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Summer Teams 2023
September 28th, 2022

We are excited to announce our summer teams for the upcoming summer season. The season starts in early October & we have a record 80 teams. We thank you al for your patience as we have worked our way thru the teams.

While many will be excited by the selections we understand that some will be disappointed. We do the very best we can to ensure the kids are put in the best division for them & the club. Sometimes this means the player might be in a division lower than they were expecting. This maybe to give them the opportunity to work on their game or perhaps it was about team balance. When we have teams in the same division we try & ensure they are as even as possible.

Also remember that the first 6 weeks of the season are grading games. After this period we may review all the teams with Geelong United & may change divisions.

As always if anyone has any concerns we ask you to put them in writing & contact our junior co-ordinators. Please be sure to mention who your child is & what age group they are playing in. You can contact our junior co-ords at either juniorboys@laragiants.org.au or juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au

Thank you all once again, exciting times ahead


Winter Presentation 2022
September 25th, 2022

Here is the wrap up of our junior presentation day for winter season 2022.

Here are our 2022 club champions

Junior Boy Club Champion: Jordan Favaloro – U18-Champ Boys

Senior Club Champion: Jackson Bentley – Champ Mens

Junior Girl Club Champion: Steph Tripolino – U16-1 Girls

To view past winners visit our website here www.laragiants.org.au/club-awards/

Others Winners

Boys

U12 Champ: MVP: Deagan Schultz Runners Up MVP: Dustin Cain

U12-M1 Giants: MVP: Harlem Watts, Runners Up MVP: Lincoln King

U12-M1 Titans: MVP: Oliver Cavie, Runners Up MVP: Charlie Ramstein

U12-M2 Lightning: MVP: Angus Lydom, MVP: Andrew Buckle

U12-M2 Thunder: MVP: Alex Fiorillo, Runners Up: Coby Thomson

U12-S1 Giants: MVP: Levi Walshe, Coaches Award: Bailey Pavlinac

U12-S3 Titans: MVP: Moesly Palmer, Coaches Award: Connor Downey

U12-S3 Thunder: MVP: Isaiah Hartles, Most Improved: Taj Colliver

U12-S3 Lightning: MVP: Matthew Knight, Runners Up: Mason Mckenzie

U14-1 Giants: MVP: Carlyn Muaiava, Coaches Award: Hamish Plozza

U14-2 Titans: MVP: Kooper Salvino, Coaches Award: Damon Gee

U14-4 Lightning: MVP: Charlie Cain, Runners Up: Nate Cambridge

U14-4 Thunder: MVP: Hector Vaatstra, Coaches Award: Koda Williams-Busuttil

U14-5 Giants: Coaches Award: Archie Bartrop & Aidan Gooding

U14-5 Lightning: MVP: Oliver Coppe, Coaches Award: Callum Stone

U14-5 Titans: MVP: Wilson Pulleine, Best Defensive Player: Lachlan Ryan

U16 Champ Giants: MVP: Tom Murphy, Coaches Award: Jaya Bayuntara

U16-1 Titans: MVP: Mason Pearson, Coaches Award: Daniel Anderson

U16-2 Giants: Best Defensive Player: Max Bartolo, Most Improved: Travis Pullen

U16-5 Thunder: MVP: Hayden O’Halloran, Runners Up: Mason Kinsella

U16-6 Giants: MVP: Rufus Vaatstra, Runners Up: Austin Rea

U16-7 Titans: MVP Judd McTigue & Luca Pavlak

U18 Champ Giants: MVP: Jordan Favaloro, Runners Up: Max Duyker & Rhys Petroff

U18-2 Titans: Uncle Drew Award: Zavier Jones, Kobe Award: Michael Howard

Girls

U12-1 Giants: MVP: Lottie Wright, Runners Up: Katia Grainger

U12-3 Titans: Most Improved: Carmen Ciangura, Coaches Award: Ruby Hartles

U12-3 Giants: MVP: Maja Prusac, Runners Up: Maddison Plichta

u12-3 Diamonds: MVP: Milla Gebbie, MVP: Keeley Drayton

u14-1 Giants: MVP: Chloe Glibo, Runners Up: Isabella Gill

U14-3 Diamonds: MVP: Isabelle McKane, Runners Up: Kyah Moon

U14-3 Giants: MVP: Ella Caruana, Most Improved: Charlotte Climpson

U16-1 Giants: MVP: Stephanie Tripolino, Coaches Award: Amali Schammer

U16-3 Giants: MVP: Montana Schultz, Most Improved: Jemilla Campbell

U16-3 Diamonds: MVP: Lacey Nolan, Runners Up: Bindy Wicks


Team Selection Trials Summer 2023
September 6th, 2022

Thanks for all those who have registered for our summer season. Our junior team selection try outs are this weekend Saturday & Sunday September 10th & 11th.

Where: Corio Leisuretime Centre – Anakie Road

Bring: Lara Giants Singlet (if you have one), Water & Basketball (if you have one)

We have 2 massive long days for our amazing team. So please be patient. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier to your session. All families should have received an email (please check your spam) Below is the breakdown of our day. All players are invited to one session but maybe asked to stay back

If you are unable to make the session please let you junior co-ord know not affect you in being selected in a side as we know how busy life is and how much covid & flu is still going around.


Summer 2023
July 31st, 2022

Registrations are now open for our upcoming Sumer season. Season starts the start of term 4 & continues for term 1 after a break for Christmas holidays.

We have simplified the registration process so you only need to do it once. To register to play please follow the links directly to PlayHQ All players who register before August 31 will be placed in teams.

Registration close August 31st & teams, given the change in age groups we are looking to holding team selection try outs on Sept 10 & 11 at Corio Leisuretime Centre.

If anyone has any questions about the registration process please contact us at enquiries@laragiants.org.au

Anyone is interested in coaching please select that option when you register or email president@laragiants.org.au for more information.

Training times will depend on the team selected & the coaches & venue availability.

BOYS

  • Under 10 – 2014 – 2016 – Saturday
  • Under 12 Boys – 2013 & 2012 – Saturday or Monday
  • Under 14 – 2011 & 2010 – Monday
  • Under 16 – 2009 & 2008 – Wednesday
  • Under 18 – 2007 & 2006 – Wednesday
  • Under 20 – 2004 & 2005 – Thursday
  • Under 23 – 2001 – 2003 – Thursday

GIRLS

  • Under 10 – 2014 – 2016 – Saturday
  • Under 12 Girls – 2013 & 2012 – Thursday
  • Under 14 – 2011 & 2010 – Tuesday
  • Under 16 – 2009 & 2008 – Tuesday
  • Under 19 – 2005-2007 – Tuesday

SENIORS

  • Open/Senior Men (Mostly Monday with some Thursday)
  • Open/Senior Women – Mondays
  • Mixed Men & Women (Sunday night) – Register Interest here Do Not Pay until we confirm team unless you have a team organised.

For more information on the costs associated with playing visit here

Please Note: This is not the registration for Little Giants & Pipsqueaks. More details on that early September.

Please note: Registration requires payment of all related fees.  Refunds will only be available on exceptional circumstances minus any admin fees. This includes long term injuries with supporting documentation.

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE AUGUST 31


Lara Giants FREE Clinic 28th August 2022
July 28th, 2022

We are super excited to have free community clinic return on Sunday August 28th at Corio Leisure Precinct. Thanks to Community Bank Lara District the clinic is completely FREE.

This clinic is open to current players and also open to anyone in our community who is keen to come & try our wonderful game.

There will be two x 1 hour clinics one at

  • 10am we will do clinics for the under 10s (including any Little Giant wanting to try)
  • 11am will be for the under 12s & above.

Whether you love your basketball & would love to get some extra tips or just keen to give basketball a try to see if you like it, we look forward to seeing you there.

Please note numbers are strictly limited, so you must book your spot by filling out your details on our google form HERE


Something for All
May 10th, 2022

The Lara Giants has something for all ages & abilities

Pipsqueak Giants – www.laragiants.org.au/pipsqueaks
A fun & interactive class designed to introduce the fine motor skills & pre-school kids ages 3 & up who haven’t yet started school.

Little Giants – www.laragiants.org.au/littlegiants
A fun term by term introduction to basketball for the future basketball stars. Learn the fun of basketball with our amazing coaches right here in Lara

Play Basketball – www.laragiants.org.au/get-involved/play-basketball/
We have teams in all age groups & divisions from u10s to Senior Men & Women

Mighty Giants – www.laragiants.org.au/mightygiants
A fun & inclusive program designed for kids with special needs & disabilities to give them a chance to have some fun with our wonderful game See less


Winter Teams 2022
April 23rd, 2022

We are super excited to announce our winter teams for Season 2022. A lot of planning & many hours of try outs have resulted in some fantastic teams & some really hard decisions. Please remember that teams will change from season to season as we have kids stop playing & others joining.

If any families have concerns you are welcome to put them in writing to either juniorboys@laragiants.org.au or juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au

We would like to thank our coaches & selection committee for all their hard work on the teams & also for our families for their help & understanding on this challenging task.

WINTER REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED – PLEASE FILL IN YOUR DETAILS ON THE WAIT LIST

https://forms.gle/77wF2TgTew9vELds5

As of April 11 we have the following spots available…

U10 Boys – Only 1 or 2 spots left

U12 Boys – limited spots for Monday or Saturday

U14 Boys – Full

U16 Boys – limited spots

U18 Boys – Full

Men – Potentially spots available

U10 Girls – 1 Spot left

U12 Girls- Full

U14 Girls – Full

U16 Girls – Full

Women – Full

 


Summer 2022 Presentation Day
April 20th, 2022

How wonderful was it to have presentation days in person again. Congrats to all the winners & all the players who did an amazing job to get back into the world of sport after a couple of tough years.

U12 Boys Championship MVP – Deagan Schultz
U12 Boys Championship Runners Up MVP – Spencer Courtney
U12 Boys Div 1 Giants MVP – Jedd Hewitt
U12 Boys Div 1 Giants Most Improved – Lincoln King
U12 Boys Div 3 Giants MVP – Lachlan Holden
U12 Boys Div 3 Giants Coaches Award – Ethan Waugh
U12 Boys Div3 Giants MVP – Jacob Henderson
U12 Boys Div 3 Giants MVP – Max Houston
U12 Boys Div 4 Titans MVP – Declan Fitzsimmons
U12 Boys Div 4 Titans Coaches Award – Ace Allan
U12 Boys Div 5 Giants MVP – Harlem Watts
U12 Boys Div 5 Giants Best Defensive Player – Ryan McGowan
U12 Boys Div 6 Thunder MVP – Isiah Hartles
U12 Boys Div 6 Thunder Runners Up MVP – Archer Clements
U12 Boys Div 6 Lightning MVP – Matthew Knight
U12 Boys Div 6 Lightning Best Defensive Playe – Hugh Cole
U14 Boys Div 1 Giants MVP – Perry Pettigrew
U14 Boys Div 1 Giants Coaches Award – Daniel May
U14 Boys Div 2 Thunder MVP – Carlyn Muaiava
U14 Boys Div 2 Thunder Runners Up MVP – Timothy Howard
U14 Boys Div 2 Lightning MVP – Charlie Mileto
U14 Boys Div 2 Lightning Runners Up MVP – Xavier Ryan
U14 Boys Div 4 Titans MVP – Jai Archibald
U14 Boys Div 4 Titans Most Improved – Lachie Beans
U14 Boys Div 4 Giants MVP – Nate Cambridge
U14 Boys Div 4 Giants Runners Up MVP – Jordan Eyre
U14 Boys Div 5 Lightning MVP – Zack Monohan
U14 Boys Div 5 Lightning Coaches Award – Jai McGillivray
U14 Boys Div 5 Thunder MVP – Jack Bauer
U14 Boys Div 5 Thunder Most Improved – Lachlan Ryan
U14 Boys Div 6 Titans MVP – Isaac Foster
U14 Boys Div 6 Titans Runners Up MVP – Austin Mahney
U14 Boys Div 6 Giants MVP – Kayde Paley
U14 Boys Div 6 Giants Runners Up MVP – Blake Flynn
U16 Boys Championship MVP – Heath Ellis
U16 Boys Championship Coaches Award – Declan Miago
U16 Boys Div 1 Thunder MVP – Declan Plozza
U16 Boys Div 1 Thunder Most Improved – Hudson Lovel
U16 Boys Div 1 Lightning MVP – Noah Wharton
U16 Boys Div 1 Lightning Runners Up MVP – Max Chambers
U16 Boys Div 3 Giants MVP – Aydan Dando
U16 Boys Div 3 Giants Most Points Scored – Angus Gee
U16 Boys Div 4 Titans Best & Fairest – Alex Hosking
U16 Boys Div 4 Titans Most Improved – Jayden Waugh
U16 Boys Div 5 Lightning Most Determined – Lachlan Mccallum
U16 Boys Div 5 Lightning Most Improved – Connor Ryan
U16 Boys Div 5 Thunder MVP – Jayden Robson
U16 Boys Div 5 Thunder Coaches Award – Hudson Walsh
U16 Boys Div 7 Giants MVP – Pagi Lual
U16 Boys Div 7 Giants Runners Up MVP – Harry Hur
U18 Boys Championship MVP – Jordan Favaloro
U18 Boys Championship MVP – Rhys Petroff
U18 Boys Div 2 Giants MVP – Alex Papas
U18 Boys Div 2 Giants Runners Up MVP – Mitchell Osolnik
U18 Boys Div 4 Lightning Best Defensive Player – Fraser Stone
U18 Boys Div 4 Lightning Best Offensive Player – Toby Jacometti
U18 Boys Div 4 Thunder MVP – Phoenix Holland
U18 Boys Div 4 Thunder Runners Up MVP – Joshua Howard

U12 Girls Div 1 Diamonds Coaches Award – Mia Kinsella
U12 Girls Div 1 Diamonds Coaches Award – Carmen Ciangura
U12 Girls Div 1 Lightning MVP – Angelique Kremar
U12 Girls Div 1 Lightning Runners Up MVP – Alexis Marshman
U12 Girls Div 3 Diamonds MVP – Macey Bartolo
U12 Girls Div 3 Diamonds Runners Up MVP – Darcy Rolls
U12 Girls Div 3 Giants MVP – Tahnee Moulden
U12 Girls Div 3 Giants Best Defensive Player – Lily Purvis
U14 Girls Div 1 Giants MVP – Chloe Glibo
U14 Girls Div 1 Giants Runners Up MVP – Isabella Gill
U14 Girls Div 2 Diamonds MVP – Alexis Bodey
U14 Girls Div 2 Diamonds Coaches Award – Zoe Reid
U14 Girls Div 3 Giants MVP – Zarah Rooney
U14 Girls Div 3 Giants Coaches Award – Maita Nyanhanda
U16 Girls Championship MVP – Addi Baars
U16 Girls Championship Runners Up MVP – Zahlia Foley
U16 Girls Div 2 Giants MVP – Ivy Darcy
U16 Girls Div 2 Giants MVP – Lily Cavie
U16 Girls Div 3 lightning MVP – Elouise Henderson
U16 Girls Div 3 lightning Runners Up MVP – Sophia Kulic
U16 Girls Div 3 Thunder MVP – Harriet Wright
U16 Girls Div 3 Thunder Runners Up MVP – Lily Bolger
U20 Girls Div 2 Giants MVP – Kayla Orchard
U20 Girls Div 2 Giants Coaches Award – Steffi Hewitt


Winter 2022
March 23rd, 2022

WINTER REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED – PLEASE FILL IN YOUR DETAILS ON THE WAIT LIST https://forms.gle/77wF2TgTew9vELds5

Registrations are now open for our upcoming Winter season. Season starts the start of term 2 & continues for term 3.

We have simplified the registration process so you only need to do it once. To register to play please follow the links directly to PlayHQ All players who register before March 27 will be placed in teams.

Registration close March 27th & teams will be selected prior to Easter.

If anyone has any questions about the registration process please contact us at enquiries@laragiants.org.au

Age Groups for Winter 2022

  • Under 10 – 2013 – 2015 (Saturday)
  • Under 12 Boys – 2011 & 2012 (Saturday & Monday options)
  • Under 12 Girls – 2011 & 2012 (Thursday)
  • Under 14 – 2009 & 2010 (Boys- Monday, Girls- Tuesday)
  • Under 16 – 2007 & 2008 (Boys- Wednesday, Girls- Tuesday)
  • Under 18 – 2005 & 2006 (Boys- Wednesday, Girls- Tuesday)
  • Under 20 – 2003 & 2004 (Boys- Thursday, Girls- Tuesday)
  • Under 23 – 2000 – 2002 (Boys- Thursday)
  • Open/Senior Men & Women (Mostly Monday)

Note: Little Giants registrations will be open after March 27.

Please note: Registration requires payment of all related fees. For more information on the fees required please visit www.laragiants.org.au/get-involved/play-basketball Refunds will only be available on exceptional circumstances minus any admin fees. This includes long term injuries with supporting documentation.


Welcome Gabe Hadley – Director of Coaching & Player Development
January 20th, 2022

The Lara Giants are super excited to have signed Geelong Supercat Gabe Hadley as our new Director of Coaching & Player Development. Gabe will also suit up for the Lara Giants as part of our Lara Hotel Championship men.

Gabe is currently in his second year with the NBL1 Geelong Supercats, Before coming to Geelong he played Collage basketball in America for New Mexico State University as a freshman before transferring to University of California San Diego for 3 years where in his final year the team was ranked 2nd in the country in Division 2 but unfortunately the season was cut short by COVID. Gabe also represented Tasmania and later Victoria in the Australian National Junior Championships and was fortunate enough to represent Australia in the U19 Emus team at the Oceania qualifiers.Gabe is a well established player with some amazing experiences & is keen to help the players & coaches in Lara take our game to the next level. Gabe will be working closely with our coaches & help develop, teach & share his experiences & techniques he has learnt over his journey to help our juniors learn the basics as well as the next level skills.

Gabe is also offering one on one & group training session for all our Lara Juniors right here in Lara at a reduced price. To express interest in these sessions fill in your details on the link here https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfK5zJpXJKT…/viewform

We also want to take this opportunity to thank the amazing Joel McFall for all he has done for the Lara Giants over the past many years. Joel is stepping away from basketball all together to follow his other passions where we know he will be amazing & have just as much of an impact on many lives like he did ours. Thank you Joel.

Welcome Gabe, we can’t wait to see you in Lara blue & helping our juniors & the coaches. For more information on any of this please feel free to contact president Jason at president@laragiants.org.auGo Giants!


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Upcoming Events


12th
Sep
Uniform Day

Uniform day is on Thursday 15th September at the St Anthony’s Church on Kees Road. All new players from u10s to seniors will require a Lara Giants reversible uniform. For those of you who tried on and ordered a uniform at try outs, please come along to collect your uniform between 5.30 and 8pm. You […]


17th
Sep
Presentation Day

Junior Presentation Day 12:30pm Little, Pipsqueaks & Mighty Giants 1pm U12 Girls 1:30pm U14s 2:30pm U10 3:30pm U16s & u18s 4pm Club Champs 4:30pm U12 Boys


10th
Sep
Summer Team Selection Trials

Saturday & Sunday September 10th & 11th. Corio Leisuretime Centre – Anakie Road


28th
Aug
Giant Clinic Aug 28

Join us for our free clinic on Sunday August 28 at Corio Leisure Centre.  For more information visit www.laragiants.org.au/giantclinic22


17th
Sep
Presentation Day Winter 2022

Celebrate the end of our winter season with plenty of trophies & medals for our junior sides. Details to be confirmed


31st
Aug
Summer Registration Closes

Registrations for our upcoming summer season close August 31. Register now at www.laragiants.org.au/summer23


7th
Apr
Winter Uniform Day

For our new players for summer season or our existing players needing a new uniform here is the chance to grab your uniform & be ready for the new season. More details to come


3rd
Apr
Summer Presentation Day

Summer Presentation Day, a chance to celebrate all our wonderful achievements. More details to come but we will be working thru from u10s at 12pm & going thru each age group one at a time


27th
Mar
Junior Clinic

We are super excited to have our first clinic for the year on Sunday March 27th at Geelong Grammar. Thanks to Community Bank Lara District the clinic is completely FREE Please note numbers are strictly limited, so you must book your spot by filling out your details on our google form HERE


17th
Nov
Uniform Day Summer 2022

Lara Giants Basketball Uniform day – Summer Season 2022 Uniform purchases for the return of basketball for juniors. Sunday 14 November 2021  LOCATION St Anthonys Catholic Church Corner of Kees Road and Gebbies Road, Lara VIC 3212 Bookings essential:  https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=830907