Game on for junior basketball

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 25-Jan-2018

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Junior Braves gear up for the classic. Photo: Andrew Perryman.
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HUNDREDS of junior basketballers will hit courts across Bendigo this weekend as the Bendigo Junior Classic tournament swings into gear.

The annual event held on the Australia Day weekend sees teams from across the state compete in a range of age groups at venues across Bendigo.

Flora Hill, Girton and the Bendigo Stadium will all host matches across the weekend of basketball.

Several players will be in action before they turn their attention to the Big V campaigns with youth league teams.

Bendigo confirmed its youth league coaches this week, with Tom Thorn to coach the men’s team and Cameron Wilkoz to head up the women’s program.

Thorn returns for a second season as men’s coach while Wilkoz takes over from Megan Moody, who has stepped up to coach the Lady Braves.

“I am hoping to continue on from last season where we pushed all the top teams in the league and also look to continue to develop our young talent in Bendigo who can hopefully compete for a roster position in the senior Braves team in the coming years,” Thorn said.

Wilkoz brings an extensive basketball coaching resume to the position which includes time spent in Canada coaching junior teams.

He has previously coached the Castlemaine Cannons senior women’s team.

“I am really looking forward to working with such a talented group of young female basketballers and also at times in conjunction with Megan and the SEABL group which will provide invaluable experience for not only myself but also our team,” he said.

The club also announced this week it has signed 194-centimetre guard Indiana Faithfull to the Braves senior roster for the 2018 SEABL season.

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