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NICK Prowd, or Nicholas as his mum calls
him, is a young man passionate about his
At the age of six, his mum Stacey took Nick
to the Poowong Amateur Basketball Associa-
tion and registered him for his first season
of domestic basketball.
Little did they dream that it would lead
Nick to becoming a member of the Victorian
and Australian Country representative teams
He’s off to New Zealand this week to repre-
sent his country.
Nick has played domestic basketball both
junior and senior at Poowong and has been
a member of the Poowong Panthers tourna-
ment team for several years.
During this time Nick has grown and been
challenged to strengthen his natural ability,
becoming a great role model and teammate
always wanting to improve himself and help
With the support of his mum and the en-
couragement of his Poowong basketball fam-
ily, Nick began Academy Training between
March and July of 2015 in Korumburra.
This training saw Nick recognised as a tal-
ent and become part of the Korumburra Un-
der 16 Wildcats in the Victorian Junior Bas-
ketball League (VJBL), and selected to go to
the Southern Cross Academy in Shepparton
in October, 2015.
From the Academy, Nick was chosen to be
part of the Southern Cross Challenge, to be
held in January, 2016.
This selection gave Nick the confidence to
then return to Shepparton in October, 2016,
and try out for the Australian Country Bas-
ketball Cup and also become part of the Na-
tional Intensive Training Program.
Nick was then selected to become a team
member of the Vic Goldminers in January,
2017, and play at the Australian Country Ju-
nior Basketball Cup seeing his team win the
gold medal defeating NSW, TAS, SA and New
Nick will be leaving for New Zealand on
April 12, to play in the Australian Country
He has had amazing support and encour-
agement from his school, Koo Wee Rup Sec-
ondary College, who sponsored him with
$500 towards his trip and the Under 16
Poowong Panthers team, who raised $160 to
pay for Nick’s passport.
Stacey and Nick are very thankful for
all the support Nick has received from his
school, Poowong Basketball Association,
family and friends.
This competition will be a challenge for
Nick and his team, as they will play two
games per day lasting between one and a
half to two hours each, playing against some
On his return, Nick will continue with his
VJBL, NITP and start training for the Aus-
tralian Junior Championships, where he
will play in the Vic Country team and head
to Perth in July.
The Poowong Basketball Association wish-
es Nick and his team all the best in New
POOL players from right across Victoria and
also from interstate headed for Wonthaggi last
weekend for the annual Wonthaggi Cup, re-
garded as the biggest team pool event in Aus-
The 17th Wonthaggi Pool Cup attracted 40
teams with players enjoying over two days at
the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club.
Organisers Craig Carter and Michelle Cain
were particularly thrilled that the competition
attracted 20 of Australia’s top pool players.
“It’s a great weekend, the players love it and
it’s a fantastic event for the town,” said Craig.
With a high-standard of competition in all
grades and lots of local teams entered to take
on the visitors, matches were full of interest
and it wasn’t a surprise to see the top players
clear the table in short order.
Anyone interested in joining the Wonthaggi
Pool Club should come along to the club for
the ladies competition on Monday nights
at 7pm or Wednesday nights at 7pm for the
Division One: Shark Squad (Bendigo) de-
feated Salary Cap (Melbourne).
Division Two: Thirty Seconds (Maffrra) def
Victorian Women’s Super League team.
Division Three: Pawn Stars (Frankston) def
The Original Mixed (incl Michelle Cain cap-
Division Four: The Blackbrids (captain Bill
Hopkins) def Mugbeans (Latrobe Valley).
THE Leongatha Basketball Association was
proudly represented at Basketball Victoria’s
Country Championships held in Bendigo recently.
The championships were only for the Under
12 age group and Leongatha Lightning had a
team of nine girls and a team of eight boys com-
pete at the three day event.
The girls completed the championships fin-
ishing in Division 3 and the boys made the
grand final and were runners-up in Division 4.
The association thanks the coaches and as-
sistants who have given up their time to train
and develop these kids as they aspire to play
at the highest level, also the families who at-
The kids were thrilled when Andrea and Kelly
Wilson, former Leongatha players who play
WNBL for Bendigo and Townsville respective-
ly, attended one of the games, provided auto-
graphs and shot some hoops with them.
Wilson sisters inspire Lightning
The Leongatha Lightning U12 teams at the Country Championships with Andrea and
Nick Prowd will be on his way to New Zea-
land on Wednesday. mm351517
for Nick Prowd
Australia’s best at
17th Wonthaggi Cup
Visiting pool player Lisa Garvey (Salary Cap) was asked to take her late husband’s position
in a team from Melbourne that competed in the Wonthaggi Cup at the weekend when he
passed away during the year, after competing here at Wonthaggi last year. A talented player
in her own right, Lisa certainly held up her end strongly against good competition. m541517
Competitors in the Wonthaggi Cup for pool players got through their paces at the Wont-
haggi Workmen’s Club last weekend. m511517
APL Aces team member from Wonthaggi, Chris Wallace, was delighted to secure one of
only a few wins by his team across the weekend, after their elevation to A Grade, when he
defeated Brett Cook of the Geelong Ring Inns. m521517
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