Kilsyth Basketball has taken home a total of eight awards from the 2017 Basketball Victoria Awards dinner, which was held on Saturday night at the State Basketball Centre.
WNWBL Cobras young gun Teisha Shadwell was named the Charles Ryan Wheelchair Athlete of the Year, following an impressive rookie campaign in 2017. Debuting at the national level at just 14 years of age, Shadwell defied the odds to star in in her first season, averaging 9.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game en-route to being named the WNWBL’s Best Young Talent for 2017.
Mal Allison was the recipient of the Allan Ashe Memorial Award for 40 years of volunteer service. Mal has been a longtime contributor to Kilsyth Basketball and served in a number of capacities, most notably as a Junior Cobras and Domestic Coach and Board Member, and currently serves as the Chairman of Kilsyth Basketball.
SEBC Saints coach Jackie Lee was awarded the Molten Domestic Coach of the Year for 2017. Jackie has played an instrumental role in developing the Saints Junior Domestic program, which has produced a number of collegiate and Cobras SEABL stars.
Kilsyth Basketball was also recognised for its success in the media field, winning the Media Coverage of the Year Award for 2017.
Finally, four Kilsyth Basketball representatives were recognised with long service awards, headlined by Kilsyth Basketball Hall of Famer and former Olympic referee, Sharon Arnold. Sharon was honoured for 35 years of service to basketball; NBL referee Raoul Kirsten and former Junior Cobras coach Peter Withers received 25 year awards; and Kilsyth referee and inclusive programs volunteer Prue Green was recognised for 15 years of service.
The VYC Cobra Women have announced their roster for the 2018 Big-V Season The Women’s 2018 lineup will consist entirely of Kilsyth Junior Cobras players, headlined by 2017 team MVP, Grace Moxey and point guard Tayla Black. Both members of the Kilsyth Lady Cobras SEABL squad in 2017, Black ranked second on the team
The Cobras have announced their National Wheelchair Basketball League team for the 2018 season. The Cobras are headlined by Kilsyth junior and Paralympian Josh Allison, and reigning league high-point MVP, Tristan Knowles. Knowles was a standout in 2017, leading the Cobras in scoring (24.5ppg), rebounding (7.0rpg) and assists (11.1ppg). Michael D’Amelio, Shawn Groenewegan, Damon
One of Australian basketball’s brightest stars is returning to Kilsyth, with two-time league MVP and Australian Opal Steph Blicavs (nee Cumming) signing with the Lady Cobras for the 2018 SEABL season. Blicavs was a certified superstar for the Lady Cobras during the 2015 and 2016 SEABL seasons, winning back-to-back SEABL Most Valuable Player awards