TORI Chandler has a big job ahead of her this week.
Chandler will captain Ballarat Rush in the Basketball Australia under-14 girls’ club championship on Rush home courts.
The nation’s best under-14 girls’ club teams will vie for the national crown in matches at the Minerdome and Wendouree Sports and Events Centre from today.
Rush, coached by Glenn White, launches its campaign this morning against South Australian rival Sturt Sabres, then will take to court one at the Minerdome tonight to battle Darwin Cyclones after the championships’ official opening ceremony.
Southern Tasmania tomorrow morning is Rush’s final pool assignment before the tournament is split into championship (top two teams) and shield divisions for finals and placings. To book a spot in the championships, clubs had to finish top two in a state or country level title.
Ballarat, as host city, is an automatic inclusion.
The tournament features 24 teams with each state and territory sending representative clubs.
Bellarine Storm, Dandenong Rangers, Knox Raiders, Moe Meteors and Ballarat Rush will carry Victorian hopes.
All entrants will be out final training and fine-tuning preparations on their games at basketball venues across the city.
Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty is guest speaker for a civic reception this afternoon in the Minerdome’s Sovereign Room.
Basketball Victoria chief executive officer Nick Honey is to formally open the championships on court one at 5.15pm.