NEB BOARD 2020/21
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State League SENIOR & JUNIOR Basketball
Northeast Victoria senior basketball teams now compete in the state-wide BIG V & VJBL competitions. The NE Bushrangers were established in 2014, entering a team in the Big V from 2014-to the current day.
In 2019/20 we also entered six teams in the VJBL competition, however due to the Covid-19 pandemic, no games were played.
Follow us in 2021 to see what we can achieve!
Having not played a single game in 2020 due to the pandemic, we are getting excited about being able to take to the floor in 2021.
Wangaratta, Benalla, Mansfield & Yarrawonga Basketball Associations are excited to jointly partner with NE Bushrangers teams at this level.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Regional north east basketball associations - Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla & Yarrawonga seized an opportunity to launch a Men’s & Women’s team into the Big V State League back in 2014.
Big V Delegate (2014-16), Wendy Jeffery said, “Our inaugural season in 2014 was the launching pad for this program. We are excited to spearhead this venture in the north east, after a long absence from the League. We have formed a partnership with local Basketball Associations in order to provide a realistic development pathway for our basketball talent on the border. This partnership will strengthen the connections we have across the region and I look forward to seeing how this impacts on the court for our teams.”
Teams from across Victoria compete in the Division 2 competition. This level of competition fills the gap currently identified in the north east between junior rep and the SEABL level. It will provide our elite athletes with a viable option for competitive basketball at a senior level whilst they continue to develop much-needed skills to realize their basketball potential.
In 2016, we appointed highly-credentialed, Jacqui Henry to the position of Coaching Director of the program. Jacqui has a wealth of basketball knowledge and is constantly engaging in professional development opportunities to achieve the best outcomes for all players and coaches involved in our program.
Jacqui continued in this role until 2019 overseeing the program's development, working closely with our Head Coaches in Big V and VJBL.
In 2018/19, we entered teams into the State-wide VJBL competition for the first time in our Club's history, playing in U14/16/18 boys and girls. They were well guided by our coaching staff who confidently led our players to ensure they developed at this level. We tasted success with the U14 Girls taking out their championship.
The 2019/20 season was "the one that never got off the ground for the State of Victoria"., We entered into D2M & D2W in the Big V, and an additional team into the VJBL (U21 Men), following on from the success of teams competing in the 2018/19 age groups .These programs require a huge commitment from our junior members, and parent support is vital if we are to move forward with both of these programs.
However, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, all competitions were ceased in 2019/20 without a single game being played.
We have entered teams in 2020/21 across all age groups in VJBL and in Big V Div 2 for our Men & Women.
We are proud to provide development opportunities for our local coaches, referees, score-bench and game-day officials as they meet the requirements of hosting an elite competition on the border. We pitched our entry level at Division 2, but have our sights set on Division 1, and there is scope to move up through the levels.
The Big V Division 2 competition fields 10 -12 teams in each of the Men’s & Women’s competitions, so there will be plenty of ‘home’ action from March to August.