THE Max Bowman Memorial Shield was brought home for the seventh time in a row by the emphatic club powerhouse Pivot City.
BVC CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS – TOURNAMENT REVIEW
The Geelong-based club has shone at the BVC Club Championships across the journey – winning an incredible 10 titles since it started in 1977 – and shows no signs of slowing after another incredibly consistent performance in Ballarat over the weekend.
In the 40th anniversary of the tournament, 75 teams and over 700 athletes descended on Ballarat for the paragon event for country clubs. The BVC Club Championships sees the best of the best from eight associations – Ballarat, Bendigo, Corio Bay, Geelong, Sunbury, Hamilton, Mildura and Warragul – battle it out for bragging rights and the ability to hold aloft the Max Bowman Memorial Shield.
The action was fierce at Ballarat for this year’s event as the elite turned out in droves to vie for the Shield. The event is so popular it even brings out some familiar faces in the BVC state ranks, with Dyson Daniels turning out for Aztec Tigers as well as Karlie Bruce and Carly Remmos for Pivot City amongst others. It is a unique opportunity for our elite players to represent their home clubs – in essence a way to give thanks to those smaller clubs that helped ignite their passions for basketball in the first place.
With three championship victories in the under-12 girls, under-16 boys and under-16 girls, the winner was Pivot City took the points yet again to maintain its status as #BVCClubChamps royalty.
South Geelong Kings proved too powerful in the under-18 boys tournament, knocking over Celtic Tigers 56-38. Cameron Primmer (18 points) had a strong showing for the Kings while Joshua Fiegert (24 points) had a blinder for the Tigers.
Pivot City’s under-16 girls clinched a thriller against Celtic Tigers 37-30. Karli Bruce (12 points), Carly Remmos (six points) and Antoinette Emma-Nnopu (six points) led for the Pivot City while Millie Cracknell (14 points) starred for Celtic.
The under-16 boys also went to Pivot City with a 68-61 triumph over Aztec Tigers. Hamish Carey (25 points), Thomas Carey (15 points) and Jason Brandis (11 points) soared for Pivot City while Lachlan Wilson (20 points), Dyson Daniels (15 points) and Dylan Mccauley (13 points) were Aztec’s leading trio under the basket.
The under-14 girls grand final was a nailbiter claimed by Aztec Tigers in a 33-31 triumph over Generals. Kaleah Bonanno (12 points) and Caitlin Richardson (11 points) soared for the Tigers while Mackenzie Waugh (14 points) was gallant in defeat alongside Emily Dunstan (nine points).
Exies Army had a great 54-36 victory over Aztec Tigers. Hugh Bond (12 points), Joe Fraser (10 points) and Thomas Cousins (10 points) led from the front for the Exies Army while Liam O’Brien (14 points) and Jett Van Den Berg (nine points) worked hard all afternoon for the Tigers.
Pivot City’s under-12 girls claimed a 42-22 win over Saints as Matisse Uebergang (15 points) shone for the City alongside Ella Wolfenden (eight points), Isabella Triaca (seven points) and Sofia Martino (six points). Saints shared the top scorer’s duties between Georgia Bodey (six points), Rose Murnane (six points) and Payton Ratcliffe (six points).
Ballarat Saints under-12 boys took out the boys’ title with a 39-35 win over Chalkies Tigers as Ned Renfree (13 points), Fraser Molan (11 points) and Jacob Britt (six points) surged for the Saints. Riley Mcleod (12 points) and Lachlan Giliam (nine points) were the Chalkies Tigers’ best.
BVC Competitions Coordinator Sammy Cartwright said it was an incredible effort by Pivot City to pick up its seventh straight title.
“Congratulations to Pivot City on winning their seventh Max Bowman Memorial Shield – they are an exceptional club and always bring their best to the BVC Club Champs,” Cartwright said.
BVC CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS – GRAND FINAL RESULTS
Under 12 Boys
Ballarat Saints 39 def Warragul Chalkies Tigers 34
Referees: Alex Woollett and Joel Lay
Under 12 Girls
Geelong Pivot City 42 def Ballarat Saints 22
Referees: Mitchell Bond and Shaelee Grundy
Under 14 Boys
Ballarat Exies Acmy 54 def Bendigo Aztec Tigers 36
Referees: Liam Smith and Brooke Vernon
Under 14 Girls
Bendigo Aztec Tigers 33 def Bendigo Generals 31
Referees: Angela Carmody and Bailey Baxter
Under 16 Boys
Geelong Pivot City 68 def Bendigo Aztec Tigers 61
Referees: Mitch Lay and David Cruickshank
Under 16 Girls
Geelong Pivot City 37 def Ballarat Celtic Tigers 30
Referees: Emma Thorn and Jordan Bengston
Under 18 Boys
South Geelong Kings 56 def Ballarat Celtic Tigers 38
Referees: Kaine Jefferies and Shannon Jennings
The major award for the weekend is the Max Bowman Shield. It is awarded to the club with the most points at the end of the event with one point awarded for each team entered, each round match won and each title won. Geelong Pivot City has been awarded the award for the seventh consecutive time with a nervous three-point margin over Bendigo Aztec Tigers that came down to the final round of matches.
MAX BOWMAN MEMORIAL SHIELD RESULTS
CLUB TEAMS GAMES TITLES TOTAL
GEELONG PIVOT CITY 7 20 3 30
Bendigo Aztec Tigers 8 18 1 27
Ballarat Celtic Tigers 7 16 0 23
Ballarat Saints 5 14 1 20
Ballarat Exies Acmy 5 12 1 18