2018 Youth Coaches

Sunbury Basketball is pleased to announce the re-signing of Lisa Townsend and Andrew Seidel as Youth League Coaches for the 2018 Big V Season.


Coach Townsend led the Youth League Division One Men to an elimination final in the 2017 season and is hoping to get even further in the 2018 season.


Coach Seidel had a successful 2017. With a Youth League 2 Women’s championship and coach of the year award under his belt he is looking to replicate what the State Championship Women did this year and go back to back in different divisions.


Open trials for players looking to be part of Sunbury Basketball’s Youth roster are being run over the next 3-4 weeks. For times and dates click HERE.

2018 Youth Trials

YL1M Open Run

Open Run 'trials' for the Men are being held at Eric Boardman Stadium from 4-6pm on the following dates:

  • Sunday 15th Oct
  • Sunday 22nd Oct
  • Sunday 29th Oct

Bring your Towel, Water, Reversible Training Singlet and your A game.


YL1W Open Run


Open Run 'trials' for the Women are being held at Eric Boardman Stadium from 2-4 pm on the following dates:

  • Sunday 22nd Oct
  • Sunday 29th Oct
  • Sunday 5th Nov

Bring your Towel, Water, Reversible Training Singlet and your A game. 



Bendigo 2018

Australia Day Wrap

The Bendigo is traditionally a tournament for coaches to get their players back into the swing of things before the all-important grading phase 2 starts. Below are the coach’s wraps of how the tournament went for their teams. Coaching Director Kennedy Kereama was able to see most of the teams play and has passed on technical feedback to coaches.



Under 12’s

“This was our first tournament as a team and for many of our young players. We competed hard every single game and the boys gave it their best and represented the Jets proudly! Unfortunately we couldn’t a win, however, we learnt so much that will no doubt improve us in the long run!”

Coach Farrugia U12.1 Boys


“The u12.2 boys had a great time and really grow as a team. Lost a competitive game 1st up but then struggled against a good team in the afternoon heat. Saturday was fantastic as we got our first win as a team. After a nail biting win later that afternoon the boys optimistically started talking finals. Sadly come back to earth with a convincing loss Sunday. Great tournament.”

Coach Burnett U12.2 Boys 


Under 14’s

“Overall very pleased with the boy’s ongoing attempt to introduce the systems of play for both defense & offense.

As a team, this was game 5 through to game 9 and we are becoming more familiar with our roles & expectations.

The highlight of the weekend was the game we played against Bendigo on court 1.The intensity throughout the game, the way in which we played was something Aidan & I were very proud of. It was unfortunate the result ended in a draw after leading for the majority of the game.  

We reached the quarter final against Ballarat and it was obvious we had run out of energy & could not generate any ability to score.

Thanks to all players & parents for their support.” 

Coach Watkins U14.1 Boys


“U14.4 won all of our pool games and put but a great fight again a strong Bendigo team in the quarter final. All our players played their roles when asked and the most pleasing thing was we played as a team.”

Coach Gardner U14.4 boys


“While we did not get any wins for the weekend the girls fought hard against stronger and more experienced opposition each game to the final siren. With their positive attitude and improvements made over the weekend we are looking forward to the season and gaining more experience and positive results.”

Coach Jolly U14.2 Girls


Under 16’s

“We played well all weekend. Unfortunately we lost in the Semi against Horsham who went on to win the tournament. We are starting to come together nicely.”

Coach O’Reilly U16.1 Boys


“Won first 3 pool games and 1st elimination final, then lost a tight game in the semi -final to Ararat, who went on to win the championship game.”

Coach Barnes U16.2 Boys



“Our team competed hard and won all 5 games before getting knocked out in the Semi-Final in OT by a shot on the buzzer. Heartbreaking result to fall short. We were down to 9 players for most of the weekend and the boys came out, played well, ran hard and played as a team. Unlucky result but definitely a great learning experience for the team in a close final and they are better prepared for the next round of grading.”

Coach O’Keefe U16.3 Boys


“The u16.1 girls had a very successful weekend as the goal for us was a condition ourselves to play with more aggression and assertiveness. Results for us where not a concern, as we were more concerned about how we went about playing (Our process). Knowing that if we played the right way (with intensity, purpose, aggression and assertiveness) we would compete with any team, and this is exactly what happened. We managed to beat Portland by 6pts and Wanagratta by 6pts and had narrow losses to Ballarat by 1pt and Taralgon by 6pts.”

Coach Kereama U16.1 Girls 


“The girls used the tournament to get back into the competitive spirit and to get use to game pace.  The team had two of the girls returning from pre-Christmas injuries, which we were not expecting anything except to get game time into them.

We played 4 games being competitive in the first 3 – winning 2 and just losing a third.  Our last game was disappointing – but a good learning for the team.  The team worked hard in very hot conditions and will be better prepared for Friday night games due to this experience.”

Coach Routley U16.3 Girls  


Under 18’s

“The 18.1 Jets boys had a good Bendigo tournament, in regards to valuable court time into all players. We had 1 win from 5 games and to keep the eventual championship team to its second lowest score was a small win. We were competitive in all games but our match fitness let us down. It was a great team bonding experience and a good preparation for the next phase of grading.”

Coach Attard U18.1 Boys


“0/4 for the weekend so this weekend was character building. Having said that we should have won the first two and then had Bendigo and Ballarat who are the best teams we’ve played so far.  Losing to Ballarat by 15 who are already in VC isn’t too bad. We have plenty to work on.”

Coach Egan U18.1 Girls


Under 21’s

“The Jets started undefeated on Friday with wins over Bacchus Marsh (31-26) and Warnambool (40-30), followed by losses to both Corio Bay (35-40) and Echuca Pirates (28-39) on Saturday to finish third in Pool 1.

In the Quarter Final, a quick start in their third game of the day put the Jets up 8-2, and despite runs late in both halves by the Thoroughbreds, Sunbury held the lead to win (40-31).

The Semi Final Sunday afternoon faced the Jets against the undefeated Maryborough Blazers. Both teams went basket for basket until the final 10 minutes, with Sunbury’s defence keeping the Blazers to only 3 points for the final quarter. Fresh legs off the bench turned consecutive stops into fast break points as the Jets sealed the win (35-24).

The Grand Final against Bendigo started competitively with 7 lead changes in the first half. Both teams had scoring runs in the second half, and with 8 minutes to go the Jets trailed 33-29. The extra game rest for Bendigo the previous day showed, with the Braves closing out the game too good on the glass and from the 3pt line. The Jets finished runners up (48-33).”

Coach Smith U21 Men


We would also like to congratulate the Under 18.3 boys for taking out the Under 18 C boys division (44 – 25 V Portland Coasters).

Thanks to everyone who participated in the tournament. The SBA would like to thank the volunteers who assisted with the BBQ on the Friday. Massive thanks to West Side Meats for donating the meat for the BBQ.


Big V Division 1 Men

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It is with regret that the SBA announces that Lanard Copeland will not be continuing on with the Division One Men’s coaching job next year. Lanard has been given an exciting opportunity to be based in Sydney full time. The SBA would like to thank Lanard for his role in the club over the last year and wishes him all the best on his coaching endeavours, we will miss seeing him involved in all our programs.  

The SBA will now be considering applications for Head Coach of the Division One Men’s coaching job for 2018 to 2020. 

COACHING APPLICATION LINK: Division 1 Men’s Coaching Position 

Big V Player Announcement


The Sunbury Jets are very pleased to announce that D1W All-Star five player Monique Stevens has re-signed for the 2017 State Championship season.

In 2016 the dynamic guard averaged 13.6 points per game with 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2.3 steals and had a shooting average of 35% from behind and arc and 71.4% from the free throw line.

Coach Kennedy Kereama had this to say about Monique’s re-signing;

“I am very pleased to have Monique back with us again. She played a very pivotal role in our team last season and was easily the most efficient point guard in our league. She had the task of distributing the ball to a number of scorers in our team, getting us through our offence, controlling the tempo and at times took on some very big defensive tasks.

“There were games were she would out rebound the opposition on her own. Her ability to win possession through her fierce rebounding skills and her incredible on and off ball defensive positioning made us a real possession winning team.”

After spending the off season working hard on her game in the gym and on court with coach Kennedy she is ready to help take the club into the State Championship Division.

“Monique shows determination, is a competitor and always wants to get better. I was a little surprised that a WNBL team didn’t pick her up this season. There is no doubt in my mind that Monique is talented, smart and skilled enough to be playing at that level.”

Monique will be joined by other signings that will be announced in the coming weeks. Pre-season training starts for the Jets SCW team on the 6th November 2pm – 4pm at Eric Boardman stadium.

For further information please contact:

Kennedy Kereama

Director of Coaching

P: 03 9744 4762

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