U18's Australian Junior Championships

About The U18's

Like all of Basketball Australia’s junior programs, the U18 Championships provides the athletes with an invaluable understanding of what it takes to represent their state or territory at an elite competition.

These competitions have been the stepping stone to international success for a number of Australia’s finest basketball players and have provided invaluable experience for the players to draw on as they further their careers.

Each year at the U18 Men’s and Women’s Championships the best men and women in each state and territory compete for the Merv Emms Australian U18 Men’s Championship and the Maree Jackson Australian U18 Women’s Championship.

Maree Jackson

The women’s trophy for the Under 18 Junior National Championships is named in honour of Maree Jackson. Maree broke new ground for Australian women’s basketball as the first female athlete to attend a US college on a scholarship when she played at Louisiana State and was a member of the 1975 and 1979 Opals teams that competed at the World Championships.

Jackson, one of the most outstanding female athletes to come from Australia, in 2006, was an inductee into Basketball Australia's Hall of Fame.

Maree was a member of the Opals team, and represented Australia in 30 games. She was a member of the Opals in 1975 and 1979 when they competed at the World Championships. In 1979, the team had a ground-breaking fourth placed finish at the world titles. At the time, it was the highest-placed finish at an international championship by any senior Australian national team.

Maree hit a new landmark when she got a scholarship to play US college basketball at Louisana State, becoming the first Australian female athlete to achieve such a feat. Basketball didn't stop with Maree, she is mother of the current Opals superstar, former WNBL and current WNBA player, Lauren Jackson.

There is a special connection to the Australian U18 Championships for Maree. Her team won two titles at the Championships, in 1971, and 1972, with her team competing a total of three times.

Merv Emms

The Under 18 Men’s National Championship trophy is named after the late Merv Emms. Merv helped pave the way for basketball in Australia. Being a coach, official, working in administration and being a life-long volunteer of the sport earned him the title as a true pioneer for Australian basketball.

The greatest contribution Merv made to basketball was through his coaching, despite being a technical official at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games and having been involved with designing the Alexandria Basketball Stadium in 1967. During his time coaching, he amassed seven national titles coaching the junior teams and had been responsible for developing the NSW Coaches Association. His involvement in NSW Country basketball and basketball throughout the Oceania region made him an important figure.

In November 2000 before Emms passed away, he was honoured with the presentation of a life membership of Basketball NSW and a 2000 Government Sports Medal for his contribution to basketball. He was also named as a Member of Honour of Oceania Basketball.

To label the Under 18 men’s trophy after the name of this great Australian basketball pioneer is especially appropriate because he was the coach of the winning team at the very first Under 18 Australian Men’s championships in 1954.

Basketball Australia Fair Play Award

In an effort to re-establish the concept of sportsmanship and respect in sport and to recognise the significance of the principles of fair play, Basketball Australia introduced a Fair Play Award for all Australian Junior Championships in 2003.

The award is to recognise the region that conducts itself in a respectful manner over the course of the Championship. The award, over time, is designed to:

• Promote sportsmanship at a young age
• Encourage respect for the officials
• Foster positive support of team by parents and supporters
• Reward responsible coaching, and
• Generally emphasise the positive values of RESPECT, COMPETITIVE UNDERSTANDING and COOPERATION.

The games played during the Championships are evaluated on six different criteria:

• Positive Play
• Respect toward the Opponent
• Respect towards the Officials
• Behaviour of Team Officials (Coaching Staff, Managers etc.)
• Behaviour of Team Supporters

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History

Past winners of the U18 Championships:

Year Location Male Champion Female Champion Alternate Female Location
1954 Launceston New South Wales
1955 Melbourne New South Wales
1956 Adelaide South Australia
1957 Sydney New South Wales
1958 Devonport New South Wales
1959 Melbourne New South Wales
1960 Adelaide South Australia
1961 Toowoomba South Australia
1962 Sydney New South Wales
1963 Hobart New South Wales
1964 Perth New South Wales
1965 Adelaide Victoria
1966 Wollongong Victoria New South Wales Adelaide
1967 Melbourne Victoria South Australia Hobart
1968 Cairns Victoria South Australia Melbourne
1969 Ulverstone Victoria South Australia Southport
1970 Perth Victoria South Australia Sydney
1971 Sydney Victoria New South Wales Adelaide
1972 Adelaide Victoria New South Wales Perth
1973 Melbourne Victoria South Australia Wynyard
1974 Not Conducted New South Wales Melbourne
1975 Not Conducted Victoria Canberra
1976 Not Conducted Victoria Metro Toowoomba
1977 Geelong New South Wales Metro Victoria Metro Sydney
1978 Rockhampton Victoria Metro Queensland Adelaide
1979 Sydney Victoria Metro Victoria Metro Brisbane
1980 Hobart South Australia Queensland Ulverstone
1981 Perth Victoria Metro Queensland Sale
1982 Canberra South Australia Victoria Metro Perth
1983 Adelaide Victoria Metro Victoria Metro Newcastle
1984 Melbourne Victoria Metro Victoria Metro Adelaide
1985 Maroochydore Western Australia South Australia Ulverstone
1986 Sydney Victoria Metro Victoria Metro Maroochydore
1987 Burnie Victoria Metro Victoria Metro Ballarat
1988 Perth Queensland Victoria Metro Shoalhaven
1989 Frankston Victoria Metro Victoria Metro Joondalup
1990 Adelaide Victoria Country South Australia Metro Hobart
1991 Mackay South Australia Victoria Metro Adelaide
1992 Sydney Victoria Metro Victoria Country
1993 Ballarat Victoria Metro Victoria Metro
1994 Canberra Victoria Metro Victoria Country
1995 Wollongong Victoria Metro Victoria Country
1996 Adelaide Victoria Metro Victoria Country
1997 Newcastle Victoria Metro Victoria Country
1998 Bendigo Victoria Metro Victoria Metro
1999 Brisbane Western Australia Metro Victoria Metro
2000 Penrith Western Australia Metro Victoria Country
2001 Canberra Victoria Metro Victoria Metro
2002 Knox Victoria Metro Victoria Metro
2003 Newcastle Victoria Metro Victoria Metro
2004 Townsville QLD North Victoria Metro
2005 Perth Victoria Metro New South Wales Country
2006 Adelaide NSW Country New South Wales Country
2007 Launceston Victoria Metro Victoria Metro
2008 Ballarat Victoria Metro Victoria Metro
2009 Gawler Victoria Metro Victoria Metro
2010 Terrigal New South Wales Metro Victoria Metro
2011 Ulverstone New South Wales Metro Victoria Metro
2012 Perth New South Wales Metro New South Wales Metro
2013 Brisbane Victoria Metro Queensland North
2014 Canberra Victoria Metro Victoria Metro
2015 Ballarat New South Wales Country Victoria Metro

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