On Monday November 19th Kilsyth Basketball held its annual Junior Domestic Awards Night. The event played host to a crowd of 240 people comprising of coaches, volunteers, and players, as well as noted community members including the Honourable David Hodgett State Member for Kilsyth.

The Awards Night recognised players, volunteers and coaches of Junior Domestic Clubs who have made a significant contribution to local Basketball in 2012. The awards are judged on the philosophy that individuals bring to their club, the positive values they instil and inspire, their commitment to their club, and their excellent sportsmanship on and off the court.

Kilsyth Basketball is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Junior Domestic Awards in the following categories:

Junior Domestic Coach of the Year (Girls) – Trevor Lynch – Mooroolbark Flashers BC

Trevor has been coaching for a number of years, and has achieved his level two in coaching whilst coaching at least two teams every season for the past few years.  He is a great coach who is extremely patient and always believes in his players’ abilities and encourages them along the way. 

Junior Domestic Coach of the Year (Boys) – Grant Stivey – Mooroolbark Flashers BC

Grant dedicates an enormous amount of time to junior basketball, coaching several teams at Mooroolbark.  He is a firm believer in good sportsmanship and individual skill improvement. He teachers his players to have respect for their opponents and themselves. 

2012 Junior Domestic Female Referee of the Year – Riley Brown

Riley began officiating at Kilsyth Basketball in 2005 and has quickly progressed through the ranks, to be awarded a level 2A grading. Barry Spicer stated that “we are lucky to have Riley Supervising our Saturday Boys competition, where she can put her experience into place with younger and less experienced referees.

2012 Junior Domestic Male Referee of the Year – Patrick Spratt

Patrick began officiating at Kilsyth after graduating the beginners referee course in 2009. He has always been an enthusiastic learner and puts this into practice on the court, quickly improving to the Grade of 1A before the age of 18.

2012 Girls Junior Domestic Player of the Year (U8 – U10) – Olivia Jennings – Maroondah Magic BC

Since starting Miniball several seasons ago, Olivia has taken her game to a new level.  She is able to dribble the ball quickly and with control, she rebounds against bigger opponents both offensively and defensively, and has increased her scoring ability.

2012 Boys Junior Domestic Player of the Year (U8 – U10)Jack Hourihan – Mooroolbark Flashers BC

Jack was an outstanding player in the 11A reserve team.  He has been described as a pleasure to coach and always puts in, listens and does as instructed without argument or attitude. Jack always puts playing basketball with his friends ahead of winning. 

2012 Girls Junior Domestic Player of the Year (U12 – U14) – Brittany Nicholas – Mt. Evelyn Meteors BC

Starting basketball at four, Brittany has grown steadily as a player and puts in great effort whenever she plays, often playing above her age group when needed. Last season Brittany played in the Under 21 domestic team and managed to score five points to help secure the win in the Grand Final. Brittany has played representative basketball for the Cobras for four years and is now a referee.

2012 Boys Junior Domestic Player of the Year (U12 – U14)Brad Heywood – Maroondah Magic BC

Currently as a member of the 14A team, Brad displays a great attitude and is an excellent member of his team. He has coached his brother’s After School Competition team and was a great role model and positive influence on the younger boys. Brad was also selected to represent the winning Victoria team in the 2012 Australian School Boys Championship.

2012 Girls Junior Domestic Player of the Year (U16 – U21) – Claire Liston – SCYC Scorpions

Claire started domestic basketball at age six and is now entering her final season in the U21 Summer Season.  Claire has helped around the club with clinics and coaching, and has trained hard to achieve high standards throughout her basketball career. Claire conducts herself in a professional manner at all times and her teammates look to her for guidance.

2012 Boys Junior Domestic Player of the Year (U16 – U21)Daniel O’Brien – Eastern Eagles BC

Daniel has been playing since Miniball and is now in the U16 team.  He has worked his way up from a C grade player to a high B, putting in a lot of work and dedication to get his game to an advanced level.  Daniel has undertaken coaching for the past three seasons at a remarkable level. He acts as a fabulous mentor and excellent role model to the young boys in his team.

Junior Domestic Volunteer of the YearPeter Cunningham – Maroondah Magic BC

Despite no longer having children playing at the club, Peter has continued to develop and support Maroondah Magic. Peter has held the treasurers position, is the boys’ 9-12 age co-ordinator and the co-ordinator to the age co-ordinators. He coaches several boys teams each season (and a girls team in winter 2012), assists with grading and co-ordinates and runs various clinics at local schools.

Swinburne University Community Engagement AwardFaye Doutch – Maroondah Magic BC

Faye has worked tirelessly to secure funding support to allow a member of the Burmese community to play basketball. She has also taken on the responsibility to drive him to and from games and training, and has worked with his parents who speak little English. On top of her volunteer work outside of basketball Faye also acts as the team manager each season for her grandson’s basketball team.

Junior Domestic Club – Biggest Membership Increase  Maroondah Magic BC

Maroondah Magic BC has had a 14% increase in membership in the past year.

Junior Domestic Club of the Year – Fosters Phantoms BC

Amongst many other achievements during the 2012 season, Fosters have actively engaged the community, pursued community grants to keep fees and uniform costs down, monitored, evaluated, updated and implemented a club policy, implemented a “Recognise a Ref” policy, reinforced bullying and harassment and social media policies, developed a ‘Mentor the Coach’ program and have experienced continual growth and improvement on and off the court.