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2021 VJBL Grading Phase One: Under 16 Boys & Girls Pool 1 groups

AFTER a postponed then cancelled 2020 season, the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) will tip-off on Friday night with the first phase of the 2021 grading. In this article we explain how the grading works, with the teams sorted into pools and over the next couple of months will earn places in either the Championship division or lower leagues.

How does the grading work?

Over the next three weeks, each of the teams will face off in a round robin style to determine the next stage of the grading. The winner of each group – the one who finishes on top of the group at the end of the three rounds – will automatically qualify for the VJBL Championship group. For everyone else, they must go through more grading to determine if they can join the top ranked sides in there.

Each of the teams that finish second and third in the groups will face off against teams from other groups. For example, the team that finishes second in Pool A will take on the team that finishes third in Pool B, whilst the team that finished third in Pool A will take on the team that finishes second in Pool F. There will be six matches, with the winner of these matches then qualifying for the VJBL Championship group.

By the end of those four weeks, the VJBL will have 12 of the 20 teams qualified and needing a further eight. The teams that finish bottom of their Pools in this Phase One, will head to crossover games for those teams in Pool 2 that win their pools. From there, the winner of those crossover games go into Grading Phase Two, to face the losers of the second and third placed crossover games. Of the 16 teams making it into those Pools, the four winners of the pools qualifier for the VJBL Championship, and then the second and third placed teams face off, with the winners to then go to the VJBL Championship and the losers to head to the League 1.

It might sound complicated, but for the next three weeks, these teams are battling it out for the first six spots in the VJBL Championship League.

Picture credit: Basketball Victoria

U16 Boys:

Pool 1A

Bulleen Boomers
Coburg Giants
Frankston Blues
Hawthorn Magic

Pool 1B

Altona Gators
Hawthorn Magic
Kilsyth Cobras
Sandringham Sabres

Pool 1C

Craigieburn Eagles
Dandenong Rangers
Diamond Valley Eagles
Latrobe Energy

Pool 1D

Ballarat Miners
Casey Cavaliers
Eltham Wildcats
Nunawading Spectres

Pool 1E

Geelong United
Keilor Thunder
Knox Raiders 2
Melbourne Tigers

Pool 1F

Kilsyth Cobras 2
Knox Raiders
McKinnon Raiders
Pakenham Warriors

U16 Girls:

Pool 1A

Broadmeadows Broncos
Hawthorn Magic
Hawthorn Magic 2
Knox Raiders

Pool 1B

Diamond Valley Eagles
Melbourne Tigers
Nunawading Spectres 2
Sandringham Sabres

Pool 1C

Bulleen Boomers
Casey Cavaliers
Eltham Wildcats
Eltham Wildcats 2

Pool 1D

Dandenong Rangers
Kilsyth Cobras
Latrobe Energy
McKinnon Cougars

Pool 1E

Bellarine Storm
Geelong United
Keilor Thunder
Wyndham Basketball

Pool 1F

Ballarat Rush
Collingwood All Stars
Frankston Blues
Nunawading Spectres

2021 VJBL Grading Phase One: Under 18 Boys & Girls Pool 1 groups

AFTER a postponed, then cancelled 2020 season, the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) will tip-off on Friday night with the first phase of the 2021 grading. In this article we explain how the grading works, with the teams sorted into pools and over the next couple of months will earn places in either the Championship division or lower leagues.

How does the grading work?

The next three weeks, each of the teams will face off in a round robin style to determine the next stage of the grading. The winner of each group – the one who finishes on top of the group at the end of the three rounds – will automatically qualify for the VJBL Championship group. For everyone else, they must go through more grading to determine if they can join the top ranked sides in there.

Each of the teams that finish second and third in the groups will face off against teams from other groups. For example, the team that finishes second in Pool A will take on the team that finishes third in Pool B, whilst the team that finished second in Pool A will take on the team that finishes second in Pool F. There will be six matches, with the winner of these matches then qualifying for the VJBL Championship group.

By the end of those four weeks, the VJBL will have 12 of the 20 teams qualified and needing a further eight. The teams that finish bottom of their Pools in this Phase One, will head to crossover games for those teams in Pool 2 that win their pools. From there, the winner of those crossover games go into Grading Phase Two, to face the losers of the second and third placed crossover games. Of the 16 teams making it into those Pools, the four winners of the pools qualifier for the VJBL Championship, and then the second and third placed teams face off, with the winners to then go to the VJBL Championship and the losers to head to the League 1.

Picture credit: Basketball Victoria

It might sound complicated, but for the next three weeks, these teams are battling it out for the first six spots in the VJBL Championship League.

U18 Boys:

Pool 1A

Melbourne Tigers
Waverley Falcons
Whittlesea Pacers
Wyndham Basketball

Pool 1B

Dandenong Rangers 2
Eltham Wildcats
Hawthorn Magic
Nunawading Spectres

Pool 1C

Bulleen Boomers
Casey Cavaliers
Craigieburn Eagles
Diamond Valley Eagles

Pool 1D

Dandenong Rangers
Frankston Blues
Kilsyth Cobras
Pakenham Warriors

Pool 1E

Bendigo Braves
Eltham Wildcats 2
McKinnon Cougars
Southern Peninsula Sharks

Pool 1F

Geelong United
Keilor Thunder
Knox Raiders
Sunbury Jets

U18 Girls:

Pool 1A

Dandenong Rangers
Dandenong Rangers 2
Frankston Blues
Waverley Falcons

Pool 1B

Keilor Thunder
Kilsyth Cobras
McKinnon Cougars
Sunbury Jets

Pool 1C

Bellarine Storm
Bulleen Boomers
Knox Raiders
Melbourne Tigers 2

Pool 1D

Casey Cavaliers
Diamond Valley Eagles
Eltham Wildcats
Hawthorn Magic

Pool 1E

Altona Gators
Bendigo Braves
Melourne Tigers
Sandringham Sabres

Pool 1F

Ballarat Rush
Nunawading Spectres
Ringwood Hawks
Southern Peninsula Sharks

Victoria to host the National Junior Classic

VICTORIA will will play host to the nation’s elite junior invitational tournament, with the best teams from around the country set to play off in the National Junior Classic across the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Victorian teams make up a large number of the 128 overall sides to have qualified for the invitation-only event, with a cap of 16 teams competing in age groups ranging from Under 12 to Under 18 in girls and boys divisions.

Dandenong and Nunawading will each have seven teams competing in the Classic, with Bulleen the next most represented with six, while Kilsyth and Melbourne have five, and Hawthorn and Keilor will send four each on the back of impressive qualifying campaigns. Three sides from Bendigo and Geelong, as well as one each from Ballarat, Pakenham, Sale, and Southern Peninsula also earned their place through Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) qualification, with three sides from the Basketball Victoria Country (BVC) Junior Championships – from Ballarat, Warrnambool, and Maffra – also making the cut.

VJBL General Manager John Hilton said it is “a great thrill” to have the best teams from around the state ready to compete in the Classic, noting the interstate sides would be just as keen.

“For the MUVJBL and Country teams across Victoria, the Classic is the perfect opportunity to highlight their abilities in one of Australia’s most elite junior tournaments,” he said.

“The interstate sides are just as keen to attend the Classic – as they are set to take on Australia’s best in their age group.

“The MUVJBL would like to wish all 128 competing teams the best of luck heading to the Classic.”

Teams from South Australia (29) New South Wales (17), the ACT (seven), and New Zealand (two) will also compete, with the journey to crown Australia’s best junior teams set to commence on Saturday, June 8.

Full fixtures can be found here, and entry is free for all spectators.

A full list of teams can be found below:

UNDER 12 BOYS
Ballarat
Bulleen
Canberra
Casey
Dandenong
Eltham
Kilsyth
McKinnon
Norths Bears
Norwood
Nunawading
Sandringham
South Adelaide
Southern Tigers
Sturt Sabres
Sydney Comets

UNDER 12 GIRLS
Bulleen
Canberra
Casey
Forestville
Frankston
Hawthorn
Kilsyth
Manly
Melbourne
North Adelaide
Norths Bears
Norwood
Nunawading
Sandringham
Sydney Comets
Warrnambool

UNDER 14 BOYS
Canberra
Casey
Central Districts
Dandenong
Geelong
Hawthorn
Hills Hornets
Kilsyth
McKinnon
Melbourne
New Zealand
North Adelaide
Norths Bears
Norwood
Nunawading
Penrith

UNDER 14 GIRLS
Canberra
Dandenong
Eltham
Forestville
Frankston
Hawthorn
Keilor
Kilsyth
Melbourne
New Zealand
North Adelaide
Norths Bears
Nunawading
Sale
Sturt Sabres
West Adelaide

UNDER 16 BOYS
Bendigo
Bulleen
Canberra
Central Districts
Dandenong
Eltham
Geelong
Hills Hornets
Keilor
Knox
Maffra
North Adelaide
Norwood
Pakenham
Sturt Sabres
Sydney Comets

UNDER 16 GIRLS
Ballarat
Bulleen
Canberra
Dandenong
Diamond Valley
Eastern Mavericks
Forestville
Keilor
Manly
Melbourne
Norths Bears
Nunawading
Sandringham
Southern Tigers
Sturt Sabres
Sydney Comets

UNDER 18 BOYS
Bendigo
Bulleen
Canberra
Dandenong
Diamond Valley
Forestville
Hills Hornets
Keilor
Kilsyth
Melbourne
North Adelaide
Norths Bears
Nunawading
Sturt Sabres
Sydney Comets
Werribee

UNDER 18 GIRLS
Altona
Bendigo
Bulleen
Dandenong
Diamond Valley
Forestville
Geelong
Hawthorn
Knox
Manly
Norths Bears
Nunawading
South Adelaide
Southern Peninsula
Sturt Sabres
West Adelaide

MUVJBL U18 Boys review: Tigers hold firm in big win to secure top five spot

THE top four Ashe Pool sides faced off in Round 9 of the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) Under 18 Boys competition, with Kilsyth stamping its claim as the team to beat. In the Watson Pool, Melbourne Tigers secured another big win, consolidating their top five spot as all the teams above them also won.

Ashe Pool:

Waverley Falcons 93 defeated Dandenong Rangers 2 70
Dandenong Rangers 71 defeated Werribee Falcons 43
Kilsyth Cobras 58 defeated Bulleen Boomers 46
Collingwood All Stars 68 defeated Bendigo Braves 59
Eltham Wildcats 69 defeated Geelong Supercats 53

Two top-four clashes headlined Round 9 in the Ashe Pool, with first-placed Kilsyth keeping strong atop the ladder and Dandenong jumping into second while relegating Werribee to fourth. The Rangers’ 28-point win on their home boards proved clutch, lodging them right up the top end of the table as the best-placed of three teams on six wins. In the second top four clash, Bulleen could not quite charm the Cobras despite holding a lead at half time, going down by 12 points away from home. Roosevelt Williams (24 points) led a concentrated three-pronged Kilsyth scoring effort, with Eythan House (11) and David Okwera (10) the only others to hit double figures. The Boomers had a similar scoring chart in the loss, with Anthony Dell’Orso (14 points) and Owen Foxwell (12) contributing over half of Bulleen’s score. Not all was lost for Werribee and Bulleen though, with fifth-placed Bendigo unable to capitalise after an upset loss to Collingwood. The All Stars put in a massive effort to pick up their second win for the season, with a 20-9 point third term proving the difference in the nine-point victory. Every Collingwood player netted over seven points with Cameron Ross claiming 19, while Caleb Connick matched his effort for the Braves as one of only two players to notch double figures. That means Waverley continue to press for a top five berth after toppling Dandenong 2 by 23 points on the back of a big first half – enough to overcome Joshua Uhr-Henry‘s mammoth 39 points. In the round’s only bottom-four tie, Eltham beat Geelong by 16 points to push clear in seventh.

Watson Pool:

Knox Raiders 49 defeated by Diamond Valley Eagles 54
Ballarat Miners 68 defeated Ringwood Hawks 50
Hawthorn Magic 62 defeated by Nunawading Spectres 69
Keilor Thunder 57 defeated Korumburra Wildcats 48
Melbourne Tigers 87 defeated Casey Cavaliers 59

Melbourne Tigers stamped their authority in the Watson Pool with a 28-point trumping of Casey at home, booking them a top five spot. After trailing at half-time to the sixth-place Cavaliers, the Tigers locked down their opponents’ scoring in the third and got on top, and then poured on an incredible 42 points in the final quarter to seal victory. An even scoring effort across the board saw four Tigers claim over 12 points, with Patrick Twigg‘s 17 leading the way. Casey’s Jayden Route was the game-high scorer though, sinking 18 in a valiant effort. The round’s opening game saw Diamond Valley edge Knox in a five-point win that looked too close for comfort, but sees them stave off fellow 7-2 side Keilor which toppled fifth-place Korumburra. Both games were relatively low-scoring, with Eagle Ethan Bateman the standout scorer on the back of his 18 points against the Raiders. Bottom side Hawthorn went close to causing an upset against ladder-leaders Nunawading, but went down by seven points as they remain winless. The Magic had the better of the second half by a point, but it was not quite enough to overcome their first-half deficit. Curtis Brecko top scored with 25 points for the Spectres, while Brody Nunn (20 points) led Hawthorn’s brave run. In the round’s only bottom-four clash, Ballarat enjoyed a fourth win over Ringwood, consigning them still to second-last spot.

MUVJBL U16 Girls: Crossover Round 1 Review

CONTENDERS have separated themselves from the trailing pack in as early as Round 1 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 Girls AA division, with clear top two’s forming in all but one of the pools after big wins, as the slimmest margin of victory was eight points.

Pool 1: 
Dandenong 2 (31) defeated by Bulleen (50)
Bendigo (70) defeated Nunawading 2 (36)

Both Bulleen and Bendigo look to be locks to progress after just one game, reeling in big wins to open tournament proceedings. Playing away at Dandenong, the Boomers came away with a comfortable 19-point victory on the back of an even spread of points across the team. Emily Maltezos and Kiralee Collings both bucketed nine points each, with Ella McIntyre (eight) and Tabitha Beston (seven) not far behind in the winning effort. Taleah Read and Breanna Granger stood up for the Rangers’ second side with eight points each as they went down, scraping into third. Meanwhile, Bendigo had the biggest win of the round as the Braves came away massive 34-point victors at home. Two players bossed the court for Bendigo, with Caitlin Richardson sinking 21 points and Kaleah Bonanno claiming 15 as April Eeles (eight points) and Pheobe Radford (seven) also chimed in. A nice spread of scorers for Nunawading saw Stephanie Georgantas star with 11 points, while Sarah Bushby had seven and Gabriella Shane, six. Winners Bendigo and Bulleen will be looking to seal qualification in Round 2 as they swap opponents, possibly setting up a first-place playoff to see out the group stage. While the Braves host Dandenong 2, Nunawading 2 plays host to Bulleen as they search for a crucial win.

 

Pool 2:
Melbourne 2 (33) defeated by Ballarat (66)
Ringwood (47) defeated Latrobe (23)

Pool 2 looks to be another group with clear top-two contenders as Ballarat and Ringwood posted comfortable wins in their opening fixtures. Ballarat had the second-greatest winning margin of the week with the 33-point win over Melbourne Tigers 2 placing them firmly in first spot. The travelling side had three big scorers on the day as Milly Simpson dropped 16, Georgia Cox sunk 15, and Jemma Amoore pitched in with 11 points. Amelie Kamberis was the only Tiger to crack double digits with her half-dozen, while Francesca Newport followed suit with six of her own in the losing effort. Ringwood’s home fixture proved more fruitful as a 24-point win saw Zoe Servinis drop 18 points, with Ella Grigg (eight points) the next best scoreboard performer. Indigo Waugh had eight points for Latrobe in a low team score, with Jaime Gallatly netting four points as the Energy struggled to keep up with Ringwood’s scoring power. Round 2 sees Latrobe travel to face an in-form Bendigo side that sits in first, while Ringwood heads into Melbourne to face the Tigers, who will be keen to bounce back from their big loss and get on the board.

 

Pool 3:
Hawthorn 2 (30) defeated by Altona (51)
Sunbury (40) defeated by Wangaratta (48)

The pursuits of both travelling sides in Pool 3 proved fruitful as Altona and Wangaratta claimed wins to open their accounts. Altona’s 21-point victory puts them top of the table with a healthy percentage as the only side in the group to notch 50 points. A trio of winners did the job for Altona, with Angelina Vi top scoring for 12 points, while Kasey Maddock had 11 and Cassie Dodemaide also broke double digits for her 10. Ruby Price proved best for the Magic as she sunk 10 points, with two players sinking four each to add to the losing total. Wangaratta’s win came in a slightly closer affair, as they ran out eight-point victors against Sunbury on the Jets’ home court. Erin Condron (11 points) and Maddison Ford (nine) hit the scoreboard hardest for the home side, as two others also netted six points despite going down. For Wangaratta, Hannah Onley was instrumental with 17 points, while Tayissa Gray hit nine points and Olivia Pearce had eight as part of a dangerous trio. Table toppers, Altona now host Wangaratta in a clash to see who is handed their first loss, while Sunbury travels to Hawthorn to decide which side can snatch its first win.

 

Pool 4:
Casey (55) defeated Southern Peninsula (43)
Bulleen 2 (43) defeated by Bellarine (55)

In an extraordinary set of events, Pool 4’s fixtures threw up a set of identical scorelines, as Casey and Bellarine claimed 12-point wins to kick off proceedings. The Cavaliers overcame Southern Peninsula at home, thanks largely to 14 points from Lucy Dexter, who was aided well by 12 points each from Talyssa Route and Dakota Crichton. Chantelle James was one who stood up for the Sharks with 12 points, leading the way from Sienna Privitera (11 points) and Bella Breen (seven). Bellarine fared well away from home as the Storm overcame Bullen’s second side in similar fashion. Charlotte Murray took on the brunt of the scoring responsibility with her 16 points, aided by Summer Field (nine points) and Aimee Wookey (eight). For the Bulls, Lilly Amor netted a huge 18 points, with Chantal Vitale sinking 12 of her own to be the next best. The winners swap opponents for Round 2, as Casey faces Bulleen on the road, and Bellarine hosts the Sharks at MSAC as the pool ladders take shape.

MUVJBL U18s and U16s fixtures: Crossover Round 1

THE race to the start of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) competition is in its final month, as teams jostle to join the already qualified teams in the Championship Division. Twelve teams have qualified for the top grade across the various age groups, with a further eight to be decided after a round robin group stage and further qualifying matches. For those that finish on top of their respective groups, they automatically qualify for the championship, with the second and third in each of the fourth groups to play off with the winners of those matches to be the final four qualifiers.

The teams in the XX division have already qualified for the championship, while those in the AA grade are still in contention and will attempt to put their best foot forward to qualify. All matches for the Under 18s and Under 16s are listed below, with every game to be played on Friday, February 1.

U18 Boys XX:

Bulleen vs. Nunawading – Mullum Mullum, 8.20pm
Hawthorn vs. Korumburra – Hawthorn, 9.20pm
Ballarat vs. Bendigo – Ballarat Stadium, 9.40pm
Dandenong vs. Casey – Dandenong, 9.40pm
Kilsyth vs. Werribee – Kilsyth, 9.40pm
Waverley vs. Keilor – Waverley, 9.40pm

U18 Boys AA:

Wangaratta vs. Ringwood – Benalla Indoor Rec Centre, 8.20pm
Pakenham vs. Diamond Valley 2 – Pakenham, 8.20pm
Geelong vs. Collingwood – AWA Alliance Bank Stadium, 9.40pm
Diamond Valley vs. Blackburn – Community Bank Stadium, 9.40pm
Eltham 2 vs. McKinnon – Eltham High, 9.40pm
Knox vs.  Eltham – Knox, 9.40pm
Melbourne vs. Latrobe – MSAC, 9.40pm
Sandringham vs. Dandenong – Sandringham, 9.40pm

 

U18 Girls XX:

Keilor vs. Bendigo – Keilor, 8.20pm
Hawthorn vs. Altona – Hawthorn, 9.20pm
Knox vs. Dandenong – Knox, 9.40pm
Bulleen vs. Geelong – Mullum Mullum, 9.40pm
Nunawading vs. Kilsyth – Nunawading Ct 1, 9.40pm
Nunawading 2 vs. Southern Peninsula – Nunawading Ct 3, 9.40pm

U18 Girls AA:

Diamond Valley vs. Melbourne – Community Bank Stadium, 8.20pm
Warrandyte vs. Werribee – Doncaster Secondary College, 8.20pm
McKinnon vs. Frankston – GESAC, 8.20pm
Waverley vs. Eltham – Waverley, 8.20pm
Dandenong 2 vs. Collingwood – Dandenong, 9.40pm
Melbourne 2 vs. Broadmeadows – MSAC, 9.40pm
Bulleen 2 vs. Pakenham – Mullum Mullum, 9.40pm
Sunbury vs. Ringwood – Sunbury, 9.40pm

 

U16 Boys XX:

Diamond Valley vs. Melbourne – Community Bank Stadium, 7pm
Hawthorn vs. Waverley – Hawthorn, 8pm
Bendigo vs. Eltham – Bendigo, 8.20pm
Casey vs. Nunawading – Casey Stadium, 8.20pm
Dandenong vs. Bulleen – Dandenong, 8.20pm
Knox vs. Eltham 2 –  Knox, 8.20pm

U16 Boys AA:

Whittlesea vs. Keilor – Mill Park, 7pm
Sunbury vs. Camberwell – Sunbury, 7pm
Dandenong 2 vs. Diamond Valley 2 – Dandenong, 8.20pm
Southern Peninsula vs. Werribee – Dromana Stadium, 8.20pm
Kilsyth vs. McKinnon – Kilsyth, 8.20pm
Bulleen 2 vs. Pakenham – Mullum Mullum, 8.20pm
Sandringham vs. Geelong – Sandringham, 8.20pm
Latrobe vs. Frankston – Traralgon, 9.40pm

 

U16 Girls XX:

Waverley vs. Hawthorn –  Waverley, 7pm
Kilsyth vs. Frankston – Kilsyth,  8.20pm
Nunawading vs. Knox – Nunawading, 8.20pm
Sandringham vs. Keilor – Sandringham, 8.20pn
Melbourne vs. Dandenong – MSAC, 9.40pm

U16 Girls AA:

Hawthorn 2 vs. Altona – Hawthorn, 8pm
Casey vs. Southern Peninsula – Casey, 8.20pm
Dandenong 2 vs. Bulleen – Dandenong, 8.20pm
Melbourne 2 vs. Ballarat – MSAC, 8.20pm
Bulleen 2 vs. Bellarine – Mullum Mullum, 8.20pm
Ringwood vs. Latrobe – Ringwood, 8.20pm
Sunbury vs. Wangaratta – Sunbury, 8.20pm
Bendigo vs. Nunawading 2 – Bendigo, 9.40pm

VJBL Associations list

IN 2018/19 we look to provide the best possible coverage of the National Basketball League (NBL), Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) and the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) with a focus on Under 21s, Under 18s and Under 16s. To give an idea of which associations are involved in the VJBL, we have compiled a list.

  • Altona
  • Bacchus Marsh
  • Ballarat
  • Bellarine
  • Bendigo
  • Blackburn
  • Broadmeadows
  • Bulleen
  • Camberwell
  • Casey
  • Chelsea
  • Coburg
  • Collingwood
  • Corio Bay
  • Craigieburn
  • Dandenong
  • Diamond Valley
  • Doncaster
  • Eltham
  • Frankston
  • Geelong
  • Hampton Park
  • Hawthorn
  • Ivanhoe Darebin
  • Keilor
  • Keysborough
  • Kilsyth
  • Knox
  • Korumburra
  • Latrobe
  • Maribyrnong*
  • McKinnon
  • Melbourne
  • Melton
  • Mornington
  • Nunawading
  • Pakenham
  • Port Phillip
  • Ringwood
  • Sandringham
  • Seymour
  • Shepparton*
  • Sherbrooke
  • Southern Peninsula
  • Wallan
  • Warragul*
  • Warrandyte
  • Waverley
  • Werribee
  • Western Port
  • Westgate
  • Whittlesea

*indicates the association did not have a team in the 2017/18 VJBL season.