Junior Magic stars selected for 2019 Southern Cross Challenge

The Hawthorn Basketball Association (HBA) and Junior Magic community would like to congratulate the following athletes who were selected for the 2019 Southern Cross Challenge.

Boys – Under 14
Tyler Scriven
Hamish Hudson
Tom Bormhead
Maper Makur
Jesse McIntosh
Phoenix Windsor
Boys – Under 15
Boston Dowling (Vic Country)
Logan Morris
Hayden Loader
Jake Meyers
Maximus Bakker
Girls – Under 14
Clare Tuckwell
Annabelle Hartman
Georgia McBean
Erinn McAlary
Katie Harrington
Jasmin Ou
Jade Grybas
Girls – Under 15
Jacqueline Gomes
Evangeline King
Jamima Wilcox (Vic Country)
The HBA would also like to acknowledge Junior Magic Coaches, Michael Dimattina, Emily McInerny and Matt Scriven, who have been invited to coach at the event.
“Junior Magic athletes make up 16% of all metro players selected.”


Picked from a series of selection camps across the year, the Southern Cross Challenge (SCC) gives our elite juniors insight into elite development and higher-level gameplay across the four-day tournament.

The 2019 Southern Cross Challenge will be held at the State Basketball Centre, Wantirna South from Friday 18 January to Monday 21 January 2019.

The Southern Cross Challenge (SCC) is the beginning of the high-performance pathway for identified athletes, coaches and officials.

A Basketball Victoria initiative, the tournament is positioned to aid the development of those identified, providing an opportunity to take part in an elite tournament setting.

Victoria Metropolitan will enter 12 teams into the 2018 competition, with three male and three female teams selected to play in both the under-14 and under-15 age groups.

Victoria Country’s best and brightest will be picked for the SCC as well as the National Intensive Training Program (NITP) – as the best under-15, under-16 and under-18 players hone their skills in preparation for the elite level.

The 2019 SCC event will help commence the process of identifying athletes for the 2020 Under 16 State Program.

The HBA and Junior Magic community would like to wish all the participants the best of luck for the event in January.