CHAMPIONS will be crowned as the best school-ball players head to Nunawading on Sunday 24 September.
The tournament attracts the best teams representing Victoria’s government, independent and private schools. Schools can enter regardless of affiliation, so the best of the best face off against each other. We’ve whittled down the best of Victoria’s school talent across the last couple of months as the teams move towards the state championship day.
The spoils are significant, with the victor of the tournament qualifying for the Australian Schools Championships in the Championship Division.
Last year’s spoils went to Rowville girls – taking a 13-point win over Box Hill – and the Box Hill boys – eight point winners over Marcellin.
This year’s event will take place at the Nunawading Basketball Stadium on Sunday 24 September, with hundreds of spectators turned out to watch a day of quality basketball. The tournament, founded over the 30 years ago, has grown exponentially over the past five years.
Rowville girls will return to defend their title in the schoolgirls championship in a battle against country school Lavalla Christian College while Rowville boys will battle against Box Hill for the boys title.
Basketball Victoria Schools Programs Coordinator Chris Angus said it was exciting to see the tournament back again in 2017 and stronger than ever.
“The Champions Cup has once again been a great success so far in 2017 with 117 teams nominating for the Preliminary Rounds of the tournament which is the most we have ever had”With great increases in the Girls divisions, but especially the Intermediate (U17) Girls comp which saw an increase of team teams (from 15 teams entered in 2016 up to 23 in 2017),” Angus said. “The tournament was also popular again in the Senior and Intermediate Boys competitions with the Inter Boys having to have a special qualifying round on the 1st August as more than the max number of 24 teams for the Preliminary Round of the tournament were nominated.
“It was also great to see some new schools enter into the tournament & progress through to the elite eight stage and it’s always a good challenge for schools to try and progress into that top 8, but also challenge the usual powerhouse schools like Box Hill, Rowville, Caulfield Grammar, Maribyrnong and Marcellin.”
With new schools – including a country regional school in Lavalla earning a spot in the grand final – Angus was pleased to see the interest continue to grow across the state.
“We have three schools who are in their first ever State Championship Game – St Joseph’s will be joined in the Jr Boys Final by Albert Park College who have qualified for their first ever Champions Cup Final,” Angus said. “Templestowe College have also qualified for their 1st ever Champions Cup Final after their Junior Girls qualified through the Elite eight stage.
“Lavalla Catholic College have also qualified for their 1st Champions Cup Final after their Senior Girls won through the Elite 8 stage.
“They are the first country school in six years to make it through to the final two teams of any age group since St Patrick’s College Ballarat made the Senior Boys final in 2011.
“They will aim to become the first country school to win a state title since Bendigo Senior Secondary College in 2001.”
2017 CHAMPION SCHOOL OF VICTORIA TOURNAMENT
STATE FINALS DAY – NUNAWADING BASKETBALL STADIUM
Sunday 24 September 2017
11.30am – Junior Girls
Rowville Secondary College Vs. Templestowe College
1.00pm – Junior Boys
Albert Park College Vs. St Joseph’s College FTG
2.30pm – Intermediate Girls
Box Hill Senior Secondary College Vs. Maribyrnong College
4.00pm – Intermediate Boys
Rowville Secondary College Vs. Marcellin College
5.30pm – Senior Girls
Rowville Secondary College Vs. Lavalla Catholic College
7.15pm – Senior Boys
Rowville Secondary College Vs. Box Hill Senior Secondary College