The Championship, which tips off this afternoon, will be played as a best of three series over three straight days, with game two being played on Friday 23 September and the third and final game schedule for Saturday 24 September. The winning teams will be awarded a ticket to the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.
The next generation of top Australian basketballers will be competing for Australia at the Championship, and a number of them are continuing a family trend of great basketball athletes.
Playing for the U17 Men’s team is Dante Exum, the son of ex-NBL import Cecil Exum, as well as Jack Purchase, the son of ex-Melbourne Tigers NBL player Nigel Purchase.
Suiting up for the women’s team are twins Alicia and Keely Froling, the daughters of four-time WNBL title winner Jenny Froling and Townsville Crocodiles great Shane Froling.
Also suiting up for the women’s team is Alana Smith, the daughter of ex-NBL star player Darren Smith.
Every game of the tournament, which tips off when the U17 Australian Women’s team face-off with New Zealand at 4.00pm today, before the men’s game which is scheduled for 6:00pm this evening, will be played at the Australian Institute of Sport Training Hall.
U17 FIBA Oceania Championship for Women
Game 1: Australia vs New Zealand, Thurs, 22 September, 4:00pm, AIS Training Hall
Game 2: Australia vs New Zealand, Fri, 23 September, 5:00pm, AIS Training Hall
Game 3: Australia vs New Zealand, Sat, 24 September, 5:00pm, AIS Training Hall
U17 FIBA Oceania Championship for Men
Game 1: Australia vs New Zealand, Thurs, 22 September, 6:00pm, AIS Training Hall
Game 2: Australia vs New Zealand, Fri, 23 September, 7:00pm, AIS Training Hall
Game 3: Australia vs New Zealand, Sat, 24 September, 7:00pm, AIS Training Hall
2011 AUSTRALIAN U17 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM
Kaylee BIDDELL, SA Country
Louise BROWN, VIC Metro
Stephanie COLLINS, VIC Metro
Alicia FROLING, QLD North
Keely FROLING, QLD North
Grace LENNOX, Tasmania
Tiana MANGAKAHLIA, QLD South
Vanessa PANOUSSIS, NSW Metro
Lauren SHERF, VIC Metro
Alana SMITH, VIC Metro
Carly TURNER, VIC Metro
Abigail WEHRUNG, VIC Country
Head Coach: Marissa Fillipou
Assistant Coaches: Chris Lucas & Simon Pritchard
Team Manager: Michelle Menso
Physiotherapist: Rosie Molloy
2011 AUSTRALIAN U17 MEN’S TEAM
Sam DALY, SA Metro
Mirko DJERIC, NSW Metro/AIS
Dante EXUM, VIC Metro/AIS
Michael LUXFORD, VIC Metro
Darcy MALONE, ACT
Cade TOWERS, QLD South
Nick DUNCAN, NSW Metro
Matthew JACKSON, VIC Metro
Fabijan KRSLOVIC, NSW Metro
Felix VON HOFE, VIC Metro
Jonathan MBAKWE, NSW Metro
Jack PURCHASE, VIC Metro
Head Coach: Guy Molloy
Assistant Coaches: Alan McAughtry & Jamie O’Loughlin
Team Manager: Kevin Smith
Physiotherapist: Eirik Ulvestad
Doctor: Cliff Baxter