Our Victorian Under-16 state teams will aim to compete in Darwin this September with Basketball Australia confirming the Australian Junior Championships have been successfully rescheduled in Darwin from 26 September - 3 October 2021.
The event was due to take place in Warwick Stadium (WA) in July however was rescheduled due to multiple outbreaks of COVID-19 across the country in the weeks prior.
The event will be held at the Darwin Basketball Stadium and Marrara Indoor Stadium with a co-hosting agreement struck between Basketball Australia, Basketball Northern Territory and Darwin Basketball Association.
Our Victorian teams will look to head to Darwin on Saturday 25 September 2021, with a media, training and education session taking place on Sunday 26 September 2021.
"We're hopeful we get to see our Under-16 teams get their chance to compete in the national arena," Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said.
“They went through the challenges associated with getting into Perth earlier this year, being denied entry to self-isolation at the last minute and have also dealt with a number of separate lockdowns throughout 2021.
“In spite of everything put in their way, our teams have remained optimistic, diligent in their training and ready to go. These players, coaches and families have earned a chance to be part of the Australian Junior Championships and we’re looking forward to a rescheduled event.”
Basketball Australia’s Executive General Manager of Basketball, Paul Maley, is excited to see the Championships return to Darwin.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring this event back to the Northern Territory. The Under-16 Championships are an integral part of the elite pathway for players, coaches and officials in Australia and there is a strong desire from all involved to see this event proceed. All States & Territories have committed to attending these championships if border controls permit”
“The Northern Territory have been blessed with very little disruption due to recent COVID outbreaks and we believe it presents the best opportunity to ensure these Championships are played.”
Darwin has hosted some recent Victorian success with our Under-16 Victoria Metropolitan Men and Women both winning gold in 2019 alongside Victoria Country Men (silver) and Victoria Country Women (bronze).
Basketball Victoria announced the four Victorian Under-16 teams earlier this year, with team lists available via our website.
A full fixture and ticket details will be released in due course.