Renowned for developing Victorian talent in the WNBL, the Deakin Melbourne Boomers are preparing to cast their eyes across the SEABL and Big V competitions over the coming months to continue the club’s knack of unearthing great local talent.
Earlier this week former Victorian juniors Maddie Garrick (Shepparton/Bulleen), Shanae Greaves (Knox) and Chloe Molloy (Seymour/Eltham) all picked up major Boomers’ awards for the 2015/16 WNBL season, highlighting the fantastic emerging talent Victorian basketball has to offer. And, according to Boomers Coach, Guy Molloy, there are plenty of other diamonds out there in the SEABL and Big V.
“We have developed a clear strategy over the last few years at the Boomers of identifying and developing great young Victorian players,” said Molloy, adding “The Victorian State programs and all basketball associations, both in the metro and country regions, do a terrific job with bringing through junior players for us to look at in the WNBL.”
“As an example, in recent years at the Boomers we have seen the rise of Victorians Bec Cole and Bec Allen, both of whom have come into our system and developed into Australian representatives.”
“The Boomers take this pathway really seriously and over the coming months, as we put together our roster for next season and identify development players for the future, our coaches and club management will be taking a keen interest in watching plenty of SEABL and Big V games. There is certainly some strong emerging talent in both leagues.”
“The Boomers take great pride in working with basketball associations and Basketball Victoria. We’re looking forward to unearthing more future WNBL players,” added Molloy.
Boomers General Manager, Justin Nelson, believes the work Molloy and his coaching staff have done in recent years highlights the pathway on offer for elite female players.
“Our squad at the Boomers this past season represented 14 basketball associations from across Victoria, which is a good indication that our strategy is firmly in place and working well,” said Nelson.
“The fans really connect with the players who have come through the junior levels here in Victoria. The players are great role models and they take their position in the Victorian basketball community seriously. It all starts with an opportunity and the off-season always gives us a chance to get out and see some of the young talent on offer.”
“You need look no further than the likes of Maddie Garrick and what she has achieved this season in the WNBL to see what getting an opportunity is all about. The depth of talent in Victoria is exciting and we’re looking forward to seeing that on display again this season in the SEABL and Big V competitions. Hopefully there are some future Boomers looking to impress,” added Nelson.