Good luck Jas!
Good luck AB!
Annabel Strahan at the Southern Cross Challenge
From the 14-18 January aspiring Boomers and Opals hit the courts at the State Basketball Centre from Western and South Australia, Canberra and Victoria to compete at the Southern Cross Challenge. While the SCC is a precursor to state representation, it is primarily a development tournament. Players, coaches, and officials are able to compete but more importantly learn at an elite level. Basketball Country Victoria (BVC) send two boys and girls teams in the U14 and U15 age groups. These athletes are selected from the BVC Academy program. What is evident at the SCC is the commitment of BVC to developing players basketball IQ and skill. Annabel Strahan played point guard in the U15G Goldminers team:
The Southern Cross Challenge was an amazing tournament for my personal development and getting to know those who love the sport as much as I do. It pushed me as an athlete mentally and physically, made me have to really think on and off the court and the tournament also helped me to learn from those around me. It was personally the best I have performed at a tournament and I can't wait to play with and against all these amazing athletes again.-- Annabel Strahan
Olympic Star Jenni Screen
Olympic star Jenni Screen returns to where it all started! Link
2016 MRBA Rep Team Selections
Following try-outs over the last week and a half, selections have been made for the 2016 Macedon Ranges Respresentative Teams:
Thank you to everybody who tried out; we love your love of the game!
Ten Macedon Ranges players attend JamboreeCongrats to Macedon Ranges' ten Gisborne Bulldogs/Woodend Hawks players who were selected in the top 100 U12 Victorian Country players to attend a four day tournament in Echuca over September holidays!
Four Macedon Ranges players attend Gold Nugget CampCongrats to Tess, Annabel, Jack and Jordan who were selected to attend the Gold Nugget U14 camp in Shepparton after completing the academy program of 20 hours of training and two weekend camps over the winter season. At the Gold Nugget camp they were competing with 47 boys and 47 girls to make two U15 Basketball Victorian Country State teams to play at the Southern Cross Challenge in January. Jason Palmer coached at both this and the Jamboree.
Basketball Country Victoria Regional AcademyCongrats to many MRBA players who participated in the recent BVC Regional Academy, and to Annabel Strahan, Tess Barnes, Jordan Phillips, and Jack Hesset for their selection to attend the Gold Nugget Camp in October.
New Timing Rules
All domestic players should note that this season the clock will be stopped in the final minute(s) of games. For the Open Womens' and Open Mens' Competitions, the clock will stop for all whistles, inluding time-outs, in the final three minutes of the second half if the score difference is less than 12. In Junior games the clock will stop for all whistles in the final one minute of the second half, also where scores are within 12 points of each other.
Macedon Ranges Players Selected into BVCC Academy
We have fourteen Macedon Ranges players (from all over the region) who have been selected into the BVCC academy and have chosen to participate in the satellite sessions being run at Kyneton, Gisborne and Bendigo. This is the first time we have run a satellite centre in the Macedon Ranges. Huge thanks to coach Bart Barnes for giving these kids fantastic technical training and sharing his wealth of knowledge as a previous professional basketball player. The players’ work ethic and improvement has been outstanding at the halfway point of the program.
Australian Institute of Sport: Imagery
Visualizing yourself in game situations before the game primes your mind and body, improves performance, and gives you an edge. See the Imagery Brainwaves Fact Sheet!
Megan Moody visits Woodend Primary
23 March 2015
[from the school newsletter 26/03/2015] Megan Moody from Basketball Victoria Country visited Woodend Primary on Monday, and ran engaging sessions for several classes throughout the day. Now 6'2", Megan started playing basketball competitively at the age of four or five in Melbourne. Her passion and dedication took her to the U.S. for uni, where she still ranks in the all-time top ten for points (both 2- and 3-pointers), assists, and blocked shots with the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. The Houston Comets selected her into the WNBA in 2006, and she has played throughout Europe, including the Great Britain Olympic team. Megan returned to Australia to play in the WNBL in 2009/2010, and now works out of Bendigo to support every aspect of basketball in regional Victoria. Megan demonstrated and shared many of the secrets of her success with Woodend students, who very quickly showed remarkable skills themselves that included double-ball and behind-the-back dribbling. The weather permitted a few sessions to be held outdoor on our great court, while a few sessions were moved into the hall, where the enthusiasm and competitive spirit was just as high. The forecast for what turned out to be our coldest day in five months motivated the postponement of Day 2 of the clinic, but those classes that missed out this time can look forward to their time with Megan soon after their return in Term 2.
Students from Prep to Year 6 for whom this opportunity might have awoken their inner-Megan can find more opportunity to train and play locally with the Macedon Ranges Basketball Association (www.macedonranges.basketball.net.au).
U14 Skills Day
24 March 2015
Congratulations to several Macedon Ranges players who where selected into the Regional Academy program after attending Basketball Victoria Country Skills Days!
- Tess Barnes
- Maddi Condron
- Hayden Clune
- Jack Hassett
- Maddi Nash
- Jordan Phillips
- Max Rivers
- Annabel Strahan
- Thomas Vincent
Nick Grantham selected for 2015 U16 Country Victoria Men's Team
17 March 2015
The National Championships will be held from the 4th – 11th July when Australia's brightest young talent descends on Ulverstone, Tasmania.
Following the try-out process, the coaching staff are really pleased with the group selected. We believe we have a well-balanced group and have players who can play multiple positions within our team structure. We are looking forward to the National Championships and we are ready to put in the hard work in the lead-up to the event. Thank you to all the athletes who were involved during the selection process and congratulations to those selected in the final squad.Victoria Country Men's Head Coach Dave Naylor
Congrats MRBA 2014-2015 Grand Final Winners!
22 March 2015
- U13 Girls: Fantastics
- U16 Boys: Lakers
- Open Women's: Avengers
- Open Men's: Ranges
Three Macedon Ranges players in the Southern Cross Challenge
5 Feb 2015
Congratulations to our Macedon Ranges players Maddi, Tess, and Annabel who played in the Victorian Country U14 State team at the Southern Cross Challenge!
U12 BVC Junior Championships
28 March 2015
Congratulations to our U12 Boys and Girls Rep teams for their impressive performance in Bendigo!