Southern Cross Challenge opportunity for Bendigo basketballers

CHALLENGE: Jacob Nihill has been picked for Victoria Country.
CHALLENGE: Jacob Nihill has been picked for Victoria Country.

SIX Bendigo under-14 and under-15 basketballers have earned the chance to wear the Big V at next year’s Southern Cross Challenge.

Picked from a series of selection camps across this year, the Challenge gives elite juniors insight into development and higher-level game play across a four day tournament.

The Bendigo Basketball Association will be represented by Kaleah Bonanno and Phoebe Radford, who were both picked in the Victoria under-14 girls squad, Jacob Nihill (Victoria Country under-15 boys), and April Eeles, Jorja Hufer and Caitlin Richardson (Victoria Country under-15 girls).

Also picked was a seventh central Victorian player Lachlan Somerville, who was selected in the under-14 boys squad and is representing the Kerang Basketball Association.

Basketball Victoria high performance manager Justin Schueller said selection for the Challenge was an amazing achievement.

“Southern Cross Challenge is an important step for our elite country athletes as they progress further into the country high performance pathway,” Schueller said.

“Selection into SCC from Country Victoria is an amazing achievement and coupled with NITP, it showcases our best juniors and gives them an opportunity to become better players and people on and off the court.

“We wish the best of luck to our Country athletes heading into the Southern Cross Challenge and Australian Junior Country Basketball Cup.”

Victoria Metropolitan swept all four titles in 2017, with Victoria Country snapping at their heels in a series of excellent intrastate clashes throughout the tournament.

The 2018 SCC will be staged at the State Basketball Centre from January 19-22.