BASKETBALL Victoria is pleased to announce the 2019 Victoria Country and Victoria Metropolitan Under-18 teams for the Australian Junior Championships.
Heading to Townsville, Queensland from 13-20 April 2019, the best and brightest players will take on the rest of the nation in the first national competition of the new year.
The Victorian Kevin Coombs Cup team, which will also head to Townsville for the championships, will be announced soon.
Victorian-based teams were particularly successful at the 2018 Under-18 Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup with our Victoria Metropolitan Under-18 Women and the Kevin Coombs Cup teams winning gold, with our Victoria Country Under-18 Women and Victoria Metropolitan Under-18 Men winning bronze.
VICTORIA COUNTRY UNDER-18 MEN
Set to rise up the ranks in 2019, the Victoria Country under-18 men have a great mix of experience and developing talent in its midst. With the silver medal success of the under-16 boys in Maroochydore, the Victoria Country under-18 boys team has been braced with plenty of firepower including Charlie Molan, Christian D’Angelo, Jordan Michel, and Australian under-15 representative Dyson Daniels. The mix of top-age and bottom age experience is set to benefit the high-flying
Victoria Country Under-18 Men’s head coach Lucas Allen said the side has plenty of multifaceted players ready to take on the best in Townsville.
Every year at this time it is exciting,” Allen said. “We’re all full of confidence and energy ahead of our campaign starting – the opportunity to get to work every weekend with the best athletes that Country Victoria has to offer never gets old.
“We believe we have selected a team that is versatile, highly skilled and can play at a fast pace.
“There is no player within our team that is pigeon-holed into only being able to play a single position which is certainly exciting.”
VICTORIA COUNTRY U18 MEN – TEAM LIST
Charlie Molan – Ballarat
Jordan Michel – Shepparton
Dyson Daniels – Bendigo
Christian D’Angelo – Traralgon
Ethan Fiegert – Ballarat
Patrick Ryan – Phillip Island
Keith Robinson – Phillip Island
Hamish Carey – Geelong
William Smythe – Bendigo
Austin McKenzie – Horsham
Liam Porter – Southern Peninsula
Austin Shelley – Pakenham
Dylan McCauley – Bendigo
Tonga Matapule Otutaha – Melton
Oscar Hide – Benalla
Head Coach: Lucas Allen – Southern Peninsula
Assistant Coach: Joshua Waight – Shepparton
Assistant Coach: Ryan McKew – Ballarat
Team Manager: Scott Ramsay – Southern Peninsula
Development Coach / Selector: Brenton O’Brien – Geelong
Mentor: Simon Pritchard
VICTORIA COUNTRY UNDER-18 WOMEN
Fresh off an incredible Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup battle for the gold medal, the best and brightest from the Victoria Country Women’s group has set their sights high.
A number of bottom age players – including Australian under-15 representatives Piper Dunlop and Paige Price – showcase the strength of the rising stars in this program.
Victoria Country Under-18 Women’s head coach Sharon Denham said the experience of the group and its defensive mindset will be great assets heading into the 2019 campaign.
“Our team has great flexibility within the group at both ends of the floor which displays an exciting brand of basketball,” Denham said. “We feel our defensive mindset, versatility and highly competitive nature will provide us with the best opportunity for success with our team goals.
“Our talented athletes all have the ability to positively impact our team success.
“With added experience and leadership through our recent Australian representatives Olivia Pollerd, Jade Melbourne, Paige Price and Piper Dunlop, we believe our group with thrive and play with pride for Victoria Country.
“It has been pleasing and challenging to see the high standard of talented athletes constantly competing from the selection process to now.
“We are looking forward to the next phase of our AJC campaign with the continual development of this group as we work towards achieving our goals.”
VICTORIA COUNTRY U18 WOMEN – TEAM LIST
Alisha Knights – Geelong
Jade Melbourne – Traralgon
Paige Price – Southern Peninsula
Olivia Pollerd – Southern Peninsula
Piper Dunlop – Bendigo
Carly Remmos – Geelong
Charli Dobson – Southern Peninsula
Victoria Ikenasio – Keilor
Emirson Devenie – Traralgon
Gemma Simon – Southern Peninsula
Olivia Noter – Bendigo
Tess Barnes – Bendigo
Tayha Watkins – Seymour
Magdalene Kratochvil – Bellarine
Makaela Zeldenryk – Warragul
Meg McCarthy – Bendigo
Head Coach: Sharon Denham – Swan Hill
Assistant Coach: Emma Henry – Wodonga
Assistant Coach: Haydn Kirkwood – Wodonga
Team Manager: Wendy Campbell – Traralgon
Development Coach / Selector: Jo Bowie – Hamilton
Mentor: Lori Chizik – McKinnon
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN UNDER-18 MEN
Hungry to rise up the ranks in 2019, the Victoria Metropolitan Under-18 Men’s team is set to launch into the Townsville campaign emphatically.
Returning from the 2017 campaign is Paul Tsapatolis, whilst a number of fresh faces fill out the ranks. Josh Giddey has been invited into the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence as one of many potent top-age players in the squad while Josh Duach, Harry Johnson and Marcus Windhager have earned bottom-age selection following their impressive 2018 seasons – with Australian selection and an impressive under-16 championships victory in Maroochydore.
Victoria Metropolitan Under-18 Men’s coach Darren Perry said the versatility of the roster is its greatest strength.
“The 2019 team will be quick, be able to play any style of game, be disruptive on defence and have players that can play multiple positions at both ends of the floor,” Perry said. “Josh Giddey has been accepted to the COE this year and it’s his first state selection so he’ll be looking to make a significant impact and Paul Tsapatolis is the most experienced player representing Victoria Metro and will provide the interior play we need to be successful.
“While these two guys will be a focal point for opposition defences, the coaching staff is looking forward to all 10 players making valuable contributions over the course of the tournament
“It’s a serious task to evaluate and select players ready to represent the state at any time – it’s exciting for the group to compete with four first time representatives, five second time representatives and one third time representative.
“There’s a great mix of seven top age and three bottom age players and to have nine clubs represented in the wider squad to prepare for the Nationals – Eltham, Melbourne, Keilor, Dandenong, Diamond Valley, Knox, Kilsyth, Bulleen and Nunawading.”
Townsville has been a happy hunting ground in the past for Perry and the under-18 boys, with the side winning the gold in 2017 in a thrilling come-from-behind victory against Queensland North.
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN U18 MEN – TEAM LIST
Mason Perry – Dandenong
Joshua Giddey – Melbourne Tigers / CoE
Leyi Adebayo – Dandenong
Matthew Debney – Eltham
Paul Tsapatolis – Keilor
Marcus Windhager – Dandenong
Josh Duach – Kilsyth
Harry Johnson – Knox
Zac Taylor – Dandenong
Riley Simmons – Dandenong
Roosevelt Williams – Kilsyth
Erik Kafritsas – Diamond Valley
Nicholas Woodall – Bulleen
Jyelin Moli – Dandenong
Lachlan Vander Vorm – Kilsyth
Harrison Bowater – Dandenong
Curtis Brecko – Nunawading
Head Coach: Darren Perry – Dandenong
Assistant Coach: Craig Stratford – Eltham
Assistant Coach: Darren Smith – Nunawading
Team Manager: Mark Sainsbery – McKinnon
Dev Coach / Selector: Zach Moult – Kilsyth
Mentor: Simon Mitchell – South East Melbourne Phoenix
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN UNDER-18 WOMEN
The reigning champions have brought a great mix of familiar faces and new-look talent to take on Townsville.
Gemma Potter and Erin Riley return from last year’s successful campaign in Geelong and are joined by a number of familiar faces to the Victoria Metropolitan ranks. Casey Valenti-Paea and Emily Sewell featured in the Under-16 championship victory in 2017 while Bottom-age stars Charlise Dunn and Luisa Fakalata have also made the side, following their Australian Under-15 selection and impressive under-16 campaigns in Maroochydore last year.
All told it makes for an even roster and Victoria Metropolitan Under-18 Women’s head coach Reece Potter believes that spread of talent and skill will serve them well in April.
“Our 2019 Vic Metro team is an extremely talented group that go legitimately 10 players deep,” Potter said. “The height, length, shooting and overall skill package of the group in all positions will make this team an exciting group to watch come the nationals in April.
“It is never easy to decide on the final make up, however I believe the final group we have selected will perform well and represent Vic Metro with pride and passion.
“Returning players from last year’s under-18 championship team, Gemma Potter and Erin Riley will play important roles in leading our team to defend our title in Townsville. There are also number of new players in our team this year with Kayla Salmons, Leia Hanafin, Keeley Evans and Alannah Chatfield all representing Vic Metro at an Australian Junior Championship for the first time, so it will be great to see them perform in the Navy blue uniform come April.
“Overall, the squad is great mix of talent and experience and I greatly look forward to working with this group over the next few months in the lead up to the nationals.
“Our team and staff are greatly looking forward to the challenge of representing Vic Metro and attempting to continue the rich history of success that Vic Metro has had in this tournament previously.”
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN U18 WOMEN – TEAM LIST
Alannah Chatfield – Knox
Charlise Dunn – Knox
Keeley Evans – Diamond Valley
Luisa Fakalata – Nunawading
Leia Hanafin – Dandenong
Casey Valenti-Paea – Bulleen
Gemma Potter – Bulleen / CoE
Erin Riley – Bulleen
Kayla Salmons – Altona
Emily Sewell – Dandenong
Hannah Rapp – Dandenong
Meg Robinson – Knox
Sarae Beveridge – Nunawading
Hailey Merrigan – Dandenong
Georgia Baldwin – Knox
Rhiannon Ockwell – Knox
Head Coach: Reece Potter – Werribee
Assistant Coach: Lloyd Klaman – Melbourne
Assistant Coach: Jess May – Frankston
Team Manager: Lisa Page
Dev Coach / Selector: Georgia Clarke – Bulleen
Mentor: Guy Molloy – Melbourne Boomers