Over 100 Croydon Hills Primary School students were involved in a day of fun activities receiving giveaways and autographs at the end of the session.
Basketball Australia, Basketball Victoria and Kilsyth Basketball formed a partnership to develop the competition aimed at increasing both the awareness of Aussie Hoops Oz Ball and the Australia Boomers and Opals Olympic teams.
Patty’s Aussie Hoops Colouring Competition gave schools within the Kilsyth and Mountain District area the opportunity to learn about basketball and win some great prizes. Jake has won a signed Australian Boomers singlet and an Aussie Hoops Prize Pack for his school. These were all presented at the special Skill, Fun and Play day.
Patrick (Patty) Mills is one of the youngest players ever to suit up for the men’s senior national team, the Boomers. He is currently preparing for his sophomore (second) season at Saint Mary’s College in California, USA. He is especially noted for being one of the first Indigenous Australian’s to make a major name for himself in basketball. Following the 2008 Beijing Olympics NBA Player Manu Ginoboli described Mills “He’s a very dangerous player. He’s quick, he’s got a nice shot, he’s smart and he’s young, so he’s going to be a great player”.
Aussie Hoops is for kids to have fun while experiencing basketball and learning new skills. Basketball is one of the world’s most popular sports and can be enjoyed by everyone. Aussie Hoops is a program designed for all children – all abilities.
Aussie Hoops can be played all year round, inside or out. There are a range of Aussie Hoops sessions available from in-school and after-school programs, holiday camps and competitions.
Aussie Hoops continues to provide a starting point for children within the area to start playing the game of basketball. “Aussie Hoops is an important piece of the Kilsyth Development Pathway and we look forward to introducing basketball to the community through Aussie Hoops” Ben Turner, Basketball Development Manager – Kilsyth Basketball.
“Basketball Victoria is excited to be involved in this partnership with Kilsyth Basketball and Basketball Australia promoting opportunities to pathways from Aussie Hoops to Australian Representation. Aussie Hoops is the ideal vehicle to not only encourage participation in basketball, but to allow the opportunity to be active, learn about teamwork, increase confidence and self-esteem, create good sportsmanship and help to improve the health and well-being of the children involved in this program” Karen Pearce, Participation and Education Manager, Basketball Victoria
“Patty’s Aussie Hoops Colouring Competition is a fantastic initiative aimed at using Aussie Hoops and the recent success of the National teams (the Boomers and Opals) as a vehicle to promote basketball in the local community. Thank you to Kilsyth Basketball and Basketball Victoria and we look forward to the success of this competition” Michael Haynes, GM Community Basketball – Basketball Australia.
Aussie Hoops is the beginning of the Kilsyth Development Pathway, the National Teams are naturally higher on the pathway and it is hoped the Aussie Hoops players of today will be the future Boomers and Opals.
“We are thankful to the Kilsyth Basketball Association for putting together this competition to promote our National Teams in the local community. It is also great to see this initiative link the recent success of the Boomers and Opals to the Aussie Hoops program.” Lorraine Landon, GM National Teams and Competitions – Basketball Australia.
For more information on joining an Aussie Hoops Program contact Kilsyth Basketball on 9728 1033
Star point guard Adi Tomada has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Tomada enjoyed a standout 2023 season with the Cobras, leading the team in assists (4.6apg) and steals (1.4spg), ranking second in scoring (19.5ppg) and three pointers made (2.0 3PM), while finding his way to the free throw
Star guard Nikita Young has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Young put together an impressive second NBL1 season with the Cobras, ranking third on the team in scoring (12.7ppg), rebounds (5.4rpg), assists (2.3apg), while her quick hands and anticipation saw her rank fifth in the league in steals (2.3spg).
The Kilsyth Cobra Women have made their first move for the 2024 NBL1 season, re-signing rising star, Georgia Booth. Booth enjoyed a breakout season with the Cobras, leading the team in three point makes while ranking second on the team in scoring. The lightning quick guard blossomed into a high level scorer, averaging 17.5