N E M P I H S N O I P M A STATE CH FINAL 2019 GRAND Saturday 24th August 2019 7pm SCM vs Hume City
Coaches Comments Maine Maybank - Head Coach Championship Men Game one of the Big V grand final was a hard-fought entertaining classic out west. We managed to capture game one by following the game plan and relying on the style of play that got us to this point. We had some massive individual performances by our big three (Dillion, Eric & Adi) and of course, our key bench guys stepped up when we needed them most like they’ve done for us all season long. The Hume city broncos have been one of the better road teams in the competition and they have shown how resilient they are in the semi-final round. I know coach Foster will have his guys prepared and confident coming into our building. It’s going to take a special effort from our guys to win the championship on our home floor Saturday night against a quality team like Hume. Like I’ve said all season long I’m extremely confident in my guys to play their best when the lights are shining the brightest, I just think it’s our time! To the Cougar Pride, I want to thank you all for your overwhelming support for us through the 2019 season! We heard you guys cheering us on every step of the way. #GoCougars #CougarPride
Welcome Note Welcome to Game Day and Game 2 of the Grand Final. We are incredibly proud and excited to be bringing you, our Cougar fans, a home Grand Final, the first in five years for our State Champ Men who unfortunately went down to Corio Bay in 2014. Last week Cougar fans headed to Broadmeadows to witness a win in game one of the Grand Final up against a very competitive and impressive side in Hume City. It was a very high level game of basketball and the large crowd were well entertained. In his first year as head coach for the SCM Maine Maybank has shown incredible leadership, composure and the ability to bring out the best in every player each week. His recruitment of players suited his plans and style of play for the season and he has lead the team to where they are today. The MBA wishes to thank Maine for his contribution to the club this season and his outstanding leadership along with his coaching team in Rob Roberts, Adam Walsh and the enormous work done behind the scene’s by our dedicated team managers Elise Greenslade and Quill Spiegel. To our SCM players, your hard work and dedication has lead you to the finals and is well deserved. We have witnessed a talented group of athletes develop and grow as players, team mates and role models across the season and out do yourselves each week. You should be incredibly proud of all that you have achieved in 2019. To the players, coaches and staff across all four Big V teams this season, we have appreciated your commitment to our program. Your hard work and dedication on and off the court is recognised all season and your leadership at the elite level is admired by all those who follow your footsteps to being the best they can be. I would like to thank everyone who is involved in game day. Our game commissioners Jen Dorrell and Dennis Gates, game day announcers Allan Anderson and Darren Anderson, our in house DJ, anthem singer, scorers, statisticians, floor wipers, video crew, photographers, social media coordinators, our wonderful venue manager Frida, all of our staff and volunteers and our wonderful Cougar mascot who keeps the crowd entertained and on their feet! We are proud of what we deliver on game day and it would not be possible without your contribution and hard work. To all of our sponsors, thank you for your support: Link Market Services, Bentleigh RSL, Snap Fitness, Physiosports, Pursue Health, Core Advantage, i-athletic, Corrigan’s Produce Farms and to our member clubs who have supported our Big V players with sponsorship this season, Raptors, Bentleigh Lakers, Ormond Jets and Saints. We thank you for your loyalty and commitment to our Big V program, with your support we can provide an elite program and pathway for our athletes, coaches and officials to develop and grow within our Association in the sport they love. Finally to our supporters, from all of the players, coaches & MBA staff we thank you for your ongoing support this year. You have been an incredible cheer squad both at home and on the road. This year has been one to be proud of. Please cheer loud tonight and lift our men to bring the Championship home to the Den! Go Cougars! Anita – General Manager
Hume City 98 def by McKinnon 110 McKinnon has taken out game one of the Grand Final series on the road, after coming away with a 12-point win at the Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium on Saturday night. The Cougars will now have two home matches next week, needing to secure just one win as they look to take home the Big V Championship Men’s title. Hume City got out to an early lead at home, racing out to a nine-point buffer midway through the first term. However, the Cougars weren’t about to let the game get away from them, clawing their way back in the contest to trail by just two points at the first change. The visitors then took a quick lead before Hume City got themselves back on top, although when Dillon Stith put the Cougars up two with just over three minutes remaining in the first half, it would end up being the final lead change of the game. McKinnon won the second term 32-23, before taking the third 25-17, giving themselves a 15-point lead with one quarter to play. The Broncos managed to cut the lead to under 10 points but the Cougars were never truly threatened in the last term, and held off their opponents to record the victory. Stith top scored with 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Adrian Tomada impressed with 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists. James Malvaso added 16 points off the bench for McKinnon, while Eric Williams was close to a tripledouble with 14 points, eight rebounds and nine dimes. For the Broncos, Jordan Coleman had 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Jamal Shabazz added 19 points and seven boards. Games two and three (if required) will be played at GESAC next weekend.
Top Performers Dillon Stith (McKinnon) – 23pts, 13reb, 2stl Jordan Coleman (Hume City) – 23pts, 7reb, 6ast Adrian Tomada (McKinnon) – 22pts, 6reb, 8ast Eric Williams (McKinnon) – 14pts, 8reb, 9ast
Here we are; Grand Final weekend where we will see one team crowned as Big V Championship Men’s winners for season 2019. Game one went perfectly to the script for the Cougars who were able to rotate game time whilst putting one hand on the trophy. Dillon Stith again was huge for the Cougars with another double-double, putting up 23 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Adrian Tomada put up a helping hand with 22 points of his own. The Cougars also saw a lot of action out of their bench players with Tom Boyle going 100% from the field in his 13-minute spell, gathering 10 points. The most dominant stat line from game one was the rebounds with McKinnon almost doubling Hume City and controlling the air battle. Twenty-three offensive rebounds helped give the Cougars’ shooters in Stith and Tomada first use of the basketball as they were able to attempt 10 more shots throughout the contest. Hume City hosted the contest and whilst going down by 12 points managed to take some positives out of the game. Seven players played over 20 minutes and they had four players in double figures for points. Jordan Coleman was perhaps the best for the Broncos with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, with Jake Martin also contributing 15 points. Jamal Shabazz continued his stunning form with 19 points and seven boards averaging over 22 points in his last three games – signifying that he is able to cope with the added finals pressure. This weekend will see it all happen with McKinnon hosting Hume City in two matches (if required) for the title. With McKinnon grabbing the win on the road and having not lost for over 10 games, they are going in heavy favourites, but Hume City have proven to be good on the road, troubling the Magic last week twice in two days. If McKinnon win the aerial battle it could be all over very quickly, however, always expect the unexpected in a final!
McKinnon vs Hume City McKinnon vs Hume City
GRAND FINAL Sat 7pm Sun 1pm
GESAC GESAC (if required)
7pm Cougars vs Hume City
State Championship Men Grand Final HEAD COACH: Maine Maybank ASST COACH: Adam Walsh ASST COACH: Rob Roberts
TEAM MANAGER: Elise Greenslade WATER BOY: Quill Spiegel
HEAD COACH: Matt Foster ASST COACH: Jonathon Simon
ASST COACH: Brett Atley TEAM MANAGER: Danielle Henderson
Adrian Tomada Full Name: Team: State Championship Men 27/5/1995 Date of Birth: Height: 183cm Point Guard Playing Position: Anything Nonna cooks Favourite Food: Favourite Movie: Harry Potter Favourite NBA/WNBA Player: Allen Iverson Basketball Role Model: Michael Jordan & Chris Paul. When did you start playing ball? When I was 5 years old because my brother & cousins played. Basketbal Ambitions? Play NBL and/or win State Champ Men. Any pre-game rituals? 2 pairs of socks, put my watch in a certain place and nose ring in my mouth guard case. Hobbies outside basketball? Wakeboarding, reading and travelling What advice would you give your 10 year old self? Trust your instinct and always work on your game.
Daniel Edward Borbaio Full Name: State Championship Men Team: 21/2/1995 Date of Birth: 6â€™5 Height: Forward Playing Position: Weetbix & nutrigrain/burgers/pancakes Favourite Food: Favourite Movie: Space Jam Favourite NBA/WNBA Player: Vince Carter Basketball Role Model: My dad and my cousins When did you start playing ball? I was 10 turning 11. My cousins introduced me to basketball in the back yard and our dads, among the other Neighborhood fathers would play every other Sunday. I tried out for the Newcastle hunters and made division 1. Basketbal Ambitions? To play at the highest level I can. Also to steal Laycokcs starting spot. Any pre-game rituals? Peanut butter & honey sandwiches. Listen to music and always have to have a dance. Hobbies outside basketball? Love video games & good music. I love pulling things off my motorbike and figuring out how bad of a job Iâ€™ve done at putting it back together. What advice would you give your 10 year old self? Stretch everyday. Take every opportunity to get better & never accept mediocrity. Work harder now to push yourself even further ahead.
Dillon Stith Full Name: Team: State Championship Men 20/2/1992 Date of Birth: Height: 201cm Small Forward Playing Position: Rib Eye Steak Favourite Food: Favourite Movie: Training Day Favourite NBA/WNBA Player: Vince Carter Basketball Role Model: My father & brother When did you start playing ball? Starting playing when I was 5 because my dad and older brother played all sports so I was introduced and fell in love Basketbal Ambitions? To play for years to come and win championships Any pre-game rituals? Eat a HUGE meal and retie my shoes tons of times. Hobbies outside basketball? I’m a political science major so I love some good debates What advice would you give your 10 year old self? Stop playing football and baseball and invest more time in basketball
Full Name: Eric Williams Team: State Championship Men Date of Birth: 28/9/1985 Height: 6’6 Playing Position: 2-3 Favourite Food: Pizza Favourite Movie: Life Favourite NBA/WNBA Player: Kobe & Candice Parker Basketball Role Model: Lebron When did you start playing ball? Senior year of high school, coach asked me to try out Basketbal Ambitions? Win championships Any pre-game rituals? Gospel music, stretch and eat chicken salad Hobbies outside basketball? Singing non stop What advice would you give your 10 year old self? Work hard, don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something
Full Name: Jordan Geer Team: State Championship Men 5/11/1996 Date of Birth: Height: 188cm Playing Position: Guard Favourite Food: Pasta Favourite Movie: Harry Potter Favourite NBA/WNBA Player: Dwayne Wade Basketball Role Model: Udanis Haslem When did you start playing ball? When I was 5 years old because my older brothers played so I was next in line Basketbal Ambitions? To play until I stop having fun Any pre-game rituals? Must eat a banana Hobbies outside basketball? Video games and Golf What advice would you give your 10 year old self? Live your Best Life
Full Name: Matt Tolnai Team: State Championship Men Date of Birth: 10/3/1998 Height: 188cm Playing Position: Point Guard Favourite Food: Nuggets Favourite Movie: Rocky Favourite NBA/WNBA Player: Dame Lillard Basketball Role Model: JJ Reddick When did you start playing ball? When I was 10, playing at Mckinnon to get buckets Basketbal Ambitions? Play at the highest level possible and win Youth Champ Any pre-game rituals? Workout in the morning, go home, sleep and eat then play Hobbies outside basketball? Nights out with the boys, Sendyâ€™s with Chilly and Remixs
Jack Wilson Full Name: Team: State Championship Men 10/7/1994 Date of Birth: Height: 194cm Playing Position: Guard / Forward Parma Favourite Food: Favourite Movie: Rush Hour Favourite NBA/WNBA Player: Kobe & Lebron Basketball Role Model: Michael Jordan & Maine! When did you start playing ball? When I was 12 years old because I was tall and someone asked me to play Basketbal Ambitions? Play at the highest level I can for the longest and Win a championship with Mckinnon. Any pre-game rituals? Pre-game booty band activation with AT. Hobbies outside basketball? Surfing, Skating & Swimming What advice would you give your 10 year old self? Make the most of your opportunities and never give up ever
Full Name: James Malvaso Team: State Championship Men Date of Birth: 27/10/1989 Height: 190cms Playing Position: Shooting Guard Favourite Food: Burgers and bananas Favourite Movie: Lord of the Rings (Just for you AT) Favourite NBA/WNBA Player: James Harden Basketball Role Model: Tracey McGrady When did you start playing ball? When I was six to play with my friends from school Basketbal Ambitions? To win a championship with the Cougars! Any pre-game rituals? Double shot espresso and Chobani yogurt Hobbies outside basketball? Eating and running around with my two bulldogs What advice would you give your 10 year old self? Practice, practice, practice!
Nic Laycock Full Name: Team: State Championship Men 12/06/1995 Date of Birth: Height: 193cm Guard Playing Position: Fried Chicken Burger Favourite Food: Favourite Movie: The Notebook Favourite NBA/WNBA Player: TJ McConnell Basketball Role Model: My captains, Adrian Tomada and Dillon Stith When did you start playing ball? When I was 5 or 6 as my older brothers were already playing. Basketbal Ambitions? To win another chip with the Cougars and have more career made 3 pointers than Jimmy Malvaso. Any pre-game rituals? 1. Pre-game Subway 2. Get on the same wavelength as Jack Wilson Hobbies outside basketball? Music, travel, beer and watching the mighty â€˜pies! Toot toot! What advice would you give your 10 year old self? Learn to dribble with your left hand. Full Name: Tom Carroll Team: State Championship Men Date of Birth: 22/7/2003 Height: 197cm Playing Position: Shooting Guard / Small Forward Favourite Food: All Food Favourite Movie: Creed 2 Favourite NBA/WNBA Player: Buddy Hield Basketball Role Model: Buddy Hield When did you start playing ball? When I was 8 years old because it was something new Basketbal Ambitions? To play College Basketball Hobbies outside basketball? Spending time with my mates and Sleeping What advice would you give your 10 year old self? Keep Working Hard
Tom Parkinson Full Name: State Championship Men Team: 4/1/1989 Date of Birth: Height: 200cm Forward / Centre Playing Position: Lasagna Favourite Food: Favourite Movie: Lord of the Rings Favourite NBA/WNBA Player: Lebron James Basketball Role Model: Rob Roberts When did you start playing ball? When I was 9 years old because I got bored of T-Ball Basketbal Ambitions? Playing on a winning team Any pre-game rituals? Stretch and a good feed Hobbies outside basketball? NBA, Netflix and Beach What advice would you give your 10 year old self? Athleticism is over rated
Tom Boyle Full Name: State Championship Men Team: 5/8/1987 Date of Birth: 205cm Height: Centre Playing Position: Burgers Favourite Food: Favourite Movie: Anchorman Favourite NBA/WNBA Player: Nikola Vucevic Whoâ€™s your doppelganger: Axel Dench Basketball Role Model: Vince Carter When did you start playing ball? When I was 8 years old because my best mate at the time thought it would be a good idea Basketbal Ambitions? Win my 3rd championship this year Any pre-game rituals? Large Coffee Hobbies outside basketball? Watching ESPN What advice would you give your 10 year old self? Have fun and do things you enjoy
McKinnon News MCKINNON BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION APPOINTS GIRLS DIRECTOR OF COACHING AND BASKETBALL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER McKinnon Basketball Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Darren Anderson to the position of Girls Director of Coaching and Nathan Geer to the position of Basketball Development Manager. Both appointments will join Stewart Baird, Boys DOC to create McKinnon’s ‘Basketball Development Team’. Darren was selected from a strong field of candidates and his coaching philosophies are closely aligned with McKinnon’s coaching vision and values. Darren brings with him a wealth of basketball knowledge and expertise having held numerous VJBL coaching positions with McKinnon and Eltham Wildcats teams as well as Basketball Victoria State programs. Darren also brings experience from his time at Basketball Australia where he managed and delivered BA’s Community Basketball projects including Aussie Hoops and Sporting Schools. He also developed BA’s National Coaching Resource and delivered Coach Development accreditations along with delivering coach education for Basketball Victoria. Darren will commence his role on 19th August and will work directly with Stewart Baird and Nathan Geer to further strengthen McKinnon’s VJBL program. Darren will recruit, educate, mentor and manage all representative coaches in the McKinnon girls program. Nathan Geer has been promoted to Basketball Development Manager where he will work with coaches and players on court as well as lead and deliver all programs for the Association. Nathan will be a strong presence around the courts at both domestic and representative competitions. Alongside Darren and Stewart, Nathan will work with VJBL and domestic coaches to enhance player development as well as provide mentoring with greater focus placed on the developmental pathways for coaches. General Manager Anita Ledger said “This is a really exciting time at McKinnon. Our Basketball Development Team will focus on ensuring that both representative and domestic coaches and players are given every opportunity to learn, develop, perform and succeed at the highest level. With the introduction of new programs, coach accreditation and coach support networks, the basketball development team will look to push our coaches to extend their knowledge of the game, in turn providing a better all-round experience for our athletes. We are very lucky at McKinnon to have a group of passionate and dedicated coaches who are incredibly supportive of each other and our athletes. Our goal is to build strong foundations to ensure we create a pathway for our junior and senior coaches and players to succeed at the highest level. We want to ensure everyone is given the opportunity to be the best they can be. This starts from the ground up”. The future for McKinnon Basketball is looking strong and with the appointment of the Basketball Development Team will enable McKinnon to take that step in strengthening the coaches and players pathway.
CLUB SPONSORS 2019 As the BigV season draws to a close, McKinnon Basketball Association would like to thank each of our club and player sponsors your there support this year - it has not gone unnoticed and we hope to have you back on board for the 2020 season.
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