Good luck to Brooklyn Ili, who is set to represent New South Wales Metro at the 2022 Under 16 Australian Junior Championships.

Brooklyn has been a part of the Hills Basketball Association representative program since 2019. He has already had success on the national level, being a part of the 2019 Hills Hornets Under 14 Boys team, which won gold at the Under 14 National tournament.

We spoke with Brooklyn about what making this team and representing New South Wales means to him, “Being selected in this team has been a wonderful blessing given to me and has been an honour to have been chosen to be a part of this team. Being able to represent NSW is an wonderful opportunity because this is an experience that many other people try to strive to achieve and being one of the ten players selected to represent this state has been a true blessing.”

 For Brooklyn, this tournament is not only about pushing himself on the court, but also developing his leadership and maturity off the court, “I would also like to improve on being a better athlete off the court so that I can set a better example for others.”

When reflecting on the team strength, Brooklyn noted that it has been great for the boys to grow closer, with this being most of their debut competitions representing NSW due to Covid-19 conflicting with previous national tournaments, “This team is a very skilled team offensively and defensively and being able to have players who can help perform both skill sets will be an awesome advantage for us because it will give us better hope knowing that we can trust the ones beside us knowing we have teammates who are willing to demonstrate their roles and use theirs skills to help our team to do the best we can.”

The Under 16 Australian Junior Championships is the pinnacle for emerging basketballers in Australia, competing for their state bodies to crown the National Champions. “Being able to participate at this tournament is a awesome opportunity because this is a tournament where heaps of other players dream of and only the best of the best get chosen to attend and as for only then ten of us that has been selected to do that, we will strive to do our complete best to represent our state and bring back a medal. Although that goal is a big one for us being able to improve as a team and individual players is another goal cause this is an opportunity that could possibly not happen again for us so we would like to use this opportunity as a way to become better players as we verse other players who have the same skill set and goal as us.” For Illi, this is an important moment in his basketball career so far. The event will be held from Sunday 3 July to Sunday 10 July 2022 at the Warwick Stadium in Perth, Western Australia.

The Hills Basketball Association would like to wish Brooklyn and the rest of the New South Wales teams the best of luck for the upcoming tournament. Keep your eyes on our socials as we share how the his team is progressing. 

You can also see the full event fixture here, as well as which games you can view on Kayo Freebies.