The Bellarine Storm have begun their inaugural signing process in preparation for Division One Men and Women in Season 2019.
A number of announcements have fluttered through Bellarine’s social accounts over the past number of weeks, which include some of the following:
A Storm junior who spent time at Corio Bay in the BigV program, Jaiden returned to Bellarine for the recently completed CBL season. Playing under BigV Head coach Luke Beauglehall, Jaiden impressed with his work ethic, selfless team attitude and ability to defend quality guards. On the back of his strong CBL season Jaiden earned his spot in the first Bellarine BigV men’s team and is the first of many men’s players to be announced this week.
Jesse completes the move to the Peninsula from Geelong having worn storm colours for the first time in the CBL competition over summer. A team first player Jesse does a lot of the little things that often go unnoticed incredibly well. His ability to collect offensive rebounds and gain second shots for his team is a key asset that will make him an invaluable part of the Storm front court in 2019.
A Storm junior, fan favourite and young player on the rise, Rohan Jarvie will be part of a BigV squad for the first time in his career. Rohan had an outstanding CBL season showing significant improvement on both ends of the floor. A popular player among the juniors, Rohan’s athleticism created some highlight worthy plays in the CBL season. His strong form and development over summer earned Rohan his place on the inaugural Storm BigV Men’s roster.
Jack Burnett makes the BigV division 1 switch from Geelong to Bellarine. A forward with great touch and ability to rebound above his size Jack has come a long way since starting his junior career at Bellarine. With experience at this level and some strong CBL performances under his belt over summer, coach Luke Beauglehall will be looking for Jack to play an important role in 2019.
Nick joins the Storm program after spending the last 4 years at Knox. In his time at the Raiders Nick captained the clubs successful Youth Championship men’s team and was also a part of finals runs with the clubs State Championship squad. Prior to his family moving to Australia Nick spent time at the Proteas pro basketball club in the Greek leagues. With a move from Melbourne to the Geelong region recently completed we welcome Nick to the Storm family!
The BigV women’s first player announcement for 2019 is Laney McFadyen. A Bellarine junior who was given the opportunity to play in the CBL team over summer, Laney excelled in her first senior experience. High Performance Manager and CBL women’s coach Tim Sanderson said “Laney had an outstanding CBL season really impressing myself and Brendon (BigV women’s coach). Her fantastic attitude and work ethic enabled her to make significant improvements to her game over the summer where she was a shining light in our group. Laney is a great example for young players of how to go about developing yourself and taking opportunities when they arise. She truly earned her spot in our inaugural BigV squad.” McFadyen will be the youngest member of the squad and take up one of the 2 rookie spots on the 2019 roster.
Playing her second BigV season Kim Hammond (Martin) is one of a number of players making the transition from Geelong to Bellarine. Kim brings a huge amount of athleticism to the front court with an ability to change opponents shots on the defensive end. A loved team mate with a sweet shooting touch around the basket to add to the defence, Kim will enable Head Coach Brendon Matthews the flexibility to employ a wide variety of lineups throughout the year.
Holly Robinson makes the step up to Division 1 level having played the past 3 seasons in the Youth League competition at Geelong. Having captained her team at youth level, Holly brings a team first attitude and experience of molding a new team together to the inaugural Storm women’s squad. A Forward/Center with ability to defend the post and great passing vision, Holly brings a skill set that will help mold together the wide range of abilities possessed by her teammates.
Having been forced to seek senior opportunities elsewhere prior to this season, Raini Matthews will be a familiar face back in blue! One of clubs most credentialled juniors with experience in the Vic Country program, Raini will be an important part of the guard group of Storm’s first BigV women’s team. Raini showed her toughness and playmaking ability in the recently completed CBL season where she lead the team in scoring, and should be ready to hit the ground running at the beginning of the BigV season.
Olivia Virt is an exciting young addition to the Bellarine BigV women’s program. Another Storm junior who began her senior career elsewhere Virt will form a part of an up and coming back court that are ready to make their mark at senior level. “Virty is quick in transition and has a natural scoring instinct that will fit well around a group of playmaking guards and unselfish forwards” said High Performance Manager Tim Sanderson. 2019 will be the 19 year old’s third season at BigV division 1 level having played the previous 2 years at Geelong.
Jess McDonald returns to the Barwon region to take up a position on the Storm women’s BigV roster. Originally from Swan Hill Jess represented Vic Country at junior national championship level along with a number of Albury Country Cup appearances. Of recent times Jess has been plying her trade for Swan Hill in the Country Basketball League where she has lead the team in scoring this season. Jess is another fantastic addition to the front court for the 2019 BigV season.
Teagan Tatlock is making the switch from Corio Bay to Bellarine for senior hoops. Having played her junior career in the most successful Storm team ever under BigV women’s coach Brendon Matthews, Teagan has starred for Corio Bay’s youth league women over the past few years. The 2018 season saw Teagan named to the league’s All Star 5 after averaging an impressive 26 points per game over the season. The shooting guard’s natural ability to score the ball will be a valuable addition to a Storm backcourt full of playmakers.
Em Koroenos returns to the sport after a 3 year break working overseas. A standout junior who represented Victoria Country at underage National Championships, Koroneos was a member of the first Geelong SEABL women’s teams. A guard with perimeter shooting ability Koroneos has featured in numerous playoff runs at SEABL level. Being able to draw on her big game experiences could prove invaluable to a young back court as she resumes her career, once again as a member of a pioneering program.