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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.


Free Community Junior Clinic Sunday Dec 8
November 27th, 2019

Thanks to the Lara & District Community Bendigo Bank we are having our first Free clinic for the summer season.

We have an all star cast to help with the clinic featuring NBL1 Geelong Supercat Liam McInerney. Thanks to Kardinia Osteo, Liam will not only help the kids out with some basics, but will also discuss the importance of stretching & looking after our bodies to allow us to get thru the work loads & to make us better players. Liam will also hit the floor showing the kids some great moves that has made him one of the best players in the NBL1 over many years.

We also have our own div 1 womans player as well as Little Giants super coach Kelssey Jordan. Kelsey has been fantastic at helping our younger juniors get ready for competative basketball. Kelsey has also played basketball at all levels in Geelong from div 1 women to junior rep basketball with supercats & sting rays.

And of course, everyones favourite & Hustle Hoops own Joel McFall. Joel who has been coaching at Lara Giants for a number of years doing the under 14 Championship team. Joel also does one on one & group sessions with Hustle Hoops. As well as all of this he also plays with our div 1/championship mens team.

Spaces are limited, the day starts at 11am for u10s & Little Giants, 12pm for u12s & 1:15 for u14s & u16s. Be sure to register at https://forms.gle/nHA14qeLBZKNpHhD6


Not a Trivia Night
November 3rd, 2019

What is it? This fun night out is not a Trivia Night. It is a super fun Music, Movie, TV, Game Show Night. Combining some of our favourite game shows, lots of audience participation & plenty of fun & laughs

Featuring some of your favourite tv game shows including minute to win it, sale of the centry, survivor, Don’t forget the lyric and a whole lot more with some 80s & 90s trivia, thi is bound to be a fun & very entertaining night out

Tickets are only $25 each with BYO alcohol making it a great value night out

To book your table visit https://forms.gle/FDnAa2JhWbvsVjJF8

See you Saturday Nov 23rd, check out the facebook event for the latest news & sneak peaks. https://www.facebook.com/events/682193392272115

Q. When is it

A. Saturday Nov 23rd from 7pm to late

Q. Where is it?

A. Lara Hall. Flinders Ave Lara

Q. How much does it cost?

A. $25 a head

Q. Can I buy drinks there?

A. No it is BYO, so you can fill the esky & have a cheap night out

Q. What it I can’t fill a table by myself?

A. Let us know & we will help find you some great team mates.

Q. I am no good at Trivia, should I stay home?

A. No, this is not your average Trivia Night. There will be some trivia, but
it will be a lot more interactive. A lot of questions about music, movies and a lot of fun.

Q. So all my favourite TV game shows & some reality shows will be
included, does that include the Bachelor?

A. Sorry no Bachelor or bachelorette. But there will be a Survivor
challenge, Minute to win it, Lip Sync Battle & more

Q. What time will it finish?

A. Not sure, but it will be after 10. We have the hall till late so when the
game & quiz show fun ends we will pump up the tunes & have a bit more
fun.

Q. Will there be any auctions & sport memorabilia available?

A. Great question, yes there will be. We have lined up some great basketball
& other pieces of sporting memorabilia

Q. Is there any age limits?

A. We recommend 16+, largely due to the fact their will be drinking & some potentially embarrassing moments 🙂

Q. This sounds like a great night, how do I register?

A. Enter your details on the Google docs link here https://forms.gle/vuUXevt9g2gBnLg79


Summer Teams 2020 inc seniors
September 25th, 2019

We are excited to announce our sumer teams for 2019. With over 400 players again & 50+ junior teams it has been a massive job. The coaches & co-ordinators have worked very hard on team selections factoring in what is best for all players & teams. When selecting teams there is a number of factors we take into account, but our long term goal is what is best for the player to improve, compete, be challenged & most importantly have fun. Some kids will be pushed to go harder this season. Others will be given the opportunity to put their game into practice & improve their skills.

Teams

Below are the teams as selected. As we are all volunteers & time poor, if you would like to discuss teams further please email us at juniorboys@laragiants.org.au or juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au

Note: Under 20 boys will be released next week

Lara Fees & Basketball Geelong Rego

To accept your position in your team, you must pay your club fees here

If you are new you also need to pay insurance & rego with Basketball Geelong (the main comp) here 

Uniform Day Summer

Lara Giants Uniform Day is scheduled for Sunday October 6 at St Anthony’s Primary. Note: All players will be required to buy new reversible uniform. More details next week.


Little Giants 2019 – Term 4
September 14th, 2019

Thanks to Becks Boarding Retreat, Little Giants is back for term 4.

To book your spot fill in your details here – https://forms.gle/iB7QZLXHvTFcWigA7

Little Giants is a fun introduction to basketball where kids learn the basics of basketball of basketball in a fun friendly environment without the pressures of actual games.  Our coaches are all experience players playing for Lara as well as representative basketball for Geelong.  Class sizes are limited to the classes to just 16 to allow maximum coach to player time.


Cost: $90 for new players (inc ball & shirt), $70 for returning
Location: Lara Lake Primary School

1. Monday 4:15pm to 5pm with Jess & Paige  – 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.  Our coaches are experienced players with supercats rep experience who are great with the little kids & helping them get confident.

  2. Monday 6pm to 7 with Kelsey Jordan Ages 7+

Our later class on Mondays are 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.  Kids aiming to play next summer (term 4) should consider joining this wondefrul program with Kelsey.  Kelsey is a div 1 womens player & has a lot of experience & an excellent teacher of the game.  

3. Saturday 9am to 9:45 with Joel McFall – All ages

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 div 1 mens team as well as our u14-1 coach.  

Classes start Saturday October 12 & Monday October 14.

To book your spot fill in your details here – https://forms.gle/iB7QZLXHvTFcWigA7

Please note classes are strictly limited we will confirm classes during the second week of holidays.

For more information or any questions contact us at enquiries@laragiants.org.au

Dates for Term 4 2019:

Monday:

14-Oct, 21-Oct, 28-Oct, 11-Nov, 18-Nov, 25-Nov, 2-Dec & 9-Dec

Saturday:

12-Oct, 19-Oct, 26-Oct, 9-Nov, 16-Nov, 23-Nov, 30-Nov, 7-Dec

Please note: No sessions on Melb cup weekend due to Geelong United Basketball Junior Tournament & potential long weekend for some.


Summer 2020- Updated Sept 17th 7pm
August 30th, 2019

Registrations are now open for our Summer season. 

Already Registered? Check your name is here…

Make sure your name is on the lsit below or you haven’t registered via our google forms link  junior registration here


How to register
Register your details here: Junior Registration  or Senior Register

Junior Age Groups (year they were born)
Under 10 – 2011 or after
Under 12 – 2009 & 2010
Under 14 – 2007 & 2008
Under 16 – 2005 & 2006
Under 18 – 2003 & 2004
 
Team Selections
We are aiming to announce teams Oct 1.   There most likely will 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 president@laragiants.org.au or call president Jason on 0417 306 327.
 
Regards
Lara Giants Basketball Club
For more information please visit our registration process

Please note: All players must purchase new uniforms & pay club registrations prior to the first round commencing.
 
For more information or any questions please contact us at enquiries@laragiants.org.au

Want $50 Giant Bucks?
August 28th, 2019

We have a special offer to all our members that will give you $50 off the cost of and club merchandise including uniform.  All you need to do is have a meeting with the Lara District Community Bank Branch and tell them we sent you. That’s it! Book a meeting with the wonderful staff at our local Lara District Community Bank to discuss your home loan or other financial requirements we will give you $50 credit towards club merchandise, fees or uniforms.

Why Should we change banks?

Five good reasons (from the many) why you should consider changing banks

  1. When you bank with Lara District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, great things happen in Lara. Local projects & clubs get funding. So far they have given over $1 million back to our region.
  2. They are local & easy to get to and are they are open on Saturday mornings.
  3. They have really good products & rates.
  4. We will give you $50 toward the club merchandise, fees or uniform for having a meeting with the branch & mentioning the Lara Giants.**
  5. We will give you $100 extra if you change your home loan with the bank. **

My Story: Jason Aherne: LBC President

I have been involved with the Lara Giants for many years. I have been to many of the Bendigo Bank nights encouraging locals to change our banking to them. But that just seemed to hard & all those other excuses where it was just easier to not change.

I did my homework & negotiated with my existing bank a discount on my rate & then arranged to see the Bendigo Bank Lara loans manager Michelle Duncan on a Saturday morning. We gathered our figures & what we wanted from our loan & spoke about the different banking options the bank has available. The bank had a great interest rate (better than my newly discounted rate) and I was able to extend my home loan (to do a few jobs around the house). I was also able to support this wonderful bank that has been so supportive to my club & so many other Lara & District groups.

It costs nothing to book an appointment & have a chat. You don’t have to change banks, but you owe it to yourself to see what the Lara Community Bank can do for you.

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**Note: $50 & $100 given in terms of money to spend with the club to cover playing costs, uniforms or merch. Numbers are strictly limited to the first 10 appointments (however may be extended)


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Upcoming Events


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


4th
Aug
Disco Bingo

Dolly’s Disco Bingo is the original music bingo company in Australia. Instead of numbers, we play well know tunes. To book your tickets contact Bridie: 0431 783 323


14th
Apr
Winter Uniform Day 2018

Winter Uniform Day is Saturday April 14 at 2pm at Lara Lake Primary