Get excited folks, its load up time for the men as we head into the season with optimism after an off-season of heavy recruiting and a full preseason under the wily gaze of coach Carey Paps. Jarrod Bridge steps off the court and into the assistant role for 2019.

Under the leadership of known quantities in Hayden Annett, Kane Molloy and Jaak Ponsford, the team has added great depth and X-factor. They are looking to have a real crack at moving up the ladder and back into finals contention like they did in year 1.

We welcome to the club import Trace Cureton, a high-class guard and a threat at both ends of the floor. Leigh Saffin returns after a short stint as a Panther in 2017 and brings with him an incredible offensive threat that has troubled teams through the preseason. Young man mountain Brock Carter fills the middle of the key at 204cm and a barns width. We are proud to see the addition of Leo Viitala who has been doing a lot of work around the club with our junior Panthers and supporting the CBL program. He brings experience and an intensity that set the benchmark for the team. Lastly Gary Saunders is the final new face filling a power forward role and has fitted in as a great ‘club man’ around the team.

We welcome back Linc Stewart on the back of being a real mentor to the young CBL team and helping lead them to a grand final. He will form what on paper looms as a very potent scoring team. Joining him in returning are Brent Radoslovic, Peter Leckie and Michael Crick. We also wish Dev Pretty all the best as he misses the season with an ACL injury.

This team could be anything this year, they will put a lot of score board pressure on and certain challenge the defense of all opponents. It will be a great watch, let's aim for a home final at the end of the season.


Carey Paps

Head Coach

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Jarrod Bridge

Assistant Coach

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Hayden Annett #8

Captain / Guard/Forward

Junior Club: Portland

Favourite Team: LA Lakers

Nickname: H

Kane Molloy #24

Point Guard

Junior Club: Kinglake

Favourite Team: Cleveland

Nickname: Kano

Leigh Saffan #13


Junior Club: Warrnambool

Favourite Team: Panthers

Nickname: Frat


Brock Carter #15

Junior Club: Portland

Favourite Team: Phily 76ers

Nickname: Big Silly

Trace Cureton #1

Point Guard

Junior Club: Utah State

Favourite: Harris / Westbrook

Nickname: Trace

Jaak Ponsford #9


Junior Club: Wallan Panthers

Favourite Team: Cleveland

Nickname: Open to ideas

Leo Vitala #2


Junior Club: Seymour /Wallan

Favourite Team: Duke


Lincoln Stewart #41


Junior Club: Broady/Craigieburn

Favourite Team: Golden State

Nickname: Rahrah or Links

Gary Saunders #12


Junior Club: Shepparton

Favourite Team: OKC

Nickname: Gaz / Galliano

Brent Radoslovic #


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Peter Leckie #6


Junior Club: Werribee

Favourite Team: Boston Celtics

Nickname: Sneaky Pete


Michael Crick #7

Junior Club: Eltham

Favourite Team: LA Clippers

Nickname: Crickle




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