FOR the first time in more than two decades, Bendigo Senior Secondary College is fielding a girls’ team at the Australian Schools Basketball Championships, which tip off on Monday.
Assistant coach for the Bendigo Bank Spirit and new coach of the Bendigo Lady Braves, Jonathan Goodman will coach the BSSC girls’ team.
The Lions will compete in the under-20 girls’ senior, division two competition.
BSSC’s first-round clash is against Hunter Valley on court five at the State Basketball Centre from 10.40am Game two on Monday is against Siena College from 4pm on Kilsyth’s fifth court.
It’s off to Knox on Tuesday to play Aquinas at 9.20am, followed by Wedderburn College at the same venue from 1.20pm.
Tuesday’s play winds up with a match against Avondale from 5.20pm at the State Basketball Centre.
The Lions are at SBC on Wednesday to play Damascus College from 10.40am and Hallam at 5.20pm.
Final round of qualifying is at Knox on Thursday, with BSSC against Redlands from 1.20pm and Northpine Christian College at 5.20pm.
The Lions boys’ team will be coached by Bendigo Braves team-mates Kevin Probert and Matt Bartlett, with Josh Bowe as manager, and Peter Hunt, support.
BSSC will compete in under-20 boys’ senior, division three.
The campaign tips off against Northpine Christian College at Knox on Monday at 10.40am before the Lions travel to the State Basketball Centre to play Hallam from 4pm.
BSSC tackles Ballarat High on Tuesday at Knox from noon.
Game three is on Wednesday against Southern Valles Christian College at Knox, with game four against St Patrick’s College Ballarat at the State Basketball Centre.