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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:

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:

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)

Lara Giants AGM 29th Nov 2020
November 8th, 2020


The Lara Giants 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday November 29 at 7pm. Due to COVID-19 and the Victorian Government Restrictions in place, for the first time the Annual General Meeting will be held online via Zoom. Members wishing to attend the meeting will be required to pre-register and will be sent an online link.

All committee positions will be declared vacant and a new committee will be elected. If you are interested in serving on the committee in one of the executive positions or as a general committee member please be sure to select the role (or roles) you wish to nominate for. 

The strength of a club and its ongoing success is dependent on a strong, active and progressive committee. We need committee members with fresh ideas and enthusiasm to maintain the great progress the club has achieved over the recent past. If you have the enthusiasm and a willingness to contribute time, ideas and effort for the betterment of the club we want you on the committee

Committee Roles & Responsibilities

The committee is broken up into multiple parts, with the main committee made up of 13 positions. The committee meets roughly every 6 weeks & is more active during season change over.

There is also a group of sub committee designed to spread the load & responsibilities of the committee & help serve the club. These positions are only required on demand & often around new season & end of seasons.

For more information on the current committee & the roles for the committee please visit here

Summer 2021 – Updated Nov 3
October 2nd, 2020

Registered Players

It has been a long winter without the things we love. No friends, no family & no fun to be had. However the good news is we are hopefully heading in the right direction & are ready to return to Basketball. The current plan based on the Sate Governement & Health departmant roadmap has us returning to safe place around Nov 9 (please note this can change & is out of our control). With this date we are looking to return to basketball the week of November 23 for ALL age groups. Yes from under 10s to Seniors.

We have 1 month to collect registrations & to start our planning, so the first step those are wanting to play MUST register on Google Forms link by November 1. We will then look to have try outs if needed for junior teams from November 9 with teams not long after.


Expected season to start Nov 23 (subject to State Government covid roadmap)

  • Covid Rules will apply for the start of the season with hopes of relaxing those rules as we enter various stages.
  • Game length will be reduced to two 15 min halves hope to increase by a couple of min before xmas & hope to be full length by term 1
  • Limits to the number of people allowed in stadiums including 1 spectator per player (not including coach)
  • There will be no training in term 4 due to unavailability of schools. Hope to have full training in term 1
  • There will be no presentation day as we simply don’t know if we can
  • Fees will be reduced to $40 reflect the savings in less training & presentation day
  • Term 4 plans for at least 4 games before xmas. Term 1 is a long term of 11 week, which will hopefully mean at least 15 weeks of comp (inc finals)

So if you can’t wait to get back into your basketball & see you old team mates again then please register here

Little GIANTS and Mighty GIANTS

Unfortunately we are unable to run our Little & Mighty Giants program for term 4 as we still not able to safely use the school hall. We are very keen to return fro Term 1 & perhaps a FREE clinic is safe

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)

We are very excited to return & we hope you are to. Be sure to get your registration in & let your mates know.


Stadium For Lara
September 16th, 2020

With the upcoming Geelong local council elections we have an open letter to those running to show their support not only for the Lara Giants, but to the northern suburbs & to the kids in our area. With more kids playing basketball than any other sport in Lara and no home for our club it is time. It is time for us to stand up and demand a stadium, for our game, for our club & for our rapidly growing community.Like and share to show your support.

Thank you to Kylie Grzybek & Anthony Aitken for their support and we would like to encourage our members to support them to help ensure they continue to fight for the North and deliver on a stadium for Lara.

We now will continue to fight and look for State government in particular Mr John Eren the State member for Lara.

We also as our members to continue to help be our voice and help us fight towards give our club and kids a home

The hardest part we found to getting started was access to land. Thankfully the Committee of Management for Beckley Park have offered to lease us a parcel of land at Beckley Park. The picture attached shows the space available to the club. The space is big enough for a 4 court stadium with room to add more courts if needed. Beckley Park are looking to undertake some of their own works including a carpark creating the area into a substantial sporting precinct.

Our next step is funding. This is a tiered application process. Our application for the first tier is underway and due shortly. This involves concept and site planning, schematic design and development. The following tiers then depend on the amount of funding achievable – this will require support form local, state and federal governments and privately backed supporters. These tiers involve a town planning submission, the tender process and ultimately construction.Having our own courts will allow our club and its members a training facility.

Our courts would be built to tournament standard so we can hold games and clinics and be able to run all our programs like Little Giants, All Abilities Mighty Giants – we have even looked into ball skills for kindergarten aged players and have sourced information on running a wheelchair basketball program. We would also open the courts for casual shooting and extra training. The possibilities for this stadium are endless – and this is just considering our club – we can offer this space to other basketball clubs or clubs from sports outside of basketball. We would have a café, a uniform and merchandise store, meeting rooms and medically certified first aid and sensory rooms.

Winter Basketball Refund
August 18th, 2020

Dear Members

Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain and anxious times for our community. On the back of the new restrictions within the state (imposed by state government, Basketball Victoria and Geelong United) it was unfortunate that the winter basketball season was cancelled after just two weeks.

 As you were all aware our club discounted the winter membership fee to $15 a reflection of the shortened season, an absence of training and a presentation day.  Due to the cancellation of the winter season the club has not incurred any substantial expenses and we will not be retaining the $15 membership fee.  Instead we are offering each individual member the following 2 options:

  • A full refund of the $15 fee
  • A donation of the $15 fee to a worthy Lara community cause.  

Please note that this is in reference to the membership fees paid to our club only – not registration fees paid to Geelong United Basketball and/or Basketball Victoria.  Further information regarding those fees can be found below and more details will come direct from the association and we have no weight in their processes. 

Donation option

In light of this refund we would ask you to consider donating the $15. As a club we strive and pride ourselves on our involvement within our membership and the wider community.  In saying that we would like to be able to support those affected by this COVID crisis.  Our aim is to offer some organisational and individual family support (finances pending).  We would hope to be able to make a decent contribution should our members choose to donate their $15. 

If you consider donating the $15 you don’t need to do anything else – if we don’t hear from you we will consider your membership fee a donation to our cause to help those affected. 

Refund option

We do however, understand that some members would appreciate the refund and we have attached a form that will need to be completed and returned to us no by Monday, 31 August 2020. To obtain your refund please download one of the forms via the Download button & send to

As a club we are well aware of the challenges that this situation has thrust upon us.  However the health and safety of our membership remains our priority.  While the headlines are focused on case numbers and community transmissions, we shouldn’t forget the hidden toll this pandemic is having on the collective mental health within our club and wider community. It is more important than ever to look out for yourself, for one another, and as your basketball club we will continue to explore ways to make sure we’re playing our part and providing the support that’s needed.

At this stage we are unsure of a return date for basketball & are hopeful of a summer season. We will be sure to let you know as soon as we know & look forward in seeing the kids back on the court.

Stay well

GUB Winter Fee: Around $16 was paid to Geelong United Basketball for the wintr season. GUB will send out a voucher code for this refund when our summer season starts for you to use. To request a refund please contact GUB directly.

Basketball Victoria: Annual fee & Insurance for BV is also included in your membership that was paid and this portion will be paused & continued when basketball returns.

Note: If you paid more than $15 to Lara Giants please be sure to mention that in your refund request. This includes families and those who paid in March.

Lara Giants Winter 2020 Teams
July 12th, 2020

Updated: Juy 18 2020

The Lara Giants are excied to announce our teams for the Shortened Winter Season which starts the week of July 20. With the current covid restrictions this has meant that players 19+ are not allowed to take the court due to physical contact not being permitted. Because of this Geelong United Basketball is trying to finalise plans for under 18s to potentially include u19s, therefore no under 18 teams will be announced just yet. We are hoping to finalise this in the next day or two when we get confirmation.

Below are the under 10s to under 18s teams for the boys & all junior girls. We will be naming U19 boys teams in the next couplle of days. As always a lot of care & planning has gone into the teams, however due to reduced numbers due to covid we weren’t able to enter teams in all divisions we had hoped. As a result some pllayers may not get the opportunity to play in higher divisions that they deserved.

The main objective with this season is to celebrate the return of basketball & to have fun. A reminder there is no training. There will be a uniform day on Sunday July 19 from 1 to 4. You must book your time to attend due to covid restrictions

Winter Teams

If anyone has any concerns or issues with the teams please refer to the contact us link to see who is the best person to help with your concerns or email us at

Domestic Basketball Returns
June 22nd, 2020

Junior Not Registered List. Update 5th July 11am.

If your childs name is on this list then they currently will not be placed in a team


Geelong United Basketball have announced the Winter 2020 season will be returning on July 20th. This will be a shortened one term season most likely consisting of a maximum 8 teams per division allowing for each team to play each other once & then finals. There will be some rules that will need to be followed for this to happen see below.

With our training venues being at the local schools we have decided that we will not be having any training sessions this term. At this stage we are not allowed to use the schools & if we are able to use the venues we would need to have limited numbers inside the stadium (inc no or one parent), clean the stadium after each session & record names & phone numbers of every visitor, we decided this would be extremely hard to do & police & to ensure the safety of our community & the schools we use, along with the extra costs to the club & therefore our families. We have also decided there will be no presentation day as we are unsure if we can hold such an event. Therefore with the reduction of our costs, we have reduced our Lara Giants club fees for just $15 for this winter only (instead of the usual $60). This will increase to $20 after July 5.

While we are excited by the return of basketball, we here at Lara Giants respect everyones right to decide how they feel. If you prefer not to play this season you are welcome to opt out by emailing us at the club with the players details & date of birth for juniors.

If you are wanting to play & to accept your position you must register to play in PlayHQ (the new system that is replacing the old sporting pulse). This will include the need to pay Lara Giants Club fee of $15 & Geelong United Fee (which is also half price) if this is due.

Accepting Your Spot for Winter 2020By July 5

All players who registered prior to the winter season cut off will be given priority . Ensure your name is on the list before paying any registrations

To accept your position to be placed in a team please follow the steps on our PlayHQ guide. Please note you will not be able to be placed in a team or take the court without doing this step. If the season does not go ahead all monies will be refunded or credited. All registrations must be completed by July 5 to allow us time to finalise the teams.

New or Unregistered Players

To register your interest please send your details in an email to including name, date of birth. If we have a spot we will let you know.

Refunds & Payments

If you have paid your full amount prior to the shut down you will be credited the difference for the season for winter season. We will be in touch to confirm prior to this. If you are unsure follow the steps on PlayHQ & you should be able to confirm. Likewise if the season does not go ahead a full credit or refund will be given

Financial Hardship

Any families doing it tough we are hear for you. Please reach out if you need some help to allow your kids to opportunity to play & we will see how we can help. All details are kept private. For more information please email

New to the club Players

If you are a new player you will need a uniform. We will be having a uniform day over the holidays where you can book a time & try on & collect your uniform.

Changes to the rules

While this is great news, due to COVID 19, there is still some restrictions and changes that will be in place to ensure everyone can return to play safely.
• Games must be completed within a maximum of 40 minutes.
• There must be at least 20 minutes between games to allow for cleaning.
• No more than one parent/guardian may be allowed per player under 18.
• No spectators Senior competitions (18 and older)
• All participants must “sign-in” upon entry to any venue
• All players will have to enter and exit the venue at different spots.
• No basketballs can be brought into the venue. All match basketballs will be sanitised before the game
• Cashless options will be available at all venues.

Game Structure

Using information from Basketball Victoria and the State Government, GUB will have made the following adjustments to the game structure on match day. More information about these regulations can be found in the Basketball Victoria Return to Play document.
• Games will commence on the hour with a central clock for each venue.
• All games will be 2 x 15-minute halves with 2 minutes at half time.
• Two time outs may be called per half per team. The clock will remain running in time outs.
• No time outs or substitutions in the last 1 minute of either half.


Q. Will there be training for Lara Giants

A. No there won’t due to restrictions in accessing venues own by the department of education. Along with the various rules in place by the health department around restricting spectators & cleaning.

Q. What if restrictions ease can we train then?

A. No, we have reduced fees to cover the team entry costs and not for training. We are hopeful of doing a few clinics later in the term if restrictions ease

Q. I am concerned about playing, can I withdraw my name

A. Yes we totally understand anyones concerns. Please email by July 5 to remove your name from our list

Q. I wasn’t going to play this winter, but now I want to, can I play?

A. Maybe. First priority will be given to those who registered prior to cut off. However should the opportunity arise due to players withdrawing we will hapily take extras. To register your interest

Juniors (inc u20):


Q. I paid my full membership earlier in the year prior to lockdown. Have I lost my money?

A. No a full credit or refund will be given for anyone who paid early

Q. I haven’t got a uniform what do I do? / My uniform no longer fits?

A. We will be having a uniform day of sorts during the last weekend of holidays. This will be a booking only system to reduce numbers

Q. I didn’t get my trophy or medal from summer season

A. You can book to coollect those during our uniform day

Q. I am concerned about the health of my family if I play. Is it safe?

A. Geelong United Basketball has met with Basketball Victoria regularly during this crisis who have also met with the health department. All safety rules and advice from the Health Department & State Government will be tightly followed. If things are deemed as unsafe at any stage the various departments will step in and advise.

Q. What if I wanna shoot some hoops over the holidays

A. AWA is open for bookings to help ensure you get your eye in ready for winter. Visit for more info

Q. What is PlayHQ & why do I have to register again

A. PlayHQ is the new complete system for basketball in Victoria. It will be used for registrations & payments as well as stadium scoring. Iit is the way forward for us all to make life easier. Once players are registered they will then be able to be placed in teams prior to the first game.

Q. When will teams be announced?

A. After the close off for acceptance on July 5 we will sit down & see where our teams are at. All temas were completed prior to this, but we expect some changes

Q. What about Little Giants & Mighty Giants, will the be on for term 3?

A. Unfortuantely no. With the restrictions to schools & the large number of rules we will not be able to hold these programs this term. We are hopeful of doing a free clinic towards the end of term should restrictions ease

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

  • Austin Land Lara
  • Lara Hotel
  • Lara Community Bank
  • Apco
  • Beck's Boarding Retreat
  • Kardinia Osteopathic Clinic
  • Lara Tyre & Battery

Upcoming Events

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 […]

Winter 2020 Uniform Day

Uniform day for new players. Spaces are limited & must be booked in due to covid restrictions

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

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  

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

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

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 […]

Uniform Day

Uniform day for our new uniforms

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, […]

Bunnings BBQ 2019

Bunnings BBQ Sunday Feb 24 Book your spot to help