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List of Under 18 State And Kevin Coombs Cup Teams

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The wheelchair basketball national championship in Australia is known as the Kevin Coombs Cup. The Australian U18 Championships and the first Kevin Coombs Cup were both hosted in Ballarat in 2008, says Peter Biantes.

Following the success of the first championship, the Kevin Coombs Cup was played twice a year amongst teams from different states. Since 2015, Ballarat has hosted the Kevin Coombs Cup every year as a result of the sport’s continued growth.

The sole chance for junior wheelchair basketball players to represent their state in a national championship is through these competitions. The Kevin Coombs Cup age divisions are based on the international junior wheelchair basketball age divisions, which are under Under-23 for men and Under-25 for women.

Teams for 2023 Under-18 State and Kevin Coombs Cup have been announced.

The 2023 Under-18 State teams for Victoria Country and Victoria Metropolitan, as well as the Victorian wheelchair squad for the Kevin Coombs Cup, have all been chosen by Basketball Victoria.

From April 9–16, these five teams will travel to Brendale, Queensland for the National Championships, which Basketball Australia and the Northside Wizards Basketball Association will jointly host.

In a thrilling match versus Queensland South in 2022, our Victoria Metropolitan U18 Women took home the gold medal, while the Victoria Country U18 Women placed fifth in a tough tournament in Ballarat.

Our Victoria Metropolitan U18 Men’s team had a turn of events as they narrowly lost to Queensland South in the Grand Final and took home silver. Our Victoria Country U18 Men, however, came in sixth place following a close match with NSW Metro.

The wheelchair basketball team representing Victoria at the Kevin Coombs Cup will also be aiming high to return to the Gold Medal game after winning the Bronze medal in 2022.

Grant Wallace, General Manager of High Performance for Basketball Victoria, stated that a high-calibre group has been assembled for 2022, which will be the first full year since 2019 of uninterrupted training that includes the State Development Program, the VJBL, and Junior Country Championships. Wallace also noted that recent outstanding performances at the East Coast Challenge and Country Cup have contributed to the group’s selection.

VICTORIAN WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL

KEVIN COOMBS CUP (VICTORIAN WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL)

Laura Davoli

Jaylen Brown

Chithic Machar

Mitchell Bond

Jack Thomas

Brady Cochrane

Will Firth

David Holligan

Sebastian Welsh

Isabel Martin

EMERGENCIES

Rhys Higgins

Ethan Anderson

Judd Hughes

KEVIN COOMBS CUP – STAFF

Head Coach: Jason Bryant – Altona/ Basketball Victoria

Assistant Coach: Lauren Robinson – Knox

Assistant Coach: Samantha Muraca – Basketball Victoria

Team Manager: Kim Hampton – Basketball Victoria

UNDER-18 COUNTRY WOMEN

Lavinia Cox – Bendigo

Tayli Dimarco – Sale

Sienna Harvey – Wodonga / CoE

Aleks Connolly – Wyndham

Sophie Taylor – Warragul / Dandenong

Emily Scholtes – Traralgon

Kyra Webb – Casey

Jelena Savic – Keilor

Ameir Majur – Melton

Asha Nightingale – Casey

EMERGENCIES

Grace Larkins – Gippsland United

Indiana de Dios – Traralgon

Kaitlyn Field – Casey

Krystal Arneson – Korumburra

Emily Lewis – Ballarat

Kailey Neave – Dandenong

UNDER-18 COUNTRY WOMEN – STAFF

Head Coach: Haydn Kirkwood – Wodonga

Assistant Coach: Joe Turner – Casey

Assistant Coach: Carly Stones – Eltham / Bendigo

Development Coach: Chloe Hogg – Korumburra

Team Manager: Wendy Campbell – Traralgon

UNDER-18 METROPOLITAN MEN – TEAM LIST

Harrison Beauchamp – Melbourne

Keyaan Bongso – Melbourne

Truman Byrne – Casey

Ryder Cheesman – Knox

James Coleman – Camberwell

Luke Fennell – Knox/NBA Academy

Oscar Humble – Sandringham

Jesse McIntosh – Diamond Valley

Henry Sewell – Dandenong

Jack Whitbourn – Melbourne

EMERGENCIES

Xavier Ah Tong – Dandenong

Edward Brammall – Melbourne

Austin Foxwell – Bulleen

Cedric Rault – Casey

Tyrone Uwandu – Diamond Valley

Teague Wiggins – Melbourne

Phoenix Windsor – Casey

UNDER-18 METROPOLITAN MEN – STAFF

Head Coach: Matt Shanahan – Diamond Valley

Assistant Coach: Andrew Lim – Sandringham

Assistant Coach: Andrew Sherwell – Mornington

Development Coach: Dylan Theis – Basketball Victoria

Team Manager: Mark Sainsbery – Basketball Victoria

UNDER-18 COUNTRY MEN – TEAM LIST

Dash Daniels – Bendigo

Ned Renfree – Ballarat

Joel Robinson – Phillip Island

Ben Waller – Casey

Cooper Duff-Tytler – Keilor

Wil Rantall – Warrnambool

Sa Pilimai – Keilor

Lachlan Kanngiesser – Mornington

Brody Hull – Kilsyth

Mading Kuany – Collingwood

EMERGENCIES

Logan Robey –  Wallan

Brady Hall –  Colac

Lachlan Harvey – Wodonga

Frank Oguche – 

Wodonga

Kye Kelly –  Geelong

Jesse Brock – Seymour

Cooper Newton – Wangaratta

Jake Meagher – Pakenham

UNDER-18 COUNTRY MEN – STAFF

Head Coach: Brenton O’Brien – Nunawading

Assistant Coach: Dylan Cole – Keilor

Assistant Coach: Scott Ramsey – Southern Peninsula

Development Coach: Brad Dennis – Keilor

Team Manager: Ben White – Southern Peninsula

UNDER-18 METROPOLITAN WOMEN – TEAM LIST

Bonnie Autupuna Melbourne

Edie Clarke Melbourne

Hannah Day Kilsyth

Bonnie Deas Frankston/CoE

Amelia Hobson Sandringham

Georgia McBean Kilsyth

Sarah Portlock Broadmeadows/CoE

Madeline Potts Nunawading

Manuela Puoch Dandenong

Isabella Stewart Melbourne

EMERGENCIES

 Josie Agnew Melbourne

Isla Airey Sandringham

Kiera Lindemans Bulleen

Alice Magnanini Melbourne

Erinn McAlary Keilor

Isobelle Wightman Melbourne

UNDER-18 METROPOLITAN WOMEN – STAFF

Head Coach: Mike Brookens – Bulleen

Assistant Coach: Megan Jarvis – Keilor

Assistant Coach: Adrian Sheehy – Bulleen

Development Coach: Santo Fileccia – Keilor

Team Manager: Katrina Barry – Dandenong

Lastly

For more than 40 years, Kevin Coombs has been associated with wheelchair basketball in Australia. He has represented his country at five Paralympic Games, including two as the Rollers’ captain says Peter Biantes.

Despite the Victorian’s exceptional ball skills and deft passing, it was his lethal shooting ability that made his opponents cower in fear. It was never more apparent than when he guided Australia to two gold medals in the 1977 and 1982 FESPIC games and a silver medal at the 1974 Commonwealth Games.

Kevin is one of just nine persons to have an avenue in Sydney, and he has served as an ambassador for both the Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000 and the National Indigenous Plan for Literacy and Numeracy off the court.

Peter Biantes
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PETER BIANTES

Peter Biantes is the founder and CEO of Wattle Health Australia, a leading health and wellness company that specializes in natural health products.