DRAW RELEASED FOR UNDER-14 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

DRAW RELEASED FOR UNDER-14 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Following the release of the list of teams for the Australian Under-14 Club Championships, the draw has been announced as we countdown to the start of the tournament.

Find the full draw here.

Hosted by Dandenong Basketball from October 2-7, this will be just the second time the boys and girls competitions will be held as one event.

24 teams in each competition will participate across six pools with games beginning after the opening ceremony on Monday, October 2.

The draw will then be split on Wednesday with the top two placed teams from each pool earning a berth in the Championship Division and the bottom two entering the Shield Division.

Finals begin on Thursday, October 5 prior to the 2017/18 WNBL season opener when the Dandenong Rangers take on Melbourne Boomers at Dandenong Stadium.

All play off games will take place on Saturday, October 7 with the girls Championship bronze medal to tip off at 2pm and the boys Championship bronze medal at 3.30pm.

The gold medal games will then be played for the girls and boys at 5pm and 6.30pm respectively.

It all kicks off with the Dandenong Rangers boys from Victoria taking on SA’s Sturt Sabres on Monday with the Rangers keen to impress in front of a home crowd.

They claimed the Ken Watson Trophy in 1991, ’94, ’98, ’03, ’09 and went back-to-back in 2012-13 but Sturt have a strong history at the tournament as well, winning the title in 2015 after hitting a buzzer-beating game winner in overtime in the Semi-Final.

The Sydney Comets (NSW) are the defending Champions though while SA’s North Adelaide Rockets reached the podium last year and will be looking to improve once again.

For the girls, Victorian teams Bulleen Boomers and Nunawading Spectres are coming off gold and silver medals respectively at the Medibank National Junior Classic earlier this year and look to be contenders in 2017.

However, the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles from NSW will challenge them for the Michele Timms Trophy while teams like the Willetton Tigers (WA) and Canberra Capitals (ACT) have successful histories at the Club Champs.

The Dandenong girls cannot be discounted either with a home court advantage sure to help their cause as they look to repeat their Championship efforts from 1997, 2000, ’02, ’03 and 2009.

Find the full draw here.

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