Development Tours

In January of each year, Basketball WA sends selected U14 and U15 athletes on a Development Tour to Melbourne VIC. to participate in the Southern Cross Challenge Tournament run by Basketball Victoria. This Tour gives these players the opportunity to compete against development squads from other States in Australia.

This Tour also allows Coaches and junior WA athletes to gain experience in high level tournament play, preparing them for potential involvement in State Teams in the future.

The 8 teams represent both Country and Metropolitan WA in the U14 and U15 age group for both men and women.


What: U14 & U15 Tournament
Where: State Basketball Centre, Wantirna Victoria.
When: 19 – 22 January 2018 (depart Perth on Thursday 18 January 2018)


  • U14 Metro Men
  • U14 Metro Women
  • U14 Country Men
  • U14 Country Women
  • U15 Metro Men
  • U15 Metro Women
  • U15 Country Men
  • U15 Country Women

Cost:- The cost of attending this Tournament is to be confirmed.


Age Groups For Southern Cross Challenge

  • Under 14 players must be 13 years of age on December 31 2018 (Born 2005)
  • Under 15 players must be 14 years of age on December 31 2018 (Born 2004)


Trials Information

Who: U14 & U15 Country Boys/Girls born 2004 and 2005 only
Dates/Times: Saturday 23 September (1pm – 4.30pm)
Sunday 24 September (9am –12.30pm)
Venue: Bendat Basketball Centre (BBC)
201 Underwood Ave Floreat WA 6014
 Who: U14 Metro Boys/Girls born 2005 only
Dates/Times: Saturday 23 September (9am – 12.30pm)
Sunday 24 September (9am – 12.30pm)
 Venue: Bendat Basketball Centre (BBC)
201 Underwood Ave Floreat WA 6014
Who: U15 Metro Boys/Girls born 2004 only
Dates/Times: Sunday 15 October (12noon – 5pm)
 Venue: Bendat Basketball Centre (BBC)
201 Underwood Ave Floreat WA 6014

Online registrations for 2018 trials are now closed.

Team Commitments Prior to Travelling in January 2018

  • Training will continue once the teams have been selected.
  • There will be two (2) training weekends (for both Metro and Country) and one (1) training session prior to departing – 14 & 15 October, 18 & 19 November and 17 January 2018.
  • Teams will be entered in the BWA Smarter than Smoking State Championships which will be held in November/December 2017 at the Bendat Basketball Centre – (dates for each age group TBC)
  • Participation in the Development Tour teams takes priority over participating in local Association teams in these Championships.


Travel Arrangements

  • To be confirmed 

NB: DSR Athletes Travel Subsidy Applications – Players travelling to the 2018 Southern Cross Challenge are not eligible to apply for the Athletes Travel Subsidy through the Department of Sport and Recreation as the tournament is not a Basketball Australia sanctioned event. It is run by Basketball Victoria and is a development program, not an Australian Junior Championships


Coaches and Managers

Each team will be accompanied by a Coach and Team Manager.
Expressions of Interest for those positions have now closed.
For all enquiries please contact Jackie Keepa at email


Referees and Referee Coaches

Along with the coaching staff and players, eight Referees and two Referee Coaches will also attend the Tournament. Expressions of interest for these positions are now closed.

For further information about Referee positions please contact Jess Byrnes on 6272 0760 or by email to



If you have further enquiries about this Tour and the Trials, please contact Jackie Keepa telephone:- (08) 6272 0750 or email: