OUR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
Wallan Basketball Association has been in existence since 1982 as Wallan Basketball Incorporated.
Operating since inception from RB Robson Stadium, a multi-purpose sporting facility located in Bentinck Street, Wallan containing three courts including an enclosed ‘show-court’ with stadium seating for over 200 spectators.
The Stadium (1 court) was opened in 1981, in 1996 the second court extension was completed and 2007 saw the completion of the third court, a showcourt.
The Wallan Basketball Association is on the fringe of metropolitan and country Victoria and has junior representative teams participating in both the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) and the Basketball Victoria Country (BVC) Junior Championships.
Our Junior Domestic program has participants from Wallan and the surrounding regions, such as Craigieburn, Kilmore, Broadford, Wandong and Whittlesea.
In 2010 we took the step of creating 4 clubs in our domestic competition (Bushrangers, Mountaineers, Trailblazers and Miner) forming our first sponsor relationships with key sponsors for each club. We added a training session to our Saturday program for each age group with the intent of raising the bar in domestic competitions and using this as the basis to build the representative program success.
2011 saw the introduction of two key documents in the association’s development. Firstly the 10 year strategic plan that created a long term view of who we wanted to be, how we wanted the association to develop and set benchmarks for participation and growth, The second was the Player Development Plan (PDP), designed to drive consistency in how the players were being developed, what they were taught and the style of play we wanted to be known for.
In 2014 we introduced the role Coaching Director, an investment we made to help with the development of elite talent, aimed at increasing our participation in elite BVC pathways and raise the level of our rankings in Country Champs.
In 2014 we also took our first step towards extending our player development pathway into senior representative basketball, creating our fist elite Men’s team and finishing as finalists in the men’s BVC Country Basketball League. This was followed in 2015 by the addition of a women’s CBL team who also made finals in their first season.
2016 was probably the biggest moment in the associations history as we were accepted into BigV with a Mens and Womens team entering Division 2 and a Youth League Mens team entering YL2. It was a stretch that we got all three teams in and we recogonised it will take a few years for the Youth League team to establish as we were stretching our talent across two teams. Year one was a massive success with the Women finishing runners up and delivering the clubs first ever banner. The men also made the finals, falling 3 points short in an away final. Keenan Gorski was named Youth Player of theYear for Div2 Men and he along with Jacinta Scott made the All Star 5 for DIv2.
2018/19 CBL North East Mens Runners-Up
2017 Womens BigV Runners-Up
2016 U20 VJL4 Champions
2016 U18 Division 4 country championship
2016 Womens CBL Finalists
2015 U12 boys Div 2 country championship
2014 Mens CBL finalists
2007 U14 boys Div 1 NWQBC championship
2007 U12 girls Div 1 NWQBC championship
2007 U14 boys Div 3 NWQBC championship
2006 U16 girls Div 2 NWQBC championship
2003 U12 boys Div 2 NWQBC championship
2003 U12 boys Div 1 NWQBC championship