Basketball Victoria has selected the 2022 Under-18 State teams representing Victoria Country and Victoria Metropolitan as well as the Victorian Kevin Coombs Cup team for wheelchair athletes, including ‘Impact’ Junior Blues and ‘Powerade’ Youth League player Zoe Harvery, as an emergency player (U18 Metro Women).
These five teams will head to Ballarat Sports and Events Centre, Ballarat from 10-17 April 2022 for the Australian Under-18 Junior Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup.
Victoria Metropolitan head coach Michael Brookens said the team’s tenacity and energy has him impressed heading towards Ballarat.
“The strength of our team will be the 4 P’s; persistence, pressure, pace and physicality,” Brookens said. “We will be a fiercely competitive side – this team is full of stars.
“We will get great contributions from different players every match. We will share the ball and make teams defend us at every position – collectively we will be an old school coach’s dream with a modern flare.
“The standard of the tryout group was phenomenal. The athletes really took on board what I wanted from them. They all had moments of brilliance, competed hard and made it very difficult to select the team.
“By the end of the weekend, we saw some very exciting and high quality basketball. No one player stood out because they all competed so hard. They all were excellent.
“I’m looking forward to the journey with the players, coaches and their families. The kids are fantastic people. They are all the type of kids that would run through a brick wall for you. With all that they have been through in the last two years I am looking forward to unleashing all that pent up energy to compete and represent their state. What they are capable of as a group has the potential to be special and that really excites me.”