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Summer 2017 – Grand Finals (last updated March 28)
March 28th, 2017

Congratulations to all teams this summer. Some impressive improvements & great team work really coming thru.  While it would be great to share all your stories we thought we would take a moment to congratulate those who were lucky enough to play & win in the grand final.  We understand that winning is not everything, it is about the effort & the spirit in which the game is played that counts.  But every now & then it is nice to have a humble brag & let these guys enjoy there victories! Go Lara!

Monday March 27th 2017

Under 14-3 Lara Titans

Coach:  Jason Wilson

The boys finished on top of their ladder winning 14 out of 17 games.  In the semi final they defeated YMCA Beavers 42-31 to book a spot in the Grand Final against YMCA Cougars. The boys flew out of the blocks & had an impressive lead at half time 19 to 9.  YMCA regrouped & worked hard in the second half to reduce the gap & give the boys a little scare, however they were to strong & hung on for a solid 43 to 36 win.

Under 14-4 Lara Giants

Coach: Phil Robertson

Finishing 3rd on the ladder in an extremely tight contest with the top 3 teams all equal on points the guys knew they had to lift for the finals.  First up they took on Try Boys who they easily accounted for winning 20-8.  This set up a Lara showdown with the Lara Kings who knocked off the top team to book their spot.  In a great contest the Giants were to strong on the night winning 31-17.  Well done to both teams, great effort

Tuesday March 28th 2017

Under 14-3 Lara Stars

Coach:  Dave Van Der Hoeven

Finishing second on the ladder thegirls met YMCA in the first final winning 26-19.  The Lara girls played the minor premiers Pivot in the Grand final.  This proved to be an extremely tight contest with the score almost even 22-21 with under 4 minutes left.  From here, the girls worked hard on defence & kept pivot scoreless, while Mollie was able to get free & score the last 6 points allowing Lara to win 28-21.

Under 14-2 Lara Giants

Coach:  Mel Barter

Finishing top of the div 2 ladder the girls were finding form at the right time of the season.  The girls easily accounted for Dolpins Magic in the first final & faced a match up against 3rd placed YMCA in the grand final was going to be a good game, and the game was set up for an epic finish with the scores 21 all early in the second half.  Coach Mel fired up the girls & then they went on a rampage easily winning the second half & winning the game 40-24.  A great spread of scorers showed the depth & team work displayed by only the best teams.


Uniform Day April 1 – 1pm to 3pm – Lara Community Centre
March 24th, 2017

Uniform Day- Saturday 1pm-3pm- April 1 at 1pm to 3pm at Lara Community Centre, Waverly Road Lara (near the super markets)

With the winter season around the corner, all new players will need a uniform. Also, anyone wanting a new uniform or merchandise come down & visit us.

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We will also be having our merchandise there, so grab a warm up top or a hoodie in time for winter. For a list of our merchandise & prices check out http://www.laragiants.org.au/merch/

If you are unable to make April 1 please contact Dave via phone 0438 006 442 to arrange a suitable time

Lara Giants u12s Super Clinic March 5 2016
March 6th, 2017

Well another successful was held for some of our u12s & u10s.  Almost 30 kids were split into 3 groups of 8 or 9 where the participated in a variety of fun & picked up some great skills which they will be able to put use very soon.

After a fun warm up full court lay ups, 3 man weaves, passing drills, dribble knock out the kids rotated thru the following stations

 

Jackson Bentley – Lara Giants Div 1 Mens & Basketball Geelong Div 1 MVP

We all know the kids love to shot, which is why Jackson is always popular in our clinics.  Jackson took the kids thru the basic fundamentals of shooting while playing a couple of fun games

    

  

 

Joel McFall – Lara Giants Div 1 Mens & Senior Club Champion

Joel took the kids thru some basic ball handling, dribbling & plenty of fun learning attacking basketball.  The kids got a great work out while learning plenty from Joel.

   

 

Damian Withers – Lara Giants coach, Geelong Supercats u18-2 coach.

Perhaps the best seat in the house, under the sunshine with the air show in the back ground (as can be seen in the last photo). Damian took the kids thru some basic defence, passing & other fundamentals of the game.

 

Overall it was another fantastic day & we can’t wait for the next clinic next term.  Thanks to the coaches & to all the juniors who participated in the day.


Division 1 Women Try Outs
February 27th, 2017

Lara Giants are thrilled to announce we will be conducting Division 1 womens try outs on Wednesday March 15th at 7pm – 8:30pm at Lara Lake Primary School Forrest Road Lara with the intention of entering a team in Winter 2017 season.
 
Anyone interested in trying out or finding out more information are invited to attend. For more information contact Jason Aherne on 0417 306 327.
All existing women & u18 juniors are welcome to attend.

Winter 2017 player sign up and team selections – Updated March 28
February 23rd, 2017

If you do not intend to play in the Winter season it would be helpful if you replied indicating this.


All players who intend to play in the Winter 2017 season MUST notify the junior boys or junior girls team coordinators by sending an email to juniorboys@laragiants.org.au  OR  juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au  .

Details required are :          Name

                                                Date of birth

                                                Email address

                                                Contact mobile number

 

Under 10s – Born 2008/2009            Under 12s – Born 2006/2008

Under 14s – Born 2004/2005             Under 16s – Born 2002/2003

Under 18s – Born 2000 / 2001           Boys also have U20s & U23s

The lists of players who have signed up and are eligible to be selected in a team are on the LBC website.  If your name is not on this list you will not be selected in a team.

Currently Registered Players

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Winter 2017 – Girls signed upM28

 

For more details on on the sign up policy, including steps on what to do if your childs name on there along with some FAQ’s please refer to this pdf Winter 2017 Team and Player Planning


Lara Giants Super Clinic Dec 2016
December 4th, 2016

What an awesome day we had today at our first super clinic.  We had over 30 kids split into 4 groups, each spending 30 minutes at each station before progressing onto the next.  We had…

 

  1. Attacking Basketball With Joel McFall – Lara Giants Div 1 Mens & Senior Club Champion

While with Joel, the kids learnt skills around dribbling & attacking the basketball

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2. Shooting Fundamentals with Jackson Bentley – Lara Giants Div 1 Mens & Basketball Geelong Div 1 MVP

Jackson showed the kids the fundamentals of shooting, from stance to technique & follow thru

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3. Personal Fitness with Adam Hinkley – Personal Trainer – No Limit Fitness

At this station the kids got to learn that there is more to basketball than just shooting, with fitness & core strength a vital part

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4. Passing with Lara Coaches Tania Thorpe, Damian Withers & Jason Aherne

The last stop was a few passing drills from the basics, to 3 man & 5 man weave along with a number of other great passing activities

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Overall it was a beautiful sunny day where the kids worked hard for 2.5 hours & hopefully picked up some new skills & tricks to help make them better players.  Remember kids, to ensure you get the most out of this session you have to put in the time to practice what you learnt.  Repetition is vital, you have a long summer ahead, look to practice…

  • your dribbling – one ball, two balls etc,
  • your shooting focusing on your footwork, your hand positioning & your follow thru,
  • your fitness running, core strength etc
  • your passing ensuring you use your wrist & control the passes to ensure they are flat & fast

 

Next session is planned for Term 1 for the U12’s, with so many kids it is bound to fill up fast. More details in the new year.


Lara Giants on Channel 7’s Sunrise – Tuesday Nov 22
November 14th, 2016

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Lara Giants will be live on Sunrise Weather thru out the morning with Sam Mac on Tuesday Nov 22 from 5:30am at Austin Park – Walkers Road Lara.  Woolworths are throwing a Street Party at Austin Park.

So kids, coaches, volunteers be sure to come down in your Lara Giants uniforms, warm up tops for your chance to be the biggest star in Lara (at least for 15 minutes). Woolies are putting on breakfast!

We look forward to showcasing the amazing work and effort that goes into creating such a great club as well as plenty of surprises & fun. Big Thanks to Woolworths Lara for their support #GoGiants


2017 SUMMER PRE PAID PLAYER TICKETS
November 8th, 2016

Basketball Geelong has introduced the option of paying for your playing tickets upfront. All completed forms need to be returned to the Customer Service Officer (CSO) on any game night during the week – (where you normally purchase your tickets to play). Then the Basketball Geelong Office will print individualised tickets with your Last name printed on them in a booklet for you to use week to week for any of your Family members. Junior ticket books must be used for juniors and senior ticket books for Seniors only.

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Print out the PDF file below & fill it out with your credit card details & hand it into the ticket office.  Basketball Geelong will print up your tickets with your name on them for you to use for future games. Note: You will need to allow sometime for the ticket to be printed so you will need to purchase a ticket as per usual method until your tickets are ready.

 

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Who to contact…
October 26th, 2016

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With over 300 members & 40 teams, it is hard for us to know every single person & even harder for us to know any little problems you may face.  We have set up a network of people to assist you with all your concerns.  Whether you feel your child is not getting fair playing time, issues with their team mates, an incident during a game or simply need a new uniform.  We have a great committee of volunteers happy to help, listen & guide you thru the process or escalate your issues & concerns.  Please keep in mind we are also busy people & may not be able to assist until after regular working hours.

The first point where possible should be your coach.  Our coaches give up their time to help & have the best intentions at heart, have a chat to them about any issues that concern you & if they are unable to help you they may be able to direct you to the right person.

Women & Junior Girls

For issues with junior girls & senior women please contact Tania Thorpe at juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au or 0408 326 895

Men & Junior Boys

Our Junior boys program is now very big.  To help share the load we have divided up the roles into 2 groups, however you can contact us juniorboys@laragiants.org.au or

U10, u12, u14 – Michael Paatsch (0400 611 505) and Jamie Slaymaker ( 0403 680 959)
U16 & U18 Rod Randall on 0408 331 560
Senior Men Rod Randall on 0408 331 560

Coaches

If you are a coach & have issues or need to discuss your concerns please contact Matt Baars on 0476 428 060 or contact your junior co-ordinator

Uniforms

All uniform requests & order can go thru Dave Van Der Hoeven on 0438 006 442

Merchandise

We have a large range of merchandise & Mel Barter can help you on 0408 943 363

Team Availability

For enquiries on playing & team availability please email us with your name & DOB to one of the following email addresses.  Please note with the season started we are full in most age groups & won’t be taking more players until March 2017

juniorboys@laragiants.org.au or
juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au or
seniors@laragiants.org.au

President

For other enquiries or to escalate your issues you can contact Jason Aherne club president at president@laragiants.org.au or 0417 306 327

 


LBC Selection Summer 2017 ** updated Sept 29 ***
September 27th, 2016

With over 250 junior players and 32 teams the selection process was very difficult.  In selecting teams we factored in a number of factors, but the most important one is team balance.  Some of the kids maybe in a lower division than they hoped.  Hopefully they will take this as an opportunity to grow & strengthen their game & show leadership abilities.

 

The club will also be in contact with you soon with some important information as well as details of a uniform day on Sunday 3rd 2016.  Your coach will also be in contact to introduce themselves & inform you of training times.

 

The season starts on the Monday when school returns.  This may mean some teams will not get a training session in before their first actual game.  Also of note due to high numbers, some teams have 9 players.  The coaches may consider having a roster where each kid sits out one week every 8 weeks.  Basically 1 game before Christmas & one game in term 1.

 

Thank you to all for your patience during this process.  We have tried to please as many people as possible, however we know it is not possible to please everyone.  Finally thanks to all the coaches for giving up their time for the summer season.  This is a big commitment & without your support we wouldn’t have our club.

Below are the team selections for Summer 2017, if you have any concerns please contact our junior co-ordinators at juniorboys@laragiants.org.au  or juniorboys@laragiants.org,au

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  • Phoenix Hotel
  • Lara Hotel
  • Avalon Airport
  • Ray White

Upcoming Events


1st
Apr
Uniform Day April 1 – 1pm to 3pm – Lara Community Centre

Uniform Day- Saturday 1pm-3pm- April 1 at 1pm to 3pm at Lara Community Centre, Waverly Road Lara (near the super markets)   With the winter season around the corner, all new players will need a uniform. Also, anyone wanting a new uniform or merchandise come down & visit us. We will also be having our […]


5th
Mar
U12’s Super Clinic

It is back, this time for under 12s. The Lara Giants Super Clinic. Strictly limited spots (as group sizes are kept small to help learning) available so book now to secure your place. Div 1 men Jackson Bentley & Joel McFall plus other coaches will be on hand to ensure you learn plenty while having […]


3rd
Dec
u14/u16 Super Clinic

2.5 hours of basketball skills. Kids will spend half hour with some of the best basketballers in our region. Learning Shooting, Dribbling, Passing & Fitness skills that will help make them stronger & better rounded players


3rd
Oct
Uniform Day- Sunday 2pm-4pm- 2nd Oct 2016

Uniform Day- Sunday 2pm-4pm- Oct 2 2016  at Lara Lake Primary School With the new season starting next week, all new players will need a uniform. Also, anyone wanting a new uniform come down & check them out. We will also be having our merchandise there, so grab a warm up top or a hoodie […]


11th
Sep
Lara Giants Presentation Day 2016

Sunday 11th September Lara Lake Primary School 11am – 12pm – Under 10’s & under 12s 12pm – Lunch / Free Sausage Sizzle 1pm – Service & Club Awards, Under 14s, u16s, u18s Heaps of fun, with jumping castle, basketball shoot out, merchandise tent & more Oh and plenty of trophies 🙂


21st
Aug
Lara Basketball Club Annual General Meeting 2016

Notice of the AGM of the Lara Basketball Club Date: Sunday 21st August 2016 Time: 7:00 pm Venue: Lara Community Centre, Waverly Road, Lara All committee positions will be declared vacant and a new committee will be elected. If you are interested in serving on the committee in one of the executive positions or as […]


18th
Jun
Trivia Night – June 18 2016

A great night out to see who is the smartest person in the club. Or perhaps the one who is up on all the gossip  


19th
Sep
LARA JUNIOR PRESENTATION 2015

Lara Giants Presentation Day is on Saturday 19th September at Lara Lake Primary School 11am – 12pm – Under 10’s & under 12s 12pm – Lunch / Free Sausage Sizzle 1pm – Under 14s, u16s, u18s & Service & Club Awards Heaps of fun, with jumping castle, basketball shoot out, merchandise tent (grab your summer […]


23rd
Aug
Lara Basketball Club Annual General Meeting 2015

Notice of the AGM of the Lara Basketball Club Date: Sunday 23rd August 2015 Time: 7:30 pm… Venue: Lara Community Centre, Waverly Road, Lara All committee positions will be declared vacant and a new committee will be elected. If you are interested in serving on the committee in one of the executive positions or as […]


3rd
Oct
Club championships Ballarat 2015

The junior Club championships are to be held in Ballarat this year on 3rd and 4th October