Warwick Stadium basketball goes national with Under 16 Australian Junior Championships

Finals in sight: The Perth Redbacks have secured a spot in the semi-finals
Finals in sight: The Perth Redbacks have secured a spot in the semi-finals

NATIONAL basketball descends on Warwick Stadium for the first time this weekend with the revamped centre hosting the Under-16 Australian Junior Championships.

The Senators Basketball Club, home of the State Basketball League’s Stirling Senators, will run the week-long event.

Warwick Stadium last year underwent a major redevelopment, during which the |centre was expanded to eight courts. Senators director Josh Nipps described Warwick winning the hosting rights as “an incredible blessing”.

“Being able to host the championships is fulfilling our vision to be able to host national events,” he said.

“We are excited to be a part of delivering a first-class experience event for everyone travelling to Perth as well as our future Boomers and Opals.”

The men’s and women’s competition features 122 games between teams from every state and territory as well as New Zealand.

Senators’ Georgia Harding will captain the WA Metro girl’s team.

Past national tournament players have included Wildcats captain and Olympian Damian Martin, Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum and basketball legend Lauren Jackson.

WA will look to improve on its third-place finish from last year’s meet, which Vic Metro won in the men’s and women’s tournaments.

Competition begins on Saturday and runs until the following Saturday when the best teams will contest the gold medal games.