alanna Smith (injured) Nunawading
Blake Allison Melbourne
Michael D’Agostino Blackburn
Anthony Karabatsos Diamond Valley
Sebastiano Lamonato Nunawading
Matthew Owies Melbourne
Nick Abdicevic Head Coach
David Crowe Assistant Coach
Rob Coulter Assistant Coach
David Peters Selector
Mark Sainsbery Team Manager
Adam O’Halloran Physiotherapist
Warren Brown Video Analyst
2013 U18 Vic Metro Women’s Team
Charlotte Brancatisano Melbourne
Grace Collett Diamond Valley
Courtney Collins Bulleen
Samara Hill Frankston
Amanda Meinking Dandenong
Amy O’Neill Diamond Valley
Georgia Pineau Melbourne
Lauren Scherf Melbourne
Alexandra Sharp Diamond Valley
Brodie Theodore Bulleen
Tia Hay Knox
Rachel Lucas Knox
Brigitte O’Neill Hawthorn
Peri Kalka Melbourne
Brittany Wunhym Melbourne
Kelly Breazeale Head Coach
Sam Thornton Assistant Coach
Matt Dickins Assistant Coach
Jai Cesari Selector
Robyn Houghton Team Manager
Darragh Curley Physiotherapist
Joe Armato Video Analyst
For further information, interviews and photos please contact:
State Teams Administrator
P: 03 9837 8000 – M: 0409 533 221
If using photo of the 2013 U18 Vic Metro Men’s Team, please credit Kangaroo Photos.
Players and coaching/support staff appearing in the photo from left to right are: Back Row: David Crowe (Assistant Coach), Robbie Coulter (Assistant Coach), Michael Wearne, Fraser Pearce, Marek Toman, Dejan Vasiljevic (Vice Captain), Lachlan Anthony, Abi Akintola, Jock Perry, Warren Brown (Video Analyst), Adam O’Halloran (Physio)
Front Row: Geremy McKay (Captain), Nick Abdicevic (Head Coach), Joel Smith, Thomas Wilson, David Peters (Selector), Mark Sainsbery (Team Manager)
Individual Player statistics from the Championships can be found on Basketball Australia’s website. For Vic Metro Men go to http://www.sportingpulse.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=371194011&c=1-4101-0-255654-0&pool=1001
Click on a player of interest and you will be put through to that Player’s stats page.
For Vic Metro Women go to http://www.sportingpulse.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=371193397&c=1-4101-0-255653-0&pool=1001 and click on a player of interest.