CBA Annual Awards Gala: Award Winners!
Annual Awards Gala!
We are pleased to announce the following award winners for their outstanding efforts across 2018 throughout the Casey Basketball Association.
Domestic Club of the Year
Winner: Narre Warren BC
Narre Warren BC prides itself on being a healthier, safe and fun club that welcomes all participants. With 69 teams in the competition, the club is one of the largest within the Association.
Narre Warren participates in weekend juniors, weekday juniors, weekday seniors and all-anilities competitions.
In 2018, the club launched a ballin’ 4 all program to provide an opportunity for children with high needs to get involved in the sport we all love.
Van Cruiser Volunteer of the Year
Winner: Lana Cairns
Across 2018 and past years, Lana has continuously gone over and above to ensure that not only Berwick Panthers Basketball Club is represented in a positive light, but the Association as a whole. Increasing her club numbers to the most they’ve ever been, Lana has balanced large numbers, affordability and facilities to ensure they have never turned away a player.
On top of her duties as president of the Berwick Panthers Basketball Club, Lana also sits on the Domestic Council and is a part of the committee that helps organise the annual CBA Pink Round.
Recently, Lana has joined the Casey Basketball Association board.
Junior Domestic Coach of the Year
Winner: Lachlan Nicholls
Lachlan has shown a high level of dedication and planning that highlights his coaching ability. Coaching two teams in 2018, Lachlan took his team from a ‘middle of the road’ team, to winning the A grade championship.
One of his biggest achievements and highlights is that Lachlan had a 100% player retention with many requests for spaces in his teams.
Domestic Coach of the Year
Winner: Jason Rivet
Jason has been coaching at a domestic level for several years. Across 2018, Jason continued his efforts with the Berwick Saints Basketball Club. Jason always goes above and beyond to help not only his players but any players within the club. He has always welcomed several players to join his sessions to advance their skills.
Cavalier Coach of the Year
Winner: Mitch Taylor
In 2018, Mitch was head coach of the Van Cruiser Junior Cavalier U16.1 Boys who competed in VC reserve. He was also an assistant coach for the National Intensive Training Program, an assistant coach for the Vic Metro SCC teams and continued his role as assistant coach of the Casey Cavaliers Youth League Men’s team.
Not only is Mitch’s level of coaching make him a deserved winner, but his amount of coaching makes him the obvious choice.
Female Senior Cavalier of the Year
Winner: Lauren Tuplin
Lauren Tuplin was awarded all-star 5 honours in 2018 in a team that successfully won the championship in Youth League Women. She continued to develop her skills by also participating in her Junior Cavalier commitments.
On top of all this basketball, Lauren coached Aussie Hoops clinics, school holiday programs and became a familiar face at community fun days throughout the City of Casey.
Male Senior Cavalier of the Year
Winner: Ben Louis
Ben had an outstanding season on the court for the Championship Men, but it might be his work off the court that is most impressive.
Ben took on the role as Girls Director of Coaching for the junior cavalier program. His hard-work and dedication showed great results with the girl’s program climbing the ranks dramatically and an increase of skill across the board was evident.
Female Junior Cavalier of the Year
Winner: Emilija Dakic
Emilija had a stellar 2018. Playing in the Van Cruiser Junior Cavaliers U12.1 team, Emilija participated in Victorian Championship division and competed in the National Junior Classic. Always a bubbly personality within the team, Emilija keeps her coaches on their toes.
Emilija also participated in the WNBL Melbourne Boomers 3×3 Gold Medal team in the AND 1 Cup.
Male Junior Cavalier of the Year
Winner: Dylan Bucknell
Dylan participated in the National Intensive Training Program, ECC selections and was named as an emergency for the Vic Metro State team.
Dylan achieved this while playing in VC reserve for the Junior Cavaliers.
On top of his playing commitments, Dylan also coaches at a domestic level to pass on his knowledge and love of the game.
Female Domestic Player of the Year
Winner: Jordyn Slater
Jordyn loves playing basketball. She ahs been playing for many seasons and has become a well-respected member of the Berwick Panthers Basketball Club through her playing and coaching efforts.
Jordyn not only players in her U16 BPBC Sparks team, she also plays Junior Cavaliers and occasionally fills in at a senior domestic level.
Jordyn has proven to be an excellent role model for all up and coming junior players.
Male Domestic Player of the Year
Winner: CJ Cooke
Curtis plays in the CBA All-Abilities competition for Berwick Flames BC. Curtis works very hard on his basketball and manages to have many high scoring games but also has a soft spot for all participants and will that all players get an opportunity to get involved in the game and have a chance to score a basket.
His strong but caring nature allows every player to grow within the sport.
Female Referee of the Year
Winner: Caitlyn Van Der Westhuizen
Caitlyn referees on almost every night of the week and has also begun her hand at supervising. Having already won this award in 2016, Caitlyn has proven that she continues go from strength to strength.
Achieving her A-grade ranking, Caitlyn is on the junior panel for VJBL and has demonstrated a will to advance her already outstanding refereeing abilities.
Male Referee of the Year
Winner: Nathan Johnson
Nathan is one of the most respected referees Casey has to offer. Refereeing on the Junior Panel in the VJBL and on the senior panel for Big V, nathan continues to grow his refereeing each year.
On top of his own refereeing commitments, Nathan supervisors on a weekly basis including the hearty task of the Saturday roster, which can take many hours to complete.
Nathan has proven to be a mentor for new referees and helps out with their development at every opportunity.