To officially launch the 2014 SEABL season Kilsyth Basketball hosted a Black and Red Fan Fest day at the Kilsyth Sports Centre which featured live music, entertainment, a SEABL run Kid’s Clinic as well as the official singlet presentation to this year’s Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras. There were many fans in attendance and a great day was had by all.

After its official launch Kilsyth Basketball is excited to announce its 2014 Ladies and Men’s Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras SEABL line-ups.

This year incoming coach Samantha Woosnam will lead our 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. On top of this Samantha has also enjoyed great career success internationally.

After both enjoying fantastic College careers Louella Tomlinson and Rosie Moult are back in Australia and will line-up with the Lady Cobras for the first time. Joining Tomlinson and Moult are Lady Cobra veterans and homegrown talents Sarah Parsons, Jordyn O’Shea, Rebekah O’Donnell and Emily van Poppel, providing experience and leadership to the team. Jacqui Kitto and Olivia Bontempelli will also continue to be a fixture in the teams line up for season 2014. 

After an outstanding VYC season Brittany Renton will make her debut in the Lady Cobras team and Jenna Verhoef will continue to be part of this year’s SEABL side as a development player.

When asked about the team line-up incoming coach Samantha Woosnam said, "I am very happy to have maintained the core group of Kilsyth players from last season.  This group of girls has been working hard since November and are showing great signs. I’m looking forward to continuing their development.  I expect them all to be major contributors throughout the SEABL season." 

In 2014 Rod Popp, who has come off a stellar 2013 in which he lead the Kilsyth Cobras Victorian Youth Championship team to a championship victory, will coach the Cobra Men’s team. He will lead a bevy of homegrown players who have signed on for this years SEABL season.

Cameron Johnson will once again don the red and black in what will be his fourth year as a Swinburne Kilsyth Cobra, along with Adam Knott who will line up for his fifth year in a row. Daniel Tomada and Joel Naburgs will also once again feature in the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras line up adding maturity and experience to the team.

New import Dain Swetalla comes to Kilsyth from America where he enjoyed a successful college career with Augustana College, Rock Island. Since then Dain has played for the Romania second division, Majadahonda and Merida in the Spain EBA league and Illiabum, Portugal Proliga and Vitoria SC, Portugal LPB where his team was the 2013 Portuguese Cup Champions.

Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras 2013 MVP Tim Lang whose experience and strong leadership abilities are sure to be a great asset to the team will join them. “Tim has been a stalwart for the past five years and has had an outstanding career” Said Coach Rod Popp. “Besides being an anchor in the middle for the team this coming season he will be looked upon to provide valuable veteran leadership.”

We are also thrilled to have a number of VYC players graduating into our SEABL team after a fantastic 2013 season in which they took out the championship.  Arjen Smit and Jackson Brazier will pull on the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras singlet for the first time adding to the homegrown flavor of the 2014 Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras team. Kyle Adnam will also join the Cobras at the conclusion of his first NBL season with the Adelaide 36ers, and it is also anticipated that VYC player Stephen O’Brien will join the team at the completion of his US College season with Benedictine College. Current VYC player Daniel Jensen will be a development player.

Finally, in an announcement that will excite many, homegrown favorite Gerard Leonard will be rejoining the Swinburne Cobras team after four years. On his return to the team Gerard said, "I’m really excited to be part of a new era of Kilsyth Basketball. Coach Popp has put together a unit that is full of Kilsyth junior players with only two players not having played their junior basketball here. I was very eager to come back home and look forward to helping such a young team in the best winter competition in Australia. We have been in pre-season mode for the past few months and collectively working hard to be a competitive team in 2014.