2018 UNDER-20 AND IVOR BURGE CHAMPIONSHIPS DRAW RELEASED

2018 UNDER-20 AND IVOR BURGE CHAMPIONSHIPS DRAW RELEASED

The first Australian Junior Championship for 2018 is less than three weeks away with Gosford, New South Wales set to host the Under-20 and Ivor Burge Championships from February 7-11.

Find the full draw and fixture here.

The five day tournament will see a total of 88 games played across the four competitions and this year, an NBA Global Academy team will make their debut in the Under-20 men’s while Japan will again add an international flavour to the Ivor Burge women.

The Global Academy opened at the Centre of Excellence in 2017 and now serves as the NBA’s hub for top male and female prospects from outside the United States, giving the athletes the ability to learn and train in world-class, elite high-performance facilities.

This year, the opening ceremony will begin proceedings on Wednesday, February 7 for all competitions before the bronze and gold medal games are held throughout the day on Sunday, February 11.

Eight teams will compete for the Under-20’s men’s title across two pools with the NBA Global Academy placed in Group A against last year’s winners in South Australia while 2017 Runners-Up New South Wales could be the team to beat out of Group B.

For the Under-20 women, Victoria are aiming for an incredible ninth consecutive victory in a group of seven teams including New South Wales and South Australia who filled out the podium places last year.

Japan will kick off proceedings with the first game of the morning against the ACT on February 7 for the Ivor Burge women while the Gosford home crowd will have a lot to cheer about with two representative New South Wales teams.

In the Ivor Burge men’s competition, New South Wales will be aiming to claim the title after winning in 2016 but they will have to get past Victoria, who claimed the trophy last year and have also won eight of the past nine Championships.

Stay tuned for the announcement of team lists soon and find the full draw and fixture here.