Geelong YMCA wins Max Bowman Memorial Shield

The BVC Junior Domestic Championships tipped off for the first time with Geelong YMCA winning the Max Bowman Memorial Shield.

The newly commissioned championships, which replaced the BVC Club Championships on the country tournament calendar, pitted teams from across Country Victoria in an amazing two-day showcase for the Max Bowman Memorial Shield.

From 22 clubs vying for the crown, Geelong YMCA won the title for the first time since 1991, as it finished on 25 points ahead of Geelong Try Boys (23), Ballarat Celtic Tigers (18), Ballarat Phoenix (16) and Geelong Pivot City (15).

The Memorial Shield was awarded on the following criteria –  one point for each team entered in the Championship, one point for each preliminarily round win and one point for each title won.

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Geelong YMCA celebrates after winning the 2018 Max Bowman Memorial Shield. PICTURE: BASKETBALL VICTORIA COUNTRY

The Junior Domestic Championships also included for the very first time a wheelchair basketball tournament to give another basketball option for players across the state. Bendigo Wheelchair Braves defeated the Casey Saints 32-22 in a thrilling grand final with Bendigo’s Hayden Farley (24 points) starring in the triumph.

“It was great to usher in the first Junior Domestic Championships with high-quality basketball and a number of fantastic clashes throughout the weekend,” BVC Competitions Manager Sammy Cartwright said. “Congratulations to Geelong YMCA on winning the Max Bowman Memorial Shield, Bendigo as our inaugural wheelchair tournament winning team, our division winners and all the excellent referees that made this event a highlight.

“With the addition of our wheelchair tournament, it made for a phenomenal tournament atmosphere at Ballarat and we’d like to thank everyone who participated in and supported the championships.”


Bendigo Wheelchair Braves won the inaugural JDC Wheelchair Tournament. PICTURE: BASKETBALL VICTORIA COUNTRY


Geelong YMCA picked up the Division 1 boys crown with a superb 49-37 win over the Grovedale Pistons Hurricanes. Tyler Willey (11 points), Noa Northam and Ethan Mcdonald (10 points) surged to victory for YMCA while Seth Garcia (13 points) and Jaspa Nott (seven points) were gallant for the Pistons.


Led by Vic Country pair Hamish Carey (33 points) and Declan Coles (19 points), Geelong Pivot City was far too potent for Ballarat Aztec Tigers in a 70-41 win. Lachlan O’Brien (10 points) and Jett Van Den Berg (seven points) were the Tigers’ best in the defeat.




Under-14 Boys Division 1 grand final was won by YMCA Beavers in a 52-34 win over Drummo Dragons. Jack Connolly (15 points) and Kane Reid (11 points) were best for the Beavers while Sam Litras (14 points) led the Dragons.

The Under-14 Girls Division 1 grand final was won by Celtic Tigers Red 46-42 over Mildura Alcheringa. Chelsea Randich (19 points) was in exceptional form for the Tigers alongside Amali Price (nine points) and Taya Chisholm (eight points). Alexandra Leng (17 points) was superb in a gallant effort for Alcheringa with Zoe Tonkin (nine points) and Caitlin Douglass (eight points) also starring in the grand final.

Ballarat Phoenix lit up the Boys Division 2 grand final with a 63-35 win over Drummo Dragons. Archie Maule (19 points), Lachlan Hill (11 points) and Rory Abbott (10 points) were the Phoenix’s best while the Dragons were led by Jai Rowles (10 points).

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Bendigo Generals proved too powerful in the Under-12 Boys Division 1 grand final, knocking over Geelong YMCA 58-37 with Finlay Lockhart (28 points), Jack Harvey (12 points) and Thomas Davie (10 points) starring in the victory. Harvey Marles (11 points) and Lachlan Eggins (nine points) were the best on court for Geelong YMCA.

Mildura Alcheringa took out a thrilling 44-40 win over Lara Giants in the Girls Division 1 grand final. Lilli Bock (16 points) and Kate Morello (14 points) shone for Mildura while Isabel Ballesteros (16 points) and Addison Baars (16 points) stood tallest for the Giants.

The Division 2 boys grand final was a thriller as Geelong Try Boys Bears eked out a 44-40 triumph over Maryborough Bullets. At level pegging with scarcely any time left in the final term, Try Boys’  Jack Mcgough (24 points) made a pair of incredible shots to take out the victory. Bullets were led by Jack Skinner (11 points) and Henry Wendels (11 points).

South Geelong Kings’ Diamonds took out a 25-17 victory over Geelong Try Boys Bears in the Girls Division 2 showdown. Eliza Hannagan (eight points) and Katie Carroll (seven points) were the Diamonds’ bright star while Ellinor Borrack (six points) led the Bears.



Club Teams Titles Total
Geelong YMCA 6 2 25
Geelong Try Boys 7 1 23
Ballarat Celtic Tigers 6 1 18
Ballarat Phoenix 6 1 16
Geelong Pivot City 4 1 15
South Geelong Kings 5 1 14
Ballarat Saints 5 0 12
Mildura Alcheringa 4 1 11
Geelong Surfcoast 4 0 8
Bendigo Aztec Tigers 2 0 7
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