VICTORIAN under-16 teams will take to the Top End in 2019 with Basketball Australia announcing the Australian Under-16 Junior Championships will be held in Darwin.
The Under-16 Championships provide the first true opportunity for junior Australian athletes to represent their state and are a vital aspect of the pathway towards national representation.
This will be the first time that Darwin has hosted a state-based Australian Championship having previously hosted a number of Australian Under-14 Club Championships.
The Under-16s Championships proved a happy hunting ground for Victorian teams in 2018 with our Victoria Metropolitan teams winning both grand finals in a pair of thrilling Victoria vs Victoria clashes against Victoria Country.
Basketball Victoria’s Basketball Operations Manager Grant Wallace said Darwin will be an incredible experience for our teams as they look to recreate the exceptional efforts of Maroochydore in 2018.
“It’s pretty exciting to take our newest generation of Victorian players to the Northern Territory,” Wallace said. “Getting a chance to represent Country or Metro is already a great honour but to go away to place as culturally significant as Darwin will be a fantastic experience for our players, coaches and staff.
“No matter where our sides go we’re keen for the challenge from the rest of the country and we will take four exceptional teams to the Australian Under-16 Junior Championships in Darwin.”
It will be the third and final Australian Junior Championships event of 2019 with Canberra (Under-20 and Ivor Burge Championships) and Townsville (Under-18 Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup) previously announced.
“Basketball Australia is excited to be able to bring the Under-16s to Northern Territory for the first time,” Basketball Australia General Manager – Competitions Paul Maley said. “The Darwin Basketball Association and Basketball NT are in a strong position to host this tournament, they have excellent facilities and infrastructure along with the added drawcard of being a fantastic destination for visiting families.”
Northern Territory will be looking forward to their home-court advantage as well as increased support from their home fans to help their performances next year.
The Hon. Minister Lauren Moss, Minister for Tourism and Culture, including Sport, welcomed the Australian Junior Championship to the Northern Territory and Basketball NT Chair, Anne Coleman was also delighted with the news.
“This is a great opportunity for the rest of Australian basketball to enjoy our facilities, hospitality, climate and basketball community,” Coleman said.
“It will also provide Northern Territory basketballers the chance to play in front of their family and friends, as well as provide the Territory basketball community the opportunity to see first-hand the level of talent that exists in this age group.”
2019 Australian Under-16 Junior Championships
July 6-13, 2019
Darwin Basketball Stadium
Darwin, Northern Territory