To stay in division two or to take the next step to division one of Big V basketball will be discussed between all involved after Shepparton Gators' championship victory at the weekend.OLIVER CAFFREY August 26, 2014 3:10am
The future looks bright for Shepparton basketball.
A Gators side full of young and predominantly local players powered to the Big V Division Two championship on Saturday night.
The Gators only re-entered the statewide competition last year after six years of rebuilding.
With the dust barely settled on the grand final win, discussions will take place about Greater Shepparton Basketball Association’s next move.
After losing just three times during this year’s campaign, a move to Division One could be on the cards.
Promotion is not guaranteed in Big V, with teams having to show they are capable of being competitive at a higher grade.
Gators coach Russell Parker said a move up the ranks would be an attractive proposition.
‘‘I think we’d like to go up to Division One, but there’s lots of things to be discussed by lots of people in the association,’’ Parker said.
‘‘We’d like that opportunity to compete at a higher level, but it comes with some additional expense and the association needs to cover that off.
‘‘We’ve got a very young group, there’s some exceptional opportunities for this group of people and it’s a matter of working our way through it, but hopefully everyone’s on board, so we’ll see if we can make that next step.’’
GSBA administrator Tony Long said all parties concerned with local basketball would be consulted.
‘‘We’ll sit down with our coaches and look at their commitments, the response from our members and we’ll talk to the team members and team members coming through,’’ Long said.
‘‘Whether we go up or stay here, all those things we’ll come into play.’’
Long said the support of the community had been vital towards the Gators’ success.
‘‘I’d love to thank the town and everyone who’s supported us, this couldn’t be achieved without input from a lot of people,’’ Long said.
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