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Redbacks Stars acknowledged by Big V

Samantha Labros is officially the Big V D2W MVP! ⭐️

Already having secured the Leading Scorer and Golden Hands awards a few weeks ago, Sammy also secured her spot on the All Star 5 and rightfully claimed her place as league MVP!

She lead the league in scoring (24.4 ppg) as well as steals (3.75 spg) alongside averaging 6.2 rebounds a game. Sammy proved to be a focal point to the women’s team success in the 2022 season leading them to a top 3 finish overall.

Congratulations to Steve Coffey on being awarded the Division One Men All Star Five. Steve averaged 17.5 points per game with a shooting percentage of 45%. He also maintained 9.65 assists per game.

  • An historical season on the court for RMIT

    It was less than four years ago that the inaugural season for the RMIT Big V Men’s team ended on the far-reaching courts, isolated from the hustle and bustle of the Bundoora Sporting precinct.

    These days, RMIT Basketball has two professional sides in the semi-professional basketball league of Victoria.

    With their home court the centrepiece of the Bundoora sporting precinct, it is a draw card for many students and community spectators to witness the action.

    On the first weekend of August, history was made with both RMIT Basketball teams travelling away to play in their first ever playoff campaigns.

    Building its culture off four pillars; sacrifice, energy, commitment, and family, the squad buy-in from these players has seen a rapid rise from the depths of the competition to the envy of the opposition.

    The home and away season of 2022, saw the RMIT Big V Women’s team secure a top 3 spot after a 14-4 season with the competition leader for points Samantha Labros leading the way with great support from captain and top five leading rebound getter Lauren McInnes.

    In their first finals encounter, the challenge didn’t get any bigger as they fell short against league favourites Altona in an away qualifying final.

    Their season however, is still alive as they play a do-or-die semi final at the RMIT Sports Centre on the second weekend of August.

    Everyone’s excited for what’s ahead, I feel like this season we’re playing more as a team rather than individuals and we’re confident in the squad of girls we have.

    – Alana Ellis

    RMIT Big V Women’s Basketball team lines up before a game. Photography: Leo Spyrou

    On the men’s side of the ledger, a late run of searing form saw them finish 6th on the Division 1 ladder to lock in a finals spot away from home two-hours North in Shepparton.

    Managing to rebound from a tough start to the season, the men were able to recapture some form that saw them go 17-0 last season which was cut short due to COVID.

    The dream of stunning the competition and going all the way was cut short with their side being eliminated against the classy Shepparton Gators, 70-49 in front of a sold-out crowd of over 500 spectators.

    Although the dream run is over, the men’s side will be better for the finals experience. 

    International recruit Steve Coffey said that the most special part of being part of the team was the connection the players have with eachother.

    “It truly is a family especially for me, being thousands of miles away from home these are the guys I see more often than not,” he said.

    “Everybody loves and cares for each other, we play for each other, and I believe that’s what’s allowed the program to be so successful in such a short period of time”.

    With all the first week of final results aside, both squads have exceeded the wider competition expectations and have shown that they will be a feared, battle-hardened force for years to come. 

    Keep up to date with all the RMIT Big V Basketball action, including the upcoming women’s semi-final, via their socials by following RMIT Big V on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

    Story: Michael Serpell

  • RMIT Big V Tryouts Coming Soon!

    After an extended break due to Melbourne’s lengthy lockdown, we are excited to announce the date for our upcoming female and male player tryouts for season 2022 with our RMIT Redbacks.

    Held on November 21st at RMIT’s Sports Centre in Bundoora, bring your A-game, come have some fun and get amongst the “league’s best culture.”

    To sign up click the link here, or contact Sarah McKenna via email at sarah.mckenna@rmit.edu.au with any questions or queries.

    We can’t wait to see you on the court November 21.

    Go Redbacks!

  • The Season That Was

    On the rebound from a year that was cancelled by the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 brought about a new opportunity for the RMIT Big V program with the debut of their Senior Women’s team.  

    The primary objective for the group in the preseason was to create an unbeatable culture. The creation of this culture encompassed a welcoming environment, an unbeatable work ethic, trust in one-another, and support of our men’s program. 

    As a new program we faced adversity in the beginning, the resignation of our coach and captain to pursue other opportunities led us to facing round one on unsteady ground. Trevor Lee, who at the time was coaching the Eltham NBL1 men stepped in to help guide the group until the appointment of our permanent head coach Tristian Angeles. 

    Tristian had been assisting the Redbacks’ Senior Men but quickly took to the role as head coach, bringing a positive attitude and high-quality game insight. Tristian worked hard to support and facilitate player feedback, as well as nurturing the culture that we had cultivated preseason. 

    The appointment of Alana Ellis as captain was a very important piece of our puzzle. Alana embodied the Redback culture and provided the team with a wealth of Big V experience. Sammy Labros, the Vice Captain, was the igniting spark on the practice court and game day, leading by example with her high energy and intense game style. Sammy reaped the rewards from her fierce play, finishing the season as the league’s leading scorer averaging an impressive 21 points per game. 

    The group was extremely young, with 11 of the 13 team members still holding youth league eligibility in the 2021 season. This showed in round one when the team was outclassed by a more experienced Sherbrooke side. On a steep learning curve from the first round, round two brought about the first win for the Redbacks Women’s taking an 11-point victory over Coburg. The games that proceeded were a mixture of wins and losses that saw the team finish the season with a 7 and 7 record. Once again, the season was cancelled due to the pandemic and the Redbacks were denied the opportunity to fight for the remaining finals spot. A handful of games lost by small margins or lost in the fourth quarter only left the group hungry to achieve more. 

    The on-court results were a small portion of the programs first year success, off the court, the team created what they describe as “the best culture in the league”. Shooting guard Kira Bennet stating that “the culture is beyond comparison to any other. We aren’t a team or a club, we are a family”. 

    The culture created by the team and coaching staff allowed the transition to senior basketball to be a far less turbulent experience, “it felt like the girls always had my back which made it easy to do my best,” said starting centre Ellen Horsley.

    So, what’s next for the RMIT Redback Women’s? There is no doubt that finals are on the minds of the team for next season, as well as tipping their record in favour of the wins column. “Both our teams have a sour taste after the 2021 season – our women’s team were fighting for a finals berth in their inaugural season whilst our men’s team were not able to finish off their dominant undefeated season. As a young up and coming program we look to continue to grow and leave our mark as a one-of-a-kind program going into 2022,” women’s head coach Tristian Angeles said.  

    With preseason approaching captain Alana Ellis touched on the importance of the facilities that RMIT offer the players in their preparation and throughout the year. “The support we received from RMIT sport was something I had never experienced before. We were able to get treatment [provided by RMIT osteo] and exercise plans [provided by RMIT exercise science], as well as free gym memberships, which was super helpful in our season preparation. This was so beneficial to the group as this gave us an edge to start the season off strong”. 

    There is no doubt the RMIT women will be coming back next year with high expectations and big goals. If you are interested in trying out for 2022, stay tuned for information across our Instagram and Facebook pages.

    Written by Madison Lee

  • Staying Connected with Big V Women’s Captain

    By Tom Krieser

    As captains go, very few are as dedicated as Women’s Big V Captain Liv Woods. 

    Posting zoom workouts twice a week, Woods is always making sure she and her team are “staying ready” for their inaugural season in Redback’s colours.

    “It’s about having a purpose to staying active”.

    Along with this, her creativity in motivating her team to keep up their fitness is an exemplary display of Redback’s spirit. 

    “We are running a point system using Strava… so the most runs while in isolation get the most points and ta prize at the end of all this”.

    Liv Woods, captain of our inaugural RMIT Big V Basketball women’s team

    Off the track, Woods is also a true captain. 

    From weekly Zoom calls, starting with catch-ups and Show-and-tell, to an RMIT BIG V teammate themed trivia night, Woods is heading up Iso activities for her teammates online. 

    “It’s about keeping up the banter and staying connected to the team”.

    Woods also knows it’s about “checking in” on her teammates. “Making sure everyone’s wellbeing is okay [because] “everyone’s situation is different”. 

    Personally, Woods is the queen of her backyard court. From playing HORSE with her sibling to making sure she’s looking on the positive side of things.

    “Every night I’ve been [writing in] a gratitude journal”.

    While not something She’d normally do Woods says it “helps remove the negative mindset”.

    Also, the true dedication of Woods is featured by her #quarantinecontent: Old game footage from her previous season in the Big V competition. 

    “[I’m] looking at gaps that I can potentially work on when I get back to training”.

    For Woods, it’s all about smashing out of the blocks when the season hopefully resumes soon. Until then, staying fit and positive are perfect ways to stay clear-headed during isolation. 

    Video edited by Samuel Cucinotta

  • Sparrow and Jones to coach RMIT BIG V In 2020
    Pictured- From Left – Sarah Mckenna (Sports Officer), Jeff Sparrow (Men’s Head Coach), Gary Jones (Women’s Head Coach), Steve Coffey (Import Player and Basketball Development Manager) 

    The RMIT Big V Redbacks are one step closer to finalising the line-up for 2020 following the appointment of the senior coaches of the men’s and newly launched women’s programs.


    Jeff Sparrow will take the reins of the men’s program while Gary Jones will mark his name in the history books as the RMIT Big V Women’s side inaugural coach.


    The Pennsylvanian-born coach has had a career that includes a stint as skill development and assistant coach at Reading, Red Land and Pope John Paul II High Schools as well as pioneering the international basketball skill development business Point Blank Period, which specialises in defensive development, in 2014. Sparrow says he is eager to begin work with the playing group, who finished eighth with 11 wins in their first season as Texan recruit Steve Coffey stamped the potential of the playing group by finishing in the Division 2 All-Star.


    “I’m really excited by the opportunity to grow with the group,” declares the new coach.
    “I really like the vision of the people involved.”


    Jones has been coaching basketball for over twenty years. He has signed onto RMIT after five years at the Sherbrooke Suns as Head Coach of their Youth League Girls and Big V Division 2 Women’s side.


    “I’m excited by the challenge of establishing a new team,” says Jones ahead of his first pre-season.

    “Our priority is to earn respect from our opponents and to establish a culture of friendship alongside competitiveness and player development.”


    With the success of RMIT’s Women’s Football Academy as the blueprint, both Big V programs will incorporate sports medical therapy practices staffed by RMIT student interns in 2020.
    Pre-season training for both sides will begin in mid-November.

Redbacks Stars acknowledged by Big V

Samantha Labros is officially the Big V D2W MVP! ⭐️

Already having secured the Leading Scorer and Golden Hands awards a few weeks ago, Sammy also secured her spot on the All Star 5 and rightfully claimed her place as league MVP!

She lead the league in scoring (24.4 ppg) as well as steals (3.75 spg) alongside averaging 6.2 rebounds a game. Sammy proved to be a focal point to the women’s team success in the 2022 season leading them to a top 3 finish overall.

Congratulations to Steve Coffey on being awarded the Division One Men All Star Five. Steve averaged 17.5 points per game with a shooting percentage of 45%. He also maintained 9.65 assists per game.

  • An historical season on the court for RMIT

    It was less than four years ago that the inaugural season for the RMIT Big V Men’s team ended on the far-reaching courts, isolated from the hustle and bustle of the Bundoora Sporting precinct.

    These days, RMIT Basketball has two professional sides in the semi-professional basketball league of Victoria.

    With their home court the centrepiece of the Bundoora sporting precinct, it is a draw card for many students and community spectators to witness the action.

    On the first weekend of August, history was made with both RMIT Basketball teams travelling away to play in their first ever playoff campaigns.

    Building its culture off four pillars; sacrifice, energy, commitment, and family, the squad buy-in from these players has seen a rapid rise from the depths of the competition to the envy of the opposition.

    The home and away season of 2022, saw the RMIT Big V Women’s team secure a top 3 spot after a 14-4 season with the competition leader for points Samantha Labros leading the way with great support from captain and top five leading rebound getter Lauren McInnes.

    In their first finals encounter, the challenge didn’t get any bigger as they fell short against league favourites Altona in an away qualifying final.

    Their season however, is still alive as they play a do-or-die semi final at the RMIT Sports Centre on the second weekend of August.

    Everyone’s excited for what’s ahead, I feel like this season we’re playing more as a team rather than individuals and we’re confident in the squad of girls we have.

    – Alana Ellis

    RMIT Big V Women’s Basketball team lines up before a game. Photography: Leo Spyrou

    On the men’s side of the ledger, a late run of searing form saw them finish 6th on the Division 1 ladder to lock in a finals spot away from home two-hours North in Shepparton.

    Managing to rebound from a tough start to the season, the men were able to recapture some form that saw them go 17-0 last season which was cut short due to COVID.

    The dream of stunning the competition and going all the way was cut short with their side being eliminated against the classy Shepparton Gators, 70-49 in front of a sold-out crowd of over 500 spectators.

    Although the dream run is over, the men’s side will be better for the finals experience. 

    International recruit Steve Coffey said that the most special part of being part of the team was the connection the players have with eachother.

    “It truly is a family especially for me, being thousands of miles away from home these are the guys I see more often than not,” he said.

    “Everybody loves and cares for each other, we play for each other, and I believe that’s what’s allowed the program to be so successful in such a short period of time”.

    With all the first week of final results aside, both squads have exceeded the wider competition expectations and have shown that they will be a feared, battle-hardened force for years to come. 

    Keep up to date with all the RMIT Big V Basketball action, including the upcoming women’s semi-final, via their socials by following RMIT Big V on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

    Story: Michael Serpell

  • RMIT Big V Tryouts Coming Soon!

    After an extended break due to Melbourne’s lengthy lockdown, we are excited to announce the date for our upcoming female and male player tryouts for season 2022 with our RMIT Redbacks.

    Held on November 21st at RMIT’s Sports Centre in Bundoora, bring your A-game, come have some fun and get amongst the “league’s best culture.”

    To sign up click the link here, or contact Sarah McKenna via email at sarah.mckenna@rmit.edu.au with any questions or queries.

    We can’t wait to see you on the court November 21.

    Go Redbacks!

  • The Season That Was

    On the rebound from a year that was cancelled by the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 brought about a new opportunity for the RMIT Big V program with the debut of their Senior Women’s team.  

    The primary objective for the group in the preseason was to create an unbeatable culture. The creation of this culture encompassed a welcoming environment, an unbeatable work ethic, trust in one-another, and support of our men’s program. 

    As a new program we faced adversity in the beginning, the resignation of our coach and captain to pursue other opportunities led us to facing round one on unsteady ground. Trevor Lee, who at the time was coaching the Eltham NBL1 men stepped in to help guide the group until the appointment of our permanent head coach Tristian Angeles. 

    Tristian had been assisting the Redbacks’ Senior Men but quickly took to the role as head coach, bringing a positive attitude and high-quality game insight. Tristian worked hard to support and facilitate player feedback, as well as nurturing the culture that we had cultivated preseason. 

    The appointment of Alana Ellis as captain was a very important piece of our puzzle. Alana embodied the Redback culture and provided the team with a wealth of Big V experience. Sammy Labros, the Vice Captain, was the igniting spark on the practice court and game day, leading by example with her high energy and intense game style. Sammy reaped the rewards from her fierce play, finishing the season as the league’s leading scorer averaging an impressive 21 points per game. 

    The group was extremely young, with 11 of the 13 team members still holding youth league eligibility in the 2021 season. This showed in round one when the team was outclassed by a more experienced Sherbrooke side. On a steep learning curve from the first round, round two brought about the first win for the Redbacks Women’s taking an 11-point victory over Coburg. The games that proceeded were a mixture of wins and losses that saw the team finish the season with a 7 and 7 record. Once again, the season was cancelled due to the pandemic and the Redbacks were denied the opportunity to fight for the remaining finals spot. A handful of games lost by small margins or lost in the fourth quarter only left the group hungry to achieve more. 

    The on-court results were a small portion of the programs first year success, off the court, the team created what they describe as “the best culture in the league”. Shooting guard Kira Bennet stating that “the culture is beyond comparison to any other. We aren’t a team or a club, we are a family”. 

    The culture created by the team and coaching staff allowed the transition to senior basketball to be a far less turbulent experience, “it felt like the girls always had my back which made it easy to do my best,” said starting centre Ellen Horsley.

    So, what’s next for the RMIT Redback Women’s? There is no doubt that finals are on the minds of the team for next season, as well as tipping their record in favour of the wins column. “Both our teams have a sour taste after the 2021 season – our women’s team were fighting for a finals berth in their inaugural season whilst our men’s team were not able to finish off their dominant undefeated season. As a young up and coming program we look to continue to grow and leave our mark as a one-of-a-kind program going into 2022,” women’s head coach Tristian Angeles said.  

    With preseason approaching captain Alana Ellis touched on the importance of the facilities that RMIT offer the players in their preparation and throughout the year. “The support we received from RMIT sport was something I had never experienced before. We were able to get treatment [provided by RMIT osteo] and exercise plans [provided by RMIT exercise science], as well as free gym memberships, which was super helpful in our season preparation. This was so beneficial to the group as this gave us an edge to start the season off strong”. 

    There is no doubt the RMIT women will be coming back next year with high expectations and big goals. If you are interested in trying out for 2022, stay tuned for information across our Instagram and Facebook pages.

    Written by Madison Lee

  • Staying Connected with Big V Women’s Captain

    By Tom Krieser

    As captains go, very few are as dedicated as Women’s Big V Captain Liv Woods. 

    Posting zoom workouts twice a week, Woods is always making sure she and her team are “staying ready” for their inaugural season in Redback’s colours.

    “It’s about having a purpose to staying active”.

    Along with this, her creativity in motivating her team to keep up their fitness is an exemplary display of Redback’s spirit. 

    “We are running a point system using Strava… so the most runs while in isolation get the most points and ta prize at the end of all this”.

    Liv Woods, captain of our inaugural RMIT Big V Basketball women’s team

    Off the track, Woods is also a true captain. 

    From weekly Zoom calls, starting with catch-ups and Show-and-tell, to an RMIT BIG V teammate themed trivia night, Woods is heading up Iso activities for her teammates online. 

    “It’s about keeping up the banter and staying connected to the team”.

    Woods also knows it’s about “checking in” on her teammates. “Making sure everyone’s wellbeing is okay [because] “everyone’s situation is different”. 

    Personally, Woods is the queen of her backyard court. From playing HORSE with her sibling to making sure she’s looking on the positive side of things.

    “Every night I’ve been [writing in] a gratitude journal”.

    While not something She’d normally do Woods says it “helps remove the negative mindset”.

    Also, the true dedication of Woods is featured by her #quarantinecontent: Old game footage from her previous season in the Big V competition. 

    “[I’m] looking at gaps that I can potentially work on when I get back to training”.

    For Woods, it’s all about smashing out of the blocks when the season hopefully resumes soon. Until then, staying fit and positive are perfect ways to stay clear-headed during isolation. 

    Video edited by Samuel Cucinotta

  • Sparrow and Jones to coach RMIT BIG V In 2020
    Pictured- From Left – Sarah Mckenna (Sports Officer), Jeff Sparrow (Men’s Head Coach), Gary Jones (Women’s Head Coach), Steve Coffey (Import Player and Basketball Development Manager) 

    The RMIT Big V Redbacks are one step closer to finalising the line-up for 2020 following the appointment of the senior coaches of the men’s and newly launched women’s programs.


    Jeff Sparrow will take the reins of the men’s program while Gary Jones will mark his name in the history books as the RMIT Big V Women’s side inaugural coach.


    The Pennsylvanian-born coach has had a career that includes a stint as skill development and assistant coach at Reading, Red Land and Pope John Paul II High Schools as well as pioneering the international basketball skill development business Point Blank Period, which specialises in defensive development, in 2014. Sparrow says he is eager to begin work with the playing group, who finished eighth with 11 wins in their first season as Texan recruit Steve Coffey stamped the potential of the playing group by finishing in the Division 2 All-Star.


    “I’m really excited by the opportunity to grow with the group,” declares the new coach.
    “I really like the vision of the people involved.”


    Jones has been coaching basketball for over twenty years. He has signed onto RMIT after five years at the Sherbrooke Suns as Head Coach of their Youth League Girls and Big V Division 2 Women’s side.


    “I’m excited by the challenge of establishing a new team,” says Jones ahead of his first pre-season.

    “Our priority is to earn respect from our opponents and to establish a culture of friendship alongside competitiveness and player development.”


    With the success of RMIT’s Women’s Football Academy as the blueprint, both Big V programs will incorporate sports medical therapy practices staffed by RMIT student interns in 2020.
    Pre-season training for both sides will begin in mid-November.

Redbacks look forward to 2021

The team were planned to debut in the 2020 season however, with the season cancelation due to COVID-19, this milestone was pushed back.

The Women’s team are sure to make a mark on the competition in 2021 with Gary Jones as their Head Coach. Jones said it has been a long wait to unleash RMIT’s Women’s team. 

“At last, our sport has been given the go ahead to recommence with such a lengthy layoff,” he explained.

“The challenge our senior women team face as a first season Big V team is establishing a culture. We were certainly on the right road last season with the players and coaching staff all embracing the culture we were trying to establish. We can’t wait for 2021!”

The Men’s team are also raring to go. They’ll pick up where they left off at the start of 2020 with their new head coach Ollie Reid. The club believes his passion and experience will lead them well in 2021.

When asked about next year, Reid said he thinks people aren’t quite prepared for the impact RMIT will make on the competition.

He said, “After a long break from basketball, myself and everyone at RMIT are looking forward to energising the program, the players and getting our students onboard,

“I feel like RMIT are the sleeping giants of the competition with plenty to prove!” 

The RMIT Redbacks are just getting started and there is plenty to come as we see their reputation grow. 

Redbacks look forward to 2021

The team were planned to debut in the 2020 season however, with the season cancelation due to COVID-19, this milestone was pushed back.

The Women’s team are sure to make a mark on the competition in 2021 with Gary Jones as their Head Coach. Jones said it has been a long wait to unleash RMIT’s Women’s team. 

“At last, our sport has been given the go ahead to recommence with such a lengthy layoff,” he explained.

“The challenge our senior women team face as a first season Big V team is establishing a culture. We were certainly on the right road last season with the players and coaching staff all embracing the culture we were trying to establish. We can’t wait for 2021!”

The Men’s team are also raring to go. They’ll pick up where they left off at the start of 2020 with their new head coach Ollie Reid. The club believes his passion and experience will lead them well in 2021.

When asked about next year, Reid said he thinks people aren’t quite prepared for the impact RMIT will make on the competition.

He said, “After a long break from basketball, myself and everyone at RMIT are looking forward to energising the program, the players and getting our students onboard,

“I feel like RMIT are the sleeping giants of the competition with plenty to prove!” 

The RMIT Redbacks are just getting started and there is plenty to come as we see their reputation grow. 

Redbacks Stars acknowledged by Big V

Samantha Labros is officially the Big V D2W MVP! ⭐️

Already having secured the Leading Scorer and Golden Hands awards a few weeks ago, Sammy also secured her spot on the All Star 5 and rightfully claimed her place as league MVP!

She lead the league in scoring (24.4 ppg) as well as steals (3.75 spg) alongside averaging 6.2 rebounds a game. Sammy proved to be a focal point to the women’s team success in the 2022 season leading them to a top 3 finish overall.

Congratulations to Steve Coffey on being awarded the Division One Men All Star Five. Steve averaged 17.5 points per game with a shooting percentage of 45%. He also maintained 9.65 assists per game.

  • An historical season on the court for RMIT

    It was less than four years ago that the inaugural season for the RMIT Big V Men’s team ended on the far-reaching courts, isolated from the hustle and bustle of the Bundoora Sporting precinct.

    These days, RMIT Basketball has two professional sides in the semi-professional basketball league of Victoria.

    With their home court the centrepiece of the Bundoora sporting precinct, it is a draw card for many students and community spectators to witness the action.

    On the first weekend of August, history was made with both RMIT Basketball teams travelling away to play in their first ever playoff campaigns.

    Building its culture off four pillars; sacrifice, energy, commitment, and family, the squad buy-in from these players has seen a rapid rise from the depths of the competition to the envy of the opposition.

    The home and away season of 2022, saw the RMIT Big V Women’s team secure a top 3 spot after a 14-4 season with the competition leader for points Samantha Labros leading the way with great support from captain and top five leading rebound getter Lauren McInnes.

    In their first finals encounter, the challenge didn’t get any bigger as they fell short against league favourites Altona in an away qualifying final.

    Their season however, is still alive as they play a do-or-die semi final at the RMIT Sports Centre on the second weekend of August.

    Everyone’s excited for what’s ahead, I feel like this season we’re playing more as a team rather than individuals and we’re confident in the squad of girls we have.

    – Alana Ellis

    RMIT Big V Women’s Basketball team lines up before a game. Photography: Leo Spyrou

    On the men’s side of the ledger, a late run of searing form saw them finish 6th on the Division 1 ladder to lock in a finals spot away from home two-hours North in Shepparton.

    Managing to rebound from a tough start to the season, the men were able to recapture some form that saw them go 17-0 last season which was cut short due to COVID.

    The dream of stunning the competition and going all the way was cut short with their side being eliminated against the classy Shepparton Gators, 70-49 in front of a sold-out crowd of over 500 spectators.

    Although the dream run is over, the men’s side will be better for the finals experience. 

    International recruit Steve Coffey said that the most special part of being part of the team was the connection the players have with eachother.

    “It truly is a family especially for me, being thousands of miles away from home these are the guys I see more often than not,” he said.

    “Everybody loves and cares for each other, we play for each other, and I believe that’s what’s allowed the program to be so successful in such a short period of time”.

    With all the first week of final results aside, both squads have exceeded the wider competition expectations and have shown that they will be a feared, battle-hardened force for years to come. 

    Keep up to date with all the RMIT Big V Basketball action, including the upcoming women’s semi-final, via their socials by following RMIT Big V on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

    Story: Michael Serpell

  • RMIT Big V Tryouts Coming Soon!

    After an extended break due to Melbourne’s lengthy lockdown, we are excited to announce the date for our upcoming female and male player tryouts for season 2022 with our RMIT Redbacks.

    Held on November 21st at RMIT’s Sports Centre in Bundoora, bring your A-game, come have some fun and get amongst the “league’s best culture.”

    To sign up click the link here, or contact Sarah McKenna via email at sarah.mckenna@rmit.edu.au with any questions or queries.

    We can’t wait to see you on the court November 21.

    Go Redbacks!

  • The Season That Was

    On the rebound from a year that was cancelled by the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 brought about a new opportunity for the RMIT Big V program with the debut of their Senior Women’s team.  

    The primary objective for the group in the preseason was to create an unbeatable culture. The creation of this culture encompassed a welcoming environment, an unbeatable work ethic, trust in one-another, and support of our men’s program. 

    As a new program we faced adversity in the beginning, the resignation of our coach and captain to pursue other opportunities led us to facing round one on unsteady ground. Trevor Lee, who at the time was coaching the Eltham NBL1 men stepped in to help guide the group until the appointment of our permanent head coach Tristian Angeles. 

    Tristian had been assisting the Redbacks’ Senior Men but quickly took to the role as head coach, bringing a positive attitude and high-quality game insight. Tristian worked hard to support and facilitate player feedback, as well as nurturing the culture that we had cultivated preseason. 

    The appointment of Alana Ellis as captain was a very important piece of our puzzle. Alana embodied the Redback culture and provided the team with a wealth of Big V experience. Sammy Labros, the Vice Captain, was the igniting spark on the practice court and game day, leading by example with her high energy and intense game style. Sammy reaped the rewards from her fierce play, finishing the season as the league’s leading scorer averaging an impressive 21 points per game. 

    The group was extremely young, with 11 of the 13 team members still holding youth league eligibility in the 2021 season. This showed in round one when the team was outclassed by a more experienced Sherbrooke side. On a steep learning curve from the first round, round two brought about the first win for the Redbacks Women’s taking an 11-point victory over Coburg. The games that proceeded were a mixture of wins and losses that saw the team finish the season with a 7 and 7 record. Once again, the season was cancelled due to the pandemic and the Redbacks were denied the opportunity to fight for the remaining finals spot. A handful of games lost by small margins or lost in the fourth quarter only left the group hungry to achieve more. 

    The on-court results were a small portion of the programs first year success, off the court, the team created what they describe as “the best culture in the league”. Shooting guard Kira Bennet stating that “the culture is beyond comparison to any other. We aren’t a team or a club, we are a family”. 

    The culture created by the team and coaching staff allowed the transition to senior basketball to be a far less turbulent experience, “it felt like the girls always had my back which made it easy to do my best,” said starting centre Ellen Horsley.

    So, what’s next for the RMIT Redback Women’s? There is no doubt that finals are on the minds of the team for next season, as well as tipping their record in favour of the wins column. “Both our teams have a sour taste after the 2021 season – our women’s team were fighting for a finals berth in their inaugural season whilst our men’s team were not able to finish off their dominant undefeated season. As a young up and coming program we look to continue to grow and leave our mark as a one-of-a-kind program going into 2022,” women’s head coach Tristian Angeles said.  

    With preseason approaching captain Alana Ellis touched on the importance of the facilities that RMIT offer the players in their preparation and throughout the year. “The support we received from RMIT sport was something I had never experienced before. We were able to get treatment [provided by RMIT osteo] and exercise plans [provided by RMIT exercise science], as well as free gym memberships, which was super helpful in our season preparation. This was so beneficial to the group as this gave us an edge to start the season off strong”. 

    There is no doubt the RMIT women will be coming back next year with high expectations and big goals. If you are interested in trying out for 2022, stay tuned for information across our Instagram and Facebook pages.

    Written by Madison Lee

  • Staying Connected with Big V Women’s Captain

    By Tom Krieser

    As captains go, very few are as dedicated as Women’s Big V Captain Liv Woods. 

    Posting zoom workouts twice a week, Woods is always making sure she and her team are “staying ready” for their inaugural season in Redback’s colours.

    “It’s about having a purpose to staying active”.

    Along with this, her creativity in motivating her team to keep up their fitness is an exemplary display of Redback’s spirit. 

    “We are running a point system using Strava… so the most runs while in isolation get the most points and ta prize at the end of all this”.

    Liv Woods, captain of our inaugural RMIT Big V Basketball women’s team

    Off the track, Woods is also a true captain. 

    From weekly Zoom calls, starting with catch-ups and Show-and-tell, to an RMIT BIG V teammate themed trivia night, Woods is heading up Iso activities for her teammates online. 

    “It’s about keeping up the banter and staying connected to the team”.

    Woods also knows it’s about “checking in” on her teammates. “Making sure everyone’s wellbeing is okay [because] “everyone’s situation is different”. 

    Personally, Woods is the queen of her backyard court. From playing HORSE with her sibling to making sure she’s looking on the positive side of things.

    “Every night I’ve been [writing in] a gratitude journal”.

    While not something She’d normally do Woods says it “helps remove the negative mindset”.

    Also, the true dedication of Woods is featured by her #quarantinecontent: Old game footage from her previous season in the Big V competition. 

    “[I’m] looking at gaps that I can potentially work on when I get back to training”.

    For Woods, it’s all about smashing out of the blocks when the season hopefully resumes soon. Until then, staying fit and positive are perfect ways to stay clear-headed during isolation. 

    Video edited by Samuel Cucinotta

  • Sparrow and Jones to coach RMIT BIG V In 2020
    Pictured- From Left – Sarah Mckenna (Sports Officer), Jeff Sparrow (Men’s Head Coach), Gary Jones (Women’s Head Coach), Steve Coffey (Import Player and Basketball Development Manager) 

    The RMIT Big V Redbacks are one step closer to finalising the line-up for 2020 following the appointment of the senior coaches of the men’s and newly launched women’s programs.


    Jeff Sparrow will take the reins of the men’s program while Gary Jones will mark his name in the history books as the RMIT Big V Women’s side inaugural coach.


    The Pennsylvanian-born coach has had a career that includes a stint as skill development and assistant coach at Reading, Red Land and Pope John Paul II High Schools as well as pioneering the international basketball skill development business Point Blank Period, which specialises in defensive development, in 2014. Sparrow says he is eager to begin work with the playing group, who finished eighth with 11 wins in their first season as Texan recruit Steve Coffey stamped the potential of the playing group by finishing in the Division 2 All-Star.


    “I’m really excited by the opportunity to grow with the group,” declares the new coach.
    “I really like the vision of the people involved.”


    Jones has been coaching basketball for over twenty years. He has signed onto RMIT after five years at the Sherbrooke Suns as Head Coach of their Youth League Girls and Big V Division 2 Women’s side.


    “I’m excited by the challenge of establishing a new team,” says Jones ahead of his first pre-season.

    “Our priority is to earn respect from our opponents and to establish a culture of friendship alongside competitiveness and player development.”


    With the success of RMIT’s Women’s Football Academy as the blueprint, both Big V programs will incorporate sports medical therapy practices staffed by RMIT student interns in 2020.
    Pre-season training for both sides will begin in mid-November.

Redbacks look forward to 2021

The team were planned to debut in the 2020 season however, with the season cancelation due to COVID-19, this milestone was pushed back.

The Women’s team are sure to make a mark on the competition in 2021 with Gary Jones as their Head Coach. Jones said it has been a long wait to unleash RMIT’s Women’s team. 

“At last, our sport has been given the go ahead to recommence with such a lengthy layoff,” he explained.

“The challenge our senior women team face as a first season Big V team is establishing a culture. We were certainly on the right road last season with the players and coaching staff all embracing the culture we were trying to establish. We can’t wait for 2021!”

The Men’s team are also raring to go. They’ll pick up where they left off at the start of 2020 with their new head coach Ollie Reid. The club believes his passion and experience will lead them well in 2021.

When asked about next year, Reid said he thinks people aren’t quite prepared for the impact RMIT will make on the competition.

He said, “After a long break from basketball, myself and everyone at RMIT are looking forward to energising the program, the players and getting our students onboard,

“I feel like RMIT are the sleeping giants of the competition with plenty to prove!” 

The RMIT Redbacks are just getting started and there is plenty to come as we see their reputation grow. 

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