Latest News


Sponsors Profile
May 14th, 2020

During the break from basketball we have decided to get to know our sponsors better. Below is a snapshot of our simple Q&As during Covid-19


Lara Giants Survey
April 26th, 2020

We are currently undertaking a strategic plan. A strategic plan is a process of defining our club’s direction – making decisions on allocating the resources necessary to pursue objectives. Part of this process is a membership survey – which is now open. Our committee would like the support of our valued members by way of participating in this survey. This survey is part of our ongoing continuous listening to gather feedback from our members.

This feedback will help us to derive our objectives which in turn will mean better opportunities and facilities for our players and community. Strategy matters more than ever right now. It’s the tool used for shaping the future and creating momentum. Please take a few moments to complete the survey and help us better support you, our club membership base and the extended Lara community. The survey is open until the close of business on 4 May 2020.

Looking forward to seeing the results of the survey, this is the first step in our ultimate goal of a stadium for the club, so please be sure to take the time & be involved.

To do the survey click on this link here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CPP5JJF


Virtual Presentation Day Summer 2020
April 2nd, 2020

We are in difficult times where we had to cancel our presention day. Over the Easter break we are honouring the winners in our virtual presentation day.

All player trophies will be made available when we are given the all clear. Congrats to every single player who played this summer you all receive a medal for your efforts. Thank you to the parents for all their support as well as our amazing coaches who give up their time for our juniors.

U12 Boys

The U12 Boys would like to thanks Beck’s Boarding retreat for their Virtual Presentation day. Beck’s have been supporting the club for many years & once the quarantine is over we will be all looking forward to a holiday as will our furry friends. Be sure to continue to support our wonderful local businesses.

Congrats to all our U12 Boys, the Most Valuable Players, Runners Up & Coaches Awards. Massive thank you to our wonderful coaches too for their hard work this season

U12 Girls

The U12 Girls would like to thank Millars Lara for their support in 2019/20. Like many of our small businesses Millars needs your continued support during these hard times. Be sure to grab your coffee to work from home or order one of the yummy meals for dinner at home.

U14 Girls

Our U14 Girls is brought to us with thanks from the amazing Lara District Community Bank Branch for their continued support of our club & our whole community. Did you know they have donated over $1 million dollars back into the community since they opened. They continued their community work by helping us have free clinics for all (hopefully will be able to resume them soon). With so much going on in our world now they bank is still busy helping us all by providing their continued service. Now might be a time to consider your banking needs & look to re-finance to a great bank on a great rate & with money going back into our club. Plus we will give you $50 to spend within the club just by having a meeting with them for more info visit www.laragiants.org.au/50toyou/

Well done to all the girls for their fantastic season & a massive thank you to our wonderful coaches.

U14 Boys

The u14 boys are our biggest group with 11 teams of 8 and they are brought to you by our biggest sponser Austin Lara. Discover Lara’s Most Vibrant New Community at www.austinlara.com.au To see what the new Lara will look like. This is an exciting development with the first 6 stages sold out with plenty more to come. If you are looking at building or an investment option be sure to check out these amazing blocks.

Well done to all our U14 boys for their fantastic season & a massive thank you to our wonderful coaches.

Under 16 Boys

The U16 Boys are brought to you by one of our longest sponsors who are always happy to help out the club from financial sponsorship to helping our on presentation day with sausages. Thank you to the Lara Hotel for their continued support. They will need our support more than ever due to the current situation so be sure to get back & support them when we can. Well done to all our U16 boys for their fantastic season & a massive thank you to our wonderful coaches.

U16 Girls

The U16 Girls virtual presentation is thanks to the wonderful Kardinia Osteopathic Clinic. While our basketball lives are on hold we are probably doing a lot of things that are bad on our body, in particular our posture with home offices, lounging around watching movies & living on our devices. So be sure to check out a great bit of information from Kardinia to help with these situations https://www.kardiniaclinic.com.au/desk-set-up

Thanks guys for your support & we look forward to having Liam back giving us from tips on the basketball court as well as before & after games.

U18 Boys

The U18 Boys virtual presentation is with thanks to the wonderful APCO Service Stations. With all of the craziness on in the word it is good to know that Apco is still open 24 hours a day & not only has all our petrol needs (which are so cheap at the moment) as well as many of the basics without going to the supermarket including bread, milk & plenty more. Thanks to all the Apco stores in Geelong, especially our local Lara store with Dean & his wonderful team. Thank you also for our coaches for their efforts & well done to the boys for their season.

U18/20 Girls

Our final virtual presentation is for the U20 Girls thanks to the wonderful Hodges Lara. Hodges are our new warm up top sponsor & we look forward to seeing the new designs soon. Hodges Lara specialize in real estate, property, land, homes for sale & rental homes in Lara. With over 20 years experience in real estate be sure to contact Hodges if you are looking to sell or buy in Lara or Geelong. Well done to the girls & the coaches on their season


Winter Season 2020 Last Update 19 March – 8pm
March 17th, 2020

Currently signed up for Winter 2020

Winter Registation Info

Registration is now open for our Winter season. Winter season starts for term 2 & continues into term 3. All players wanting to play must register their details

Juniors: here

Seniors: here

Club fees must be paid prior to the start of the season, however Geelong United Basketball & Basketball Victoria are implementing a new system so they canot be paid just yet. We hope to have the new system up by end of the week. In the mean time register away & bring on our winter season.


Corona Virus Update March 13th 5pm
March 13th, 2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CORONA VIRUS

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Below is a statement just released by Basketball Victoria CEO Mr Nick Honey.
‘Basketball Victoria has made the decision to suspend Basketball Victoria related programs, events and leagues from now until further notice. This includes ALL VJBL games, domestic basketball and any skill development programs, we also recommend the suspension of these activities until further notice.

As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience as we work through this difficult period. This is a decision we don’t take lightly and want to reassure the basketball community that we will continue to work with the Victorian Government
and other health authorities to ensure the health and wellbeing of our players, coaches, referees and staff are maintained.

Further updates will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

What does this mean for the club.

Domestic Games

All domestic games, including up coming finals are on hold. We do not know at this stage the plan for when they will be played, but we are hopeful they will be played when things are declared safe

Presentation Day

Presentation day was cancelled prior to the official notice from basketball Victoria based on advice by a high up doctor in Geelong who specialises in these situations. This was done for the safety of our basketball community as well out of respect for the school & their wider community as the virus can be left behind & survive for up to 4 days.

Little Giants

Little Giants is currently also suspended until further notice. We are unsure if we wil get to resume prior to Easter. We will potentially look to follow the basketball season or look to have make up sessions for the kids who missed out.

Girls Only Clinic with Steph Blicavs

This clinic has also been postponed until later in the year. we are hoping to pick this up for our winter season & continue to work with Steph & our girls program, including getting along to her NBL1 games with the Geelong Supercats

Training

Based on the advice of Basketball Vic, no training will be happening while the ban on domestic games. If teams choose to train on outdoor courts that is up to the families

Winter Season

At this stage we will continue our planning for winter season as per normal. We remind you all that registrations are still currently open & are expected to close next week (may be extended given the current situation) However, if you intend to play winter season you must register ASAP to guarentee a spot on a team. Direct link to register https://forms.gle/APZxB2LfTWRK…

Thank you all for your support in this challenging times, this is an ever changing situation & we are working with all relevant parties to ensure the health, safety & well being of all is being considered. Some decisions are out of our hand, but we totally support them.  Please be sure too follow us on social media for the most up to date information.

Regards

Jason Aherne

Lara Giants President


PlayHQ & Winter Fees
March 2nd, 2020

Lara Giants PlayHQ User Guide https://docs.google.com/document/d/1faPMlj_94VScIY0NzKqEiJIRJG841D3tggq4JYHAqh8

Important information for all those intending to play this winter. Basketball Victoria is rolling out a new system for paying all your fees in one place. No more confussion about if you have to pay Geelong fees or Lara Fees or both.

The new system is called PlayHQ & it will replace sporting pulse/ SportsTG starting this winter. However, like previous years you will not be able to take the court until all your fees are paid up. This is important to ensure you are covered by the right insurances should something happen. In fact we cannot allocate any player to a team until you are a paid up member.

One of the changes coming in is Geelong United Basketball is aligning with the clubs & going season by season, meaning those who play single seasons will be better off. One of the set backs with the new system is the change over from the old system which means if you paid your Geelong & Victoria Fees in October last year you will by default be asked to pay them again. However, Geelong United will be sending you a coupon code to use to wipe out this portion of the fee so you don’t have to pay it twice

The system is brand new & being written for basketball, however it is still a work in progress & not all features are ready. One example affects families where we can only give a set percentage discount, meaning 3rd & 4th children do not get the same rate we offer now. If you contact us we will help sort this out as well with another code.

So expect an email in the coming days saying you need to register & if your registration is not due you will get a coupon code from GUB. As always, we are here to help you so any questions feel free to contact us an enquiries@laragiants.org.au


Girls Only Clinic
February 18th, 2020

OK girls, time to get some tips of one of the best in the country, Steph Blicavs. Steph has played with the Australian Opals, WNBL and recently signed up with Geelong Supercats NBL1 program.

So whether you are an existing Lara Giant player, or a girl who would like to learn a bit more about our game, thanks to the Bendigo Community Bank, we have a FREE basketball clinic for you.

Registrations are a must so we can ensure to have enough coaches to help on the day. Sign up now at https://forms.gle/GYuKeqmoxhQs5Ctx6


Mighty Giants – All Abilities Basketball
February 6th, 2020

The Lara Giants are excited to bring a brand new class for 2020 called the Mighty Giants. The Mighty Giants is designed for kids under 14 with special needs & disabilities 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.

Thanks to Jibber Jabber Allied Health we are starting with a series of come & try sessions on Saturdays in Feb 8th, 15th & 22nd from 9am at Lara Lake Primary School. No need to register, just come along. Even if a little shy you are welcome to sit & watch the fun until you have the confidence to join in.

We are looking to start regular classes for term 2, so please let us know how we can help make the classes fun and enjoyable.

For further information please feel free to contact us facebok or email enquires@laragiants.org.au


Summer Season Dates (Term 1)
January 15th, 2020

Our summer season continues for term 1 with the key dates below. Please note that seniors go back earlier than the school term & return Jan 20th

Key Dates for Comp & Little Giants

For new players wanting to play for the Lara Giants we will be taking registrations for the winter season from end of Feb. Winter season is term 2 & term 3

Geelong United Basketball Full Calendar can be found here


Little Giants Term 1
January 14th, 2020

Thanks to Beck’s Boarding Retreat Little Giants is back for term 1. Spaces are limited so be quick to book your spot. To register click here

Note: Our summer season continues for term 1 with no spaces for u10s until our winter season which starts term 2. Any kids interested in playing for winter we recommend at least a term of Little Giants.

There are 3 classes to choose from

1. Monday 4:15pm to 5pm with Jess Aherne – Ages 5 to 6
This group is designed for the younger less experienced little giants aged 5 to 6. The program is more designed around fun & is a basic introduction to basketball.

2. Monday 6pm to 7 with Kelsey Jordan Ages 7+
Our later class on Mondays is designed for the kids who are 7+ 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.

3. Saturday 10am to 10:45 with Joel McFall – All ages
Our Saturday classes are open for all ages, ideally aimed at those aged 6 to 9 with limited basketball experience.


  • Austin Land Lara
  • Lara Hotel
  • Lara Community Bank
  • Apco
  • Beck's Boarding Retreat
  • Kardinia Osteopathic Clinic
  • Hodges Real Estate

Upcoming Events


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, […]


24th
Feb
Bunnings BBQ 2019

Bunnings BBQ Sunday Feb 24 Book your spot to help https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=467320&here


23rd
Sep
Junior Presentation Day

Lara Giants Junior Presentation Day (including Little Giants) is Sunday September 23rd at St Anthony’s Primary School.


26th
Aug
Annual General Meeting

Lara Basketball Club would like to advise all that the our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday August 26th 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