It will determine once and for all who is the best domestic club in Australia.  

The Great Southern Classic is a unique tournament providing more opportunities for domestic teams to further their basketball experience.  The tournament will be run for boys and girls from Under 8’s through to Under 23’s. Kilsyth and Knox are the two largest associations in Australia with their combined memberships bigger than some states, it is expected that a large representative of their domestic clubs will enter.

Australia is home to a range very successful domestic clubs, including Maroondah Magic, Knox City Cougars, Eltham Wildcats, Merinda Park and SEBC Saints. The classic aims to create debate and determine which club is the strongest.  Trophies will be awarded in all grades to recognise the champion in each section.  A major prize will be awarded for the Great Southern Classic champion club, calculated by the number of games won by each club taking into consideration their total number of teams.

Kilsyth President Mal Allison said “We have needed a quality tournament for domestic teams for a long time. The Great Southern Classic will finally put to rest who is the best club in Australia.”

“The Great Southern Classic provides the opportunity to determine the best club in Australia, whether it be a Kilsyth, Knox, Dandenong or an EDJBL club, only time will tell…”

Greg Oakford, Knox Marketing & Communications Coordinator said “We [Knox] are extremely excited about the partnership we have formed with Kilsyth for the Great Southern Classic and have no doubts the tournament will be a huge success with the basketball community.”

“The majority of basketball tournaments are aimed as representative teams; this is a great opportunity for domestic teams to get amongst the fun atmosphere that basketball tournaments bring as well as playing some competitive matches against teams that you haven’t played before.”

Good luck to all teams involved in the 2008 Great Southern Classic.  We look forward to announcing the 2008 Champion Club, following finals on Monday.

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