Two new All Stars teams to enter Big V competition

13.10.2016

The Collingwood Basketball Association has affirmed its status as one of inner Melbourne’s most dynamic and enterprising sporting clubs, with the announcement it is fielding two new teams in the Big V competition.

The new teams are a Big V Women’s team competing in Division 2, and a Youth League Men’s team competing in Youth League 2. These are in addition to the Big V Men’s team that has competed in Division 2 since 2015, and which this year made the finals in only its second season.

Club President Caroline Dever said providing players with development pathways beyond the junior program is an important focus for the All Stars.

“Our Club has achieved significant growth over the past few years, with record numbers of players and teams. The addition of two new Big V teams demonstrates our commitment to providing opportunities for our many players who wish to play competitive basketball at the highest levels,” Ms Dever said.

Coaching the Big V Women’s team will be Joe Borg who has extensive senior Big V coaching experience. Joe’s earlier coaching years included time with the Collingwood All Stars, and the Club is delighted to welcome him back.

“I am very excited to reacquaint myself with the Collingwood All Stars and still have many wonderful friends at the Club. I feel most privileged to have been chosen to lead the first Collingwood Women’s Big V team, and look forward to working with the many talented players and the Club administration. Together, I believe we can create a culture within the program that will lead to a successful transition into the ranks of the Big V,” said Mr Borg.

The Club will welcome back several former All Stars players who have most recently played for other Big V teams, as well as providing opportunities for current junior and Melbourne Metropolitan Basketball League (MMBL) All Stars players.

Meanwhile, US-college graduate Manny Hendrix will coach the Youth League Men’s team. Manny has starred in the Big V Men’s team this year, recently achieving the rare distinction of back-to-back Big V League MVP Awards.

In addition to playing in the Big V Men’s team, Manny is involved with many of the Club’s basketball programs and acts as a role model and mentor for young players. Assisting Manny will be experienced All Stars domestic and representative basketball coach Tony Corr.

“This is an exciting new chapter for the Collingwood All Stars with many eager players ready to showcase their abilities. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work with the players to develop their talent. It should be a fun season!” said Mr Hendrix.

The Youth League Men’s team will be made up predominantly of junior All Stars players, including some who have previously played Big V and MMBL.

Director of Coaching Gani Sakiri will continue coaching the Big V Men’s team and said he is thrilled that the Club will have three Big V teams competing next year, and delighted to welcome Joe and Manny as Big V coaches.

“Joe brings extensive coaching experience at an elite level, and Manny brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and expertise. The Club will benefit greatly from their knowledge and coaching intelligence,” said Mr Sakiri.

Tryouts for the Big V Men’s team start on Thursday 27th October (see http://bit.ly/2efwLtz for details). For further information regarding the Big V Women’s and Youth League Men’s teams, please email Megan Rouse manager@collingwoodbasketball.com.au.

About Collingwood Basketball Association: Collingwood Basketball Association is a not-for-profit community sporting club in inner city Melbourne which provides young and older players the opportunity to participate in a variety of basketball competitions and programs. We are an inclusive club with over 1200 players from diverse backgrounds.

Media enquiries:

Megan Rouse, Operations Manager, 0417 106 490 (9.30am to 5pm, Tue – Fri)

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