Club Kilsyth D-League Cobras player Corey Jeffs will represent Victoria as an emergency player for the 2013 U20 Victorian Men’s team who will play at the U20 Australian Junior Championship.  Corey underwent a week-long tryout period before being selected as one (1) of four (4) emergency players to back up the ten (10) man roster.  Players from Associations around Victoria tried out for the opportunity to play in the AJC, which will be held in Launceston, Tasmania from 17-23 February 2013. 

Corey, an 18 year old forward, is in his second season with the Club Kilsyth D-League Men’s team.   As an emergency player, Corey will be involved with all team trainings and preparations prior to the tournament and should any player from the ten (10) man roster be unable to attend, Corey will be in line to join the team to Tasmania. 

“I am extremely excited for this step in my Basketball career.  It means a lot to me to be able to train with some of the best players in the State from now until February and I will look to get the most out of our sessions over the next few months.”

The Head Coach for the U20 Victorian Men’s team is Kilsyth Basketball Association’s second representative, Grant Wallace.  Coach Wallace, Head Coach of the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras SEABL Men, was selected for the third time to coach the Victorian Men’s team, after winning the last two gold medals in the U20 Division.

“I am again honoured to be coaching such a wonderfully talented group of athletes.  This is a very hungry for success group having been deprived of it of late, being defeated by New South Wales in the past two U18 Australian Junior Championships.  This recent record provides us all with great motivation to enter a National Championship, not in the familiar position as favourites, but chasing others and I am sure this will create great purpose in our preparations.  We are all very much looking forward to the massive challenge ahead and proudly representing this great State in February 2013.”

“We have a great group of boys on this team and they represent the top Associations around the State.  For Corey to be selected it is a great accomplishment for him and I look forward to coaching him as we prepare for the AJC.”

Victoria will be competing against teams from NSW, Tasmania, South Australia, Queensland, the NT, New Zealand, Western Australia and the ACT.  Victoria is the defending champion for the U20 AJC and has won 23 titles since the tournament’s beginnings in 1974.

The 2013 team comprises:

Players:

Dante Exum

Anthony Fisher

Matthew Jackson

Kuany Ngor

Joshua Oswald

Greg Page

Dane Pineau

Jack Purchase

Justin Soleimani

Felix von Hofe

Emergencies:

Corey Jeffs

Nathan Lemke

Michael Luxford

Jack Saunders

Staff:

Head Coach: Grant Wallace

Assistant Coach: Eric Merve

Assistant Coach: Paul Lankford

Team Manager: Darren Sparkes

Team Physio: Matt Stoneman

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