BVC 50th Anniversary Dinner proves an amazing evening

HALF a century on, the legacy of Basketball Victoria Country’s phenomenal growth and success was celebrated on Saturday night.

The All Seasons Bendigo Hotel played host to a spectacular array of BVC alumni, famous faces and country well-wishers for the 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner.

The walls were lined with five decades of rich history – including rare medallions, memorabilia and newspaper clippings of our success throughout that time.

Living BVC legends Max Brisbane, Owen Hughan, Bev Bauer and countless other familiar faces were warmly welcomed and spoke fondly of their time supporting the cultivation of country basketball.


Mark and Leanne Dellavedova spoke passionately about Matthew’s love of his time spent with Victoria Country. Picture: BVC

Basketball Victoria president Mike Bainbridge and CEO Nick Honey attended the evening, with Bainbridge speaking fondly about country basketball’s continued success and the commitment BV has towards all parts of the state.

Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore and BA president Ned Coten attended the event and spoke richly of the benefits basketball can have throughout the regional community and just how spectacularly BVC had delivered the game to country Victoria.

BVC mainstays Bill Jeffs and Rod Bush spoke fondly of their time on the sidelines around the state supporting our growth.

Video congratulations were also presented at the BVC 50 Anniversary Dinner with Victorian Country superstar Matthew Dellavedova, Victorian Deputy Premier James Merlino MP and Victorian Minister for Sport John Eren MP expressing their congratulations to the organisation.

Representatives from successive Victoria Country 1980s-era boys teams also held their reunion at the event, with the likes of Peter Dean and Wayne Larkins reminiscing on their time spent in the Country kit.

Bev Bauer

BV Life Member, Bev Bauer presented with a bouquet by BVC’s Sammy Cartwright. Picture: BVC

Basketball Victoria Country would like to thank all who have been involved in celebrating this unique milestone in regional Victorian sport.

The organisation has a rich history of success. In 2017, 106 affiliated associations spread across Country Victoria provide weekly competitions for approximately 52,000 domestic participants. This is only possible thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the many volunteers and association people over the last 50 years.

Tonight, we celebrate the past as we look to the future. “Great moments are born from great opportunity.” A meeting in 1966 has provided the opportunity that has been taken and developed into many great moments, by so many people.

Basketball Victoria Country would like to extend its thanks to the hard-working individuals who helped coordinate and plan the event.


Ashley Donaldson, Terry Davis, Shelley Lambert, Sharon Royal, VC Commission Chair Bill Jeffs, BVC Staff Trevor Newcombe and David Huxtable


Joanne Baxter, Sammy Cartwright, Jodie Harlow, Megan Moody, Craig Hockley, Rebekah Lacy, Jarrod Potter and Craig Freeman


Tony Long, Brett Rolfe, Kate Strahan, Rhonda Cleveland, Shelley Lambert and Bill Jeffs


Ashley Donaldson, Bev Bauer, Karla Coulson, Bob Osbourne


Molten, who have provided BVC with exceptional products that have enabled us to distribute over 6000 basketballs into children hands across Country Victoria.

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