Welcome to our series of Big V Player Profiles! This week we chat to Kilsyth Cobras’ VYCW captain, Grace Moxey.
Like so many Big V players, Grace Moxey took up the game of basketball when she was just yea high.
“I first started playing basketball when I was 6 years old,” Moxey told Big V. “I played for the MLBC (Mt Lilydale Basketball Club) Lakers, and I began playing when my parents suggested I get into a sport…I chose basketball and have loved it ever since.”
“[Initially] I loved all the new people I got to meet when I was younger, as I developed many friendships,” Moxey continued. “I still feel the same way now because I meet amazing people every year, but I also love the competitive side to the league I play in now and the desire I have to win.”
It was through her time with the Lakers that the now 22-year-old found her way to the Cobras, where she still plays today.
“I played with the MLBC Lakers all through my junior years and it was through the Lakers that I got the opportunity to try out with the Kilsyth Cobras Under 12s squad.
“I played with both the domestic Lakers team and the Kilsyth Cobras up until I was 17, [and that was] when I decided to concentrate on developing my game to the next level, and gave up playing domestic basketball,” she explained.
“I first began with the Big V as a development player in the Victorian Youth Championship league and six years later I am now a senior member of the team.”
It was her first taste of representative basketball with the Cobras that made Moxey realise that basketball might actually be a bit more than just a hobby for her.
“I realised as soon as I started playing representative basketball that this is something I would want to do for a long time,” she reiterated. “I love the game and have so much fun whenever I play.”
Playing at the Victorian Youth Championship (VYC) level and being initially selected in the Cobra’s VYCW team is what Moxey regards as one of her biggest career achievements to date. She was also awarded the Cobras’ MVP in 2017, and after working incredibly hard was given a development spot in the Kilsyth Cobras’ SEABL team (now NBL1).
“Another big achievement for me was being offered the role of captaincy for the VYC side in 2018, and then being offered that role again this year,” she added.
However, the Bachelor of Education student has her eye only on one thing this year; the Championship.
“My focus and goal at the moment is to lead the team to making and winning the Premiership. I have wanted to win a Premiership in this league for a long time, so it is a goal of mine for that to happen.”
With the Cobras currently sitting pretty in second position in the extremely competitive Watson, Moxey’s short-terms goal is well-within reach. But what does her long-term basketball story look like?
“Basketball has always been a big part of my life, and my main focus at the moment is playing at the highest level I can to help the team have some success, while [at the same time] studying hard to set up a career in teaching.
“Basketball has provided me with great friendships and opportunities so far,” Moxey continued, “and if any future opportunities arose for me, I would definitely take them on.”