Congratulations to the six Teams that have advanced to the VJL Finals Series commencing this Friday Night.
Bushies News March 2023
A huge thank you to our partner associations from across the North East for alltheir support: Wangaratta, Wodonga, Yarra-Mul, Benalla, Mansfield, Shepparton and Echuca
Congratulations to all teams on their Grading for the VJBL Season ahead.
U14.1 Girls – VJL1 - Coach Tristan Purss U14.1 Boys – VJL3 – Coach Kaine Anderson U14.2 Girls – VJL6 - Coach Neil Walker U14.2 Boys – VJL8 – Coach Kevin Ryan U16.1 Girls – VC - Coach Liz Carty U16.1 Boys – VJL1 – Coach Aaron Fry U16.2 Girls – VJL 5 – Coach Mark Roffey U16.2 Boys – VJL6 – Coach Ian Pople U18.1 Girls – VJL1 – Coach Darren Burn U18.1 Boys – VC – Coach Brett Harvey
U18.2 Boys – VJL5 – Paul Allen
Thank you to the Coaches for all their hard work and dedication encouraging the teams to improve week on week. We appreciate everything you do for our Club and for our athletes. Thanks also to the Team Managers who organise everyone for trainings, game locations and score bench etc.
A couple of items of Note:
Please remember, if you have any questions or concerns regarding VJBL Rules, please direct them to your TM or Coach, and they will make enquiries with the NEBB VJBL Delegate (Tony Long) on behalf of the Club.
You cannot go directly to Basketball Victoria yourself. As you can appreciate, this competition has 1000s of teams and we must adhere to the process.
For more information on the VJBL Rules of Operation
Behavioural Tech Foul Penalties – Coach, Assistant Coach, Bench Staff & Player
Coaches, assistant coaches, bench staff and players who receive two or more behavioural technical fouls during the VJBL playing calendar year, commencing in Grading Phase One will have the following penalty applied.
(Technical fouls for flopping or delay of game, etc. will not be added to your quota)
*Please note that if a player or coach is ejected in a game, and both technical fouls are due to referee abuse, the VJBL Administration may invoke an additional one game suspension.
A reminder that Trainings are compulsory. We need everyone to be at training to continue our growth, learn new things and work as a team. If you have urgent business that you cannot attend training or games, please contact your Coach as a priority. Our Coaches are Volunteers and should be treated with respect and courtesy. Their time is valuable, so please do the right thing.
Southern Cross Challenge
Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup
Congratulations to our Partner Wodonga Basketball Association on
Winning the Junior Country Championship U18 Boys Div 1 Coach Keith Ainsworth The Team comprises of the following Bushies players
Australian OPAL Bec Allen – Chats with the Bushies Girls
Watch this space boys……….. we have a special guest coming for you as well!
We are hoping to increase our Bushies presence in Print Media.
Mental Health Round 17/18 JUNE
$5.00 from every sale goes to Lifeline and Bushies will match the proceeds.
Get around this great cause.
Isuzu & Wangaratta Motor Group
For all your New & Used Car Deals, see Wally Armstrong & the Team.
Get your Car Serviced at Wang Motors and we receive a %. Help us, Choose Wang Motors.
Lyster Inc – McDonalds
Shepparton, Shepparton North, Mooroopna, Wangaratta, Yarrawonga, Cobram & Swan Hill
Suter Family – Wangaratta Horizontal Boring Pty Ltd
School Holiday Clinics
Get Along to our Clinics in the Holidays and bring your Friends!
Best of luck to our Teams travelling to Adelaide to play in the Easter Classic.
Nunawading Tournament 10-12 June
Who are we? Some interesting stats of our Club’s makeup.
It is wonderful to have such a great cross section of talent within our region. We appreciate all the support our Partner Associations give to our Club.
We hope you all enjoyed your 2021/22 VJBL Season with Bushies.
We are very proud of all our athletes at Bushies and congratulate all of our Teams on an excellent season.
Special Congratulations to our U14 Girls, U14 Boys & U16 Girls winning their Grand Finals
Have you secured your tickets for the NEBB Presentations on the 2 October?
Get your Tickets HERE
(Tickets essential for Catering)
Wangaratta Gateway Hotel 2 October 2022.
Hotel Function Room
1.30pm - 4.30pm
VJBL & YL Teams
Let's Celebrate a fantastic year.
As you are all aware, we only have a few weeks off before it all starts again with Tryouts and then VJBL Grading.
Sign up below & Bring along your friends, we want Bushies to continue to grow and develop into the best Club in the North East.
Registrations for VJBL Junior Bushies tryouts are now open
REGISTER HERE https://www.playhq.com/basketball-victoria/register/d6f992
COACHES: Thank you for all that you do for our Club and our Athletes 💜.
COACHES, Don't forget to apply for a Bushies team! Applications close SOON
Through a shared love of basketball we build an inclusive community that demands the highest level of professional and personal accountability. We support realistic pathways for NE VIC athletes - everyone is given the opportunity for success both on and off the field.
Most people we know enjoy a nice glass of wine! Ask your family, friends, work colleagues if they would also like to buy some quality wine and support North-East Bushrangers. Wine also makes an excellent gift for birthdays and other special occasions - and it’s always handy to have a few extra bottles around to save a trip to the bottle-o.
As one of the few clubs in the state that does not have paid staff we seek your support to assist us in running this club!
Go to this Link to order
Published in Wang Chronicle and online Benalla Ensign (subscribers only):
Making the leap from Junior Rep basketball to Senior Rep is not as simple as just “turning up”! There are many factors to consider which include the commitment from the player (as well as their family) and the expectation of the coach to fulfil a role.
The NE Bushrangers trio of Charlie Young, Sam Maher and Brodie Paul have taken that challenge this year, stepping into development roles within the Big V North East Bushrangers Men’s team. While still juggling their final years of secondary college, junior rep and VJBL commitments for Wangaratta, these young men also manage their commitment to other sporting pursuits and casual work.
As they will all tell you, sometimes, you just have to miss one thing because you have too much going on, and quite often it is the senior commitment that suffers due to travel and time constraints. Charlie shared that, “Sometimes this involves doing homework on the bus to and from games.”
Between the three, and at just 17 years of age, they already have a long string of basketball accomplishments, having represented their association in the Victorian Jamboree, Basketball Academy, Golden Nugget Camp, NITP, Southern Cross Challenge, Country Cup, NZ Tour, Youth tours overseas, State team selection, VJBL, CBL and now Big V.
While in development roles, the expectation for each of them at trainings and on the court is nothing less than what is expected for the more experienced players. They have a role to fill, a job to be done, and are guided by Coach Annett and player mentors, Sartori, Hockley and the Wright brothers. Sam appreciates the regular “giving of feedback and advice on how to get better and what I should do in situations” to help integrate him into the playing group.
Sometimes their on-court stint is for a short burst to give someone a break, at other times it’s because they need to ‘do their thing’ and fill a void on the court. It’s difficult to ‘come off the bench’ late in the game when your body has cooled down, but you must be ready and take every opportunity that comes your way, it’s ‘that’ opportunity that will ultimately lead to the next!
Charlie mentioned that, “It’s been a huge learning process and really has taught me what my strengths are and what I need to put work into to improve to be an all-round player. Trainings are a lot more intense, going against the experienced players every training has made me a better player.” He added, “It’s a very professional environment unlike junior VJBL or rep and I love being around the older guys and trying to learn as much as possible off them.”
Taking the next step on from his 12 months in the Bushies development program, Sam reflects on how that has prepared him for playing in this State level competition, “I have learned to be able to score the ball, create for my teammates and defend bigger and more skilled players both at training and in games when given the opportunity.” He hasn’t been daunted by the leap to seniors and “would definitely encourage aspiring VJBLl/rep players to take the opportunity and challenge themselves to play, as I think it’s important and beneficial for them to start developing these skills at a younger age and to be around an older and more experienced basketball atmosphere is great to experience from a player's perspective.”
All three players have represented Wangaratta Basketball Inc for their entire junior rep years, climbing into the CBL Senior Rep program in recent years and have bright basketball futures ahead of them. And having now seen out much of the Big V 2021 season, Brodie feels that his key take-away from the program is that “you learn to be patient”, our offensive plays have a full 24-seconds in which to be executed, and sometimes the first option is not always the best! That’s a big learning curve for young players but he enjoys “playing the sport I love with a group of amazing and talented athletes” who guide him every step of the way.
Aspiring to head into the USA College system in the near future is high priority for these guys, which may lead to a more realist representation in the NBL and ultimately playing for Australia. Without question, they are all striving to make basketball a professional career, and there’s no doubt that a stint in the NE Bushrangers State League program will be a stepping stone in their development pathway, we wish them luck!
Big V returns to the courts this weekend after Lockdown-5.0 and our teams will be heading to RMIT for a double header on Saturday, followed by a home game for our Men vs Pakenham on Sunday. Unfortunately, for this return to sport, and for the next two weeks, no spectators are permitted.
Today's Wangaratta Chronicle features the NE Lady Bushrangers' co-captains, Tara Blair and Alex Trezise, who are providing a strong leadership model for our program.
The article can also be read online via subscription to the Benalla Ensign.
North East Bushrangers’ captain, Robbie Sartori, is one of the most respected basketball players in Victoria. Having played representative basketball across 27 seasons, including multiple CBL championships for Seymour, and a combined 9 seasons in Big V (State Championship - Melb Tigers, Div 1 – Shepparton and Div 2 for Bushies), he certainly knows how to prime himself for the task at hand.
His personal philosophy is to be his best in every single moment, having a clear picture of what that looks like for himself and always striving to be better than the day before. Sartori says, “Basketball for me has been such a great teacher of life and I am still driven to be better than I was yesterday, after all these years!”
As a player, he is a tough competitor first, and values the necessity for clear communication and a solid work ethic to stimulate and drive his team-mates. Sartori has the inner ability to focus and find the intellectual drive to effectively lead his team, while ensuring he instigates a program for effective recovery between sessions. It is this ability that has seen him continue to play his sport at an elite level for many years.
He loves the ethos that being part of team inspires in him and states, “the culture, camaraderie and ability of a group to come together in a mission-minded manner is what drives me the most.” It is this inspiration that has driven the success of Sartori and the teams he leads.
Off the court, Robbie is married with twin daughters, and owns a smash repair business yet he makes the time to ensure his fitness regime involves regular gym visits and shooting hoops as often as family life allows.
Robbie believes in ensuring the whole body is in peak condition before undertaking any physical activity and has developed his own business targeting fitness and strength, Flowstate Performance. His program assists athletes to implement high performance strategies to ensure they can capably achieve their sporting potential. This is actioned conditioning programs specific to their sport, examining sports psychology principles and education for improved individual and team performances, mental skill development, team culture and identifying flow triggers for all athletes.
If Robbie’s longevity and domination in the sport of basketball across decades is an example of the philosophy he follows, then perhaps we should take a leaf from his book to develop philosophies and maintain consistent and effective physical performances for ourselves.
When you watch Robbie Sartori in action on-court, you will witness the whole individual maximizing his potential every single time! We are proud to have Robbie lead our North East Bushrangers Men’s team this season and know that his drive and philosophies will contribute to an overall improved team performance for all our players as the season progresses.
End - May 12 2021 - WJ