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WBA athletes and coaches selected for the prestigious National Intensive Training Program (NITP)

The Eagle Stadium will be hosting the prestigious Basketball Victoria NITP program for the first time since it has been built. To complement this news, eight representative players and three coaches from Werribee Basketball will be part of this program which shows the progress the WBA has made. The NITP is designed to provide elite development opportunities and training to identified young talent in the metropolitan region, assisting in their short and long-term prospects. The NITP will work with identified athletes in the U16 and U18 women’s and men’s age groups under the new Basketball Victoria High Performance curriculum.

“To have Werribee as an NITP venue in 2017/18 is excellent for Basketball in the western suburbs of Melbourne. An elite/high performance program here at Eagle stadium provides players & coaches from the greater Wyndham region with a clear pathway to higher programs/levels. Having eight Werribee Devils athletes in the program only demonstrates the depth of our talent. Additionally, it also demonstrates our link with Basketball Victoria’s high-performance program and highlights that we have elite coaches and players in our program here at Werribee” says Reece Potter, the head coach for the NITP program at the Eagle Stadium. When asked about his appointment as a head coach for NITP, Mr. Potter said, “I look forward to working with the other coaches & Basketball Victoria’s High-Performance Coach, Mike Czepil to help these athletes train in a high-performance environment to hopefully reach their goals. It is exciting to be able to work with some of the best athletes in state in a high-performance training environment.”

WBA president Paul Jones was really happy with the news and said, “It’s a reflection of the quality of athletes & coaches that reside in Melbourne’s West, from memory the NITP was at Werribee about 7 years ago, so the WBA is excited it has returned to Werribee.” When asked about the selection of the players and coaches in the NITP program Jones added, “It’s an outstanding result and demonstrates the number of talented athletes and coaches within the Werribee Basketball Association. It’s a big ticket for our pathways programs for both our boys & girls’ programs as I can’t ever recall Werribee having these many representatives. The WBA has been & continues to invest in our programs at all levels, we have full time Player & Coach Development Manager, Reece Potter who’s focus is setting the direction of all the development & education programs at Werribee from domestic through to our elite representative athletes and coaches.”

It is evident that it’s a great news for the WBA to be hosting the NITP program and it not only showcases the progress WBA has made but also highlights the quality of people that are involved in making this possible for Werribee and its community.

Below is the list of Werribee Representative Players that have been selected for the NITP program:

Hayden Lawlor

Daelon Eteru

Naomi Tointon

Eliza Moodie

Darrien Herbert

Kane Hynes

Makur Jongkuch

Lauren Jones


The three coaches selected from WBA are:

Reece Potter – Head Coach
Dion Jewell – Assistant Coach
Mason Rogers – Assistant coach