School basketball titles up for grabs

KNOX Stadium, Kilsyth Sports Centre and the State Basketball Centre, Wantirna South will host a major junior basketball tournament next week.

The Knox and Kilsyth basketball associations will jointly host the Australian Schools Basketball Championships which start on Monday and conclude on Friday.

More than 100 teams and about 900 players from around Australia will compete, with the championship division including the 16 best high school teams from around the country while the lower division will include more than 100 teams.

Rowville Secondary College will compete in the girls' championship division and Caulfield Grammar will field teams in the championship boys' and girls' divisions.

The championship women's game will be at the State Basketball Centre on Friday at noon. The championship boys' game will follow at 2pm.

Basketball Australia chief executive Kristina Keneally said that each year the tournament gave emerging players a chance to shine on the national stage.

The competition also acted as an entry level for referees who hoped to officiate at the high levels.

"In the past, the Australian Schools Championships have brought some of Australia's best junior and senior basketball talent to the fore," she said.

"In fact, it's at tournaments like these that the future legends of Australian basketball can begin their journey to one day starring on the biggest stage of all — just like our Australian Boomers and Jayco Opals did at the London Olympics recently."

Opals bronze medallist and Dandenong Rangers WNBL player Jenna O'Hea has been announced as the patron of the championships.

"Jenna boasts an incredible basketball resume well beyond her years — a prime example of a dedicated player who has made her way through the many levels of competition in our sport to achieve tremendous international success," Keneally said.

More information about the tournament can be found at basketball.net.au.

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