WHILE 2017 has only just begun on court, planning for 2018 is well under way with the year’s first tournament announced today.
The 2018 Southern Cross Challenge venue and dates have been confirmed with the State Basketball Centre, Wantirna South, once again playing host to the tournament.
Tipping off Friday 19 January and running until Monday 22 January 2018, the SCC is the first taste for many elite juniors to get into the state colours at the representative level.
Basketball Victoria’s Operations Manager Grant Wallace said the pathway opportunities the SCC has created are immense and give Australian juniors a chance to thrive for their state before joining high performance under-16 programs.
“The inaugural Southern Cross Challenge (SCC) was held in January 2012 and is the starting point for the high performance pathway journey for our identified athletes, coaches and officials,” Wallace said. “The SCC was an initiative by Basketball Victoria, which then saw just Victoria Country and Victoria Metropolitan 13 and 14-year-old athletes compete in a round robin tournament.
“In four years it has grown to include U15 and U15 girls and boys teams from the ACT, South Australia and Western Australia.
“In years to come we will have future state team, national team and perhaps international NBA or WNBA representation from this four-day tournament.”
In the previous tournament Victorian teams proved extremely successful, with Victoria Metropolitan winning all four championships across the under-14 and under-15 divisions.
More information on coach and team selections for Victorian teams will be announced later this year.