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Winter Dates 2021
April 12th, 2021

Below are some key dates for the upcoming winter season including Little Giants


Winter 21 Teams
April 1st, 2021

Congrats to all our players on the selection in their teams for this winter. We have a massive 59 teams which is a winter record, this includes 47 junior teams & 350+ players.

While many teams stayed the same there were also a lot of changes. We understand we are not able to please everyone & sometimes we feel our players would be better suited to a lower division to help them go forward in the long run. We are passionate to help ensure al our players have the opportunity to grow & those that maybe unlucky to not move up or go back a team please think of the bigger picture. Look to work on your game, on your leadership & if needed show on the court the decision is not the correct one & your turn will come.

If you are still not happy you are welcome to contact the club at either juniorboys@laragiants.org.au or juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au with your childs details & any concerns you wish to raise. Please note, we will be taking a break for the next couple of days over Easter & will look to reply when we return.

Below are the teams, your coach will reach out to you over the holidays to introduce themselves.

Team Selection

Confirm Your Spot

It is now very important that we confirm your spot so you can be added to our system to be able to take the court. Please note: Failure to register will mean you cannot play.

https://www.playhq.com/basketball-victoria/register/f1b467

Uniform Day

We wil be having a uniform day on Saturday April 17 & you can book your spot now if you need a new uniform. Existng players with reversible uniforms already do not need to replace their uniform.

https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=742318&

Good luck to all we can’t wait to see everyone back on the courts.


Lara Giants Basketball
March 9th, 2021

Looking for a fun way to get involved in an all year round indoor sport. We have options for everyone to join in & have some fun.

Play Basketball

Registrations are now open to sign up for our winter season, but be quick they close March 21 so we can get teams ready for term 2. For details on winter season visit here Unsure what is involved in playing basketball visit our here Registrations are open from our under 10s program to our senior mens & women.

We are having a free come & try clinic for kids in under 10s to under 14s on Sunday March 14. This is open to new players & exisitng. For more details on the clinic visit here

Little Giants

Little Giants is the best introduction to basketball in town. Based in Lara in various times we offer experienced coaches to help teach the basics of basketball via fun & interactive games. With classes based around age groups it allows us to custom the classes to get the most for your kids. Registration is not yet open but for more details on our Little Giants program visit here

Mighty Giants

Mighty Giants is designed for kids under 14 with special needs & disabilities to give them a chance to have some fun with our wonderful game. Based on the very popular Little Giants program we will have classes designed to introduce the basics of basic, with a heavy focus on inclusion and engagement for all. This includes kids & if need be carers. We are having a series of come & try days on Saturdays in March. For more info on this wonderful program & classes visit here


Winter SignUp 2021- Updated March 21
March 2nd, 2021

If you or your child would like to join a team with the Lara Giants now is the time to sign up. Register here

Here is the list of players already signed up. If your name is not on the list you will not be included in our team planning. Registrations close March 21

Registered Players

Please Note: This is not the registration for Little Giants & Mighty Giants for term 2. Announcements will be made closer to Easter when we confirm coaches.

Age Groups for Winter 2020-21

  • Under 10 – 2012 – 2014 (Saturday)
  • Under 12 – 2011 & 2010 (Saturday)
  • Under 14 – 2009 & 2008 (Boys- Monday, Girls- Tuesday)
  • Under 16 – 2007 & 2006 (Boys- Wednesday, Girls- Tuesday)
  • Under 18 – 2005 & 2004 (Boys- Wednesday, Girls- Tuesday (U20s))
  • Under 20 – 2003 & 2002 (Boys- Thursday, Girls- Tuesday)
  • Under 23 – 1999 – 2001 (Boys- Thursday)
  • Open/Senior Men & Women (Mostly Monday)

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE SUNDAY MARCH 21

Register Here
https://forms.gle/W7atPcX7x9c6FjBe9

March Clinic 2021
March 1st, 2021

We are excited to have our first clinic in 12 months (yeah thanks covid). We are having a clinic & come & try day on Sunday March 14 at Lara Primary School. There will be 2x 45 min sessions with the first group starting at 9:30 for kids born in 2011 to 2014. This will be followed by our 10:30 session for kids born in 2010 or earlier.

The clinic is open to existing players, potential new players or anyone wanting to have some basketball fun. Our two favourites Joel McFall & Kelsey Jordan are back to take the kids thru their passes along with lenty of our other coaches. Kids will be broken up into smaller groups & get to experience a few different skills at different stations.

Registration is required and spaces are limited so book your spot here https://forms.gle/DAkmhUhLWJyaGitA9


Mighty Giants Free Come & Try Days
February 5th, 2021

DATES UPDATED THANKS TO COVID

Our All Abilities program The Mighty Giants is back. Thanks to Jibber Jabber Allied Health we are having 3 FREE come & try sessions at Lara Lake Primary school at 10:30am.

The classes are open for kids of any age (ideally 5-16) & are based on our wonderful Little Giants program. No experience needed, parents & carers are most welcome to enter the court space & ensure the kids have a great time & feel comfortableSo looking forward to seeing these amazing kids & families & look forward to having plenty of fun with them all.

Our first 3 come & try sessions start after the long weekend on Sat March 13, 20 & 27 at 10:30am. We hope to be able to run regular classes for term 2, so come along & have some fun


Summer 2021 – Term 1 Dates
January 19th, 2021

Please see below some key dates for the remainder of our summer season. The dates include dates for Little Giants as well as all the junior & senior games including finals


Little Giants is Back
January 12th, 2021

Thanks to Beck’s Boarding Retreat, Little Giants is back for 2021 with 4 class times to choose from

  1. Group 1 Monday 4:15 with Jess Aherne & Paige Rowan – Ages 6 to 8

This group is designed for the younger less experienced little giants aged 6 to 6 born in 2012 to 2014.  The program is more designed around fun & is a basic introduction to basketball.  Jess & Paige are experienced players with Geelong rep experience and are great with the little kids & helping them get their confidence.

 2. Group 2 Wednesday 4:15 with Cam Larkin Ages 5 (preppies) ** New Class **

This is a new class especially for our preppies and our younger kids who are keen to get into a fun indoor sport. Cam Larkin is an very experience player with Country Vic experiece. He is also a dad of a 5 year old so has plenty of experience in wrangling kids & how to have fun with them & our wonderful game. 

 3. Group 3 Wednesday 6pm with Kelsey Jordan Ages 7+

Our later class on Wednesday are designed for the kids who are 7+ and are a little more confident.  This program is designed to not only introduce the kids to the basketball basics, but to get them ready to play actual games.  Kids aiming to play next winter (term 2) should consider joining this wonderful program with Kelsey.  Kelsey is a Championship womens player & has a lot of experience & is an excellent teacher of the game.  

4. Group 4 Saturday 11am with Joel McFall – Ages 6+

Our Saturday classes are open for all ages & abilities, ideally aimed at those aged 6 to 9 with limited basketball experience.  Joel is a hit at our clinics with the kids & plays in our championship mens team as well as our u14-CH coach. Joel is one of our most experienced coaches and also our Director of Coaching. Put simply he knows plenty about the game & is a natural leader & motivator for kids of all ages.  

How to Book a spot

Please note classe sizes are strictly limited we will confirm during the holidays.

To book your spot register here: https://forms.gle/DDV1e9MYBPqtHVu86


Joel McFall Diretor of Coaching & Player Development
December 6th, 2020

The Lara Giants Basketball Club are thrilled to announce the wonderful Joel McFall as our Director of Coaching & Player Development.Joel has been with the club for a number of years as a player of our Senior Men Championship side as well as a coach, coaching many teams including the U14 & U23 Championship Boys this season as well as coaching for Geelong United VJBL rep program. Not to mention a hit with the Little Giants kiddies.Joel is a passionate basketbal lover that is great with player development & is keen to help spread his knowledge to our coaches to help them help our teams & kids further. When we return to training in the new year Joel will be working closer with our coaches & players. So keep an eye on him & possibly some super sessions on top of regular training.Congrats Joel on the new role, thank you for everything you do for us. Can’t wait to see the changes & progress next year.


Summer Teams 2021
November 19th, 2020

Finally the return of basketball is close & we look to resume games on the week of Nov 30. We are expecting 3 games to take us to Christmas with games finished by Dec 19 before returning in the new year possible late Jan, with a minimum of 11 more weeks (inc finals).

With the challenges we are still facing we have been unable to have try outs in which would usually be one of our busiest times of the year. This year we had to select teams on what we know, based on coaches feedback & previous experience. This has also meant that new players we are simply unsure of & had to start them in a lower division.

So….. We know we will get some kids wrong this season. The teams kids are in now will change come winter season. We have worked hard & tried our best. Our focus for this up coming season is to just get back out there on the courts & have fun. If you feel your child is in the wrong division we are truly sorry. We suggest they go out there enjoy themselves & show us what they are capable of by working with their team & giving 100% every week.

Below are the junior teams for our Summer 21 season for all ages under 18 & below. We hope to have our older teams finalised mid next week. To confirm your spot please register at PlayHQ & pay your fees by 5pm Friday 27th November. Failure to do so will mean we cannot add you to the computer for stadium scoring & you will not be able to take the court

Confirm & Pay: https://www.playhq.com/basketball-victoria/register/3763f1

Uniform Day

There will be a uniform day Saturday Nov 28. Details are yet to be confirmed as we are awaiting the State Gov update Sunday to see what options we have for venues & capacity. More details to come early next week,

Thank you all for your patience & understanding. We simply can’t wait to see the kids back on the court & having fun.

Age Groups for Summer 2020-21

  • Under 10 – 2012 – 2014 (Saturday)
  • Under 12 – 2011 & 2010 (Saturday)
  • Under 14 – 2009 & 2008 (Boys- Monday, Girls- Tuesday)
  • Under 16 – 2007 & 2006 (Boys- Wednesday, Girls- Tuesday)
  • Under 18 – 2005 & 2004 (Boys- Wednesday, Girls- Tuesday (U20s))
  • Under 20 – 2003 & 2002 (Boys- Thursday, Girls- Tuesday)
  • Under 23 – 1999 – 2001 (Boys- Thursday)


  • Austin Land Lara
  • Lara Hotel
  • Lara Community Bank
  • Apco
  • Beck's Boarding Retreat
  • Kardinia Osteopathic Clinic
  • Lara Tyre & Battery
  • Jibber Jabber
  • Lifelong Dental
  • Long Island Homes
  • Millars Lara

Upcoming Events


17th
Apr
Uniform Day W21

Uniform day is Saturday April 17.  You must book your spot to attend via https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=742318&


29th
Nov
Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting- Sunday November 29 The Lara Giants are heading into a massive period of the clubs history with record number of players as well as the pushing forward with our plans for a home stadium. We ar inviting anyone who is passionate about our club to put their hands up to […]


19th
Jul
Winter 2020 Uniform Day

Uniform day for new players. Spaces are limited & must be booked in due to covid restrictions https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=637453&ses=1937555


15th
Mar
Girls Only Clinic – Steph Blicavs

FREE Girls Only Clinic with Australia Opal /  Geelong Supercat Steph Blicavs Sunday MArch 15th – Under 10s & U12s 12pm, U14s & above 1pm Registrations required at https://forms.gle/tKY21YPZQpmm7UZn9


21st
Mar
Summer Presentation Day 2020

Junior Presentatio Day Sat March 14 at St Anthony’s Primary School Under 10s & Little Giants 4pm U12s & U14s 5pm U16 & U18s (inc U20 girls) 6pm  


13th
Oct
Annual General Meeting

Lara Basketball Club would like to advise all that the our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday October 13th at 7pm at the Lara Community Centre on Waverly Road Lara. All positions will be vacated & we will elect a new committee. For more info contact Jason on 0417306327


6th
Oct
Uniform Collection Day

Sunday October 6 at St Anthonys Primary School. Cash or Card Welcome 10am Surnames A to D 11am Surnames E to K 12pm Surnames L to Q 1pm Surnames R to Z 2pm Alternate Time


21st
Sep
Winter Presentation Day 2019

Junior Presentation Day is booked in for Saturday September 21st. 11am Little Giants & U10s from . 12pm U12s & U14s at 12pm 1:30pm Club awards, Service awards & U16s & U18s. We will have the BBQ going all day for you to grab a snag as well as our merch tent will be set […]


17th
Aug
Uniform Day

Uniform day for our new uniforms


7th
Apr
Summer Presentation Day

For the first time ever we are having a summer presentation day. With so many of our junior players only playing summer we felt it was only far we put on a special presentation day for all the kids & their hard work over a hot summer.  There will be trophies for u12s & above, […]