For the first time ever, the NBA is going to host a Junior World Championships and the Wildcats’ boys are on their way! We aren’t just representing the Eltham club, nor just Victoria or Australia. The Eltham Wildcat boys (and the girls from local friends/rivals Bulleen) are the representatives of the Asia-Pacific region at the event in August 2018.
The boys and their coaches will receive an all expenses paid trip to play in the inaugural event, competing against 7 of the best club teams from the world, one from each of: Europe, Africa, South America, China, Canada, India and Mexico, then competing against 8 teams from various qualifying events across the USA.
Thank you to those who were able to make it along for the surprise announcement on Wednesday, thanks to those who also passed on apologies. We look forward to further opportunities to promote basketball, our relationships with school, business and interested individuals/groups and celebrate this amazing opportunity that these kids have achieved for themselves!
For a small glimpse as to the reach of this announcement:
The Age Article by Roy Ward
Basketball Victoria’s article on their website
Basketball Australia’s story on their website
Perth Now Article
Thanks to Max Kirwan Mazda and to Jamin Silluzio from Jellis Craig North-East our two major sponsors of our junior programs; to Wattyl including Peter Barnes and his team for their support across a range of programs and initiatives and to our range of other sponsors and schools that support the children from our local region.
The boys and their schools for 2018:
#4 Zahn Agosta – Diamond Valley College, Diamond Creek
#5 Harry Stones – Assumption College, Kilmore
#6 Joshua Weddle – Eltham High School
#9 Henry Way – Marcellin College, Bulleen
#10 Riley Lewis – Loyola College, Melbourne
#11 Bradley Moorey – Montmorency Secondary College
#12 Brody Glenn – Assumption College, Kilmore
#15 Tom Neale – Eltham High School
#22 Anton Stratov – Ivanhoe Grammar School, Ivanhoe
#35 Kristian Ferronato – Marcellin College, Bulleen
Head Coach: Craig Stratford
Assistant Coach: Carly Stones
Assistant Coach: Amy Vine