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Lara Giants 25th Birthday Dinner
May 4th, 2017

The year was 1992, Paul Keating was Prime Minister of Australia, the very first Big Day Out concert was being held & West Coast defeated Geelong in the Grand Final.  It was also the start of a little basketball club know as the Lara Giants.  A club that has since continued to grow to be one of the biggest in Geelong with 40 teams and over active 300 members.

  

On Saturday June 17 2017 from 6:30pm we are celebrating 25 years of the Lara Giants at the Lara Hotel.  This is sure to be a great night out with a two course meal, consisting of a entree & a main.  From 9pm we will be entertained & have the option of hitting the dance floor or reliving some of the good times.  All for the cost of $40 per head.  Of course, drinks will be available at bar prices & Bookings are essential as seats are strictly limited & will sell out.

So gather your current team or your old team, prepare your stories of the time you hit the match winner on the buzzer & set yourself for a great night out.  There will also be a couple of special presentations.

You can purchase your tickets online by using the link https://membership.sportstg.com/regoform.cgi?formID=69535

Or contact one of the following committee members Jason Aherne, Damian Withers, Rod Randall, Lorraine Kulic, Tania Thorpe, Dave Van Der Hoeven, Mel Barter

 

If you have any photos, old flags or special stories we would love for you to share them with us. Please send them to president@laragiants.org.au or contact Jason Aherne on 0417 306 327 or Rod Randall on 0408 331 560

 


Lara Giants returned to the div 1 women
April 18th, 2017

This week, the Lara Giants returned to the div 1 women’s competition.

The girls put up a good fight but were unsuccessful going down by 13 to rovers. Coach Glen Jordan said there were a lot of positives, but like all coaches found plenty more to work on. Junior club champ and u18 player Zoe Brien made her div 1 debut

The plan is to play at least one u18 player each week, which is a great opportunity for our girls and our future.

 

Well done girls looking forward to the season ahead.


Winter Teams 2017
March 31st, 2017

The team of coaches have worked extremely hard to work out teams for 236 Juniors into 30 teams.  This is never an easy task trying to get enough to form a team & not to many to ensure all players get enough court time.  Most teams have 7 or 8 players max, with a few teams with 9.  Unfortunately, this has led to a couple of kids missing out in the under 16 boys group.  We are still in need for an u12-4 boys coach & will be re-asking the parents in that team before we can guarantee the team is entered.

 

Thank you to all the coaches who have put their hands up to coach, without you all we wouldn’t have a club. Especially those coaching teams with no kids playing & those coaching multiple teams.

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Coaches will be in contact over the holidays to inform you of your training times.

Good luck to the season ahead

 

Any question please contact us at juniorboys@laragiants.org.au or juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au

 


Summer 2017 – Grand Finals
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.

Wenesday March 27th 2017

Under 16-2 Lara Giants

Coach:  Rod Randall

The giants had almost a perfect season dropping one game for the entire season, perhaps a good reality check the boys needed as they claimed top spot.  However sharks weren’t far away only losing 2 games in second.  In the semi the boys made short work of YMCA with a comfy 66-40 win, which set up a Lara v Sharks final.  The final was an epic battle with the lead changing several times in the first half with the sharks just ahead 17-19 during the break. The shark then got on a mini run as the lead blew out to 8 points when the Giants knew it was now time to lift.  They reduced the gap to 5 points but struggled to get any closer, until the boys work rate lifted again.  Zane nailed a 3 pointer followed by Noah converting 3 point play, with the difference now just 1 point with 3 minutes to play.  The sharks felt the pressure & lacked the discipline to finish the game with fouls & tech foul, allowing the giants to smell victory.  The boys went on to claim an impressive 47-43 win.

 

 

Under 16-3 Lara Titans

Coach:  Brett Boneham

The Lara Titans finished second on the ladder, one spot ahead of the Lara Lakers which set us up for an awesome semi final.  This game didn’t disappoint with only 4 points separating the two teams.  Meanwhile on the other side Rovers upset top of the ladder rivals YMCA, setting up a Lara v Rovers final.  The first half of the grand final was very even with Lara having a little lead, before being pulled back within range, the half time score was 23-20 Lara’s way.  The second half defensive pressure increased & the boys were able to keep Rovers scoreless for the first 8 minutes of the half while adding only 4 points themselves.  The Titans continued to work hard & maintained the upper hand keeping Rovers to just 6 points for the half to run out the stronger team winning 34-26.


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


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Upcoming Events


17th
Jun
25th Birthday Dinner Celebration

25th birthday celebration at the Lara Hotel.


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 […]