BVC Celebrating 50 Years



2017 represents the 50th Anniversary of Basketball Victoria Country with the inaugural meeting of the Country Council being conducted on the 28 May 1967.

The Victorian Country Commission will be celebrating the anniversary at every BVC event in 2017, but the major celebration will be a 50th Anniversary Dinner to be conducted in Bendigo on Saturday 27 May 2017.

“The 50th Anniversary dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the success of the organisation over the last 50 years and we expect the dinner to be very well attended.”  Victorian Country Commission Chair Bill Jeffs stated.

The Victorian Country Commission has commenced planning for 2017 with the formation of a 50th Anniversary Working Group consisting of:

Bill Jeffs, Shelley Lambert, Sharon Royal, Ashley Donaldson, David Huxtable and Trevor Newcomb.

Apart from the dinner, the working group have commenced planning a number of activities to coincide with events as they occur on the busy basketball calendar, with an opportunity for country basketball people to be involved.

“The history of Basketball Victoria Country is a proud one.”  Bill continued. “The year also gives us the opportunity to say thank you to the many people who have been involved.”

A major project that has already commenced is around compiling the history of the Affiliated Basketball Associations that form Basketball Victoria Country.

“This year we have 106 affiliated Associations under the BVC Banner.”  BVC General Manager, David Huxtable said. “The initial project is to detail each of the 106 association’s history, then to associations that no longer exist and others that may have moved to metropolitan affiliation.”

Whilst this seems an enormous task, BVC Basketball Development Officer, Trevor Newcombe is looking for each association to assist in the process.

“Our goal is to complete the 50th year with a comprehensive history of every association, have this documented and displayed.” Trevor stated. “We are also going to document the 5 decades of BVC, from the good records developed around the 40th anniversary and what we have maintained over the last decade.”

Trevor Newcombe will lead this important history project.


Celebration of BVC History – Some of our most memorable moments:

During the year BVC will also celebrate our history at National Championships. See below our most recent instalments.

With so many great memories created, we would love to hear yours. We welcome you to email us your favourite BVC memory.



Under 16 and U18 Vic Country Women “Gold” Medal – National Championships

  • 1978 – U16W: Coach Noel Pollerd
  • 1985 – U16 W: Coach Murray Treseder
  • 1990 – U16 W: Coach Russell Thomas
  • 1994 – U18 W: Coach Murray Treseder
  • 1995 – U18 W: Coach Murray Treseder
  • 1996 – U18 W: Coach Jack Thomas
  • 1997 – U18W: Coach Jack Thomas
  • 2000 – U18W: Coach Jack Thomas



12th Anniversary of the 2005 Gold Medal winning Vic Country U16 Boys

In 2005 a young Jamie O’Loughlin had taken over as head coach for Victoria Country’s under-16 boys.

He had assembled one of the all-time teams for a tilt at the Basketball Australia National Championships. The roster was full to the brim and featured in its midst a future NBA champion and plenty of future talent steadily rise through the ranks. Add to that some wise counsel from assistant coaches Wayne Royal and Neil Burdon as well as team manager Ray Henry, the stage had been set.

After besting West Australia Metro in the semi-finals – it brought O’Loughlin’s men once step closer to the title. Facing their metro rivals – a title mainstay throughout the years at the national tournament – the odds were stacked against Vic Country… but that didn’t matter.

They found a way – the country way – of picking up the title….Read more

Team photo featured in the Herald Sun

Vic Country 2005 U16 Boys

Zachary Pickett Warrnambool

Lachlan Madder Ballarat

Mitchell Eddy Shepparton

Nathan Pigott Geelong

Matthew Dellavedova Maryborough

Liam McInerney Timboon

Damon Byrne Bendigo

Ryan Matthews Warragul

Jordan Jones Geelong

Eddie Prato Maryborough

Matt Dea Mildura

Trent Hando Geelong

Matthew Morrison Daylesford

Stephen O’Brien Warragul


Coach – Jamie O’Loughlin Geelong

Assistant Coach – Wayne Royal Bairnsdale

Assistant Coach – Neil Burdon Bendigo

Team Manager – Ray Henry Rutherglen



20th Anniversary in 2017 of the 1997 Gold Medal winning Vic Country U16 Women

Team members:

  • Lauren Bennett – Sale
  • Rebecca Bird – Horsham
  • Jodie Blafuhus – Kyneton
  • Cara Demaine – Bendigo
  • Amanda Jakiel – Ballarat
  • Mary Ann Kelly – Ballarat
  • Aneka Kerr – Shepparton
  • Deanne Smitherton – Wangaratta
  • Deanne Smith – Castlemaine
  • Belinda Snell – Mirboo North

Head Coach: Jack Thomas

Assistant Coach: Scott Sinclair

Assistant Coach: Jenni Watson