VICTORIA’S wheelchair team as well as Vic Country and Vic Metro Under-18 teams are primed for a tilt at the upcoming 2019 Australian Under-18 Junior Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup.
Following the release of the tournament draw, 119 games are set play out over eight days at this years Australian Under-18 Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup.
The Under-18 men’s Victoria Metro team will be keen to redeem themselves after they won bronze last year following four championships from the previous five years. Bolstering their ambitions to rise up the ranks is the returning Paul Tsapatolis from the 2017 campaign and potent top-ager Josh Giddey who has been invited into the Basketball Australia Centre of excellence.
Victoria Metro under-18 women have their sights on winning their fifth title in six years. The Metro charges feature the likes of Gemma Potter, Erin Riley and Luisa Fakalata and returning Team Vic including players Casey Valenti-Paea and Emily Sewell. The reigning champions tip off their tournament against Western Australia Metro at 4pm on Saturday.
Victoria Country’s bronze medal winning women look set to stay high up on the podium with a power-packed team featuring Australian representatives Jade Melbourne, Olivia Pollerd, Piper Dunlop and Paige Price. A number of under-16 representatives from last year’s silver medal winning team in Maroochydore will take the step up as bottom-age players in the 2019 under-18 Victoria Country women’s team, adding further intrigue to an already potent tournament.
Victoria Country under-18 men feature national representative Dyson Daniels amongst a potent side featuring a good balance of top age and bottom age talent.
Group games for the Under-18s run from Saturday 13 April to Wednesday 17 April before finals begin on Thursday 18 April. The women’s gold medal game will be held at 5pm on Saturday 20 April with the men’s gold medal game scheduled for 7pm.
The Kevin Coombs Cup, Australia’s Junior Championship for wheelchair basketball, begins on Wednesday 17 April with six teams vying for this year’s championship.
Victoria will aim to become the first KCC team to go back-to-back since 2015, after defeating Western Australia to win its first title last year .
2019 Australian Junior Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup
April 13-20 in Townsville, Queensland.
Townsville Stadium and Townsville Basketball Centre