Giants Hoop City Clinic June 30


Free Lara Giants Hoop City Clinic on Sunday June 30 from 10:30am for all current Lara Giants players who are playing in our u12 or u14 teams.

Featuring Geelong NBL1 Players Demarcus Gatlin & Seth Garcia

Registrations Required & spaces are very limited. Register here https://forms.gle/EtpEfAyuyHh49Dvi7


Summer 2024 Presentation Day


U10s

U12s

U14s

U16s

U18s & U19s

Crowd & 10 Year Player


The Inclusion Way Lara Giants Winter Teams 2024


We are thrilled to announce our junior winter team for season 2024.

Please note, we have had some last minute delays in our under 16 & u19 girls teams meaning we cannot name them tonight & will release these teams on Sunday night. We also will endeavour to also release our senior sides Sunday night

Team selection is always a challenging process & the selection committee do our best to ensure the best options are carried out for both individuals as well as what is best for teams. We also get large number of requests to play with friends etc. These things can not always be delivered due to differences in abilities or for team balance & positions played.

If you have any concerns with the selection we ask you to put them in writing along with your childs name & age group & email us at [email protected] or [email protected] and we will do our best to answer your queries.

Coaches will be sent contact details & will be in touch early next week with training times.

We will be having a uniform day on Sunday April 14 from 4pm to 6pm with more details coming soon for new players.

Thank you all for your patience & Go Giants for Winter 2024

Junior Boys (inc under 23)

Junior Girls

Seniors Mixed, Women & Mens


Lorraine Kulic – Life Member


On March 17 2024 we welcomed Lorraine Kulic as a Life Member of the Lara Giants.

Lorraine joined the Committee in 2013
-In 2015 she took on multiple roles including Sponsorship, Fund Raising & more
-2016 she became club secretary
-This was quickly followed by Vice President in 2017 where she has remained for the last 7 years
-Also in 2023 she made her coaching debut with the U19 girls winning a premiership

Congrats Lorraine on becoming Life Member #6 for the Lara Giants


Giant Clinic Term 1 – Feb 25


Our Lara Giants Community Clinic is back again for term 1 on Sunday Feb 25. And thanks to the Community Bank Lara it is 100% FREE.

We have NBL1 Geelong United Supercat Seth Garcia as well as Lara Giant multiple time club champion Jackson Bentley as well as Champ Mens coach Simon Favaloro ready to give you all the tips to advance your game or to just learn the basics of our game.

10am is for under 10s

11am is for u12s & U14s

Spaces are limited so booking is required at https://forms.gle/cxJCnhhREXYPHgbY7


Winter Season 2024


Registrations are now open for our upcoming Winter season. The season starts the start of term 2 & continues for term 3. Registration close March 17th.

REGISTER HERE: https://www.playhq.com/basketball-victoria/register/dc2bf8

If anyone has any questions about the registration process please contact us at [email protected]

Anyone is interested in coaching please select that option when you register or email [email protected] for more information.

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

Age Groups Winter 2024

BOYS

  • Under 10 – 2015 – 2017 – Saturday
  • Under 12 Boys – 2013 & 2014 – Saturday or Monday
  • Under 14 – 2011 & 2012 – Monday
  • Under 16 – 2009 & 2010 – Wednesday
  • Under 18 – 2007 & 2008 – Wednesday
  • Under 23 – 2002 – 2005 – Thursday

GIRLS

  • Under 10 – 2015 – 2017 – Saturday
  • Under 12 Girls – 2013 & 2014 – Thursday
  • Under 14 – 2011 & 2012 – Tuesday
  • Under 16 – 2009 & 2010 – Tuesday
  • Under 19 – 2006-2008 – Tuesday

SENIORS

  • Open/Senior Women – Monday
  • Open/Senior Men (Mostly Monday but also Thursday option)
  • Mixed Men & Women (Sunday)

For more information on the costs associated with playing visit here

Please Note: This is not the registration for Shooting Stars, Little Giants & Pipsqueaks. More details on that closer to Easter

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE MARCH 17


Girls Only Giants – GO GIANTS


Lara Giants are excited to have a brand new class for 2024. Girls Only Giants aka GO GIANTS

Based on our popular Little Giants program where we focus on developing skills & preparing girls to eventually play. This program is ran by our super coach Kat Herbert who has many years experience coaching at domestic & representative levels.

Classes are designed for Girls who are 7 to 12 years of age & waiting to learn the basics of basketball in a all girl environment.

Classes will be held at Lara Lake Primary School on Fridays afternoons at 4:15pm & run for 45 minutes & as a special introductory class we are making it 100% FREE for term 1. All you need to bring is a drink & a size 5 basketball.

To Register enter you details at: www.playhq.com/basketball-victoria/register/757a98


Life Membership – Jason Aherne


On the weekend our president Jason Aherne was surrounded by his family, friends, committee and seniors to celebrate his Lara Giants life membership. Jason changed the direction of the Lara Giants brining the club into the modern era of technology and social media, introduction of junior programs, coaching, clinics and his beloved All abilities program (plus so much more).

A huge Thankyou to his family – the amount of hours Jason puts into the club couldn’t happen with out their Support.

20 Year Player Awards

We also had 8 members of the club receiving 20 year playing awards. This is an amazing achievement and we thank you for your dedication to the club.

A huge congratulations to:

James Box, Michael Hammond, Sam Hammond & Jacinta Box (pictured)

Chris Lewis, Lachlan Turner, Steve Lydom & Steve Linaker.

A big thank you to our sponsor Lara Hotel for the hospitality and continued support and to coach Kate and her amazing balloons from Party on Us


Lara Giants Sponsorship Update


The Lara Giants are thrilled to announce two new sponsors joining our Giant family

Lara Real Estate

Lara Real Estate have joined forces with Carey First National and are committed to continuing the legacy of excellent service and local expertise. Already operational at their new look McLelland Avenue office with the same great team, Lara Real Estate is dedicated to achieving a seamless real estate experience for the Lara community. Whether it’s buying, selling, leasing or land, they are here to help.

With their extensive experience and knowledge of the local market, the Lara Giants Basketball Club look forward to its members being represented by Lara Real Estate’s unwavering passion for their clients on their property journey.

Further to the collaboration between the club and Lara Real Estate we look forward to not only sharing news and listings from Lara Real Estate but also the club’s newest merchandise line.

Surfcoast Eggs

Surfcoast Eggs are on board & we are looking to add an exciting new merch product in the new year featuring these guys.

Surf coast eggs are the go-to choice for exceptional freshness, guaranteeing a superior taste. You can get them at Coles Supermarket, so be sure to grab them on your next shop.


Summer Teams 2024


We are super excited to announce our Junior Summer teams for our upcoming Summer Season 2024. Senior teams will be announced next weekend.

With over 500 players registered for juniors & 71 teams it has been a massive task for our coaches & playing committee. Around 20 hours of try outs & lots of sweat & skill on display made it an incredibly hard task. We thank all families who made the effort to come to try outs & gave it their best shot.

This season we need all players to register to their team before they step on the court. Failure to do so will result in the team to be punished on the ladder for the whole season & players not covered by insurance. All teams listed have a link to PlayHQ below the team name, find your child & follow the link to register & pay your Geelong United Fees & potentially Basketball Victoria fees.

We know this period is an incredibly stressful time for all players & we know there will be players who are upset & disappointed where they end up. There is many reasons taken into account when selecting teams such as team balance position the player plays, coachability, attitude, attendance to training & try outs. If you are unhappy & would like clarification we ask that you sleep on it & if still not happy then please put your concerns in an email. Be sure to include the players name & age group to help us find the right player. Please remember that we are heading into holidays & our coordinators may not be as responsive as normal.

Email: Boys: [email protected]

Email: Girls: [email protected]

We do have a very limited number of spaces available if you missed registration. You can enquire or register for wait list at https://forms.gle/49Wkym9DgjeeQn7b6

Without further delay here are our Summer Teams

Uniform Day

Uniform day is booked for Wednesday Sep 20 at St Anthonys Church. To book your spot visit HERE


Upcoming Events


30th
Jun
Lara Giants Hoop City Clinic

Free Hoop City Clinic for our U12 & U14 players. Register here https://forms.gle/EtpEfAyuyHh49Dvi7


14th
Apr
Uniform Day

Uniform Day is today at Lara Community Centre on Waverly Road Lara between 4pm to 6pm If you are a new player or needing a new Austin Lara uniform you can come along & collect your uniform today. First games are this week so make sure you are ready. To help ensure speedy service for […]


24th
Mar
Summer 2024 Presentation

Sunday March 24 – Details TBC


25th
Feb
Giant Clinic Term 1

Free Clinic for all in our community. More info www.laragiants.org.au/giantclinic24/


31st
Jul
Winter Presentation Day

Sunday August 27 Lara Primary School 1pm U10s, 2pm U12s 3pm Programs – Shooting Starts, Little Giants, Mighty Giants & Pipsqueaks 3:30pm U14s,  4:30pm U16s, u18s & u19s


17th
Jun
Trivia Twisties – Trivia Night

Join us for a fun night of Trivia…. But with a twist.  There will be a strong emphasis on TV, Movies, Sport & Music as well as other crazy fun games & activities for all to enjoy


3rd
Jun
Lara Giants – Geelong Supercats Club Night

The Lara Giants are off to watch the NBL1 action with the Geelong United Supercats on Saturday June 3rd at the Geelong Arena. More info Lara Giants – Geelong Supercats Club Night


7th
Mar
Presentation Day Summer 2023

Our summer presentation day is Sunday April 2


19th
Mar
Giant Clinic/ Come & Try

Free Clinic / Come & Try Session Sunday March 19 Lara Lake Primary


20th
Nov
Annual General Meeting

7pm Sunday Nov 20 Lara Community Centre – Youth Room   All positions will be declared vacant & a new committee will be elected. If you are passionate about helping our club as we head into the most important time in our 30 year history we would love for you to come along.