Junior Cobras Georgia Booth, Josh Duach and Ned Dillon have been selected to the Victorian Metro Under 18 Women’s and Men’s teams, respectively, ahead of the Australian Under 18 Championships in April.
Booth – an SEBC Saints junior – will represent Victoria for the second time in three years, having played a key role on Victoria Metro’s gold medal winning U16 team in 2018. Duach (SCYC Scorpions) makes his third consecutive Victoria Metro state teams, helping lead the U16 and U18 Men to gold in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Duach is also a member of the Australian U16 national team, which is set to compete at the FIBA Asia Championships later this year. Dillon (SCYC Scorpions) was named as an emergency for the Men’s team, following an impressive 12 months with the Cobras U18 program.
Kilsyth Manager of Basketball Operations, Mark Watkins, is impressed with the achievements of Booth, Duach and Dillon, pointing to the trio’s work ethic and dedication within the Junior Cobra program – which has aligned itself with the state and national high performance programs – as a key to their success.
“As a club we are very proud to hear the announcement of Josh and Georgia being selected into the U18 Vic Metro State Teams — and Ned as an emergency,” Watkins said.
“This is reward for all the hard work they have put in over the few years at the club and on their own. The Cobras promote the Basketball Victoria and Australia pathways, and our program is set up for our players to play for their state and country and be the best player they can be.”
The U18 Australian Championships will be held in Ballarat from April 17 to 24.
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We are pleased to announce the appointment of our Junior Cobras 1st team coaches for the 2021 VJBL season. Further coaching positions to be announced once teams are selected. If you would like to be a become a Junior Cobras coach, please email of expression to interest to Mark Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org