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Take your game to the next level!

Take your game to the next level with an individual or group training session with our very own Big V Division One US Import Shanice Steenholdt.

$30.00 per player (1 hour session).

For maximum value take sessions with friends or team mates.

Group sessions available, enquiries welcome.

To book a session contact Shanice today on 0481 817 806.

Energy signs Responsible Gambling Charter

We are proud to announce that we have recently signed the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s, Responsible Gambling Charter. 

As a club, we have committed to taking a responsible approach towards gambling, and to ensuring our young club members are not exposed to gambling related advertising. 

We have developed links with the local Gambler’s Help service who are available to speak to the club about the risks involved in gambling, and how you, or someone you know, can find help and support for gambling if needed. 

Our club has also nominated a Charter Champion, Gail Macfarlane, who can provide you with more information about the program.

School Holiday Clinics

Join our U.S Imports Jordan Coleman, Shanice Steenholdt and Raheem Lemons for 6 hours of basketball fun at one of our upcoming School Holiday Clinics.

With players grouped by skill level, these clinics suit beginners through to elite basketballers.

Energy T-Shirt and Morning Tea provided.
Bring your own Basketball, Drink Bottle and Lunch.

Traralgon - Tuesday 5th April 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Maffra - Wednesday 6th April 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Leongatha - Friday 8th April 2016, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

$70.00 per child.
 $50.00 for Energy VJBL Players/Members.

Energy members - see TeamApp to retrieve the access code for your special price. 

Register online at

Jasmine Hunt out due to chronic injury.

It is with great regret that Latrobe City Energy announces the clubs decision to terminate Jasmine Hunt’s playing contract due to a chronic injury. Whilst both parties are devastated by the outcome of medical tests, the club must consider the on court viability of our Women’s team and the long term impact on Jasmine’s health into the future. We wish Jasmine a full recovery into the future and all the success this impressive young lady deserves. 

The club will investigate the possibility of finding a replacement for Jasmine and we wish our Latrobe City Energy Women’s and Men’s team all the best for our opening games tomorrow night at the Power House. 

Let’s go Energy! 
Trevor Henry, President.

Double Trouble: Energy signs 2nd D1M Import Raheem Lemons

Energy Basketball are thrilled to announce the signing of our second Division 1 Men's Import, Raheem Lemons. Raheem was a 2 year starter for Central State University, Ohio who play Division 2 NCAA. He earned All-American honours in his final year, and was voted on to the All-Conference 1st team. Raheem was a statistical leader, having the most double doubles and rebounds in the Great Midwest conference last year. He averaged 13.3ppg and 9.3 rebounds.

Coach Jason Sutherland said "Pairing a player like Raheem with Jordan Coleman there is sure to be many highlights for Energy fans this season." Sutherland is excited to have the presence of Raheem's inside calibre on the team this season, and expects that he will accumulate massive rebounds, which will greatly benefit the team.

Energy Basketball president Trevor Henry said "We are thrilled to have signed our second U.S. import for our Men's team, which will add even more depth to our playing roster." Henry also noted that this is the first time in many years that Energy has taken on a second Men's import and highlighted that this would mean exciting times for the club in the 2016 season. "We are looking forward to having Raheem join the Energy family this season."

Raheem Lemons will join the Energy in early March 2016, ahead of the season tip-off later in the month.

Energy signs US Import Jordan Coleman

Energy Basketball are thrilled to announce the signing of US import Jordan Coleman who graduated from Valparaiso University in 2014. Coleman played for the Valparaiso Crusaders in the NCAA Division 1 competition. The 6 foot 5 guard averaged 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, and played an average of 20.9 minutes per game in his final season with the Crusaders.  


Coach Jason Sutherland believes that having a player of Coleman’s stature will be very exciting for Latrobe City Energy in 2016. Speaking of what he can bring to Energy on the court Sutherland said “Jordan was team captain in his senior year, which will bring valuable leadership to our program. At 6’5, he can play the 1, 2 and 3 spot, making him a difficult player to guard. 

Jordan is looking forward to coming to Australia to represent Energy on and off the court. He will definitely be an exciting player to watch next year.”  


Energy Basketball president Trevor Henry said “Energy is thrilled to sign Jordan for the 2016 Big V Season. His leadership skills and playing credentials will add depth to the depleted men’s playing roster, and make him a great mentor for our younger elite basketballers. We are confident that Jordan will do well on and off the court and are enthusiastic to welcome him to the Energy family 

Jordan Coleman will join the Energy in early February 2016 ahead of the Big V season tip-off in March. 

Energy Sign US Import Jasmine Hunt

Latrobe City Energy are pleased to announce the signing of US import Jasmine Hunt who in 2015 graduated from Arkansas State University . Hunt, one of three players at ASU to average in double-figures in 2014/15 had extremely impressive stats in her final year with 11.1 points per game, started in all 35 of ASU contests, set career highs in points scored, minutes played, rebounds, free throw percentage and field goal percentage.


Coach Andrew Harlow said:  "Having an all round athlete to compliment the 2016 Energy women's team will be a huge advantage going in to the BIg V season next March. “Hunt is a genuine 6ft 2in power forward who will be exciting to watch. She will add strength, size and experience to our team.  Hunt is a player that we are certain the Gippsland and wider basketball community will embrace, enjoy watching and bring a great deal skill and enthusiasm to our local base of athletes” 


Latrobe City Energy president Trevor Henry said “We're incredibly excited to have secured Jasmine for the 2016 big v season. Jasmine comes highly credentialed and will add scoring and rebounding to compliment our current crop of senior players, as well as offering experience to our emerging young athletes” 

FREE BIG V One Game Membership in 2016

Latrobe City Energy are offering the Latrobe Valley/Gippsland Community a FREE Membership for 2016. The membership includes

  • Entry to the first BIG V senior men or womens home game at Traralgon in 2016
  • Opportunity to meet the Big V players and have photos post game
  • 10% Discount off available merchandise at the game.
  • Bring your children for FREE
  • Go in to the draw for our door lucky prize


Simply go online and complete the 2016 FREE Membership Registration Form.

Membership Cards will be available to collect at the Traralgon Stadium on BIG V Game Day 

Register Here 

A changing of the guard

Latrobe City Energy are please to announce the appointment of Jason Sutherland to the position of Men’s Head Coach for season 2016 and 2017. Sutherland 38 has accepted a two-year deal which sees him replace Energy premiership coach of 2014 Les Stothard.

Stothard step down after three years at the helm and the Energy committee acknowledges his support of our program and development of the men’s division one team over the preceding years.

Keeping a close eye on Latrobe City Energy’s progress over the years Sutherland has watched the club rebuild over the last decade to again be a force in the Big V League. Sutherland experience as a player through the association most successful era, with Gippsland Pacers back in the late 1990’s, will place him in good stead too continue to develop our men’s program.   

Jason recently accepted Basketball Victoria Country’s “Volunteer of the Year” award and for the past three years has been active in the Gippsland basketball community in various roles including president, vice president, squad coordinator and coach at the Churchill Junior Basketball Association.

Latrobe City Energy’s Big V season tips off at the end of March 2016 and we encourage the Gippsland Latrobe Valley community to come along and catch the teams in action





Energy Announce Major Partner for 2016

Latrobe City Energy Basketball and the Morwell Bowls Club have commenced a partnership that signifies the growth of our organization.  This partnership is significant  to our associaition and will assist us to continue to build the Energy Basketball Brand and rightfully place us as a strong force the sporting community throughout the Gippsland South East Region.

President Trevor Henry said the partnership is an indicator of community and corporate confidence in our club and our ability to move forward with regards to development on and off the court and be a   

In a three-year deal recently negotiated, Morwell Bowls Club will play a vital role as a key major partner, supporting the growth of Energy BA with significant promotional and corporate alignment to be delivered within the local community.

Jess Feather, Manager of the Morwell Bowls Club said "The Morwell Bowling Club is delighted to enter into a major partnership arrangement with the Latrobe City Energy Basketball. The Morwell Bowling Club recognises the importance of local sport within our community and the need for all sporting Clubs and organisations to remain active to promote participation at all levels.

We are proud to be able to support an organisation such as Latrobe City Energy Basketball who are leaders in their sport and strive for success but importantly instil quality values amongst their players.

This partnership shows great community spirit and the Morwell Bowling Club looks forward to building a strong relationship with Latrobe City Energy Basketball and the basketball community.’

The Latrobe City Energy Victorian Junior Basketball League season has now commenced with grading phase 1 and will and we will see the Senior Big V season launch in early March 2016 with season tip off later that month.

Partnerships are currently being sought from good community, corpoarte organisations and local business to assist us to continue to develop our brand and support basketball regionally

Please direct partnership and membership enquiries to  


Latrobe City Energy Basketball are now taking 2016 player fees online . All players must complete the online registration form and make their fee payments before they participate in the 2016 grading phase.

For more information please email

2016 VJBL Player Online payment form 

Coach Staff Wanted for VJBL 2016 U14 teams

With the large number of players attending the 2016 VJBL Energy tryouts  latrobe City Energy Basketball Committee are now calling for intereted persons to submit an Expression of Intertest to coach an U14.3 Girls team in 2016. The person appointed to this position will work with the U14.1 and U14.2 girls head coaches to continue to develop players in our region and compete in the 2016 VJBL season.

If you are interested and would liketo know more about this role please contact the LCE Director of Coaching Andrew Harlow on 0414 804 517  or submit your EOI to



2016 VJBL coaching staff contacts

Latrobe City Energy encourages all players and parent to contact the respective head coaches if they need clarification on training times, venues and dates for tryouts.

Alternatively please direct any questions to   


2016 Energy Girls Program Coaches

U14.1 Girls - Jeff White -  Mobile: 0409257445

U14.2 Girls - Gail MacFarlane Mobile:

U14.3 Gilrs - Luke Hamilton - Mobile:

U16.1 Girls - Colin Bird -  Mobile: 0407121333

U16.2 Girls Rob Raymond - Mobile

U18 Women - Damian Pyle - Mobile 0427464488

2016 Energy Boys Program Coaches 


U14.1 Boys Thomas Ware - Mobile:

U14.2 Boys -Dale Pronk -  Mobile: 0402886966

U14.3 Boys - Michael Cleef Mobile:

U16.1 Boys - Pat Frendo -   Mobile: 0478028262

U18 Men - Thomas Ware    Mobile: 0438 221 466

U20 Men - Andrew Black Man -    Mobile: 0437423392


2015/16 Director of Coaching  - Andrew Harlow Mobile: 0414804517

Big V Coach Expressions of Interest

Big V Coach Expressions of Interest Wanted

Energy Basketball are now seeking Expressions of Interest for their 2015-2016 Big V Men's and Women's coaching positions.

Position description and application form are attached below.

Director of Coaching Expressions of Interest Wanted

Energy Basketball are now seeking Expressions of Interest for their 2015-2016 Director of Coaching position.

Position description and application form are attached.

Completed forms should be emailed to   

2015-2016 VJBL Coaching EOI Now Open

Energy Basketball are now taking expressions of interest for their 2015-2016 VJBL coaching positions.

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the attached PDF form and email it to:

For any further enquiries please contact Sharon Pyle on: 0407 702 543

VJBL Round 8 Wrap

Our Energy VJBL teams are nearing the middle of their 2015 season with some great results on and off the court for everyoe involved.

Several of our players have been training with the Energy senior teams, NPP, NITP and State teams over the past few month as well as their Junior Energy team. We congratulate and thank each and every one of our junior players together with thier coaches and mangers for the committment they have made to our program in 2015.

VJBL results each week can be found via this link  

VJBL Round 7 Review  

U14 Energy Boys, Coach Louise Cosway -  The team built an early lead thanks to some classy transition play and tight D. Hawthorn led momentarily in the 2nd quarter, but the guys quickly regrouped and hit the front, holding the lead for the rest of the game. The team showed great composure in the final minutes when Hawthorn began fouling to regain possession. Final score Latrobe 42, Hawthorn (2) 35

U14.2 Energy Girls ,Coach Gail McFarlane - We took on Hawthorn 3 at the #powerhouse with an almost full line up. Going into the game with only 1 loss so far the girls drew away to an early lead. With great defensive pressure, unselfish team play and an excellent transition running game. the girls never looked back winning 38-22.

U18 Energy Women, Coach Tracy McConnell- Henery -With our full team available for the first time since grading, the girls played Melbourne 2 at home winning 56-52 in a see-sawing game. Excellent early full court pressure defense led to lots of Casey Sherriff steals which were capitalised on in the open court by Sammy Labros who finished with 14 points. Strong rebounding by Millie Culliver and Lillie Schacht, 10 points by both Eliza Osborn and Jordan Pyle (and a the block of the season so far!) coupled with the great on court leadership of Coco Henry (5 assists) sealed the win.


U16.2 Energy Girls, Coach Dale Pronk – We  played at home this week against Pakenham 1. All was going well with some excellent team work and great defence. At half time Energy had a nine point lead and went into the final quarter with a seven point lead. Pakenham started the final quarter with an aggressive full court press and unfortunately we succumbed to the pressure and a twenty two to six point final quarter taught us all a valuable lesson. Nine point loss but looking forward to the next time we play Pakenham.


The U16 Energy Boys, Coach Jo Palmer -The team played Casey (at Casey) on Friday night for their 4th week in a row away.  The boys came out strong in the first quarter and by halftime were up 30 to 8.  They continued to build on their lead with great transition basketball and solid outside shooting in the 3rd quarter.  After a small lapse in concentration early in the fourth they regained momentum and came through with a convincing win by 38 points at full time 63-25.

U16.1 Energy Girls, Coach Matt Holmes-The team have continued their winning streak with a comprehensive 32 point win over 2nd placed Dandenong. Intensive defensive pressure and lighting fast offensive transition set up the win in the first half. A very pleasing win given we didn’t have a full roster and a few girls finished the game with injuries.

U14.1 Energy Girls, Rob Raymond The 14 Girls travelled to take on the top 4 ranked Nunawading team. Our girls played an outstanding brand of team defence which helped keep the scores tight through-out the game, this were pleaseing  pleasing signs for both both coaches. We also played a very disciplined & patient offense which created alot of uncontested shots sharing the scoring across the list, trailing by only 4pts at 3/4 time. Unfortunately we fell away in the final period to lose by 13pts. Good signs for the upcoming weeks.

Beasley Arrives In Gippsland

Energy Basketball is pleased to announce the signing and arrival of their male import for the 2015 Big V season. Terrance Beasley arrived in Australia last week and has begun training and preparing to help the Energy Men go back-to-back in Division One.

The 6’6” forward is a Florida native that played his high school basketball at Pensacola High School where he averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds per game in his senior year, earning him 1st team all-area, 2nd team all-state and defensive player of the year honours. From there Terrance was recruited to NCAA Division One, Tulane University where he played one year before returning home to finish his collegiate career with West Florida University. Whilst at WFU Terrance averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds a game and was the team captain for his senior year.

Prior to coming to Australia, Beasley toured through China representing the USA against Chinese professional sides, spent some time in the NBA D-league and played with professional sides the Fort Wayne Flite and the Indianapolis Diesel in the ABA.

When asked what he is most looking forward to about living in Australia, Beasley said “I’m looking forward to experiencing a new culture and seeing what the Gippsland area has to offer”. When asked what he thinks he can bring to the Energy Men’s side, Terrance touched on his leadership and attitude towards the game as well as his athleticism, his will to win and his basketball I.Q. Off the court Terrance is looking forward to getting involved with the Gippsland community and the Energy junior program.

The Energy Men have had a busy pre-season playing practice matches against Pakenham and most recently against the U18 Victorian Country side where Terrance was able to get his first taste of action with the team. Head Coach Les Stothard was pleased with what he has seen from Terrance early on stating, “Terrance has fit in with the guys showing the ability to beat his man off the dribble and create for himself and his team mates. His leadership is certainly a strong point and will be a valuable asset both on and off the court.”

You can catch Terrance and the Energy Men in action during Big V opening night on the 14th of March, 8:00pm @ Latrobe Leisure Traralgon where they take on Chelsea. That game will be following the Energy Women who take on Mildura at 6:00pm.

Energy Sign Women's Import for 2015

Energy Basketball is pleased to announce the signing and arrival of their female import for the upcoming Big V season. Hannah Weedman from Illinois by the way of Quincy University will be joining the Energy Women on court this season, looking to help them go one step further in 2015.

Hannah has a decorated playing resume which includes; holding the title as the all-time leader in rebounds and blocks at her high school as well as being 2nd all-time in scoring. After which she attended Quincy University where Hannah averaged 12 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block per game and was chosen to the conference all-defensive team in 2012/2013 and the all-conference team in 2013/2014. Following this Hannah joined semi-professional club, the St Louis Surge where she helped lead her team to a National Championship in 2014.

When asked what she is looking forward to most about being here in Australia, Hannah said “I am looking forward to the weather and getting away from the snow.”  “But I’m also looking forward to building relationships with my coach, teammates and my host family”.

In terms of her role on the court for the Energy Women, Hannah says she will be bringing “energy and hard work” as well as “another upbeat personality to compliment the girls on the team”.

Hannah has already began training with the Energy Women and when asked how Hannah was fitting in, head coach Andrew Harlow had this to say; "Hannah has made an immediate impact, she is a demanding presence and I think she will have a big impact on the league this season".

You can catch Hannah and the Energy Women in action during Big V opening night on the 14th of March, 6:00pm @ Latrobe Leisure Traralgon where they take on Mildura. That game will be followed by the Energy Men who take on Chelsea at 8:00pm.

Want to be a Big V Statistician?

We're seeking statisticians (trainee or qualified) for our Big V Home Games. Click on the document below to find out more.

Strength and Conditioning Program

In the 2015 season all Energy VJBL athletes will have access to Strength and Conditioning provided by Gippsland Strength and Conditioning.

The players will do fitness testing, receive individual programs, nutritional consultations and have access to one on one or team training sessions.

For more details on the program please see the document provided in the VJBL menu under Strength and Conditioning Program.

VJBL Scoring Clinic

Energy Basketball will be conducting introductory scoring clinics for parents and guardians of VJBL players on Sunday the 30th of November, during players regular training sessions. It is anticipated that these clinics will take no longer than 30 minutes.

The sessions will briefly cover:

- Completing the FIBA score sheet

- Operating a 24/14 Second Shot Clock

- VJBL timing rules

While these clinics are not compulsory, your attendance is highly recommended. Not knowing how to score will not be an acceptable excuse to avoid your turn at home and away games.

The clinics will be conducted by Michael Cleef, who is an Energy Committee member and nationally qualified score table official.

Session Times:

All sessions will be held at the Traralgon Sports Stadium in the dining room at the end of Court 5, on Sunday the 30th of November, at the following times -




Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register online at

Please bring, a notepad/paper, a red and blue pen with you to the clinic.

VJBL Fee Structure for 2015

$190 per player to be paid in full by 31/12/2014


Early Bird Offer of $175 per player to be paid by 14/11/2014 

Registration fees are inclusive of:

  • VJBL admin fee
  • Coaching staff
  • Strength and Conditioning Program (to be provided by Gippsland Strength and Conditioning)
  • Presentation event (end of season)
  • Club membership
  • Membership merchandise item (To be announced)


  • First and second children registration is full price, third child playing at discounted price of $150.00
  • Emergency Players to pay a registration Fee of $20.00 which will include: 
    • Membership, socks, invitation to special events. If it eventuates that an emergency player takes the court then scoresheet money is to be collected also. 
  • For any families that wish to further discuss payment options such as payment plans please contact:
  • ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE. Please click here to register and pay. 


Payments can be made by cheque, addressed to:

Combined Gippsland Basketball Association (Trading as Latrobe City Energy)

Care of the Treasurer

PO Box 1523, Traralgon 3844


For all other enquiries please contact:

Short letter from the President - Trevor Henry

Hi to the Energy family,

We have exciting times ahead with our basketball future.
As a new committee we have inherited a strong, successful club much to
the work of our former President David Roberts and his past
committees. I issue a heart felt thanks on behalf of all in the
Energy family and look forward to watching Dave relax and enjoy our
Energy teams in full flight.

Moving to the upcoming season in VJBL and Big V we are poised to
succeed. With Andrew Harlow appointed Director of Coaching and the
appointment of our senior and junior coaches we will be offering a strong
focus on developing our players to be the best they can be.
This will translate in to success on the floor and more importantly we
will offer those involved personal development to take into their
future pursuits.

As indicated at the AGM, we as a committee, are looking for anyone
interested in volunteering their services to share the load. We are in
the process of establishing sub-committees in various aspects of the
Club and need people to fill roles. These roles whilst vital to the
ongoing success of the Club will not be time consuming. Roles will be
posted shortly on our team app so please consider what your
contribution can be.

I urge everyone to offer constructive, respectful feedback. Mistakes
inevitably will occur and as a committee we a striving to establish
the best basketball experience for all involved. Let us know about a
small issue before it escalates into a big issue for you. If a
solution can be found earlier, it is better for all in the long run.


Trevor Henry


Latrobe City Energy Basketball

Membership Voting Rights

In accordance with the Combine Gippsland Basketball Association (Energy Basketball) Constitution a person needs to register as a voting member in order to vote at the Annual General Meeting and subsequent special meetings as scheduled. If you have not yet done so and you would like to be a voting member of the association from this point forward please download the form from our web site or alternative contact us the association at and return them by close of business on the 7th of October 2014

Club AGM

All current Combined Gippsland Basketball Association (Energy Basketball) committee positions have been declared open.

Nominations are now being called from the community for the following positions;
• President
• Vice President
• Secretary
• Treasurer
• General Committee Member x 3

Nominations will be accepted up until 5pm on Friday 10th October 2014.

Nomination forms should be sent to:

The Administrator

Energy Basketball

via email or via post

PO Box 1523 , Traralgon 3844

VJBL Trials

Energy Basketball will hold all age group tryouts and an information session in preparation for the 2015 VJBL season at the Latrobe Leisure Traralgon.

First trial for all age groups is this Sunday, the 5th of October.

If you are interested in trialing and haven't yet done so, please register via the link below to be kept up to date with all VJBL news.

Junior Presentation & Club AGM

Flanagan's Irish Bar & Royal Exchange Hotel will host the 2014 Junior Presentation Evening followed by the club AGM.

Come and help us celebrate what has been our best year of junior basketball to date. Then stick around, hear about what has been going on behind the scenes in a huge year for the club and help us move forward by electing our 2015 committee.

VJBL Coach Applications Open

Applications for our 2014/15 Coaches is now OPEN.

We encourage you to consider applying and/or passing the information on to people you would like coach your child.

Coaches will only be selected from people completing an application form.

Please check out the Job Description and Expression of Interest Form - Click here!



School Holiday Clinics - June 30 & July 1, 2014

School Holiday clinics will be conducted on Monday June 30 & Tuesday July 1, 2014 at Latrobe Leisure Traralgon. 

Register and pay online click here!

Monday June 30 & Tuesday July 1

Children aged 5 to 9 years
- Monday June 30 - 10am-12noon @ $25
- Tuesday July 1 - 10am - 12noon @ $25
- Both session - $40

Children aged 10 to 16 years
- Monday June 30 - 1pm to 3pm @ $25
- Tuesday July 1 - 1pm to 3pm @ $25
- Both session - $40





Wiz scores 200!

On the eve of his 200th Big V game Simon Vannapraseuth’s attitude towards the road trip to Warrnambool is fairly indicative of his impact on and off the floor for the Latrobe City Energy. When discussing carpooling, what cars to take, who is driving etc, Simon leads the way by volunteering to drive on the provisions the side gets a W and celebrates accordingly. Selflessness is a trait that anyone lucky enough to play alongside Simon has become accustomed to during his 10 season in the VBL/BIG V competition. The point guard affectionately known to friends, teammates and family as Wiz is best known for his toughness, pace, attack on the basket (often on, but not restricted to, the left hand side) and his devastating post game.

“Wiz is the type of guy every coach wants on their team! He is a natural leader both on and off the court” said head coach Les Stothard when asked about the impact Simon has had during his time at the club. “I always know what I'm going to get with Wiz, he is going to play his hardest and do whatever is necessary for the team to succeed.”

Boun Vannapraseuth, Simon’s father, is the team manager for the Energy Men this season and said that he has always admired his son’s unselfish play. “It doesn’t matter (to him) who puts the ball in the basket”. Simon’s mother Jeanette spoke of Simon’s toughness, even as a junior, “At the tender age of 8 he went on to finish a grand final, nose stuffed with tissue and cotton wool to stop the bleeding from a broken nose”.  Jeanette continued “Boun and I are very proud of Simon and his achievements as a player”.

Energy co-captain Nick Sedley has played with or against Simon for 15 years and remembers his first experience guarding Wiz. “It was in under 14’s, I went to block his shot in to the stands and he pump-faked me out of my shoes and strolled in for a sneaky leaner off the glass”. Sedley went on to talk about playing alongside Wiz, “He is a true point guard, one that's always looking to set the table for the guys around him”. “When I’m on the floor with Wiz I always know I’m going to get some great looks”.

There is rarely a game or training where Simon doesn’t claim the scalp of a bigger defender down on the low block, his evasiveness with footwork, fakes and feather touch are often followed by cries of “pound for pound!” and a cheeky smile.  On behalf of Latrobe City Energy we would like to congratulate Simon on this milestone and thank him for his outstanding contribution to the club and to the senior program. We hope to hear of a few more victims from tonight’s game.

The Energy Men currently sit atop the Watson Conference ladder with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss and tonight they travel to take on Warrnambool who are sitting on top of the Terril Conference ladder. Tune in to the Big V website from 7pm for Live Stats or keep up to date with updates on the clubs team app.



April School Holiday Clinics Announced

Our school Holiday Clinics have been announced for April 2014 and they have something for everyone!
Sessions range from beginners to advanced with some specialist shooting, post and fitness sessions. 

Check it out here for more info and to register online!

Women full of Energy

Latrobe City Energy Women are gearing up for a positive 2014 and will aim to lift the profile of Women in sport locally.

This week the club's first ever female international player is arriving to take her place on the team and will be a dynamic inclusion to the already popular women's team.

Lindsay Horbatuck will arrive on Friday from the USA and will have plenty of time to get over the jet lag and settle in before the first home game on March 15 at Latrobe Leisure Traralgon.

Horbatuck is looking forward to the opportunity to play in Australia and has come from a recent contract in the Bulgaria National League.

Coach Andrew Harlow said that Lindsay will be a great asset to the team and will complement our team style of play.

"We have some great talent already and adding Lindsay will solidify our core unit" Harlow said.

Tanarly Hood is coming off a great season in the Country Basketball League where she won the league MVP and was part of Churchill's undefeated championship team at both a Gippsland and All Conference State level.

Carly Mullen-Bianconi from Moe was runner up in the MVP count and is another player that has been great for the club since playing Victorian Championship as a Junior.

Mikaela Dickson from Warragul, polled third in the CBL MVP count will return for her second year with Energy and is set to be a much improved player due to her study at the Australian College of Basketball and some increased opportunity this year.

Polling fourth in the CBL MVP count was Jaz Allman from Maffra. Jaz is set to make her Big V debut with Energy this year and will be an exciting player to watch.

Returning for another Big V season is Laura Joyce and Liesl Sexton who were part of the Traralgon CBL team that narrowly lost a tough Semi Final to Korumburra. Both players are integral to the teams success and and are great on court leaders.

In addition, the team will welcome back some familiar faces including Tayler Brouns who missed last year and is excited and enthused to be back playing Big V this year. She is a fierce competitor and will provide an inside presence along with Horbatuck and Mullen-Bianconi.

The club is also excited to welcome back veteran's Carmen Weaver and Jess Murphy who will suit up for a number of games and are keen to be part of the team. Weaver and Murphy add a wealth of experience to the group and will be great role models for the younger players.

At some stage the team also hopes to secure the services of Cindy Wellington who is currently out injured and has spent the last six months coaching in the CBL.   Wellington's intensity and work ethic is second to none and she is a great support both on and off the court.

Club President David Roberts said that Energy has assembled a great group of players, who are friends and will blend well on the court.

"I believe we will have a great and positive season and one that we will remember as a turning point in our women's program" Roberts said.

The team is hoping to lock in another key player soon and is waiting a final commitment.

Roberts said there is also an opportunity for three U16 players join the team as development players.

These Players will have the opportunity to train with team, scrimmage with an international player and get the opportunity to suit up in a number of Big V games during the season Roberts said.

Anyone interested in joining the team and attending training should contact Coach Andrew Harlow on 0414 804 517.


A team naming sponsor is also being sought for the women and any interested businesses should contact David Roberts on 0468 431 731.

Female Import builds Energy

Latrobe City Energy is proud to announce their first ever Female Import with Lindsay Horbatuck, 185 cm Forward / Centre, set to join the Division 1 Big V Women’s team in coming weeks.

Horbatuck graduated from Bucknell University (Pennsylvania) and in her last two years as Captain, she started in 61 games and averaged 7.6 points, 1.3 Assists, 1.1 steal and 9.6 rebounds.  Her field goal percentage was 44.3% and her free just under 70%.

Horbatuck finished her College Career with 15 double-doubles and was known for her tenacity and rebounding on the court. Horbatuck graduated with the second-highest single-season rebounding total in program history, totalling 325 boards last season. That average ranked her 30th nationally and was almost two more per game than any other player in the Patriot League. 

Prior to joining Energy, Horbatuck has played 10 games in the Bulgarian National League and accumulated a healthy stats line of 8.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, including 3 double doubles.

President David Roberts was excited to make the announcement on the weekend and stated that Lindsay’s inclusion would be a major boost for the club.

“Lindsay will be a great asset to the club on and off the court and will focus on strengthening the pathway for our female players” Roberts said.

“Currently, Energy is on track for two of our four girls’ VJBL teams to make Victorian Championship; the highest junior league in Australia.  It will be great to provide these players an opportunity to work with an International female player of Lindsay’s calibre”.

“Junior players will have the opportunity to be trained by Lindsay with some having the opportunity to join the Big V Women’s squad to train and potentially play alongside Lindsay.  Without doubt this will be great for their basketball development and growth as young athletes” Roberts said.

“Lindsay’s inclusion will also be a huge spark for our Women’s team and help lift them back to form that saw them make finals 2 years ago”.  Roberts continued.

“Lindsay is a hard worker on the boards and we believe she will be the missing link to our squad.  Along with our returning players, Lindsay will ensure we are extremely competitive this year and challenge for a finals spot”.  Roberts concluded.

Horbatuck herself is keen to experience the Big V and is looking forward to being a positive addition to this team, winning games and ultimately making finals.

“This is a dream come true!  Australia has been a place that I have always wanted to visit my entire life and I was excited by the opportunity to play at Latrobe City Energy.  I have been lucky enough to travel many different places while doing something that I love, playing basketball”  Horbatuck said.

“One of the biggest advantages about playing with Energy is that there is much less of a language barrier than the previous countries I have been to” she laughed.   

“I am also very excited to be able to share my basketball knowledge and give back to the Gippsland community.  With my educational background in elementary education and teaching, I love when I have the opportunity to teach young kids about the sport that has given me so much” she said.
Horbatuck also has qualifications in English as a Second Language (ESL) and will be a great assist with the club’s Street Basketball for Refugees and New Arrivals, especially with the potential to get more girls involved.

Horbatuck will also look for employment locally.

She is due to arrive in Australia at the end of February and will be ready to play the opening Home Game on March 15 at Traralgon.

Contact David Roberts on 0468 431 731

Weaver ignites Energy for 2014

It has been a great start to the year for Latrobe City Energy with Vashon Weaver agreeing to return to the club and play Big V in season 2014. 

Vashon was first recruited by Latrobe City Energy back in 2002 and has clearly made Australia home.  He met his wife Carmen (Dean) in Traralgon and they now have 6 month old twins; Portia and Jada.

When Vashon left Latrobe City to play at a higher level and his return is highly anticipated with the club is extremely excited about his addition to the team.

Vashon is in great form and has demonstrated this through an unbeaten Country Basketball League (CBL) season with Churchill Blue Devils alongside another Energy star; Jordan Canovan.   The pair will make their appearance in the Gippsland CBL Grand Final this weekend against Warragul at Korumburra.

Vashon says he has so many good memories of Latrobe City; from doing school clinics, community appearances to the camaraderie and feeling of family that is around the club.

“It is definitely a feeling of coming back home!”  Vashon said.

Wife Carmen adds “we are very lucky and grateful that even though we have been living and playing in Melbourne for the past few years, Energy has always made us feel part of the club and welcome anytime”

“We love that we know everyone involved in the club and that the teams are supported so well by the junior teams and general community!  Carmen continues.

“Vashon and I met while playing with Energy many years ago and so we are excited to return to where it all began!” she says.

Vashon agrees that this is where it all started for him! 

“I am excited to be coming back and to have the opportunity to play with this group of guys under the leadership of Coach Les Stothard” Vashon says.

With Les becoming a father of twins himself over Christmas, Vashon believes the two will have a common bond and the two could even start their own support group.

“I think it will make things a lot easier, as Les will understand the stresses and demands of being a parent of twins, but I guess he’ll be just as hard when it comes to on court performance”  Vashon says.

When questioned about his reasons for the return Weaver talks about friends, local connections and his long time goal to win a Championship with Latrobe City, which he sees as a very realistic and achievable this year.  

There is a hint that he may not have played basketball at all this year and says that that family was definitely the most important reason for his continuation and return to Energy.  

“Carmen actually encouraged me quite a bit to continue playing this year.  She used Portia and Jada against me during the decision making phase, she told me simply that our daughters wanted to see their Dad play” 

Carmen’s Parent’s who live in Traralgon have been a huge impact on the decision and Vashon says it is great to know we have their love and support which makes playing basketball possible.

“Lastly, I think playing with friends and a great group of guys like we have at Energy makes the game enjoyable and I would definitely like to leave the game loving it!” Vashon said.

When questioned of her own return to the court, Carmen says she is looking forward to being a spectator this season and bringing the twins to watch a few games!  However, she adds “I might pop into a training session or two”


SP AusNet have today informed the club that they will not stay on as a sponsors for 2014, providing a great opportunity for a new business  to step and be recognized as our Big V naming sponsor.  
This is a great opportunity, considering our recent on and off court success said President David Roberts.

The club has a very positive 12 months and is about to launch into an exciting period with new uniforms being planned as well as the inclusion of a Female Import in 2014.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the Big V program as a whole or individually sponsoring either the Men or Women's team can contact David Roberts at email or call Tanya Kent on 0409 120 091.

A general Sponsorship kit is also available below.


Annual Report 2013

The following report was presented to the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 15 December 2013.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Sunday (15 December 2013) at 5pm as part of our Christmas break-up.  Everyone is welcome to come along to celebrate our year!
For those interested in being on the Committee or in a key volunteer role, please find attached a nomination form.

Partnership with NAB announced!

Latrobe City Energy have entered into a partnership with the NAB (National Australia Bank) that will provide great help, guidance & advice to our members and supporters as well as financial benefit our Club.

Energy President, David Roberts said it is a great alliance and we look forward to building on the relationship over the coming years. 

In 2014, the NAB will host a Big V night as a game sponsor and staff will be available to assist supporters with their enquiries on banking and home loan needs.

Sale Brank Manager Peter King said that the NAB were keen to support local clubs and help their increase their financial stability.

"We will be able provide ongoing support Energy through a referral service that will not only assist the club with a financial reward, but will also ensure their supporters are getting great service and support in the area of home loans"  King said.

The NAB offers

  • Lowest standard variable rate of the majors for more than 4 years.
  • No fees on personal banking accounts.
  • Industry leader in the way we charge interest on credit cards. Minimising interest charges.
  • Removal of unpopular fees for example overdrawn account fee.

Anyone interested in a new home loan or transferring their current home loan to the NAB should complete the online form to contact Peter and ensure that the club gets the referral fee.


For more information contact David Roberts on 0468 431 731

Celebrate Christmas!

Get together to Celebrate Christmas with your Energy Basketball Family.

Royal Exchange Hotel - Traralgon
Sunday December 15
4.30pm until 8.00pm

Have a meal together and share some basketball stories, including your game winning shot or could-of-been great move!

Have some fun and win some prizes!

Bragging rights and prizes for team with most players attending!

Extreme challenge for team with lowest player representation.  Will this be a male or female team, Big V or VJBL?

More info to come!

Look forward to a huge turnout! Players, families and supporters all welcome!

2 Course Meal
Cost - $20 Adult
Children (U12) - $12

Bookings through your Team Manager or contact David on 0468 431 731

Uniform Sponsorship available

Latrobe City Energy are looking at new uniforms for 2013.  This provides a great opportunity for sponsors to receive high level exposure for the next 3 years. 

New uniforms will be ordered on December 10, so these opportunities wont last long.

All prices are negotiable and we will consider all offers.

Download the Uniform Sponsorship Package for more information.

Women's Coach announced

It is with great pleasure we announce Andrew Harlow as our Division 1 Women's Coach for 2014.

Andrew has had a long association with the club, being one of our inaugural VJBL coaches many years ago.  He has over 40 year's experience in basketball, both as a player and a coach. 

President David Roberts said it has been fantastic appointment with Andrew is excited to take on the challenge.

"Andrew's enthuisasm is extremely infectious and he already has us buzzing with excitement"

"Within the last 24 hours, he has secured a Team Manager and we have put an offer in for an International player through a Sports Agent"

"It has been all go and Andrew is planning to get out to CBL games tomorrow and over the following weeks to meet current players and talk to likely recruits"  Roberts concluded.

Andrew is keen to step back into coaching and believes he has a lot to offer the Energy Women's program in the years to come.

"I am excited to be back as a Head Coach and i am looking forward getting out and meeting the potential players"

"CBL will be a great opportunity to observe players, have a chat and start building a great team for next year"  Harlow said.

"With club looking at supporting our local players with an Import, it is surely to be an exciting year" he finished.

Interested players can contact Andrew directly on 0414 804 517 or Kathleen Roberts on 0412 842 151.





Andrew has brought a new sence of Energy to the role.


VJBL Teams announced

To check out all the teams selections - click here!

VJBL Information Kit available online

Latrobe City Energy have released their 2014 information kit ahead of today's FREE Basketball Clinic & VJBL Information Session for players.  Limited copies will be available today with the resource easily accessible on our website - click here

Girls Coaches announced for Energy

Latrobe City Energy is pleased to announce the Victorian Junior Basketball League Girls coaches for 2014 season.

Aaron Bryce will continue as the U14 Girls Coach for 2014. Aaron has had an extremely successful year leading his current team into the Victorian Championship division of VJBL, placing them in the top 10 teams in the State.  

The team had a 13 point win over Sandringham last Friday and have now won 3 out of their last 5 games. On current form the team are likely to make the U14 Victorian Championship finals series.

Aaron has also led the Traralgon's U/12 Squad Girls to successive Future Stars Country Championship finals falling both times to the Mildura Heat.

Club President David Roberts said it is a pleasure to have Aaron continue in the role and we look forward to the continued success of our girls program in many years to come.

Damian Pyle will step up to the Under 16 Girls first team and Dale Pronk will coach the U16 (2) side.

Damian has coached the Energy U16 (2) side this year, been a Traralgon Squad coach and is actively involved with the Gippsland Basketball Academy.

“Damian will be an asset to the club and we look forward to him stepping up into this role” Roberts said.

Dale Pronk has been an assistant Coach with Energy this year and will step up to be the U16 Coach of Energy’s second U16 side.   Dale has been involved as a Coach at Warragul Squad and the Bunyip Bulls.

“Dale has been great to have involved this year and we look forward to him not only leading a team, but to the passion he brings and the connections he has with the Warragul community” Roberts concluded.

The club is still looking to find an U18 Women’s Coach and will readvertise in the near future. Anyone interested in the role or wanting further information on Energy’s VJBL teams should phone Les Stothard on 0402 211 989 or Andrew Ware on 0418 227 803.

Energy Heat up! - Big V games July 27

The SP AusNet Latrobe City Energy faced the biggest road trip in the Big V on the weekend, travelling across the State to Mildura.

The Women were undermanned with only 7 players, but came away as big winners in a thrilling overtime matchup between the two best teams outside the final four.   Energy defeating the Heat 82 to 76.

Carly Mullen-Biaconi led the scoring for Energy with 24 points, while Jamilee Pearce contributed 21 and Liesl Sexton 14.

In the Men’s game Latrobe City Energy easily took care of Mildura, winning by 37 points, Energy 96 to the Heat 59.

Jordan Canovan was unbelievable with 8 three-pointers on his way to 45 points and 11 rebounds. 
The Energy raced out to a 25-14 lead at the first break, pushed the margin out a further 10 in the second period before coasting in the 3rd and then again dominating the fourth 34-19.

Calvin Rees contributes 16 points and Billy Hughes was great off the bench with 12 points. Import Russell Permenter was rested for the game, making the win even more impressive.

With a win at home likely this week, the Energy men are hopeful that other results will go their way in order to secure a home game final in August.  If not, Energy could visit Mildura again come the first week of finals.

This week sees both teams back on their home court against the Warrandyte Venom.

It is end of the regular season and both Men and Women and are hungry to grab a win in front of their local crowd.  

While unable to make finals the Energy Women have been in great form of late, winning their last 4 games.   Energy women tip off at 6pm. 

The game will be of special significance for Liesl Sextons as she plays her 150th game in the Big V.   Liesl has been an valuable member in the Energy squad for the last 5 years and had previously played in the VBL for the Traralgon T-Birds, where she won a Championship in VBL Premier League.
So we ask of you to all get down in your Orange and Black and make some noise for t your local Big V teams.

A heap of activities will be on offer with half-time games featuring the Special Olympics Basketball players,   face painting for the kids and the Memory Catches photo booth so you can have get a photo with all the Energy players.

A prize for THE BEST BANNER as well the BEST DRESSED ENERGY FAN will be given out and  many other prizes!

For further information, search for Energy Basketball on Facebook or contact Latrobe City Energy President David Roberts on 0468431731.

Coaching Director Appointed

Latrobe City Energy is proud to announce Les Stothard as the newly appointed Coaching Director for 2013/14.

The appointment of Stothard will ensure the ongoing development of Energy’s basketball program and will strengthen the pathways from the Victorian Junior Basketball League teams to the Big V and beyond.

Stothard has held a variety of positions within the basketball community, including a stint with Basketball Victoria County (BVC) leading the Aussie Hoops program, a range of Coaching appointments including roles with various BVC state teams and is currently leading Energy’s Big V Mens team in a Division 1 finals campaign.

As a past representative player for the Association, both at juniors and senior level, Stothard is passionate about the new role and is looking forward to combining his Big V commitments to the VJBL program.

As Coaching Director, Stothard will provide support and guidance to all coaches, facilitate ongoing development and training opportunities and introduce a uniform style of play across the Association.

Vice-President (VJBL) Andrew Ware said that Stothard’s selection as Coaching Director will further boost Energy’s status as a high level basketball program in Gippsland.

“The appointment of Les is obviously a massive step in the right direction for our Association and builds on our achievements in the past 12 months,” Ware said.

“Having someone with the calibre of Les is exciting for our program and his valuable basketball experience should hold us in good stead for the future.” Ware concluded.

In accepting the role, Stothard said he is looking forward to being able to work closely with all coaches and creating a culture where information can be shared and people can learn from each other.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Energy’s coaches and to build a positive and high level basketball program that people will want to be part of” he said.

“We have a fantastic opportunity to work with some great athletes and represent our region across the state and match it with some of the bigger programs such as Dandenong, Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong” Stothard concluded.

Stothard’s first job in the new role will be to appoint VJBL Coaches for 2013/14, assist with the player selection process in October and develop a player development and fitness program.

For more information on Energy’s VJBL program contact Andrew Ware on 0418 227 803 or Les Stothard on 0402 211 989.

Coaches Needed!

Latrobe City Energy is seeking to expand the number of teams representing Gippsland in the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) in 2014 and has recently called for expressions of interest from potential Coaches.

Club President, David Roberts said that currently Energy has 6 teams across U14, U16 and U18 age groups and is seeking to have U12s if interest exists as well as look at second teams in a number of age groups.

'We know that exposing players to regular training and high level competition has the best impact on a player’s skill development' Roberts said.

'VJBL offers a graded competition where every week teams are challenged on the court. Energy provides not only an opportunity to play in this league, but to do so by training locally and playing home games here.’

'This year we have had two teams make the Victorian Champion level, with the U14 Girls maintaining a spot in the top 10 teams in the state, while the U16 girls have dropped to Championship Reserve and are in the top 20 teams in the State for their age group'. Continued Roberts

‘Both these teams have achieved a great deal given the travel across the State to compete every week. Over 100 teams compete in each VJBL age group across 10 divisions and include big Associations like Bendigo, Geelong, Dandenong, Bulleen, Nunawading to name a few’

'Our aim is to have more players playing in more teams and to increase the benefited offered to the development of basketball in Gippsland. These players lift the competition when they return to their squads and domestic teams and we have had some great success with a number of junior players being selected for State duties over the last few years' Roberts said.

Coaches interested in being part of our growth are encouraged to express their interest now. Applications close on June 28 and appointments will be made over the coming weeks.

'We are also looking to recruit a Director of Coaching who will support and develop our coaches. We believe that we need a strong focus on coach development as it is these people that build the skills and nurture the growth of our juniors, both as basketball players and as community members'. Roberts said.

All position descriptions can be found here and enquires can be directed to Andrew Ware on 0418 227 803 or David Roberts on 0468 431 731.

Energy goes Pink

On May 11, Latrobe City Energy will host our regular Big V Games in support of local breast cancer survivors and Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).

On the night, we will also be acknowledging Mothers Day and the great work mums do in supporting our club and most importantly our players. Without our mums, many of us would not have the opportunity to play sport and we recognise the great work they to do in supporting us all.

The night will start at 6pm when our Women take on Camberwell followed by the Men at 8pm. Every opportunity we have we will be running fundraising games and activities and we encourage you to bring some gold coins to join in.

Nearly everyone in the local community knows someone affected by breast cancer and it is a great opportunity for our club to support this great cause.

Our players will be wearing PINK shoelaces and for one night only we encourage you to wear PINK over our usual ORANGE! If you can, wear both! It is not about fashion and we can deal with the color clash for one night to benefit a worthy cause.

Funds raised during the night will directly assist BCNA to support Australians personally affected by breast cancer.

For more information, call David on 0468 431 731.

March Newsletter

On the eve of our first game, our 3rd Newsletter has been produced! become a well informed supporter, by reading it thoroughly before our game today! 

Read it here!

Energy Sign Big Names for 2013!

Latrobe City Energy is pleased to announce the signing of WNBL player Michelle Crosier and the return of Russell Permenter for the 2013 Big V Season.

Cosier will be joining the Women’s team from the opening game this weekend and is likely to play up to 10 games throughout the season.

Permenter’s arrival has been delayed due to sponsorship signings but he is expected to join the team in coming weeks.

Cosier is the first WNBL to player to suit up with the Gippsland team and has returned due to her family ties in Gippsland.  

Born in Bairnsdale, Cosier will have a major impact on the young Energy side and will be welcome addition according to Coach Lucas Allen.

“Playing with a current WNBL player is something that none of our team has experienced before, and I know that all of them will learn and develop simply by having Michelle around” Allen said.

Cosier has a wealth of experience having debuted in the WNBL in 2000/2001 for Dandenong and has played for the Sydney Flames and most recently the Canberra Capitals.   She has 226 appearances in the WNBL with a career average of 9.5 points, 5 rebounds. 1.2 steals and 1 assist per game.

Cosier has played 51 games for Australia at both a junior and senior level and has played in 4 WNBL Grand finals.   She was also recognised as Female Sports Person of the Year in the 2004 Deadly Awards.

Cosier said she is looking forward to coming back to the region where basketball first started for her.

“It is great to return to and play for Latrobe City Energy, with the hope of developing players and promoting interest in women’s basketball in Gippsland’ she said.

“I am looking forward to being able to conduct some clinics throughout the week and assist with some junior development as well’ Cosier concluded.

Russell Permenter will be a welcome return for the Big V Men’s side and new Coach Les Stothard is excited with the announcement.

“Russell is a huge asset to the team; he is 6’9”, can dunk from a standing start and has the ability to hit the outside shot!  He is a huge signing which strengthens our talented squad”  Stothard stated.

Permenter joined Energy last year as an American Division One College basketballer after playing with Jarryd Moss in China.   At the conclusion of the 2012 Big V season he was named as the All-Star Centre and held the statistical awards of Leading Rebounder and most blocked shots.  He averaged 24 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks per game for Energy.

Russell will be the face of the club, running the SP AusNet Schools program, Skills Clinics and will be a regular at Aussie Hoops and VJBL games.

President, David Roberts said the club was excited to have Russell back and look forward to his assistance in promoting and developing our club both on and off the court.

Latrobe City Energy Big V teams tip off this Saturday night at Latrobe Leisure Traralgon with the Women hosting Altona at 6pm and the Men taking on Blackburn at 8pm.  Entry is $7 an Adult and memberships will be available at the door.

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Big V Men's Coach Named

Latrobe City Energy are excited to announce the appointment of Les Stothard as the new head coach of the Big V Division 1 men’s team.

Stothard is a Latrobe City local, born and raised in the region. He played for Latrobe City Energy Championship Men’s side in Big V in 2003, and knows what it takes to build a successful team at this elite level. Les was assistant coach for the Country Victoria U16 Men’s State team & won 2 grand finals coaching Morwell Magic and the Churchill Blue Devils in the Country Basketball League (CBL).

"I feel very privileged to be offered the coaching position, I look forward to getting to work with this great group of players and continuing to build on the success the club has had both on and off the court” said Stothard.

Club spokesperson Joanie Smith said “Les is a great addition to the club. He is passionate about the game, knows the local players and has a commitment to basketball in this region. Les is keen to work towards building the clubs further success”.

The last couple of years have been tough for Latrobe City Energy, however after promotion back to Division One our men have a great season in 2012, just missing out on a finals berth, whilst the Division One Women made their way through to second round finals.

We know we can keep building on this success and the increased interest in basketball in the community. There are some great players in the region and we need to have a strong and successful club for our juniors to aspire towards" said Stothard.

Latrobe City Energy are excited about the overall basketball experience that Les brings, that can support the great work that has occurred in the last season with our terrific junior Energy program, our Energy Aussie Hoops and our SP AusNet Schools Program. Les is joining a team of great coaches and off court staff.

The Division continues to improve every season with teams signing quality players & coaches Stothard says “we recognize the league continues to change and we have to change with it. We will be in the gym working hard and putting the necessary systems in place to be serious contenders for the 2013 season.”

Latrobe City Energy welcomes Les to the team and we look to continuing to build basketball in the region. "I'm looking forward to the challenges of coaching at this elite level. I really can't wait to get started." says Stothard.

Coaching coup for Energy Basketball (VJBL Coaches)

Latrobe City Energy Junior program are pleased to announce that David Herbert and Wayne Royal have agreed to be a part of our coaching development program for the 2012/2013 Victorian Junior Basketball League season.

David Herbert will take on the role of Mentor Coach with Energy and will provide support and assistance to coaches.

David has a vast array of knowledge and experience having been a Head Coach in the WNBL for the last 10 years and has recently taking up a role as an Assistant role with the Canberra Capitals, a role that will see him work with some of the world’s best; Australian Coach Carrie Graf and superstar Lauren Jackson.

While not based in Gippsland, David will be available to support coaches with a vast array of resources and will be available to offer advice to coaches on a weekly basis via phone or email with challenges they may face.

“I am keen to put something back into basketball in Gippsland, having spent my early basketball years here as a player and young coach” David said at a recent dinner with current Energy Coaches.

In addition, David will run a number of sessions during the season for coaches on return visits and will look at some potential connections when the Capitals are playing in Melbourne.

Wayne Royal will return as the coaching supervisor for this season and work closely with the coaches.  

Wayne is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable coaches in Gippsland and is currently the U16 Victoria Country Men’s Coach, a team that he won a Bronze medal with at the 2012 National Championships.

Junior President, Barry Herbert said that we are excited to have these two experienced coaches as part of our program and believe that it will assist to develop a strong program and successful program over the coming 12 months.

“It is important for us to be firstly attracting the right coaches to our programs and then to ensure that they are supported and have the opportunity for learning and ongoing development”

“In addition, we are keen to ensure that all Coaches have their Level 1 Coaching Accreditation and where this is not the case, Energy can assist coaches financially to attend a course” Barry said.

Latrobe City Energy Basketball Association is currently recruiting for coaches for the 2012/2013 VJBL season.  

Victorian Junior Basketball League is the premium junior basketball league in Australia and offers prospective coaches a great opportunity to further their skills and improve their coaching at the very top levels in Victoria.

Expressions of interest are asked for coaches of both boys in girls teams in the Under 14, 16 & 18 age groups. Applications close on September 14, 2012
5pm and should be addressed to Barry Herbert (administrator) 2 Well Street Morwell, Vic 3840 or email

Energy spark in finals campaign!

Game 1 of the Big V Division 1 Finals will see Latrobe City Energy take on Altona at home in Traralgon on Saturday night, tip off at 7pm!

Unbelievably, at the end of this game one of these highly rated teams will no longer be in the running for this year's title.

Last time these teams met was at Drouin in round 16 and Energy had the upper hand defeating Altona, 63 to 51.  Stand outs for Energy were Jamilee Pearce with 17 points and 5 assists while Taylor Brouns had her best game of the season with 12 points, 7 assists and 11 rebounds.  Tarnarly Hood and Carly Mullen-Biancone assisted with 12 and 11 respectively.

For Altona, it was WNBL player Bridgitte Ardossi who lead the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds while their other tall, Louise Johnston had 11 points and 11 rebounds. 

Energy shot a reasonably 34.8% while Altona struggled to find an outside shot, with an overall shooting percentage of 25.4%.

This week will surely be the battle of the talls and whether Energy can shut down Ardossi (18.5ppg and 10.2 rpg) & Johnson (12.2ppg and 7.1rpg) while preventing Altona from finding their outside range.  

Jamilee Pearce (averaging 16.9ppg & 11.6rpg) will need to lead the charge and will be assisted by sibling and rising star Danni Pearce (16.6ppg & 5.8rpg) who may be the secret weapon this week as this will be her first match up against the Gators.

This is a team sport and Energy is united, fired up and very ready to take on the might of Altona!  Game on!

Get out and support the Energy Women on Saturday August 4, 2012, 7pm at Latrobe Leisure Traralgon.


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