AJC's U/16 General Information
Northern Territory to Host Under 16 Australian Junior Championship
Basketball Northern Territory is delighted that the Darwin Basketball Association (DBA) has been selected to host the 2019 Under 16 Australia Junior Championships.
The DBA will welcome teams from all over Australia from 6 to 13 July 2019.
It is hoped that visitors to The Territory will take advantage of the numerous accommodation, hospitality, ground transport and extended travel options in this unique part of Australia.
Basketball Northern Territory’s Pathways Manager, Rod Tremlett commented that hosting the Championships in the Northern Territory provides our local Basketball Community with a firsthand opportunity to see the level of talent that exists throughout the country in this age group, demonstrating why Australia is so consistently competitive on the world stage.
Current Northern Territory Under 16 Player Anthony Rowse, recently learnt of the Championships being awarded to Darwin saying “it will be, if selected, very exciting to play on my home court, the courts I play and train on every week. It will be cool to play in a national championships here! And play in front of my family and friends, who don’t always get to see us play at the Nationals.
When asked what advice he would give to other players coming to the Territory for the first time, he said “We want the teams to bringing their A game, this is our house and we are looking forward to playing you here”.
For more information you can visit these sites:
Do The NT – Visitor Information:https://northernterritory.com/
Accommodation - https://northernterritory.com/plan/accommodation
Plan Your Stay – Information including tours, weather, transport hire, maps and other useful information https://northernterritory.com/plan
You can visit the Darwin Basketball Associations Website here to find out more about their facilities and we will be updating the frequently asked questions below as the event draws closer.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where will the Championship be held?
The Darwin Basketball Association will host the Championships at the Darwin Basketball Stadium, a five court facility along with the Marrara Indoor Stadium, which has a single show court. The two venues are a 30 second walk apart They are located next to each other in the Darwin Sport Precinct at 220 Abala Road, Marrara in the NT.
What is available at the facilities?
Five courts with air conditioning and fans, canteen facilities, a licenced bar, spectator seating, ample parking, access to public transport, shaded courtyard, ATM, change rooms, showers and toilet facilities, corporate hospitality area, and media room.
Where is the nearest accommodation?
There are options for accommodation near the Darwin International Airport, as well as options in Darwin City and surrounds, all within 20 minutes of the Darwin Basketball Stadium.
Visit the links above in this post to see available options.
Is their public transport to the venue?
Yes, there is a bus stop that is on Route 3 – the Marrara Sporting Complex. See the NT Government website for timetables: https://nt.gov.au/driving/public-transport-cycling/public-buses/Darwin-and-Palmerston-timetables-and-maps
Will food be available at the venue?
Yes, there is a full service canteen with healthy choice options and a full range of drinks. The canteen is licensed and there is a bar in the facility.
Will the matches be live streamed from the Championship?
The Darwin Basketball Association is working with Basketball Australia on providing video services. The DBA currently use the Glory League which can be applied to these games.
Is there car parking available at the venue?
Yes, including disabled parking and bus parking.
What will the weather be in Darwin at this time?
July is peak dry season, the overnight lows average 21° and during the day it is around 30° - it never rains in July and there is about 10 hours of sunshine per day. Remember that Darwin is on a different time zone – Australian Central Time, 30 minutes behind Australian East Standard Time at this time of the year.
What other things are there to do?
The Territory has a little bit of everything, but arguably the thing we have the most of is natural beauty. There are many different tourist tours to see all the stunning postcard locations, with options across a range of price points, as well as self-drive or walking tours, helicopter tours and access to more the more remote parts of the Territory.
In Darwin there is the Waterfront area with a wave pool and swimming access, along with a range of bars, restaurants and accommodation. Darwin city and suburbs has options for fine dining through to pub meals and most locations can cater to large groups. In the dry season which is the peak time for tourists, ensure that you have bookings at popular locations.
The famous Mindil Beach Markets are held on Thursday and Sunday evenings, while Cullen Bay provides an outstanding location to seethe sunset whilst providing a wide range of eating options. Darwin has a rich military history, showcased at the Darwin Military Museum, and the Darwin Museum boasts a large maritime collection as well as featuring a large section dedicated to Cyclone Tracy.
You might want to consider a trip roaming further out from Darwin to Kakadu, Litchfield National Park, and Adelaide River or even further to Katherine or make the big trip to the other end of the Territory to visit Alice Springs before trekking out to Uluru or Kings Canyon.
Do The NT is our Tourist Information Centre - https://northernterritory.com/