Flight Path Program Parent and Guardian Information Night

 

On the 25th and 26th of August there will be an information night for anyone who has questions about the Flight Path Program. Our Junior Development Officer Chris Tighe, will be in the function area at Boardman Stadium at 5:15pm to 6:15pm to present the program detail and answer any questions you may have about the program. The presentations will be held after each game so you can still watch your childern play.

Please take the time to read the FAQ’s before the meeting. This might clear up any questions you may have already. The document can be found here: http://www.sunburybasketball.com.au/images/SBA_Junior_development_review_-_FAQ_v2.pdf

International Flavor

DUAL PLAYER SIGNING ANNOUNCEMENT

The Sunbury Jets are very pleased to announce the singing of two international players to their 2017 women’s squad.

First signing is 6’1 Orla O’Rielly of Ireland who will add some serious perimeter power to the newly elevated State Championship side. Orla most recently played in the top Spanish league (LFB) for Bembibre. She has also played professionally in the Czech Republic and represented Ireland internationally in the senior and 3x3 teams.

Orla had this to say about her signing with the Jets;

“I'm very happy to be joining  the Sunbury Jets this season. They are coming off an extremely successful 2016 campaign and I'm excited to help them find success in the State Championship division.”

“One of the things that stood out most to me about the Jets is how unselfish they play. They spread the floor, move the ball really well, and play aggressive defense.  I think I will fit in well with the team's style of play on both ends and at 6 '1 I will bring a bit of versatility to the line-up”.

“I'm excited to get to Sunbury and to get to work with the team and I'm looking forward to getting involved with the Junior Jets program working with the younger players and overall having a positive impact on the club.”

Coach Kennedy Kereama had this to say about Orla’s signing;

“Orla is going to be an exciting addition to our team. She brings European playing experience and has also captained her national side. From a skills standpoint Orla brings versatility and is able to play and defend a number of positions, has a great shot with her feet set or off the dribble and has excellent finishing ability going at the hoop.”

Second signing is 6’3 Josie Stockill of New Zealand who will bring some additional length and experience to the frontcourt. Josie most recently helped New Zealand to its first ever win over eventual Olympic silver medalist Spain in the pre Olympic qualifying games in 2015. Prior to New Zealand’s 2015 pre Olympic campaign Josie was a key player at Colgate as their starting centre averaging just over 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game.

Coach Kennedy Kereama said this on Josie Stockill’s signing;

“Josie will bring some much needed length and athleticism to our playing group. She is a hard worker, has a good basketball mind and is hungry to improve. I think Josie’s ability to rebound, run the middle lane, finish around the basket and defend the paint will give us some great interior presence.”

Josie and Orla will be joining us in early February and we look forward to having them here at Sunbury this season.

For further information please contact:

Kennedy Kereama

Director of Coaching

P: 03 9744 4762

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Jets Sign SEQ Stars WNBL Player Monique Stevens

Sunbury Jets Sign SEQ Stars WNBL Player Monique Stevens

Monique Stevens

The Sunbury Jets Basketball Association is pleased to announce the signing of Monique Stevens from Albury/Wodonga for the 2016 Big V season.  Monique has spent the last two years playing in the QBL with the Bundaberg Bears. She was then offered the opportunity to join the newest WNBL franchise the SEQ Stars as a development player.

Monique has a well-rounded playing resume having played in Victoria State teams at age group level. She was also the starting point guard at Northwest Missouri University in the USA and played six seasons in the SEABL with the Lady Bandits, two of those under Coach Kennedy Kereama. 

“Signing a point guard of quality was an absolute must this season and I believe Monique fits the bill perfectly. I know her game and have worked with her at the SEABL level. She has a great work ethic and is tenacious on defense. Monique is a pass first point guard, with a good all around game and is always ready for any assignment.” said Jets Coach Kennedy Kereama. 

When asked about her reasons for coming to Sunbury, the Victorian native responded; 

"Weighing up my options Sunbury feels like the right fit; coach, team and club aspects were all very appealing. It's not about playing in the best league it's about finding a team that collectively has the same goals and ambitions and after speaking with Ken, I feel we are on the same page."

Monique was also excited about reuniting with her old coaching staff from the Lady Bandits after a very successful 2009 campaign. 

"I'm really looking forward to working with Ken and Lisa again after many years away at college and playing in the QBL. I have the upmost respect for Ken and feel he can take my game to the next level. I'm excited to be apart of the team for 2016 Big V season and keen to meet the rest of the team and start an incredible journey to win a championship.” 

For all enquires please contact: 

Andrew Summerville – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – 03 9744 4762

Jets Sign Talented Leader Chelsea Burns.

Sunbury Jets sign talented leader Chelsea Burns.

Chelsburns

 

The Sunbury Jets are pleased to announce the signing of Chelsea Burns, who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from all levels of basketball. 

Chelsea has most recently captained WSBL state league team Joondalup Wolves (2013-15), capturing the State title in 2013. Success seems to follow Chelsea wherever she goes - winning SEABL titles with Frankston and Dandenong and bringing home a bronze medal for Australia from the 2004 World University Games. “Chelsea has done and achieved a lot in basketball realms including representing Victoria at National Championships, playing in numerous state leagues (Big V, SBL & SEABL), in the WNBL and for Australia at a World University Games. She will bring great focus, intensity and intelligence to what we do in the program, on and off the court. Chelsea has lead SBL in steals for the past few seasons, is a great defender and is very versatile and can defend and play a number of positions.” Jets Coach Kennedy Kereama said.

The Victorian native is looking forward to providing leadership around the club. “With my experience as both a player and coach I am hoping to bring leadership to the team both on and off the court. I am primarily a guard but have experience in a variety of positions and am excited to play in a range of roles that Coach Kennedy needs. I certainly have a defensive mindset and love to bring others into the game, but I also hope to bring some offensive power to the team this year.

Coach Kennedy went on to say “With the injection of guard and forward talent that we have recruited to the program and mix of local talent, we now have a well-rounded squad that should be very competitive this season. Our goal is to win the Division One competition this season while building a program that can then go on to win one at Big V Championship level. It’s all part of a process and we still have a lot of work to do before we can win either. But I am confident that with our recruitment, local retention and preseason training we are on track.

Chelsea becomes the latest Guard/Forward signing and now adds to a formidable Jets backcourt.

For all enquires please contact: 

Andrew Summerville – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.        03 9744 4762

Jets Women Additions

2017 BIG V WOMEN’S PLAYER AND STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Sunbury Jets are pleased to announce it has retained core 2016 Championship team members, welcomed back local and Australian based players for its 2017 State Championship season.


The Jets welcome back core 2016 Championship players Kayla Theodore, Alex Darby, Genevieve McCorkell and Sharon Plichta. All players will bring experience and depth to the team. Sharon Plichta will move into the Assistant Coach role after playing with the team last season. Rebecca Marshall also joins the group and makes a step up from the Youth League Team.

“All of these ladies played very important roles in our Championship winning team last year and will be very significant parts to any success we have in the championship division.”  Said Coach Kennedy.

Sunbury is pleased to add Bethany Theodore who has come off a good 2016 Victorian Youth Championship season. Beth will add some additional guard depth to the rotation. Coach Kennedy had to say this about Bethany’s return to the Jets “Beth has settled in really well and it’s great for us to have local players coming back to help us continue to push our program in a successful direction. Beth will bring some speed, quickness, defensive energy and creativity to our offence.”

The team has also added guard Shea Crotty and forward combination Jessica Slade and Rebecca Van Kuyk who both averaged double doubles throughout the Division One Women’s season in 2016. The trio together bring some international experience extra size and rebounding power to the squad. Coach Kennedy said this about their signings “All these girls are great competitors, workers and most importantly great people. They are all looking forward to making contributions around the club and getting to know the Sunbury community.”

The Jets add Josiah Smith and Chris Tighe to its coaching staff. Both come on board as Assistant Coaches for the 2017 season. The team also brings in Jackie Marshall as its Team Manager. Coach Kennedy spoke about the importance of having a good support staff “It’s always important to have a core group of people in your staff that can help your players get better. All of our Assistant Coaches bring a special set of skills that will help our players continue to develop. There will be times when I will be away with international commitments throughout the season, so will rely on my staff to care take the program in my absence. I know I can trust Sharon, Chris and Josiah to get things done.”

The club expects to make its final player announcement in the next two weeks.

For further information please contact:

Kennedy Kereama

Director of Coaching

P: 03 9744 4762

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