BASKETBALL Victoria and Basketball Victoria Country are announcing the 2017 Victoria Country and Victoria Metropolitan under-18 men’s and women’s sides and the Kevin Coombs Cup Victorian team for April’s Helloworld Australian Under-18 Junior Championship and Kevin Coombs Cup today.
Held in Townsville, Queensland, from 8-15 April this year, there will be five sides representing Victoria at the second junior national championship of the year, following February’s under-20 tournament in Bendigo.
Victoria Metropolitan excelled at last year’s championships – winning both the under-18 men and under-18 women’s tournaments – while the Country U18 women earned a bronze medal as did the Kevin Coombs Cup side.
UNDER 18 VICTORIA METROPOLITAN MEN
NEW faces will hopefully lead to the same result for Victorian Metropolitan this time around as head coach Darren Perry had his pick of an exceptional under-18 squad.
It’s not the same-look side that took to the under-16 campaign of 2015, but in those points of difference, head coach Darren Perry believes is the key to Vic Metro’s chances.
Returning from last year’s inspired campaign, Tyler Robertson (Dandenong) and Sean MacDonald (Melbourne) will get another crack at national under-18 success while the rest will be raring for their opportunities in the Vic Metro jersey.
“It’s a lot different to the team that played two years ago at the U16 nationals- that was a little bit the same about alt year’s selection where we went to Adelaide and won gold,” Perry said. “The coaching staff felt the guys who made the team exhibited what we were looking for.
There are some guys who have backed up from last year’s team and two guys were close last year and were emergencies in Keli Leaupepe (Bulleen) and Austin Bradke (Melbourne) are now in the team.”
Joel Capetola’s (Bulleen) extraordinary run of recent form continues following his U16 Vic Metro national championship win and Marcellin’s schools triumph last year.
The squad’s versatility has impressed Perry most of all – no one is set in stone at their position and that flexibility will give Vic Metro another string to the bow throughout the tiresome tournament week.
“We’ve also got guys who can play more than one position and when we’re looking at teams and how flexible they can be, when we have guys that can go in multiple spots allows us plenty of options depending on who we’re playing or if we’re getting into foul trouble.
“We’re excited about our preparations for the championships – I think everyone is going to play a role.
“The great part about last year’s team was we were pretty even when it came to minutes played and that’s going to be a strength of playing a tournament week – being able to share the load and that we’re still firing come finals time.”
PLAYER | ASSOCIATION
Sean MacDonald Melbourne
Deng Dut Collingwood
James Spencer Dandenong
Sam Taulapiu Sandringham
Tyler Robertson Dandenong
Joel Capetola Bulleen
Austin Bradtke Melbourne
Max Richards Bulleen
Keli Leaupepe Bulleen
Oliver Hayes-Brown Frankston
Daniel Owies Dandenong
Ryan Rapp Dandenong
Casey De Wacht Diamond Valley
Kobe Williamson Sandringham
Josh Tomasi Dandenong
Head Coach Darren Perry – Dandenong
Assistant Coach Chris Anstey – Dandenong
Assistant Coach David Peters – Melbourne
Team Manager Mark Sainsbery – McKinnon
UNDER 18 VICTORIA COUNTRY WOMEN
FANTASTIC results at the ACJBC have paved the way for an almighty Victoria Country U18 Women’s team to be assembled.
After the Bushrangers and Goldminers squared off against each other in the gold medal match, the Country selection process has unearthed a superb 10-woman squad.
With world champion Jaz Shelley (Southern Peninsula) in its midst, alongside WNBL listed player Chelsea D’Angelo (Traralgon) and three ADC listed players in Georgia Amoore (Ballarat), Agnes-Emma Nnopu (Bellarine) and Ahlise Hurst (Mildura) – the top end talent coupled with an explosive, nimble squad has given head coach Gerard Hillier plenty to be thrilled about.
“The goal at the Country Cup was to get both teams into the gold medal game and it’s easier said than done sometimes, but the only team to beat us were ourselves so we’re pretty happy with that,” Hillier said. “With our world championship, SEABL and state players aside – we’ve still got a lot individually to work on, so our whole focus between now and then is to put as much detail and develop them further as much as we possibly can before we get there. We know the reality is we’re in with a really good show for the medal rounds, so for us it’s to develop them as much as we can and get into that one game at a time mentality.
“We’re not exactly tall, but we haven’t been for the last four years so we’re getting used to it.
“For us as we didn’t have a heap of height, our focus was to be athletic and as long as we could go and we’ve definitely got 10 athletes in the team – pushing the pace of the game and pushing the opposition on defence is going to be our game for the week.”
PLAYER | ASSOCIATION
Jaz Shelley Moe
Ahlise Hurst Mildura
Chelsea D’Angelo Traralgon
Stephanie Gorman Wodonga
Eve Braslis Bellarine
Georgia Amoore Ballarat
Innika Hodgson Traralgon
Ella Ogier Seymour
Agnes Emma-Nnopu Bellarine
Abbey Sutherland Hamilton
Isabella Hill Ballarat
Tiarni Fallon Warragul
Shanara Notman Warragul
Sophie Molan Ballarat
Taylah Nelson Portland
Head Coach Gerard Hillier – Southern Peninsula
Assistant Coach Rob Baker – Ballarat
Assistant Coach Sharon Denham – Mildura
Development Coach Rebecca Dickson – Wangaratta
Team Manager Wendy Campbell – Traralgon
KEVIN COOMBS CUP TEAM
VICTORIAN wheelchair basketball has been united for one crack at the championship – named for Victorian basketball legend Kevin Coombs.
With a number of under-23 Spinners and a Glider in Isabel Martin (Oakleigh/Kilsyth) in their midst, the Victorians have assembled a power-packed side ready to push up the ranks this time around.
“We’ve had an excellent mini-camp to start our campaign and the depth of the side in 2017, particularly with a number of players having international experience prior to us going to Townsville,” Victorian KCC coach Craig Campbell said. “Brian, Jeremy, Jontee and Harry have had tours with Spinners while Issi Martin is a Glider.
“All the players have worked hard over the summer with individual programs and will come together for more group trainings this year to continue to develop as a group.
“We had great numbers at tryouts and there’s a number of players in emergency roles and who didn’t make the squad that is promising for the future of Victorian basketball.”
PLAYER | ASSOCIATION
Isabel Martin Oakleigh/Kilsyth
Brian Carminati Wantirna South/Kilsyth
William Crooks Gembrook/Kilsyth
Jontee Brown Bendigo/Bendigo
Campbell Fraser Ringwood/Kilsyth
Harry Lynch Ouyen/Bendigo
Jaylen Brown Warrnambool/Warrnambool
Jeremy Tyndall Shepparton/Kilsyth
Jamie Villalon Bundoora/Knox
James Weinert Mooroolbark/Kilsyth
Lachlan Scott Caroline Springs/Geelong
Caleb Logan Bendigo/Bendigo
Head Coach Craig Campbell – Broadmeadows
Assistant Coach Louise Brown – Warrnambool
Assistant Coach Joe Chivers – Bendigo
Team Manager Will Taylor – Werribee
UNDER 18 VICTORIA METROPOLITAN WOMEN
THE benchmark has set the bar high once again.
Victoria Metropolitan Women have 10 in its midst that will captivate all assembled at the championships.
It’s a south east surge in the U18 women’s roster as Dandenong leads the charge with Isis Lopes, LT Poa, Maddi Puli and Isobel Anstey while Frankston – Lana Hollingsworth and Emma Nankervis – has also added two to the elite squad.
Eliza Hollingsworth, Emma Nankervis and LT Poa were also selected to attend the Australian Development Camp this week.
Coach Paul Flynn believes the power in the side lies in its depth – there aren’t any weak spots down the bench.
“It’s pretty exciting – it’s a great group, very talented obviously but really well balanced across all the positions and it brings fantastic individual strengths to the table – when we mesh that all together we hope that it’s a winning formula.
“Our strength is our depth and that’s a credit to all the Melb Utd. VJBL programs and their associations that our players come from.
“The players are getting great development in the early years and we’re really the benefactor of that.
The tall timber continues to make its mark for Vic Metro – another added bonus to the powerful U18 women’s team heading to Townsville – while the side is also just as exceptional off the court.
“We’ve obviously got some good size in the side – which is always a bonus when you come into a selection process – and if you look at the size we’ve had at our disposal over the last couple of years, as opposed to when I started the job, is very different,” Flynn said. “We’ve been on the practice court for a couple of weekends now and we’re really pleased with the way the team has come together.
“Aside from being really talented as individual basketballers, they’re excellent people and know they’ll represent Vic Metro proudly.”
PLAYER | ASSOCIATION
Isis Lopes Dandenong
Cassidy Gould Altona
Keeley Frawley Nunawading
Lana Hollingsworth Frankston
LT Poa Dandenong
Maddi Puli Dandenong
Eliza Hollingsworth Knox
Emma Nankervis Frankston
Isobel Anstey Dandenong
Sharna Ayres Diamond Valley
Tayah Kelly Hawthorn
Olivia Babic Dandenong
Kobe King-Hawea Altona
Shae Lovelace Knox
Kate Tanner Nunawading
Lucy Cochrane CoE
Head Coach Paul Flynn – Nunawading
Assistant Coach Kerryn Mitchell – Frankston
Assistant Coach Lloyd Klaman – Hawthorn
Team Manager Lucy Kett – Melbourne
UNDER 18 VICTORIA COUNTRY MEN
HEAD coach Rebel Noter has seen plenty of under-18s come through the ranks. He hasn’t seen a side as good as this one and couldn’t be happier to be at the helm of the U18 Vic Country men.
Long, athletic and extraordinarily talented – the Country crop has delivered in spades as the fruits of High Performance training have truly paid off.
Josh Kunan and Jay Rantall have been at the Australian Development Camp and overall it’s a daunting side that will trouble all and sundry in Townsville.
“We’re pretty happy with the high level of skill that these kids have – I think this year has probably been the best group of 18s I’ve seen for a while now,” Noter said. “That goes back to the High Performance Program they’re all in and they get specialist coaching every week.
“I reckon we’ve got a talented group – players that just want the ball, they’re defensively minded and when they execute their offence they’re really well drilled… so we’re going to have a really high-intensity group that can get the job done.
“Some of the kids that were unlucky to miss out this year, they’ll walk into a BIG V program or become development players in a SEABL side easily.”
Noter thinks the likes of Harrison Pepper and Josh Kunan will impress in Townsville while the Cumming twins – made famous in a BVC #ACJBC17 video earlier this week – have also made the grade to round out a phenomenal Vic Country contingent.
“Some of the U16 kids that have come up – Harry Pepper from Moe, he’s a very athletic player that can get it going offensively and defensively,” Noter said. “Cumming boys – similar skillset to each other – but they’re able to carry the ball, play inside and are aggressive the whole time they’re on the floor.
“But Josh Kunan will probably be a standout – I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Josh just yet,” Noter said.
PLAYER | ASSOCIATION
Liam Allison Melton
Liam Herbert Warrnambool
Jay Rantall Warrnambool
Samuel Flanders Korumburra
Noah Gown Warragul
Harrison Pepper Moe
Josh Kunan Ballarat
Nick Grantham Macedon
Matthew Cumming Southern Peninsula
Stephen Cumming Southern Peninsula
Kia Daniels Bendigo
Dominic Occhipinti Warrnambool
Connor Graham Warragul
Broden Collins Melton
Jack Terrill Geelong
Head Coach Rebel Noter – Warrnambool
Assistant Coach Nathan Cooper-Brown – Ballarat
Assistant Coach Daniel Knaggs – Ballarat
Development Coach Ben White – Southern Peninsula
Team Manager To be Confirmed