Four WA teams will be hitting the courts at Ray Owen Sports Centre in Kalamunda this Sunday as the Under 20 & Ivor Burge National Championships get underway.
Kalamunda & Districts Basketball Association (KDBA) will host their third Australian Junior Championship (AJC), having successfully hosted the Under 14 Club Championships in 2012 and the Under 16 AJC in 2008.
The WA basketball community will have the rare chance to see the next stars of Australian basketball from 16-22 February at Kalamunda. The tournament is renowned for producing stars with current superstars of Australian basketball such as Patrick Mills, Lauren Jackson, Brad Newley, Erin Phillips & Wildcats guard Damien Martin have all competed at this tournament for their respective states.
WA will be led by its own stars with Alcohol. Think Again West Coast Waves duo Mikayla Pirini & Jesse Edwards, who is also a Kalamunda SBL youngster suiting up for the women. On the Men’s side of the draw Australian Under 19 squad member Rhys Vague will be leading the WA men.
KDBA will also be hosting many of their West Rise members from their popular program for people with disabilities. The Ivor Burge championships are held in conjunction with the Under 20 Championships and Western Australia will be fielding both a Women’s and Men’s teams for the first time in recent years.
The WA basketball community is encouraged to head down to Kalamunda to support our four teams, starting on Sunday. The first day will see the Ivor Burge Women on court at 1:00pm against NSW Metro. The Ivor Burge Men will then take on NSW Country at 3:00pm. The Under 20 Women will hit the court for their first game at 5:00pm, taking on South Australia. The Under 20 Men will then take on South Australia at 8:00pm after the official Opening Ceremony.
Fixtures are available at nationals.basketball.net.au with games played during the day and evening throughout the week long tournament.
Tickets for the Championships are just $13 for adults, $7 for concession card holders, and $7 for children (U/10 free). Family passes are available for $30 (two adults & two children). Weekly passes are also available from $35 to $150 with all tickets available at the door.