BVC U16 / U18 D 1/2 pools announced

BASKETBALL Victoria Country has determined the pool allocations for the BVC U16/U18 Division 1/2 Championships, set to be held in Bendigo in February.

The Country Championships tip off in style as the elite Under-16 and Under-18 teams descend on the new-look Bendigo Stadium for this two-day showdown to start 2019.

There are some elite sides in the reckoning for the championships with our four pool allocations in each age group now confirmed.

The full fixture for both divisions will be released on Thursday 20 December.



Geelong has earned bragging rights heading into the Country Championships, having qualified as top seed following an impressive win at the 2017 Under 14 Country Championships. It was a thriller two years ago as the Supercats and Braves locked horns, with Geelong taking it out 37-32. Bendigo will be hot on its heels as the Braves’ only loss of the campaign came from that exceptional grand final.

Pakenham has earned their spot in the Championships with an impressive start to their MUVJBL campaign and joining them to round out the 16-team field outside the top 12 are Horsham, Shepparton and Warrnambool, with these sides enjoying particularly successful seasons. It was a very close call to see who would make the grade as this age group remains as competitive as ever.



Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
Geelong Bendigo Echuca Maffra
Seymour Southern Pen Traralgon Ballarat
Mildura Korumburra Macedon Ranges Wallan
Horsham Shepparton Pakenham Warrnambool



Ballarat will come into the event as the top seed, following its sensational victory in the 2017 under-14 championships. There will be plenty to play for as Bendigo will be out to avenge its narrow 24-29 loss to Ballarat in the finale last year, while Geelong, Leongatha, Mildura, Seymour and Shepparton all earned the final spots after strong campaigns in 2017. With players in the Gators’ line-up having featured in the recently held Under-14 National Club Championships, there is plenty of elite experience throughout the division.



Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
Ballarat Bendigo Traralgon Wodonga
Warragul Southern Pen Macedon Ranges Portland
Bellarine Moe Sale Mildura
Leongatha Seymour Shepparton Geelong



The Gators will be out to defend their championship and top seed status after knocking over Bendigo and Ballarat en route to the title. These country titans have returned as strong as ever with Ballarat keen to undo a 32-42 loss in the championship clash while Bendigo is out to move back into the gold medal clash. Some exceptional performances from Myrtleford – who won the under-16 division 3 competition with some potent results – as well as Portland and Southern Peninsula allowed these sides to qualify while Pakenham has earned its place after a strong MUVJBL start.



Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
Shepparton Ballarat Bendigo Geelong
Mildura Phillip Island Warrnambool Traralgon
Moe Corio Bay Wangaratta Horsham
Portland Myrtleford Southern Pen Pakenham



Bendigo and Wonthaggi look to battle it out again for championship following a strong campaign in 2017. The Braves have earned the top seed but the Coasters are ready for another salvo when they head to the home of the Braves. Geelong and Ballarat will be out to improve on their quarter-final performances in 2017 and push up into the top four.


Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
Bendigo Wonthaggi Wodonga Traralgon
Mildura Shepparton Warragul Ballarat
Korumburra Geelong Portland Warrnambool
Wangaratta Seymour Corio Bay Echuca


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