BASKETBALL Victoria is proud to announce the four teams set to represent Victoria Country and Victoria Metropolitan at the Australian Under-16 Junior Championships in Maroochydore, Queensland from 6-13 July.
Held at the University of Sunshine Coast Stadium and Caloundra Stadium on the Sunshine Coast, the four sides are well placed heading into the championships following a rigorous try-out process through the Victorian Under-16 State Combined Combine at the State Basketball Centre on Saturday 10 March.
Returning for 2018, championship winning coach and Basketball Victoria Wall of Fame member Sam Thornton will lead the Victoria Metropolitan under-16 girls after another successful tournament in 2017, Joe Turner returns after the ultra-successful 2017 campaign to coach the Victoria Country under-16 girls while Dom Linossier returns to the sidelines for the Victoria Metropolitan under-16 boys. Rounding out our state under-16 coaches is Joel Anderson, who will take charge of the Victoria Country under-16 boys from Lucas Allen, who has shifted to the Victoria Country under-18 boys head coaching role.
2017 fared fantastically for our under-16 girls teams as Victoria Metropolitan defeated Victoria Country in a thrilling grand final in Stirling, Perth, delivering another medal to the Vic Country program in a sensational year. The under-16 Victoria Metropolitan boys will be out to avenge their 2017 campaign after finishing third while the Under-16 Victoria Country boys finished 11th.
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN BOYS
Looking to move a couple of spots up the podium in 2018, the Victoria Metropolitan boys are ready to push the tempo in pursuit of gold. Finishing third in 2017’s competition in Perth, the Metro boys have come in with a fresh line-up ready to shine in Queensland.
Head coach Dom Linossier was excited by the defensive prowess of the squad and its flexibility across the 10-man group to play a variety of required roles.
“We’ve picked an extremely versatile team – the squad is capable across multiple positions, and they’ve got a fantastic passion for the Big V,” Linossier said. “It’s really been fantastic to watch the rising skill level of the players over the last few years.
“This year’s combine has seen players show off their talents in a myriad of ways and the under-16 boys will be an extremely competitive tournament, so we are very much looking forward to taking it to the best from around the country.
“As all Vic Metro teams do, we will play fast, up-tempo style as we look to really disrupt defensively and put other teams on the back foot.”
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN BOYS – TEAM LIST
Player – Association
Braden Andrews – Hawthorn
Jack Dammers – Nunawading
Josh Duach – Kilsyth
Ben Fisher – Diamond Valley
Harry Johnson – Knox
Jyelin Moli – Dandenong
Jeffrey Ofoedu – Keilor
Jerome Pierre – Dandenong
James Roche – Nunawading
Marcus Windhager – Dandenong
Dylan Bucknell – Casey
Oliver Dempsey – Knox
Daniel Poelsma – Bulleen
Tom Stockwell – Eltham
Max Vandersteen – Blackburn
Head Coach: Dom Linossier – Knox
Assistant Coach: Scott Christiansen – Frankston
Assistant Coach: Jack Fleming – Diamond Valley
Team Manager: Steve Lunardon
VICTORIA COUNTRY GIRLS
Silver success was phenomenal for Vic Country girls in 2017… but the bar has been set high and they look to exceed their prior best this time around.
Returning from the highly-successful 2017 campaign include Meg McCarthy, Emirson Devenine and Piper Dunlop with an array of up-and-coming country stars ready to show their best on the national stage in Queensland this July.
For head coach Joe Turner, the positives of the 2018 group are there for all to see as they seek another strong showing at the nationals in Maroochydore.
“We have players that can fill a variety of different roles and play an up-tempo, exciting brand of basketball that suits our Victoria Country system and style of play,” Turner said. “They have the ability to play tough on both sides of the ball and take as much pride in their ability on the defensive side as the offensive.
“Each year the level of quality increases significantly at the combine and it provides both Country and Metro the opportunity to have a highly competitive environment on the day that really brings out the best in the athletes.
“There’s no doubt that the skill level in the age group is high and provides plenty of excitement heading into Nationals.
“The skillset across the board of all positions shows the great depth and balance of the age group.
“I’m really excited about the potential for our group to be balanced throughout the roster. Three athletes – Piper Dunlop, Emirson Devenie and Meg McCarthy – are returning this year as top-agers and will bring experience while Paige Price will definitely make an immediate impact on the group.
The most exciting thing is that each athlete brings their own unique ability to contribute to the group. Contributions from everyone will critical for the team to be successful.
“We will continue to implement and develop our system and style of play on the floor. “We’re going to look to run the floor and play with an attacking mentality on offense while being disruptive on defense – we feel we have the athletes to play at a fast pace and get after teams.”
VICTORIA COUNTRY GIRLS – TEAM LIST
Player – Association
Maggie Kratochvil – Bellarine
Meg McCarthy – Bendigo
Dallas Loughridge – Warragul
Gemma Simon – Southern Peninsula
Charli Dobson – Southern Peninsula
Lani Thornton – Southern Peninsula
Georgia Koopmans – Warragul
Emirson Devenie – Traralgon
Paige Price – Southern Peninsula
Piper Dunlop – Bendigo
Tayha Watkins – Seymour
Keely Toohey – Southern Peninsula
Brianna Behsmann – Mildura
Tenielle Knight – Portland
Dyani Ananiev – Seymour
Head Coach: Joe Turner – Southern Peninsula
Associate Head Coach: Emma Henry – Wodonga
Assistant Coach: Ainslie Howard – Corio Bay
Team Manager: Paige Hockley
VICTORIA COUNTRY BOYS
Ready to rise back up the ranks in 2018, the Victoria Country under-16 boys enter 2018’s tournament with a strong line-up across the board.
New head coach Joe Anderson said the side’s athleticism and all-round capabilities on the court are matched by its intelligence and skillfulness.
“The Country boys team will have elite penetrators at almost every position, complemented by a host of perimeter shooters to assist them in stretching the floor,” Anderson said. “On top of that they’re an incredibly athletic and intelligent group of young men.
“I think the combine seems to get better and better each year and while our group of boys might not have been as physically big as last year’s group – the athletic ability, game smarts and general skill seems to increase every year.
“We have Dyson Daniels and Jordan Michel returning to the line-up from 2017 as both of these athletes made the team last year as bottom age players and I’m looking for a big campaign from them in terms of both play and leadership.
“This team will play a fast brand of basketball, fitting in with just about every CV team’s style of play.
“It will be a great honour to be able to work with this team.”
VICTORIA COUNTRY BOYS – TEAM LIST
Player – Association
Dyson Daniels – Bendigo
Jordan Michel – Shepparton
Charlie Molan – Ballarat
Hamish Carey – Geelong
Ben Hobbs – Horsham
Christian D’Angelo – Traralgon
Tonga Matapule Otutaha – Melton
Austin McKenzie – Horsham
Declan Coles – Corio Bay
Patrick Burgoyne – Portland
Nyawi Moore – Swan Hill
Nathan Sutton – Ballarat
Dylan McCauley – Bendigo
Macy Eaton – Bendigo
Thomas Gorman – Yarrawonga-Mulwala
Head Coach: Joel Anderson – Corio Bay
Associate Head Coach: Mike McHugh – Dandenong
Assistant Coach: Thomas Thorn – Bendigo
Team Manager: Wayne Bird
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN GIRLS
Carrying on their success from 2017, the Victorian Metropolitan girls remain as strong as ever ahead of July’s national campaign.
The selected side features the best from across the Melbourne Utd. Victorian Junior Basketball League as the team aims for a third successive title.
For head coach Sam Thornton, the depth at last weekend’s Combine has paved the way for another strong Victoria Metropolitan under-16 girls roster – highlighted by their competitiveness and skill level across the board.
“It was challenging to select the final 10, as we had a legitimately deep group participating at the State Combine,” Thornton said. “The selected group represents seven MUVJBL clubs and all members of the team have participated at SCC/ECC or have represented their clubs at previous under-14 club nationals, and as such, are competitive, skilled and driven to achieve.
“We’ve picked a team that is well balanced – long, athletic, and versatile – with players who will be able to fulfil a number of different roles.
“We have selected three bottom-age players, Eleanor Bollands, Tess Heal, and Amy O’Hara, who showed considerable maturity and poise throughout the selection process.
“Our coaching staff is looking forward to working more with the group in preparation for nationals, implementing an identifiable style of play, and developing our renowned, competitive Vic Metro culture amongst this group.”
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN GIRLS – TEAM LIST
Eleanor Bollands – Diamond Valley
Georgia Booth – Kilsyth
Ella Crump – Hawthorn
Charlise Dunn – Knox
Jade Dunne – Diamond Valley
Luisa Fakalata – Nunawading
Tess Heal – Bulleen
Georgia Kitchell – Diamond Valley
Amy O’Hara – Altona
Meg Robinson – Knox
Alana Chatfield – Knox
Mariah Derksen – Kilsyth
Hailey Merrigan – Dandenong
Alana Mierisch – Eltham
Lucy Vaughan – Nunawading
Head Coach: Sam Thornton – Bulleen
Assistant Coach: Simon Hickey – Diamond Valley
Assistant Coach: Jacqui O’Neill – Diamond Valley
Team Manager: Kate Butler