Welcome to our new series of Big V Player Profiles! This week we chat to the captain of Southern Peninsula’s D2M team, Corey Bond.
Corey Bond is a Shark through and through.
Not only is he currently captain of Southern Peninsula’s Division Two Men’s (D2M) team – at just 23 years of age – but it’s where he first began his basketball career when he was aged just either.
“Some of my friends had a domestic team and were looking for another player for the following season,” Bond explained. “They happened to ask me, so I went down and watched one of their games and was basically hooked from there.”
Whilst his game may have improved a lot in the past 15 years, the reason behind his passion for playing has not.
“When I first started playing basketball, I really enjoyed being a part of a team and playing with friends on a weekly basis. Being where I am at now with my basketball, I still thoroughly enjoy the team element of basketball and being with your team and working towards a common goal.”
Loyalty has been a big thing for Bond throughout the entirety of his career to date. The domestic team he started out playing with in Under 10s he stayed with right through until Under 16s, and when he began playing representative basketball at the Sharks in Top Age Under 12s, he again played with this same team right through until Top Age 18s.
When Bond reached Under 14s and had already spent a few years of playing basketball at both a domestic and representative level, it dawned on him that the game he loved could potentially become a lot more than just a hobby.
“In Under 14s I participated in the Basketball Victoria Regional Basketball Academy based out of Korumburra.
“[Then] in 2012 I competed in the FIBA Oceania Youth 3-on-3 Tournament [in Coffs Harbour] as part of one of the teams from NPire,” Bond continued.
2012 was also the year when Bond took to the court for his first Big V game, playing in the Sharks’ Youth League Two Men’s (YL2M) side, even though he was also still playing Under 18s at the time. Bond repped the Sharks in YL2M for three years, before moving up the ranks to play in Southern Peninsula’s Division One Men’s team in 2015.
However in 2016, Bond had to leave the Shark Tank, and moved across the Peninsula to Western Port.
“I moved to Western Port due to Southern Peninsula rebuilding their Senior Men’s program and not putting a team in for the 2016 season,” Bond explained. “[It meant] I was a part of the [Western Port] D2M side that won the [Big V] Championship in 2016.”
“On a personal level, being able to participate in the FIBA Oceania 3-on-3 Tournament is something I look back on and regard highly as something I have achieved in basketball,” Bond continued. “As part of a team though, winning the D2M Championship with Western Port in 2016 is something I will never forget.”
True to his loyal form, Bond returned to Southern Peninsula in 2017 and formed part of their new-look Senior Men’s program, comprising of local young players that had played as juniors at Southern Peninsula, and had been given the opportunity to step up to the Senior ranks. This is the side in which Bond still plays in – and captains – today.
Whilst Bond obviously has commitments off the court – he is currently in his fourth and final year of studying Primary and Secondary Health and Physical Education at university, as well as working part-time at The Athlete’s Foot – he can’t see his relationship with the game of basketball ending any time soon.
“I definitely want to continue to play basketball for as long as I can.
“Once that is up, I could see myself taking up a coaching position, particularly [with] younger age groups…helping them learn the game.
“Having spent approximately 15 years involved with basketball I have had a number of different coaches along the way and they…have provided me with pieces of advice and many a lesson taught throughout my basketball journey.
“Something that has stuck with me is to embrace the moment – take anything that is thrown your way and take it on; whether that be during a basketball game or in life.”