Australia’s greatest local basketball rivalry is back on as your NBL1 Cobras play host to the Knox Raiders on Saturday night. The Cobras take on the Raiders on Hugh McMenamin Court for the first time in five years, playing off for ‘The Ashes’ trophy.
The Ashes trophy will be awarded at the conclusion of the Men’s game to the club who wins the regular season series, with the series currently tied at 1-1 after the Raider Women and Cobra Men took out the first two games in the opening night of the season.
With decades of epic battles and history to be rekindled, Saturday night will be one to remember as this fierce rivalry resumes under the banner of the NBL.
All the action starts at 3.00pm, when our NWBL Men take on Wollongong in national wheelchair league play, with the NBL1 Women to follow at 5.30pm and the Men at 7.30pm.
The Cobras/Raiders rivalry runs deep in the foundations of both Associations, with fierce battles not only in the NBL1 but at the VJBL and Big-V VYC levels as well as for various State and National awards. Kilsyth and Knox stand as the two largest Associations in Australia, each boasting over 1000 teams competing weekly in their respective competitions.
The Ashes Trophy was formed back in 2006 to commemorate the intense rivalry and signify all that was left when the Kilsyth & Mountain District Basketball Associations licensed club venue, Club Kilsyth, tragically burnt to the ground. From the ashes of the fire, the Ashes trophy was made, and Australia’s greatest local basketball rivalry grew even bigger.
The NBL1, VYC, NWBL and WNWBL Cobras award winners were have announced for the 2019 season. The annual awards function, held at Club Kilsyth, recognised some standout performances by a number of Cobras stars, wrapping up an incredibly successful year for the Senior Cobra program. All six senior teams secured finals berths in 2019,
The Under 14-1 Boys are Nationals bound for the second consecutive year, qualifying for the Australian Club Championships in October. The Cobras qualified after a remarkable start to the MUVJBL Championship (VC) season, going 8-1 over the first half of the season to punch their ticket to the nations most prestigious club tournament.