Victorians named for Under-15 Oceania Championships

VICTORIAN stars have been named in the FIBA Under-15 Oceania Championships later this year.

The championships will be held December 3-8 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Under the new FIBA competition system, this is the first step for the Australian Sapphires and Crocs on their way to the 2020 Under-17 World Cups.

If they finish in the top four of the Under-15 Oceania Championship, Australia will qualify for the Under-16 Asian Championships next year with a top-four finish in the tournament securing a place at the Under-17 World Cup.

All 24 athletes competed in the Australian Under-16 Championships earlier this year.

Of our Victorian contingent, Charlise Dunn, Luisa Fakalata and Meg Robinson played for Vic Metro, Paige Price and Piper Dunlop featured for Vic Country. Joshua Duach, Harry Johnston and Marcus Windhager were part of our Vic Metro team while Dyson Daniels was part of the Vic Country team.

“This will be the youngest group to represent Australia and the girls’ team is versatile and quick which suits the Oceania style of play,” said head coach Tracy York.

Boys head coach Justin Schueller was also looking forward to getting the boys team together.

“I’m extremely excited to work with this young group of men, all of which show so much promise for their international careers,” Schueller said.

“Last campaign we were able to be the first to qualify through Asia, and this group will be the first to go through the new three-year cycle.

“We want to have a sense of team, play the game the right way and have a defensive edge. The side we have selected will allow this to happen organically.”

Vic metro girls

2018 Victoria Metropolitan  U16 Girls. Picture: BASKETBALL VICTORIA

Schueller believes the new FIBA qualification system will be beneficial to the athletes with the opportunity to get exposed to international competition.

“To be able to get more international games into our athletes at a younger age assists us in preparing for our ultimate goal of success at a World Championship. International reps cannot be under estimated for these young athletes.”

Both the boys and girls teams will take on New Zealand, Guam and Samoa in the group stage before the all-important Quarter-Finals which will see four winners advance to the Semi-Finals while also booking a place in the Under-16 Asian Championships.

vic metro boys

2018 Victoria Metropolitan U16 Boys. Picture: BASKETBALL VICTORIA

Prior to that, both teams will convene for a pre-departure camp to implement their team principles and set the culture for what is expected of Australian national teams.

“We look forward to the opportunity of representing Australia and having a successful tournament as we move through the qualifying stage,” said York.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the tournament schedule from FIBA.

The 2018 Boys and Girls Teams for the FIBA Under-15 Oceania Championships

Australian Under-15 Girls

Australian Under-15 Boys

NAME

STATE

NAME

STATE

Indiah Bowyer

Queensland

Dyson Daniels

Victoria

Zoe Crawford

Tasmania

Sejr Deans

Tasmania

Kate Deeble

Queensland

Joshua Duach

Victoria

Piper Dunlop

Victoria

James Ingham

South Australia

Charlise Dunn

Victoria

Harry Johnson

Victoria

Chyra Evans

New South Wales

Jack McWilliams

New South Wales

Luisa Fakalata

Victoria

Harrison Pennisi

Queensland

Alana Goodchild

New South Wales

Alexander Toohey

ACT

Paige Price

Victoria

Matthew Thomson

South Australia

Millie Prior

New South Wales

Matthew Wacher

New South Wales

Meg Robinson

Victoria

Michael Walker

New South Wales

Shaneice Swain

Queensland

Marcus Windhager

Victoria

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