WERRIBEE Basketball will host the 2021 Australian Under-18 Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup.
Basketball Australia will keep the Under-18 and Kevin Coombs Cup in Victoria for 2021 Australian Under-18 Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup, following on from the recent announce of Ballarat hosting the 2020 event.
From 10-17 April 2021, the country’s best junior basketballers will be in Werribee vying for the three championships, with both Under-18 titles won by Victoria Metropolitan at the 2019 event in Townsville.
Eagle Stadium will host the event, as Werribee Basketball and Wyndham City Council get a chance to showcase the venue’s capacity and capabilities for elite events and competitions.
Werribee Basketball was joined by Lalor MP Joanne Ryan, Wyndham City Councillor Peter Maynard and Western Leisure Services CEO Alison Dixon to make the announcement.
Werribee Basketball General Manager Robbie Coyle said the association was excited to bring an event of this stature to Wyndham.
“For Werribee Basketball to be hosting the National Championships here in Wyndham is massive and the whole event is going to energise our entire community,” Coyle said. “We hope it serves to inspire the next generation of players, referees, coaches and volunteers.
“It will provide a fantastic stimulus for the local business community too – recent economic reports from previous hosts Townsville and Ballarat outline a direct economic impact of between $2 million and $4 million.
“Werribee is a world class tourism destination and we want to encourage the visitors for these championships to get out and discover what we’ve got.
“We know our local community will get behind the 2021 Australian Under-18 Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup to ensure we show off our region and our ability to compete on the national stage.”
Joanne Ryan MP – Federal Member for Lalor was excited to see Eagle Stadium earn the hosting rights to the championships in 2021.
“It’s absolutely sensational to see Eagle Stadium and the Werribee Basketball Association host the Australian under-18 basketball championships in 2021 alongside the Kevin Coombs Cup,” Ryan said. “This is great news for our community and this is an incredibly active basketball community, a big association, lots of families involved and to have this coming here to happen at our local stadium, is just amazing.”
Wyndham City Councillor Peter Maynard said the championships will be an incredible drawcard for local basketballers and the region as a whole.
“I think this is an amazing coup, for basketball in general… the Werribee Basketball Association and the facility itself,” Cr. Maynard said. “We’ve got an amazing facility here and will showcase it to the rest of the country and also too it gives people here the ability to watch the calibre of basketball we don’t always get to see and there’s also of course the flow-on economic benefits to the municipality.”
Basketball Australia Executive General Manager Paul Maley highlighted the importance of the Australian Under-18 Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup and acknowledged the excellent bid from Werribee Basketball.
“The championships are an integral part of Basketball Australia’s High Performance pathway, bringing together some of the nation’s top young talent, with many athletes potentially progressing through to NBL and WNBL ranks, before also vying for Australian national team representation, including at Olympic and Paralympic levels,” Maley said.
“The tender from Werribee Basketball was of a very high quality, and we know they will put together an excellent event. We’re excited about the prospect of hosting a major tournament at Eagle Stadium and in such a fast growing region of Melbourne.”
The tournament will be held 10-17 April 2021, with further information set to be released at a later date.