Geelong’s YMCA Basketball Club has taken out the Max Bowman Memorial Shield for the most successful club at the BVCC Club Championships for 2018. It’s a shield that has spent a lot of time in Geelong, with Pivot City winning it for the past 7 years straight.
The Max Bowman award capped off a great weekend for the YMCA who had 6 teams competing at the BVCC Club Championships. Both their U12 and U14 girls played some sensational basketball to get through to semi-finals. Their U16 boys just missed out on a grand final spot with a down-to-the-wire semi final loss. Their U12 boys won their way to a grand final but couldn’t quite get over a strong Bendigo team and then the U14 and U18 boys won their respective CHAMPIONS!
But it wasn’t just YMCA in action over the weekend;
Try Boys had 7 teams in action at the BVCC event and one up the highway playing in the Altona Tournament.
U16 Boys Team 1 lost Qtr final by 5 Coach Paul Reynolds
U16 Boys Team 2 didn’t make Final but played up as there was no D2. Great effort and did well Coach Brett Harris
U14 Boys lost in Qtr final by 4 Coach Greg Smith
U12 Boys Div 2 played well all weekend and won Title. Coach Nick McAteer
U12 Div 1 Girls won 1 lost 3 games didn’t make finals Coach Mick Bishop
U12 girls D2 Team 1 lost final by 4 Coach Allen McKee
U12 Girls D2 Team 2 lost semi to other Try Boys team Coach Dion Milne.
Try Boys U10 Girls team were entered into the Altona tournament. The girls coached by Gary Paech had the most enjoyable experience and won the Grand Final. Try Boys 25 d Magic 20
Sharks Basketball Club had just the one team at the tournament this year. The Under 12 Sharks Boys team were the first to represent the club since 2008. With a mixture of top and bottom age players, the tournament for our team was not about winning games, but about teamwork, improving, everyone having an opportunity to play and most importantly enjoying their basketball. Despite not winning a game in Division 1 over the weekend, the players definitely improved each game and by the end they were playing great pressure defence and forcing turnovers. It was a great opportunity for our younger players to play at a high level and for all of the players to have fun together!
Perennial power house Pivot City Basketball Club had four teams at this years event. With their U12 boys and U14 Girls making the Semi Final, their U14 Boys making the Quarter Final and their U16 Boys winning the Championship.
The GBL’s biggest club Lara Giants only had two teams at the BVCC event. U12-1 Girls in division 1 won all their 3 pool games, two by 40+ points. They won their qualifying final & semi final before going down in overtime in the grand final, while in the U14-2 Boys, the boys competed well & tried hard but missed the finals playing in a much higher division that planned.
Finally South Geelong Kings sent a mixture of teams from the GBL and CBBA to the event, with two under 12 girls teams, the Stars and Diamonds, an under 12 boys team the Steelers, the Cyclones under 14 boys and Warriors under 18 boys team. The Kings U12 Girls Diamonds won the U12 Division 2 title.
Congratulations to all Basketball Geelong clubs and players that took part in the BVCC Country Championships.