A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Dragons Players, Coaches and Families,
Camberwell Dragons produced yet another remarkable year of action and excitement. As we turn into this festive season, there is much to celebrate and I wanted to thank you for your support throughout the year.
We wouldn’t be in the position we are without one incredible individual, Anthony Cullen, Committee member for the past eight years and President for the past three years. I wish to extend a great thank you for the services and commitment undertaken in your term as President. We are thankful to announce that he will remain on the committee and assist in marketing, development and sponsorship. He was a ‘jack of all trades’ assisting in his formal role as President, to all the odd jobs he took on; cooking sausages, court announcing, Club mascot, high fiving and chatting to all people great and small.
Late this year we we’re given devastating news of the passing of Benjamin Timothy Hinchliffe Jago, a 5 year Dragon player from U12s to U16s. He would always play the game in highest sprites and sportsmanship, it was a heart wrenching loss of a talented sportsman taken before his time without being given the chance to mature and enjoy his youth. Rest peacefully Ben, you will always be a part of the Dragons.
Dragons’ backbone has always been it’s over whelming family atmosphere and inclusiveness. In 1997, Camberwell Dragons registered 19 teams; in 2013/14 we will register 34 VJBL teams and 4 Big V teams, our highest number of teams ever. We embark on a new era for the club having over 50 coaches guiding our players’ week in week out.
2013 saw the VJBL program make significant gains with more competitive teams, developing all players and coaches, with 60% of them competing in Finals. Congratulations to the three teams coming away with championship wins – GU12.3, BU14.4, and BU20.1. Individual accomplishments were seen throughout 2013, including many MVPs in the championship season, as well as many of the tournaments throughout the year. Sara-Rose Smith of our GU14.1 has been selected to compete in the Southern Cross Challenge, a fantastic achievement and a demonstartion that the hard work of players and coaches does pay off. Mark Jeffers will also be joining Sara-Rose, coaching one of three Vic Metro teams. Boxing Day sees Dragons first USA Tour commence for a select group of boys and girls touring and playing in the US, likely to be a fantastic experience for all involved.
Our Big V program saw our Youth League Men’s team win the Club first Big V Championship an amazing achievement for these young athletes. We have now been boosted with the inclusion of the Women’s Youth League team, creating pathways and opportunities for all Dragons players aspiring to play in our Division One Big V teams. Congratulation goes to Orlando Mein and Luke Girke, the first ever Dragon players on Sporting Scholarships in Canada, an amazing achievement for both individuals and special mention to Orlando who has been involved with Dragons since U14s.
We are looking forward to making stronger partnerships with Basketball Victoria, Big V, Boroondara Council, Koonung Comets, Balwyn Blazers, Ivanhoe Knights, Whitehorse Mustangs, Bendigo Bank, Moka Pot Café, McDonalds, Harp Hotel and all local businesses that are wanting be involved with Dragons in 2014.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the hard work of all our coaches, team managers, volunteers, staff and committee for the countless hours that you all put in to provide not only basketball to the community, but the journey the sport of basketball takes us on.
There is much work to do and 2014 is already shaping up as another milestone in the Club’s history as we forge ahead as a more unified Club.
I thank you all for your support and passion during the year and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Camberwell Dragons Basketball Association
IMPORTANT CLUB INFORMATION OVER SUMMER
DRAGONS SUMMER PHOTO COMPETITION
Wearing your Dragon’s hoodie, singlet, tee somewhere unusual this summer? If you find yourself next to an icon (like the Big Banana), a celebrity (like Lebron James), or somewhere unusual, make sure you enter a photo into our Dragons Summer Photo Competition to win a Dragons merchandise pack, Including DRAGONS tee, DRAGONS socks, DRAGONS drink bottle & VJBL ball.
Enter before 24 January 2014
To enter, either post the photo on the Dragons’ Facebook page or if you don’t have Facebook, send the photo to us by email (less than 500KB please!) and we will post it on Facebook for you. See the Terms and Conditions below.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/
Email submissions: email@example.com
And the winner is…….?
The Dragons’ Committee will select the top 3 photos at 6pm on 24 January and the winner will be announced at 6pm on Monday 27 January on our Facebook page.
Terms and conditions
1. By submitting a photo to the competition by email, you are agreeing for the photo to be posted on the Camberwell Dragons’ Facebook page 2. Photos submitted should not be offensive in any way to children or adults.
BIG V ‘NAMING SPONSOR COMPETITION’
Want to win free Dragons rego? Or want to grow your business’s exposure? Or just want to support the Dragons?
Dragons are running a new competition for everyone to be involved in. Did you know that there are 145,000 people participating in the sport of Basketball each week in Victoria? That’s a huge number; the Camberwell Dragons is a local club that draws upon the best basketball talent from Melbourne’s Inner Eastern suburbs. With over 35 teams, the club has a large number of players, families, friends and spectators watching their teams play each week. This is an outstanding opportunity to raise your company profile both locally and beyond by participating in this exciting event.
Every entrant will receive:
- A Certificate of Appreciation
- Promotion in our Game Day Booklet
- Invitations to all Club Functions
- Your business details displayed on the sponsor’s board at our home games.
On top of all this the winning 4 entrants will also receive:
- The Naming Rights to one of our Big V Senior Teams
- Your business’s Logo and Priority Branding on the Club Website, News Letter and Game day Program
- Exposure of your brand in the Local Media
- Business signage on a Retractable Exhibition Banner.
- 2 Tickets to Melbourne Tigers vs. Sydney Kings NBL Game
A COMPETITION WITHIN A COMPETITION – We have opened this competition up to the whole club to participate in. Which ever Dragon family sells the most tickets will receive, FREE REGISTRATION FOR ONE VJBL PLAYER in 2014
See flyer attached for your chance to be a part of a great competition. Further information can be found onwww.camberwelldragons.com
DRAGONS AND NBL TEAM UP
Its Christmas time and NBL Melbourne Tigers are offering Christmas 3 Game Memberships to Dragon members a discounted rate which could make someone’s Christmas. For those that didn’t know the Tigers are coached by 2-ex Dragons Coaches: Chris Anstey past Big V Men’s 2012&2011 coach and John White a coach at the club for over 8 years. Get along and support the players and coaches as the Tigers push for Finals in 2014. See attached flyer for all details
SAVE THE DATE – 23rd February
Dragons Team Photo/Family Day, all players and coaches are expected to attend….more details to come in the New Year, watch this space
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