Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines

Camberwell Basketball is excited to announce Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, three-time Olympian and Australian Opals legend Michele Timms will be the special guest at its Outside the Lines session on Tuesday, August 6.

One of the finest and most beloved players of her era before embarking on a coaching journey that included stops with WNBA team Phoenix Mercury, NBL team South Dragons, the Australian and Chinese women’s national teams and now at her own Academy, Michele will share her thoughts on coaching and reflections of a remarkable life in basketball during a not-to-be-missed OTL.

A veteran of three Olympic Games and four FIBA World Championships, Michele was captain of the Opals team that won the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Earlier this year, she was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and will officially enter the Hall with the Class of 2024 during an enshrinement ceremony in the United States in October.

For more information on her wonderful career, please visit

This special OTL session will be held at the Camberwell Basketball office on Tuesday, August 6 (7-8.30pm).

To register for this free session, please email Andrew Johnstone at [email protected] to confirm your attendance. We expect this session to fill up quickly, so please don’t delay.

For further information about this session and/or Camberwell Basketball’s Outside the Lines program, email Andrew or click HERE.


These boys are No. 1

Here’s one for the history books.

Our 14.1 Boys will become the first Camberwell Dragons team to compete at a national junior championship when they step out at the 2024 Foot Locker Under 14 Championships in September.

The hard-working boys secured their invitation to the prestigious 24-team event after excelling during the first half of their Victorian Championship (VC) campaign, and have impressed coach Conor Mathews every step of the way with their work ethic and commitment.

“To be honest, at first glance you wouldn’t take us for an Australian Championships team,” Mathews said. “We are undersized to the point we have confused for an Under 12 team multiple times … I think it’s this fact that makes me even prouder of the lads.

“We are absolutely relentless defensively, and we never throw in the towel. We have erased 10-15-point leads more times than I can count.

“The boys also have very high individual standards. They are never satisfied and always working to improve by one per cent each training and game. The collective mindset of resilience, competitiveness and self-improvement is a testament to their spirit, and their parents instilling great values within them.”

Conor has coached at Camberwell for almost a decade, so is well aware of what this milestone means for the Dragons.

“I think it’s an enormous step forward for a program that has already done its fair share of stepping forward the last few years,” he said.

“I remember my first year coaching rep basketball (as the great man Justin Boyd’s assistant) in 2015, our Under 12-1 team made VJL2. We were routinely playing teams like Kilsyth 4, Bulleen 4 and Frankston 4. Since then, we have become a household name in VC and dabbled in some Classic qualification, too.

“Now, to be able to compete at the pinnacle of Under 14 competition across Australia, with a group of ‘homegrown guys’, is a testament to all the contributions that our Dragons community have made to our program.”

It is also a special moment and significant achievement for Conor, who has worked tirelessly at building a bigger and better Under 14 Boys program since becoming head coach of the age group.

“Individually, it means the world to me,” he said. “It’s been in the back of my mind since 2021 when I first moved to coaching Under 14s as something that seemed so far out of reach at the time, but I was really hoping to chip away at doing my little part at improving our program.

“I’ve always enjoyed coaching as an underdog team and with a bit of a chip on my shoulder. It challenges me to think outside the box a little an to challenge the players to dig that little bit deeper. It also make success a whole lot sweeter.”

Let’s get right behind Conor and his team, Camberwell. This is going to be a fun ride!

About Camberwell Dragons 14.1 Boys
After compiling a 7-2 record through the first half of the VC season, the 14.1 Boys have won one of their first three games in VC Championship play and are 8-4 overall. After losing their first two games at this month’s National Junior Classic in Melbourne, they closed with four straight wins to finish ninth in their 16-team competition.

About the 2024 Foot Locker Under 14 Championships
The Foot Locker Under 14 Championships open at Casey Basketball Stadium in Cranbourne East on September 21 and will feature the top 48 club teams from around Australia – 24 of each gender. National champions will be crowned on September 27.Each state nominates their annual quota of teams to participate in the Basketball Australia event based on state-determined criteria.

For more information about our 14.1 Boys and/or the 2024 Foot Locker Under 14 Championships, please email Andrew Johnstone HERE.

Trailblazing Dragons

Camberwell Dragons are celebrating another history-making achievement today with news our Under 14.1 Boys will compete at the 2024 Foot Locker Under 14 Club Championships in September.

The Dragons, led by head coach Conor Mathews, secured their place in the field for the prestigious event after making an excellent start to the Victorian Championship (VC) season. They reached the halfway mark of their campaign with a 7-2 record and will enter the school holiday with a 1-2 record in VC Championship play (8-4 overall).

This trailblazing group is the first-ever team from Camberwell to qualify for the championships and will feature among the 24 best club teams in Australia at the September 21-27 event at Casey.

Today’s announcement continues a tremendous few weeks for Camberwell Basketball and the Dragons program, after our 12.1 Girls and 16.1 Boys teams broke through to win the club’s first-ever National Junior Classic medals at this month’s edition of the event in Melbourne.

Both teams walked away from Dandenong with bronze medals, while the 14.1 Boys closed their Classic campaign with four straight wins to finish ninth.

We’ll have more to share about our 14.1 Boys and their achievement here and on our social media platforms throughout the day.

Congratulations to players, coaching staff and to all who’ve played a part in making this achievement possible.

For more information about these boys and the Foot Locker Under 14 Club Championships, contact Andrew Johnstone at [email protected]


Hannah rounds out Holiday Camp roster

Camberwell Basketball announced today Southside Flyers WNBL title-winning assistant coach Hannah Lowe will work its Girls Representative Camp during the July school holidays.

Well known for her work in and around Camberwell Basketball and the Community Basketball League, Hannah is also one of the most highly respected coaches in Victoria.

A member of Cheryl Chambers’ coaching staff staff during the Lauren Jackson-led Flyers’ drive to the the WNBL championship last season, Hannah’s body of work on the sidelines features:

• Head coach of Kilsyth’s NBL1 women’s team from 2021-23
• Led Australia to the 2019 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup Under 18 title
• Won three straight national championships as a member of the Victorian Under 20 women’s team coaching staff between 2018-2020 – head coach in 2020

Now she’s locked in and ready to help you develop your game at Kew High School on Friday, July 12. Here’s what you need to know:

WHAT: Girls Representative Camp
FOR: Girls born 2009-2012 and playing representative basketball
WHERE: Kew High School, Court 1
WHEN: July 12, 9.30am-12pm
COST: $45
OTHER: This camp is for representative players only

For more details on Camberwell Basketball’s July School Holiday Camp Program, click HERE.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

Why I Coach #4

They work the sidelines on a Friday night and put in the hours to develop our junior Camberwell Dragons teams, but what inspires our coaches to do what they do?

We’ve put that question to them and the responses are rolling in. In this, the fourth instalment of our Why I Coach series, we caught up with Duncan Palmer, head coach of Camberwell Dragons 14.4 Girls. This is his story:

“I coach for several reasons. I love watching players improve. Seeing them apply skills from training in a game and the smiles on their faces when it works is probably the number one reason I coach.

“I also like seeing players grow both as basketballers and as people. Seeing players who I have coached continue in Big V, coaching, committee and as parents at Dragons is awesome, but even meeting them in the community or on social media and seeing where their life takes them is a great experience.

“I love being part of the community that is Camberwell Dragons; from parents, to committee, fellow coaches, and referees, it is fantastic to be part of an amazing club.

“Last but not at all least, I am lucky enough for the past few seasons to have coached my daughter. She and a few of her teammates probably need a break from me now, but I count myself fortunate to have had that experience.”

• Duncan Palmer is head coach of Camberwell Dragons 14.4 Girls.

Interested in starting your coaching journey at Camberwell Dragons or with one of the many domestic clubs in the local area? Contact [email protected] for more information.


We’re in business

Camberwell In Business is delighted to welcome Belgravia Group and its associated brands GymbaROO and BK’s Gymnastics.

Belgravia Group is a family owned, family run, multi-generational business founded by Geoff Lord and servicing Australia and New Zealand across a broad sweep of business including sport, leisure, health and fitness, apparel, tourism, finance, and technology.

BK’s Gymnastics and GymbaROO are two of Belgravia’s brands providing great physical literacy programs that sets babies and children up to be physically activity (and great basketball players!) throughout their life.

GymbaROO has been providing quality neuro-developmental programs for babies and children from birth to five years and their parents for over forty years. Now a Franchise operation, GymbaROO centres can be found throughout Australia and in an increasing number of countries overseas.  GymbaROO – Kew operates from the West Hawthorn Uniting Church hall, 10 Power Street, Hawthorn VIC 3107.

BK’s Gymnastics provide gymnastics programs for kinder, primary, and high school-aged kids. Our programming is designed to create a fun, interactive learning pathway to help your child progress from a beginner, who’s figuring out how everything works, to an intermediate or advanced participant. All while developing essential physical and behavioural skills, and a life-long passion for leading a healthy, happy life that encompasses sport and recreation.  BK’s Gymnastics – Hawthorn operates from Bialik College Gringlas Sports Centre, 409 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East, VIC 3123

For more information about Belgravia Group, GymbaRoo and BK’s Gymnastics, please click HERE.

Camberwell In Business is a community where businesses can network, collaborate and thrive. To learn more about how we’re working to connect the Camberwell Basketball business community, click HERE.

To become a Camberwell In Business member and/or to find out more about what we have to offer, contact Andrew Johnstone at [email protected]

Be Collaborative. Be Curious. Be Camberwell.

Develop with us

Our always popular Dragons Development Squad program is back for Term 3, and online registration is open now.

To register and/or to find out everything you need to know about what we’re offering in Term 3, including venues, costs and Sunday and midweek options for boys and girls, click HERE or visit the Development Pathways page of the Camberwell Basketball website HERE.

Please note Dragons Development Squad is for players born 2014-16 and is not for beginners.

For more information, contact [email protected]


Dragons Den #26

Missed last week’s episode of the Dragons Den?

The bad news is you missed a good one. The good news is it’s never too late to catch up on all things Camberwell Basketball.

To view our June 14, 2024 edition, click HERE or on the link in our Instagram Bio.

To have future editions of the Den delivered directly to your inbox, email [email protected] with your name and email address and tell us you want the Den. We’ll take care of the rest.


Double Delight

Camberwell Dragons are celebrating at the end of a history-making long weekend for the program after our 12.1 Girls and 16.1 Boys broke through to win bronze medals at the National Junior Classic on Monday.

Our girls became the first-ever Dragons team to win a medal at the Classic when they held off Melbourne Tigers in the playoff for third and fourth at Dandenong – Grace Tallis (12 points) and Gracie Otter (nine) combining for 21 points in a 40-33 win.

It was the fifth win in six outings at the 16-team invitational event for the girls, who pulled away with a 9-4 final quarter.

The good times continued for the Dragons at the same venue less than two hours later, when the 16.1 Boys rallied late to edge Gippsland United in their bronze medal game.

After trailing by seven points after three quarters, Camberwell, making its first-ever appearance in the Under 16 Boys competition at the Classic, outscored Gippsland 22-13 the rest of the way to secure a 57-55 win. Max Pavey had 22 points, Will Tyrrell added 10 and Hunter Dent finished with eight points, including the go-ahead basket late, for the Dragons, who finished with a 4-2 record at the tournament.

And our 14.1 Boys closed their Classic campaign with four straight wins to finish ninth in the Under 14s competition – the Dragons signing off with an 83-71 win against Bulleen in the 9-10 playoff at the State Basketball Centre.

Jake Zeunert had a game-high 27 points in that one and Bailey Russell added 22 for Camberwell, which finished strongly after dropping their first two games at the tournament.

With three of our teams finishing among the top 10 in their respective age groups at an event many consider to be the most prestigious junior event on the Australian basketball calendar, Camberwell Dragons and the basketball community in Melbourne’s inner-east has a lot to celebrate this week.

We’ll have more photos and reports from the Classic to share as the week unfolds.

Classic Camberwell

UPDATED SUNDAY, JUNE 9: Our 12.1 Girls are through to the quarter-finals at the National Junior Classic this morning after sweeping their three Pool games at the State Basketball Centre yesterday.

After opening their campaign with double-digit wins against Norwood and Hills, the Dragons made it three in a row with 55-36 win against Melbourne Tigers late yesterday. They’ll play Sandringham at Dandenong at 11.10am today for a place in the semi-finals. For those making the trip out there to support them, you’ll find them on Court 10.

Also at the Classic today, our 16.1 Boys (1-1) will be shooting for a place in the quarter-finals when they wrap up Pool play against Gippsland at Dandenong this morning (8.30am, Court 6) and our 14.1 Boys (0-2) go head to head with Nunawading in the final Pool game for both teams at the State Basketball Centre (9.50am, Court 10).

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for regular updates from the Classic throughout the day.