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Little Giants
September 17th, 2017

        

The Lara Giants basketball club are thrilled to announce our Little Giants basketball program for those little not quite big enough or ready for u10s basketball.  This is a fun program designed for kids aged 6+, where they will learn the basics about basketball, while having plenty of fun.

Starting, second week of term, Tuesday October 17 for 8 weeks the kids will work with our coaches for 45 minutes of fun & games.  There will be not Little Giants on Melbourne Cup.

Cost is $70 for 8 weeks & will be held Tuesdays at 4pm at Lara Lake Primary School.

 

Spaces are strictly limited

 

To book your spot or for more information contact us at enquiries@laragiants.org.au


Summer 2018 Registration List – Updated September 10 – FULL HOUSE
August 21st, 2017

NOTE: ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED. LATE ENTRIES WILL BE PUT ON WAITING LIST

Below are our the names of players registered for summer season.  If you don’t see your name here, it means you are not on the list to be selected in a team for summer.  Here are the current list

Summer 2017 2018 – Boys signed upS10

Summer 2017 2018 – Girls signed upS10

 

How to register

If your name isn’t on the list, please send an email to juniorboys@laragiants.org.au   or    juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au    prior to September 8.

With the following information:  Name, DOB, Your Phone number & email

Team Selections

We are aiming to announce teams around September 22.   There may be some try outs required as we try our best to put the players in the right division based on their skill & confidence.  Sometimes, we will look to put kids in lower divisions to help them develop their game.

Will my child get a game

As long as we can find a coach yes they will.  However, we will only enter the team if we have a coach committed to the season.

Coaches

We are always looking for coaches to handle the large volumes of teams. If you are interested in coaching one of our teams we would love to hear from you.  You can email us  at the above address or call president Jason on 0417 306 327.

Regards

Lara Giants Basketball Club

 


Lara Giants Junior Presentation 2017
August 14th, 2017

The Lara Giants Junior Presentation Day will be on Sunday Oct 1st at St Anthony’s Primary School – Mary McKillip Hall- Kees Rd gate entry.

Under 10s & under 12s begin at 11am. Followed by a free bbq lunch & merchandise store. At 1pm we will be doing the club service awards, club champions. This will be followed by the other age groups (note we will be mixing up the order this year)

There will be plenty of fun for the family from with jumping castle, basketball shooting comp, merchandise store & plenty of trophies for all.

Hope to see you there.


Summer Registration 2017/2018
August 10th, 2017

Summer registration is now open.  We will take registration until Sept 8 2017.

How to register

Send an email to juniorboys@laragiants.org.au  or juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au  prior to September 8.

With the following information:  Name, DOB, Your Phone number & email

Team Selections

We are aiming to announce teams around September 22.   There may be some try outs required as we try our best to put the players in the right division based on their skill & confidence.  Sometimes, we will look to put kids in lower divisions to help them develop their game.

Will my child get a game

As long as we can find a coach yes they will.  However, we will only enter the team if we have a coach committed to the season.

Coaches

We are always looking for coaches to handle the large volumes of teams. If you are interested in coaching one of our teams we would love to hear from you.  You can email us  at the above address or call president Jason on 0417 306 327.

Regards

Lara Giants Basketball Club


Girls Only Clinic- Aug 20 2017
July 23rd, 2017

Calling all girls. Are you currently playing basketball or want to in the future. Well come along to our Free Girls Only clinic on August 20 featuring some of our div 1 women, where we will have some fun & pass on some tips to help improve your game.

Register via email to juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au with your name & dob.

If you are interested in playing over summer & want to know more, then come along to the clinic & find out everything you need to know. See you then & bring a friend & get set for a fun afternoon


Lara Hotel re-signs with Lara Hotel
June 28th, 2017

We are thrilled to announce the Lara Hotel are continuing their sponsorship of the Lara Giants. The Lara Hotel has been a major sponsor of the club since 2013. Tonight we presented the Lara Hotel a framed singlet as a token of our appreciation.

 

Thanks Andy for your support and we encourage all our members to thank the Lara Hotel by visiting them on your next night out.  For more details on the Lara Hotel visit their website www.thelarahotel.com.au


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.


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Upcoming Events


20th
Aug
Girls Only Clinic

Free Girls Only clinic on August 20. Register via email with your name & dob to juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au


13th
Aug
LBC Annual General Meeting 2017

Lara Basketball Club would like to advise all that the our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday August 13th at 7pm at the Lara Community Centre on Waverly Road. Here all positions will be vacated & we will elect a new committee. If you are passionate about our club & would like to […]


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