Basketball Victoria has selected the Under-16 Victoria Metropolitan and Country teams set to represent the state at the 2021 Australian Under-16 Junior Championships. Our four teams will head to Perth, Western Australia from 3-7 July 2021 for the championships, as they return to Warwick Stadium for the first time since 2017.
Our Victorian Under-16 teams excelled at the last Australian Junior Championships in 2019, with both Metropolitan teams winning gold while our Country Men (silver) and Country Women (bronze) also made the podium. While the last 12 months have been challenging for our state team athletes and staff, with the lockdowns and postponement of basketball across Victoria, these groups are ready to impress against the best junior talent in the country.
The 2019 reigning champions, the Victoria Metropolitan Women, are back with 10 fresh faces ready to impress in the national arena. The roster spans eight associations across the state, including Victorian National Performance Program (VNPP) participant Bonnie Deas from our Frankston Blues 16.1 Girls.
For first-time state team head coach Jacqui Henry, this team is raring to go after missing most of 2020. The finalised line-up, and strength of the tryouts, also highlight the power of Victoria Metropolitan throughout the state.
“After a year off basketball, it is absolutely wonderful to be back and see all players back competing too,” Henry said. “To have the Australia Junior Championships back with the girls able to showcase their abilities at the highest level is especially exciting.
“All those that attended tryouts competed hard and the standard across the board was very high – it made our jobs really difficult and shows that the future of Victoria Metropolitan basketball is bright.
“The team will be quick in offence and disruptive in defence – the guards are great shooters aided by strong targets inside the paint.
“Coaching a state team is a tremendous opportunity and to be coaching a Victorian team is an honour.”
Paul Groat will again join the Victorian Under-16 Metro Boys team in the role of Team Manager
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN UNDER-16 WOMEN
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN UNDER-16 MEN
Paul Groat – Team Manager