After a few years at learn to play, or club competition, Junior Reps is the next step that a player may take. These teams will represent the Association in the exciting brand new Sydney Conference League.

Junior Representative Players

2017 EBL Junior League Competition

GBA Representative Junior Teams -

10 & 12 Boys/Girls, 14M, 14W & 16M

Competition Venue: Sydney Uni Sport & Aquatic Centre, Sunday mornings

Players who wish to join a team please contact Emmanuel at emmanuel@ek.com.au or text him on 0423 451 246 for further information


2017 UBL Junior Championship

GBA 14 & 16's Representative Junior Teams

Please contact Emmanuel at emmanuel@ek.com.au or text him on 0423 451 246 for further information

Games are at Auburn Basketball Stadium on Saturday afternoons


GBA Code of Conduct

It is essential for all players, parents/carers and GBA Officials to read, understand, and abide by the GBA Code of Conduct.

Click here to view a copy.

Important Venue Addresses and Information

GBA

(PFA) Peter Forsyth Auditorium - Francis Street, GLEBE (rear of Broadway Shopping Centre, adjacent to Minogue Reserve)
tele: 0415 807 575

(SUSAC) Sydney University Sports & Aquatic Centre - Codrington Street, Darlington

SYDNEY METROPOLITAN ASSOCIATIONS

(ABC) Auburn Basketball Centre, Wyatt Park, Church St., LIDCOMBE.
tele: 9646.3840
Approx travel time from PFA: 20-25 mins

FROM THE ARCHIVES:

Rep material / articles from previous seasons while GBA was still affiliated with BNSW

GBA U14 Div2 Men win SJC Championship

Glebe Magic U14M2 defeated Norths Bears by 7 points in the 2009 Sydney Junior Championships Grand Final played at Penrith Stadium. They now qualify for the State Cup Championship which will be played over a weekend, August 22nd/23rd, on the Central Coast.

The previous week the boys defeated Norths by 15 in the major semi final. The Grand Final game was tighter, but Glebe lead throughout the entire game. Thibaut Potin was the leading scorer for Glebe with 33 points, and was named MVP.

The champion team is: Braden Angell, Harry Brink, Blake Dale, Nicholas Batchelor, Josh Evans (c), Sebastian Fotea, Adam Makaritis, Rajko Podinic and Thibaut Potin. Manager: Michael Makaritis.


GBA U14 Div2 Men win 2009 State Cup silver medal

A marvellous season for our U14M2 team. They have followed up their brilliant BNSW SJC Championship win with a silver medal in the State Cup. Having only five players available for the Tournament meant that four games in two days was going to be a test of stamina and ticker. Our boys did themselves and their parents proud by battling it out to the last. Having beaten the favourites, Newcastle by two in a thriller to become top of our Pool the boys matched up against Eurobodalla in the Grand Final.

Unusually, they took a while to get into the match, probably through mental and physical tiredness, and Eurobodalla unexpectedly won the first half comfortably. Glebe got their act together in the secong half, winning it by 9 points, allowing Eurobodalla to only score 2 points in the last quarter, but the lead was too much to overhaul and we ran out of time. A truly courageous effort by the boys and fantastic support from the parents, some of whom were close to dialling for the cardiac emergency reponse team in the game against Newcastle.The team: Braden Angell, Josh Evans (c), Sebastian Fotea, Adam Makaritis, Thibaut Potin and Insub Lim. Manager: Michael Makaritis.

Thibaud Potin was the State Cup leading points scorer averaging 26 ppg.


GBA U14 Div2 Men State Cup -Match Report

The boys played four games over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd August, winning first place in their Pool to play Eurobodala in the Grand Final. Game #1 they defeated Coffs Harbour 80-28, game #2 defeated Dubbo 99-15 and, in a very tough game, #3 defeated the Cup favourites, Newcastle by two in a thrilling, closely fought contest and a superb display of stamina, ticker and skill by our boys. In the last three minutes of the game, with the result well in hand, Thibaut Potin fouled out. An U12M3 player, Insub Lim bravely stepped on to the court as our sub for such an occasion, and played with poise and confidence, helping the team hold Newcastle out for our two point win.

Considering we had only five U14 boys available (plus Insub) for the weekend, the effort to make the Grand Final was incredible. The physically demanding game schedule and then the tough game against Newcastle took a lot out of them, as you could imagine, but they went into the Grand Final confidently.

Our offense was not working in the first half, and defensively we were a step behind as Eurobodalla scored a number of easy baskets from their fast break. As well, Eurobodalla had a very big player who planted himself under the basket, appearing to us not to match up with his man. This made it very difficult and frustrating for our boys to use their superior skills to take their man on 1-1 and get the high percentage shots the offense usually gives them. After protests that this constituted a Zone defense, after half time Eurobodalla played more of the required man to man. The game turned and we won by two in the 3rd quarter and seven in the fourth. Unfortunately this wasn't enough to overcome the first half deficit. We lost 36-45.

The boys were almost out on their feet, but kept hustling up to the final whistle, allowing Eurobodalla to only score two points in the 4th quarter. An incredible effort and incredible stamina.


GBA Presentation Day 2009

Once again, a superb day at a really great venue. A marvellous celebration for our community, and great company to share it with. Many thanks to Shaughn Murphy and the Toxteth Hotel for their generosity in making their Upstairs Lounge available to us. They are absolutely wonderful sponsors.

A special thanks to Ben Farrawell and Darrell Farrawell for being our guests of honour. Ben is a terrific role model for our young players and is an outstanding player himself, having captained Glebe High to the the Shell Cup Championship in 1995 against massive odds. Darrell and his wife Kathy were key people in the group from the Glebe community, including Donald Ellesmore and Rick Beehag, who originally conceived and then, as volunteers, put in all the hard work, the many hours of setting up Glebe Basketball. Without these people's vision and energy our Association would not exist and countless children would not have the enjoyment, personal development, focus and direction they have now.

Thanks too to Sam Donni, the police liason officer at the Glebe PCYC, for attending our celebration. Sam does an extraordinary job with disadvantaged children from our community and puts in countless extra hours at the PCYC to help these kids. He has persuaded a number of the youngsters he works with to get involved with GBA and they have become key players in our teams and wonderful ambassadors for our Association.

Congratulations to all our players for creating another very enjoyable season. The friendships made and the fun they had playing together was very apparent at the function. The support too from the parents has been quite extraordinary yet again, with many stepping up to take on much needed roles in our volunteer run Association.

Thanks very much to Vikki Angell and Delwyn Elizabeth Robertson for organising our Presentation Day so well, and to Emmanuel Karamihas for his role once again as MC.

GBA would like to say a heartfelt thanks to our team Managers:Louise & Steve Walsh (U12M) Gavin Crouch (U14W3), Delwyn Elizabeth Robertson (U14W2) Michael Makaritis (U14M), Margaret Jones (U16M) and Susan Harris (U18M). We have been very fortunate to have such a dedicated and hard working group.

Also we wish to thank our coaches, who give up so much of their time for the love of the game and who did such a stirling job this year: Jefferson Joson (U12M), Ramon Carpo (U14W2), Phil Spence (U14W3), Rob Murphy (U14M), Stan Grigopolski (U16M), & Mark Gledson(U18M). We admire and appreciate their dedication.

Award winners are below. Go Magic!


GBA Presentation Day 2009 - Award Winners

 Team

 Category

 Player

U12M

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player
MVP

Nicholas Maw
Max Vassiliev
Insub Lim

U14W2

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player
MVP

Cleo E-R & Kelera Rabuatoka
Jesselyn Mann
Jaylene Bolt

U14W3

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player
MVP

Dharpaloco Yunupingu
Courtney Blakeney
Issabelle Crouch

U14M2

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player
MVP

Adam M & Sebastian Fotea
Braden Angell
Thibaut Potin / Josh Evansi

U16M

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player
MVP

Corey Jones
Liam Coel
Lachlan Mann

U18M

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player

Mathew Makaritis
Jarrad Mann

S/L M

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player
MVP

Tony Tuiono
Jake Wilson
Lau Dok

Coach of the Year:        Jefferson Joson

Manager of the Year:    Michael Makaritis

Sponsors Award: The Toxteth Hotel & Murphy Hotel Management


GBA Presentation Day 2008 - Award Winners

 Team

 Category

 Player

U12W

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player
MVP

Jaimie Karamihas
Michela Maw
Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson

U14W

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player
MVP

Angela McColl
Jesselyn Mann
Jaylene Bolt

U14M

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player
MVP

Josh Evans
Michael Anthony
Lachlan Mann

U16M

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player
MVP

Gianmarco Dinigris
Konrad Siergiejczyk
Adrian Faticoni

U18W

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player
MVP

Stella Egan
Katie Vogel
Evie Kennedy

U18M

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player
MVP

Daniel Speers
Matt Williamson
Tom Carbone / Darrell Reynolds

Y/L M

Most Improved
Hustle Award – Best Defensive Player
MVP
Most Inspirational Player
Rookie of the Year

Tom Cranfield
Jake Wilson
Sam Gyimah
Tyson Gurleyen
Omar Heyward

Coach of the Year         Wayne McDaniel

Manager of the Year     Delwyn Elizabeth Robertson

Sponsors Award: The Toxteth Hotel & Murphy Hotel Management


Sydney Junior Championships - 2008 Season

Another successful and enjoyable season and a great effort from all our teams. Congratulations to all players, coaches, managers, parents and supporters from the U12 Women, U14 Women, U14 Men, U16 Men and U18 Men and Women. Two of our six teams made the Finals series, the U12 Women and the U14 Men.

U12 Women: Congratulations to our U12 Women who beat Hills in their Division 2 Semi Final. Unfortunately they lost the Preliminary Final to Norths, but it has been a wonderful season for this extremely talented group of girls. Achieving third place in Division 2 in a tremendous achievement

Having just four experienced players this year; Jamie, Michaela, Lauren and Cleo, they were pleased to have Simone and Imogen join the team. But our problems didn't end there. Simone broke her arm and was out for many weeks and Imogen moved overseas with her family in June. A very keen pair of very young players, Maykooth and Masina from Learn to Play then joined our team to create a bench. Although outsized, these two had a great time, showed wonderful intensity and played their hearts out creating some memorable defensive stops.

Jamie, Michaela, Lauren, Cleo and Simone, when she returned, were a formidable combination. The team possessed excellent passers, ball handlers, shooters and rebounders. An extra one or two experienced bench players would have been very useful to provide a rotation for the starters, but at least this way the girls became very fit.

Cleo, Lauren, Jamie, Michaela and Simone have been working as coaches at the Saturday morning Learn to Play sessions for 6-12 year olds. They are so thorough, competent and professional it's hard to believe they are just 10 or 11 themselves. The future of GBA coaching staff looks very promising.

U14 Men: The U14 Men have qualified for the Grand Final game on August 3rd at Penrith Stadium. The boys lost the major semi final in a tightly contested game against Macarthur, but then as major semi finalists they had a second chance in the Preliminary Final, where they went on to beat Manly by a comfortable margin last week. They play Macarthur again in the Grand Final and feel very confident of reversing the previous outcome.

The boys play with a really positive energy and hustle all over the court. Their full court press causes every team a real lot of problems, and coach Wayne McDaniel has done a fine job with the team this season. More to follow after the Grand Final. Good luck boys!

U18 Men: The U18 men got off to a great start early in the season, with a run of impressive wins. However, the loss of key players through illness and injury as the season wore on clearly proved to be a significant setback, as was the loss of their much respected coach mid-season. While the guys undoubtedly struggled to recover from these unfortunate knocks to team morale, they continued to be worthy and formidable opponents, putting in some very spirited performances, especially when the odds were most heavily stacked against them.

Special mention should be made of Durel for his ball-handling and perimeter shooting, Vlad for his exuberant defensive leaps and rebounds, Daniel for his strong post-play, Brendan for his great hook shots, Matt for his speed down the court and defensive pressure, Harry for his driving and shooting ability, Cayle for being a skilful all round team player, and Tom for his excellent leadership as team captain.


Sydney Junior Championships and State League 2007

Another great season for GBA!

Congratulations to all our Representative teams; the players, coaches, managers & parents.

Five of our six GBA Junior teams made it to the SJC semi finals; 16 Men, 12 Men, 14 Women, and 12 Women and the Youth League Men 2 made it to the State League semi finals.The two remaining teams, 18 Men and 16 Women, missed out on the finals series by just one competition point.

This is a remarkable achievement for our Association, and demonstrates the consistent quality of our players and coaching staff right across all age groups.

The 16 Men and 12 Men made it through to the SJC Grand Final. The 16 Men won a gold medal and the 12 Men won silver.

Congratulations also to Jeremy Bock. He was recognised as the Youth Men 2 Defensive Player of the Year by BNSW.

This has been another great season for GBA. We are very proud of these very significant achievements and applaud your efforts. Well done!

Sydney Junior Championships / State League: 2006 Season

Congratulations to the magnificent efforts of all our teams and talented young players. GBA would like to express our appreciation of the fine work of our quality Coaching Staff and Managers. They are an integral part of our successes and all their work is done in a voluntary capacity.

Most importantly, the tremendous support and enthusiasm of our parents and supporters created an inspiring atmosphere for the players at home games.

Congratulations to the U16 Women for winning a silver medal in Division 3. The girls played a great game in the Final against Sydney Comets. GBA appreciates the great amount of work and valuable teaching put into the team by Coach Mathew Turley and Manager Emmanuel Karamihas.

Congratulations too to the Youth League Men who also won a Division 3 silver medal at the State Championships at Shoalhaven. Many thanks to the inspired efforts of the boys ably lead by Andrew Morgan. The work by Coach Nick Hitiris and Manager Leonie Morgan is also very much appreciated.


July 2006 School Holiday Camp

GBA players showcased their skills and talent under the expert guidance of top coaches Reg Day & Bede Murphy at the Camp. Special guest coaches were ex-NBL Stars Wayne McDaniel and Bruce Bolden who provided excellent coaching tips and insights into the game for the players.

The Camp was one of the best and unbelievable value for just $30. The players had an absolute ball.

A special moment for the 16 and 18 boys was a visit from Washington State University Assistant Coach, Ben Johnson. He dropped in on his way to Adelaide where he will be watching the U18 National Mens Championships. Coach Johnson is looking at the possibility of recruiting some Australian players for his team. Word had reached him of the talent of the Glebe players and he wanted to see it first hand. He was extemely impressed with their skill, smarts, hustle and intensity. Glebe players were invited to submit applications to this high profile PAC 10 University.

Reps News 2005 season

2005 SJC Champions

Congratulations to the U16 Men and the U18 Men who won their Division 3 Championships. Our U14 Women made the Playoffs.

The U16M defeated Bankstown in a thriller, while the U18M comfortably defeated Sutherland.

Well done to coaches Jefferson J. Joson (U16M) and Reg Day (U18M) and Matthew Turley (U14W) for a job well done.

Reps News 2004 season

Congratulations to the U12 Men who received the silver medal in the Div 2 Sydney Championships.

The Grand Final was held at Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre, Warriewood, Sunday 1st August. Leading by as much as 11 points at one stage our boys were just pipped at the post by Bankstown who beat them by one point.

Congratulations also to the U12 Women, the U14 Men & U14 Women, and the U16 Men & Women and their staff and parents. A superb season's effort.

The U18 Men finished the season very strongly but narrowly missed out on the Playoffs, the fourth spot in their Division being decided by a three way split between Bankstown, Norths and Glebe with the spot going to Norths on percentages.

In all teams, the player's skill development, the coaching and the parent support throughout this year has been excellent and further enhances the reputation of Glebe as a basketball force and a great place to play.

GBA teams have all aquitted themselves well this season and there is some exciting playing talent emerging. Players, speak to your Managers and Coaches about the off season team training programs and competitions GBA will be running.

A special thanks to Emmanuel Karamihas who has worn many hats this season, including Manager's Coordinator, taken on a huge workload and somehow still comes up smiling.

GBA Junior Representative Presentation Day 2004

Click here for the pictures.

Held this year on a beautiful sunny day at the superb location of the Glebe Rowing Club on Blackwattle Bay.

Thanks to the generous minded, community focussed Glebe Rowers for making this venue available to us so readily and for free. It was a fantastic, happy day for all, celebrating the development and accomplishments of all our talented young players.

Players, parents, coaches, and managers enjoyed a million dollar view, and tucked into the BBQ food prepared by the chef du jour Chris Coad and his able sous chef, Emmanuel Karamihas.

A complete list of prize winners and team photos will be posted by next week on this site.

The day also gave us an opportunity to recognise the achievements of Joanna Karamihas (U14 Women), Jermaine Borquaye (U18 Men) and Francesca Coad (U18 Women) who were selected for the NSW Metro Tour Team. It's satisfying to see that our home grown players continue to achieve at the highest levels.

Special guest Mark Sanford from Sydney Kings was a great hit. His manner, and the words he spoke really impressed all present. A marvellous ambassador for the Kings.

It was wonderful to see Maire Sheehan, Leichhardt councillor, attending once again. Her positive approach to community matters and her support and encouragement for GBA over many years has been much appreciated.

Great too to see President Shaughn Murphy able to relax and enjoy some time with the Association he has been instrumental in maintaining and developing. His delightful young son Casey accompanied him. He looks a likely recruit for the Learn To Play program in a couple of years time.

From the Archives: GBA Junior Representative Presentation Day 2003

GBA Junior Representative Presentation Day took place on Sunday Oct 19th at Sydney Secondary College Blackwattle Bay Campus.

Once again, a perfect, sunny Spring day. With tables set under the trees by the harbour, a picturesque setting was created for the recognition and celebration of the achievements of our young players. All players received commemorative medalions, and prizewinners efforts were acknowledged with trophies. Click here for a complete list of prizewinners. The U14 Men cleaned up the Special Awards with Manager of the Year going to Tony Devlin and Coach of the Year, Jefferson J. Joson.

Special guest, Brett Wheeler entertained the audience with amusing stories and showed his artistic flair for amusing caricature with a whiteboard and pen. Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull entered into the fun prior to the formalities and showed her skill in the non-players "shoot out" almost winning the prize of vintage champagne. This went to a delighted (and skilful of course), James Darlington.

Many thanks to all those parents who on arrival, saw what needed to be done and, as is the way at GBA, without prompting helped out with all the tasks that were required to make this day such a success.

Awards presented on the day are as follows:

U12 MEN

Hustle Award: Daniel Bowen

Joint MVPs: Adam Hoh / Nick Stephenson

U12 WOMEN

Most Improved: Chantelle Borquaye

Go To Player: Monica Shakya

MVP: Joanna Karamihas

U14 MEN

Most Improved: Luke Devlin / Joshua Hoh

Hustle Award: Mitchell Axam

MVP: Johnny Barra

U16 MEN

Most Improved: Jermaine Craig

Hustle Award: Oliver La

MVP: Jermaine Borquaye

U16 WOMEN

Most Improved: Sarah Groom

Hustle Award: Francesca Coad

MVP: Kate Harvey

U18 MEN

Most Improved: Joel Makin

Hustle Award: Michael Childs

MVP: Tyson Gurleyen

SPECIAL AWARDS

Manager of the Year: Tony Devlin

Coach of the Year: Jefferson J. Joson

From the Archives: Match Reports

2003 SYDNEY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
UNDER 14 MEN

GLEBE MAGIC 66 COMETS 65

What a match! The Glebe Magic under 14 men played a tough and skilful game to snatch a nail biting victory. Glebe and the Comets had some tight games throughout the season, including two point wins in the last two games, but this topped it. Both teams contain some high quality players.

In the week leading up to the grand final two key Glebe players were struck down by bad cases of the flu and training was disrupted. Nevertheless, on grand final day all the Glebe boys arrived at Penrith Sports Stadium nervous but ready to give it their best. That is exactly what they did.

The first quarter saw Glebe take a handy lead of 16 to 10; they were on fire and playing brilliantly. In the second quarter the Comets regained ground. The half time score line was Glebe 23 Comets 21. The relatively low score reflected the defensive commitment and intensity of the teams.

The third quarter saw Glebe get away to a 10 point plus lead only to see the Comets again come back. At the last break Glebe led 45 to 40. All eligible Glebe players had been on the Court and made a contribution.

The starting five came onto the court for the final quarter after some stirring words from Coach Joson. This was it. Coast to coast action saw 46 points added by both teams. It was intense edge of your seat stuff with a big group of Glebe supporters urging the team on.

With 16 seconds to go Glebe led 65 to 64, then Comets big centre received a pass and was heading in for what seemed like an easy lay up, our centre fouled him while shooting and stopped the basket. The Comets player was shooting two for the game – he missed them both. Comets regained possession, were fouled again and went to the free throw line; they got one in – 65 to 65, with about 12 seconds to go. Glebe had one final raid down the court for a basket but lost possession. The Comets looked like getting a close jump shot with seven seconds to go – it rimmed out, a desperate struggle for possession ensued under the Comets basket. With two seconds remaining a foul was called on the Comets. Glebe was awarded two free throws.

Johnny went to the line; he already had 30 points for the match and was drained from the effects of the flu – could he get one more? With two seconds remaining the chance of Comets getting back down the court was extremely low.

Johnny hit his first shot and brought the house down, winning the game for Glebe Magic.

Don't forget to check out the updated Pictureboard.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR REP TEAMS WHO HAVE PERFORMED SO WELL THIS YEAR, AND SPECIAL THANKS TO THE COACHES, MANAGERS AND PARENTS!

All teams have finished positively in the last round of the season. The U12 Men played well in their double header as did the U16 Men in their home game. The U18 Men played a brilliant 4th quarter to almost snatch a win from Liverpool and thereby make the playoffs. The U16 Women have improved out of sight finishing the season very strongly with some great wins.

A special congratulations to the U12 Women who made the Playoffs

Playoff Match Report - U12 Women
The girls played an inspired game against Bankstown at Bankstown Stadium. They started off a bit nervously and Bankstown, with a handy home court advantage, created a good lead for themselves. But our girls settled and with some brilliant team play, and some great individual defence, at one stage in the second quarter they led 15-9. Bankstown rallied though and at half time the scores were level at 25 all.

In the 3rd quarter Glebe played uncharacteristically poor defence. Banktown took advantage and took their lead to double figures. Our girls played with tremendous skill and managed to match them in the 4th quarter but the damage had been done and the margin was too great for them to close the gap. They went down fighting 51-38, a score that doesn't reflect the closeness of the contest.

The starting five of Joanna, Monica, Chantelle, Molly and Leila scored and defended superbly and they were well supported by the bench; Taylor, Laura, Morgana, Courtney and Anais. They can all remember with pride a game where they displayed great skill, spirit and teamwork.

A promising future champion team and a fine end to a season which has seen a remarkable improvement through the efforts of a dedicated coaching staff of Deborah Georgiou, James Darlington and Kate Harvey, managers Chris Shakya and Emmanuel Karamihas, and wonderful support from parents and friends. After the game the large contingent of supporters took the players for a delightful picnic on the parklands by the Georges River.

14 Men win Playoff
The 14 Men were top of the table and they played a thriller in the 1 v/s 2 major playoff to defeat Sydney Comets 49-47, after being down 23-25 at half time. Coach Jefferson Joson with managers Tony Devlin and Cath McEwen have turned this side into a very skilful and composed team who can keep cool heads under pressure and who play with focus and passion.

Playoff Match Report - U14 Men
Sydney Junior Championship grand finals here we come! The under 14 men fought out a very tight semi final to win 49 to 47 to advance to the grand final next week.

The team started off like a team possessed, winning a low scoring first quarter 14 to 6. They were going beautifully, the plays were working well and defence was of a high standard. During the second half they got off to a 10 point lead and looked the goods. However on cue the Comets hit back and the half time score saw Glebe 23 Comets 25. To Glebe’s credit they fought back in the third quarter, with Johnny scoring an impressive and important 10 points. Quarter time score - Glebe 38 Comets 35, with either side being capable of winning. The last quarter was amazing, with the ball moving from end to end at a rapid pace, Luke and Justin scored crucial baskets in a very tight quarter.

The final winning score of 49 to 47 was ultimately due to the relatively inexperienced Glebe team maintaining composure and showing maturity against the more fancied Comets.

Mitchell again out hustled the Comets star play maker and Josh had another strong all round game. Tyson contributed well off the bench. But of course the team is made up of the whole ten players and without doubt the team would not be in the grand final without the efforts of all of the players. Again Coach Jefferson prepared the players well and kept them going through some difficult spots during the game.

GO GLEBE MAGIC!

From the Archives: Annual Presentation Day 2002

Presentation Day 2002 was a great success and enjoyed immensely by players and their families. As in past years, with the tables laid out under the trees at the harbourside location of Glebe High, the location proved an idyllic setting, and the weather was perfect. Awards were presented to outstanding players and officials.

Our basketball community was privileged to have as special guests newly appointed Sydney Kings and Australian Boomers coach Brian Goorjian, and a regular favourite, Leichhardt mayor Maire Sheehan. This was also an opportunity for the GBA community to meet our new President Dan O'Hara. Dan spoke enthusiastically about his desire to contribute his energies to the continued development of the Association.

Player Awards

U-12 Men

MVP: Joshua Ho Hustle Award: Joshua May Most Improved: Andre Sungkono

U-14 Women

MVP: Kate Harvey Hustle Award: Sarah Boumelhem/ Francesca Coad Most Improved: Paige Darlington

U-14 Men

MVP: Jermaine Borquaye Hustle Award: Ian Hristoforidis Most Improved:

U-16 Men

MVP: Tyson Gurleyen Hustle Award: Alfa Rein Most Improved: Joel Makin

U-18 Men

MVP: Elham El-Ahmed Most Improved: Sam Alderton

GBA Special Awards

Manager of the Year: Lulu Pambos

Coach of the Year: Fazal Zaman

Referee of the Year: Jaimie Estevens

From the Archives: Annual Presentation Day 2001

Presentation Day was a great event with a terrific turn out. A very enjoyable time for players and parents to catch up and share each other's company under the trees at Glebe High on an absolutely "magic" sunny day. What a superb location!

The recognition of each player's achievements is always a time for celebration. The satisfaction players feel with their development, the enjoyment they have had playing and the special successes of our teams is all expressed on this day.

Special guests were Sydney Kings Coach Brett Brown and Leichhardt Mayor Maire Sheehan. The presence of such high profile people was much appreciated by all. Both spoke briefly and well. They were direct, positive and interesting. For the players, Brett Brown was the icing on the cake and kept them enthralled with his stories, encouragement and advice.

Parents and players were fantastic, helping out on the day - everybody chipped in to set up the tables, chairs, help on the B-B-Q, dish up the food and drinks and most importantly, helped clear up afterwards. A really terrific community event.

A special mention must go to Hywel Lewis-Jones, GBA Treasurer and Deputy Principal of Glebe High, who took home a whole box of onions, peeled and chopped the entire lot, precooked them, then, with Irene Murphy, spent the best part of a couple of hours early Sunday morning preparing meat, rolls, salads etc (his carrots julienne were inspirational). Not content with that he then organised the cooking of the meat on the B-B-Q.

The pre-Lunch entertainment, U-14 Boys v/s U-14 Girls, was a fiercely contested affair. The crowd really brought the gym alive. All players played very well considering many had not been training for some time. Some great highlights. The two previous encounters saw the score as 1 game all. The boys won this deciding game, but the girls' supporters won the Most Vocal Supporters Competition by a huge margin.

Special achievement awards went to the following players and Officials:

U-12 Women: MVP Jessica Andrews, Hustle Award Jacey Fletcher

U-12 Men: MVP Thomas Carbone, Hustle Award Adam Hoh

U-14 Women: MVP Zoe Moore, Hustle Award Francesca Coad

U-14 Men: MVP Daniel Estevens, Hustle Award Yuri Zinenko, Most Inspirational Player Nick Wensits

U-16 Men: MVP Michael Samperi, Hustle Award Tyson Gurleyen, Most Improved Player Andrew Morgan

State Youth League Men: MVP Michael Filitonga, Hustle Award Josh Stidwell

Manager Of The Year: Chris Coad, Referee Of The Year: Jamie Estevens

Special Awards

Presentations of plaques recognising the continuing support that is so important to our Association were made to:

  • Metro Light Rail(our major sponsor)
  • The Toxteth Hotel
  • Leichhardt Council
From the Archives: Sydney Junior Championships 2001 Grand Final

Congratulations to the U-14 Men and the U-14 Women!!

The U-14 Men won the Championship defeating Bankstown 50-35. They received the gold medal. A fascinating game with lots of drama. Daniel Estevens won the award of MVP for the game.

The U-14 Women played their hearts out and showed great skill, but Bankstown played too well on the day. Our girls received the silver medal.

A fine conclusion to our Representative season with these outstanding achievements for such a new Association - don't forget the U-16 Men came 3rd in their Division.

We had a terrific crowd there on the day. GBA wish to sincerely thank all those parents, families and friends who shared the struggle, enjoyment and green hair spray of this special day and especially all those who have supported and contributed to our Association throughout this year. We can all look forward to next year's season with optimism and confidence. Player trials will be in October/November - check the website.

Check out a really good article on our teams in The Village Voice magazine. There is also a good article and photo of our U-14W in the December issue.


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GBA appreciates the generous support and sponsorship of
the Toxteth Hotel (major sponsor), Australand,
Broadway Shopping Centre, and City of Sydney Council.

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