Kilsyth Basketball is excited to announce Samantha Woosnam as the new Head Coach for the Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras.

Samantha has enjoyed an illustrious playing career, most recently playing for the Dandenong Rangers in the WNBL. She has also captained Adelaide Lightning from Minor Premiers to Premiers, and in 1999 won the Merv Harris Medal for best player U21 in South Australia. Samantha scored her 1000th WNBL point in 2006/2007 season and was awarded the 2007 Halls Medal as MVP in the Central ABA League.

Internationally Samantha has also had great success playing for Powerbasket Wels in the Austrian League and FIBA European Cup, and then with German team TSV Wasserburg. Following this she played in the FIBA Cup and French League with ESBVA before moving to Portuguese team Santarem and going on to win the Portuguese championship. Samantha has also been named as an Austrian and German All Star.

In the 2014 season, familiar faces to Kilsyth Basketball will join Samantha on the coaching panel. This will include Rod Popp as the Head Coach of the Swinburne Kilsyth SEABL Men, Peter Godfrey as Head Coach of the Yarra Ranges Kia VYC Men and Ed Dunstan as the Head Coach of the Yarra Ranges Kia VYC Women.  The Under 20 Women’s Head Coach will be Matt Silvaggio and the Under 20 Men’s Head Coach is yet to be announced.

Kilsyth Basketball President Malcolm Allison said that “I am sure Sam will bring true professionalism to her new coaching role and will join an extremely experienced coaching panel in Rod, Peter and Ed.“

For Kilsyth Basketball’s Phil Munday VJBL Junior Cobra program, we are happy to announce the following coaches:




UNDER 12 & 14 GIRLS LEAD COACH             David Newton

12-1 GIRLS                                                         Daniel Quick

12-2 GIRLS                                                         TBA

12-3 GIRLS                                                         John Walsh

12-4 GIRLS                                                         TBA

14-1 GIRLS                                                         Zoe Cuskelly

14-2 GIRLS                                                         Michael Walsh

14-3 GIRLS                                                         Rick Foley       

14-4 GIRLS                                                         David Barnard

UNDER 16, 18 & 20 GIRLS LEAD COACH       Ed Dunstan

16-1 GIRLS                                                         Will van Poppel

16-2 GIRLS                                                         Deanna Sanelli

16-3 GIRLS                                                         TBA

18-1 GIRLS                                                         Ed Dunstan

18-2 GIRLS                                                         Gemma Kerr




UNDER 12 BOYS LEAD COACH                        Mal Allison

12-1 BOYS                                                           Mal Allison

12-2 BOYS                                                           Marcel Osborne

12-3 BOYS                                                           Craig Linton

12-4 BOYS                                                           Ann Mc Cann

UNDER 14 BOYS LEAD COACH                        John Hauer

14-1 BOYS                                                           John Hauer

14-2 BOYS                                                           Matt Pakoti

14-3 BOYS                                                           Jamie Wanders

14-4 BOYS                                                           Mark Fowler

UNDER 16, 18 & 20 BOYS LEAD COACH          Rod Popp

16-1 BOYS                                                           Michael Dwyer

16-2 BOYS                                                           Zach Moult

16-3 BOYS                                                           TBA

18-1 BOYS                                                           Gavin Meager

18-2 BOYS                                                           Michael Tilley

On the coaching appointments, Director of Basketball Operations Rod Popp said “the Club is very pleased with our Junior Coaching Panel for the 2013/14 VJBL Season. We are very fortunate to have so many committed and tireless coaches working with our Phil Munday’s Junior Cobras teams. They are very much Club people and want only the best in the way of development for our young players. We look forward to watching their teams in the upcoming season.”

Kilsyth Basketball look forward to seeing what lies ahead for our Kilsyth Cobras teams in the upcoming season and wish our coaches the very best of luck.