VICTORIA Metropolitan and Victoria Country have received their fixtures for the 2019 Australian Under-16 Junior Championships.
Last year saw both the boys and girls gold medal games seeing Vic Metro take on Vic Country, with Metro taking home the win in both matches.
Games tip off Saturday 6 July with pool games running through to Wednesday 10 July. Finals start Thursday 11 July with gold medal games scheduled for Saturday 13 July, with girls held at 5pm and boys at 7pm.
The Vic Metro boys are looking to defend their title with Jerome Pierre the only returning player from last years triumph. One of the fresh faces in the squad is Kristian Ferronato, who represented Asia Pacific at the Jr. NBA Global Championship. Dom Linossier is at the helm for his fourth year as Head Coach and is looking to win his third Robert Young Shield.
They start their defence matching up with Tasmania and will face ACT, NSW Country, Queensland South, SA Metro and WA Country in Pool A.
Vic Country’s boys are looking to go one better from last year, sporting a brand new squad with coach Joel Anderson taking charge for his second championships. His side is full of up and coming stars, including Coby Burgiel who averaged 24 points at this year’s Under-16 BVC Junior Championships, as well as Harry Stones, who also represented Asia Pacific at the Jr. NBA Global Championship.
They sit in Pool B and will face off against NSW Metro, Queensland North, SA Country, WA Metro and the hosts Northern Territory.
The Vic Metro girls have their sights set on a fourth consecutive championship, and with three players returning players plus the addition of two Jr. NBA World Championship players, they will be a tough ask to beat. They have a new head coach in charge in Kennedy Kereama who is looking to keep the Norma Connelly Shield firmly in the hands of the Vic Metro squad.
They meet WA Metro, SA Country, Queensland South, Northern Territory, NSW Country and ACT in Pool A.
The Country girls are looking to rebound after the heartbreak of last year’s gold medal game with Dallas Loughridge, Georgia Koopmans and coach Mat Holmes returning for their second year. Adding to their team this year are the likes of Sienna Privitera (Traralgon) and Dyani Ananiev (Seymour) who dominated this year’s BVC Junior Championships.
They look to lock down Pool B with NSW Metro, Queensland North, SA Metro, Tasmania and WA Country.
The gold medal games will be streamed live via Basketball Australia socials.
Victoria Metro Men’s Games
|Western Australia Country||7 July||1:00PM|
|Queensland South||8 July||11:00AM|
|Australian Capital Territory||8 July||7:00PM|
|New South Wales Country||9 July||5:30PM|
|South Australia Metro||10 July||1:30PM|
Victoria Country Men’s Games
|South Australia Country||6 July||5:00PM|
|Northern Territory||7 July||7:00PM|
|Queensland North||8 July||3:30PM|
|Western Australia Metro||9 July||1:30PM|
|New South Wales Metro||10 July||5:30PM|
Victoria Metro Women’s Games
|South Australia Country||6 July||1:00PM|
|Australian Capital Territory||7 July||5:00PM|
|Western Australia Metro||8 July||1:30PM|
|Northern Territory||9 July||11:00AM|
|New South Wales Country||9 July||7:00PM|
|Queensland South||10 July||3:30PM|
Victoria Country Women’s Games
|South Australia Metro||6 July||3:00PM|
|Queensland North||7 July||1:30PM|
|Western Australia Country||8 July||5:00PM|
|New South Wales Metro||10 July||3:00PM|