Our Cobra Under 12-1 Boys and 18-1 Boys have finished second in the country as they claimed Silver at the National Junior Classic Tournament over the Queens Birthday long weekend, highlighting a big weekend overall for our junior teams in tournament action.
After steamrolling through their pool games – recording a trio of impressive wins over Warrnambool, Norwood and Keilor – the Under 12 Boys won a pair of five point thrillers over Knox and Hawthorn to advance to the Gold Medal game against the Bulleen Boomers. But facing a huge Boomers frontcourt, coach Michelle Letts’ team struggled to contain Bulleen inside as they fell, 41-62, to finish the tournament as the number-two team in the country. It’s the third straight year that the Under 12 Boys have medalled at the Classic, with Coach Letts now owning a Gold, Silver and Bronze from Australia’s most prestigious club tournament.
It was a tougher road for the Under 18 Boys, who dropped their opening game of the weekend before defeating Dandenong by two points, then coming back from a 15 point deficit to defeat Sturt in overtime to advance to the top-eight. Coach Zach Moult’s team then defeated Woodville in another overtime thriller and cruised to victory over the Norths Bears to advance to the championship game against the Melbourne Tigers. Kilsyth hung tough with the Tigers throughout – trailing by just three points late in the third period – but Melbourne would pull away late to win, 66-55, as the Cobras finished the tournament as the number-two team in the country.
Our Under 18-1 Girls were also in action at the Classic, battling valiantly to the end of the weekend to finish 16th. After struggling with a tough pool draw, the Cobras finished the weekend with a pair of heartbreaking losses to the Sydney Comets and Central Districts.
In Nunawading Tournament action, the Under 12-2 and 16-2 Girls and Under 14-1 Boys were crowned champions, as they won Gold on Monday. The Under 12-3 and 16-1 Boys fell just short of a tournament title, finishing the weekend as Silver medalists.
Congratulations to all of our Cobra teams for their efforts over the weekend!
Kilsyth Basketball Hall of Famer Sharon Arnold has been inducted into the Technical Officials Commission (TOC) Wall of Fame, highlighting a long list of award winners from our referee department at the annual TOC Awards on Sunday. Sharon was also the winner of the Neil Bradbury Award as she was recognised as the Referee Advisor
The Hon James Merlino, Deputy Premier of Victoria, officially broke ground on Melba College’s Stage 2 rebuild last Thursday, which includes a new four court basketball stadium to be co-run by Kilsyth Basketball. The newest addition to Kilsyth Basketball will feature four FIBA competition sized courts, highlighted by a beautiful 700 seat show court.
The Kilsyth and Mountain District Basketball Association (K&MDBA) has officially joined the newly-formed Victorian Senior Elite League (official league name to be announced) for its inaugural season in 2019. The K&MDBA – represented by the Kilsyth Cobras – will join 13 former-SEABL teams in the Victorian Senior Elite League, in addition to four Big-V Championship