Stronger league bid

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla Basketball Association is set to form men’s and women’s Country Basketball League teams, which could be included in the upcoming season.

The CBL is a Basketball Victoria Country-affiliated competition for open-age representatives, held across three conferences in regional Victoria with existing teams including Wangaratta, Wodonga, Seymour and Myrtleford.

The teams would compete as the Benalla Breakers in line with its current representative teams in junior tournaments around the region.

Teams play a home-and-away regular season before playing conference finals for the teams that qualify through the regular season.

The BBA recently started self-funded upgrades to its home stadium at the Benalla Indoor Recreation Centre in the hopes of being able to meet CBL requirements for the courts.

Some remaining upgrades are still to be completed.

The CBL is keen to extend an offer to young basketballers of a chance to stay within the Benalla Breakers organisation and continue to wear the Breakers colours while competing in a stronger league.

It will make for a great pathway for young men and women to continue their development while staying in Benalla, and will offer the community another opportunity to stay involved and support local sporting clubs in a different setting.

The club has several previous BBA players representing other teams across the league.

The BBA committee is seeking expressions of interest in forming a sub-committee with the hopes of focusing on the establishment of the Breakers CBL teams.

●If you or someone you know is interested in creating a pathway for kids; working well as a team member; and are willing to become involved with the future interests of the BBA; please express your interest by forwarding it in writing to