Preparations continued this week ahead of the start of Canterbury Basketball on 1 May with St Bede’s this year fielding 7 teams in the Saturday competition.
A huge level of interest from our junior students sees the College field 4 teams in the U15 grades in a very positive sign for the future of the sport at St Bede’s.
Another notable feature of these sides is the presence of current and former students in the coaching ranks with Harvey O’Neill, Angus Stewart, Taylor Willis, Walter Brown, Tom Hughes and Caleb Conyers all contributing back to the sport and school in a coaching capacity. We would also like to welcome Clint Radovancich and Alastair Malcolm to the club as coaches for the U15 Red side.
There will also be two U17 teams and an U20 side, which is the Senior A team. They also compete weekly in the Thomson Trophy, the Canterbury secondary school competition played on Tuesday nights, regularly featuring games at our home gym.
The senior squad held a very positive Values and Culture session earlier this week, setting our individual and team goals for the season as well as naming the side and captaincy roles.
Harvey O’Neill (Captain)
James Leen (Vice Captain)
Extended Squad: Corban Fisher, Troy Cutbush, Cooper Siave, Thomas Martin
Coach: Mr Grant Ven
Assistant coach: Kelvin Fisher
Manager: Tania Walls
This extended squad has been training for some time and have had a couple of pre-season games ahead of the commencement of the Thomson Trophy with a home game against St Thomas’ on 11 May at 7pm.
In a continuation of an initiative from previous seasons, all spectators at home games have the opportunity to enter a draw to shoot a halfway shot and win $100 – be in to win!!
St Bede’s has been well represented on the rep scene recently with Agar Torres, Cooper and Troy Cutbush all assisting their respective sides to secure spots at the U15 Nationals last weekend, while Griffyn Westwood, James Leen and Ashton Walls will next week seek to emulate this feat in their U17 sides.
One of the key words regularly mentioned at the Seniors Value and Culture session was Brotherhood and within the St Bede’s basketball ranks, we literally have 6 sets of brothers playing across our competitive teams;
Hunter and Troy Cutbush
James and Jesse Leen
Jack and Cooper Siave
Thomas and Daniel Martin
Ashton and Logan Walls
Ethan and Hugo Smoleji
Like all sporting clubs at St Bede’s, the basketball club rely on volunteer contributions to administer the sport and any contribution or assistance is greatly appreciated. Should you wish to assist in any capacity please contact the Chairperson, Kelvin Fisher on 021 324 044 to discuss further.
We are also very thankful for the generous support of our sponsors, in particular Naylor Love, who have supported the basketball program for several years. We are currently working with several other sponsors and will announce and acknowledge these once confirmed. The ongoing development of the sport and our athletes is vitally important and any assistance that any businesses or individuals may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Should you wish to discuss this further please contact Tania Walls on 022 327 6739.