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Belinda Snell Signs On


It is with great excitement Gippsland United would like to announce the appointment of our 2025 Youth League Womens Coach, Australian Basketball Royalty, Belinda Snell.

A local Mirboo North girl Belinda has been to the peak of basketball, representing and captaining Australia she has won two silver medals in basketball at the 2004 & 2008 Summer Olympics, a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a gold medal at the 2006 World Championships, and a bronze medal at the 2014 World Championships.

Belinda started playing basketball at the age of eight in Mirboo North playing many tournaments with the Mirboo North Ridge Raiders, many domestic games at Churchill on a Friday night, followed by travelling to Knox to play state league junior basketball and some experiences playing with the Gippsland Pacers women’s team.

Over her career Belinda has amassed a number of accolades in the WNBA, WNBL and in Europe highlighted below:
– WNBA Champion (2007)
– WNBL Champion (1999, 2001 and 2017)
– EuroLeague Champion (2011)
– Spanish LFB Champion (2010 and 2011)
– French LFB Champion (2008)
– PLKK (Poland) Champion (2013)
– 4 x WNBL All Star Five (2001, 2004, 2005 and 2012)
– WNBL Top Shooter Award (2005)

On top of this, Belinda currently sits 4th All Time in WNBL career points (4770) , 4th All Time in WNBL Career Assists (1109), 11th All Time in WNBL Career Rebounds (1995) and 16th All Time in WNBL Games Played (323).

Post her playing career, Belinda has coached at SEABL level with the Sydney Uni Sparks, and at NBL1 Level with Frankston, as well as being an Assistant Coach with the Southside Flyers for three years including their 2020 Championship season.

Returning to Gippsland basketball, we cannot wait for Belinda to help pave the way for aspiring Gippsland Athletes that look to progress from VJBL Basketball into Big V level basketball and help the next wave of female athletes realise their basketball dreams.

On behalf of all of the Gippsland United family, we would like to welcome Belinda and her family to GU, we couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds.

Proudly supported by: Gippsland Physiotherapy Group CME Installations Gippsland Motor Group Traralgon Bowls Club

Applications Now Open – 2025 Youth League Women’s Head Coach


Gippsland United are taking Expressions of Interest’s for a Head Coach to develop and lead a new and exciting Women’s Youth League Team for the 2025 Big V Season.

Coaches looking to apply for the role must submit an application with their basketball resume outlining the following:
~Coaching Experience.
~Coaching Philosophies.
~Coaching Aspirations.
~Coaching References.

Key skills we are looking for in a coach are:
~Experience coaching female athletes.
~Strong communication skills.
~Experience developing athletes.
~Organised and process driven.
~Working with Children’s Check
~Club Coaching Accreditation Level at a minimum.

State level coaching experience (within Basketball Vic or other State bodies) is highly desirable and any applicant with this level experience is encouraged to detail this experience in their application.

Coaches holding a Association Coach Accreditation are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Remuneration will be discussed and negotiated with the successful applicant.

Please note, only coaches who are identified as suitable to interview will receive correspondence from the club, and all applicants will be treated as confidential.

Email for any enquiries or to submit your basketball resume and references.

Traralgon Bowls Club Join the GU Family!


Gippsland United and Traralgon Amateur Basketball Association have been able to secure an extremely valuable partnership with Traralgon Bowls Club, who boast one of the premier sporting and function venues in Gippsland.

The partnership will see the Traralgon Bowls Club become the ‘home’ of both GU and TABA, hosting all functions and being the venue of choice for all GU and TABA families for post game meals, and a place to catch up and celebrate success and future successes.

The bistro is open 7 days for lunch and dinner, with an exciting new spring menu featuring a big range to choose from and fantastic value.

With a range of function spaces to select from as well as mouth-watering event menus and all inclusive packages, host your next event with Traralgon Bowls Club.

To check out their menu, function rooms or other offerings visit and make sure you support those who support us!

From Georgia to Gippsland United



BIG V side Gippsland United have signed professional basketballer Jalin Wimberly, a new import from the United States ahead of the upcoming 2024 season.

The 25-year-old moves to the region from Leesburg, Georgia in the US, after completing his college basketball career.

Wimberly played at Andrew College (Junior College), Purdue University Fort Wayne – an NCAA Division 1 school, and Reinhardt University in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

“Everything has been pretty good so far, I can’t really complain about my basketballing experience,” he said.

“I’m blessed to be in this position, so nothing has been too hard on me just yet, but if it does, I’m capable of handling adversity.”

Despite growing up on the other side of the world, life in Gippsland is not all too different compared to Leesburg, Georgia, according to the import.

“I feel great, scenery is nice, I love the atmosphere, everybody is very welcoming of me so I love it,” he said.

After being asked if living in Gippsland will take some transitioning, Wimberly laughed.

“It’s actually pretty similar, so I’ve had the chance to adapt to it.

“It looks just like my hometown, nothing’s changed.”

Wimberly only arrived in Australia on January 9, and already has the ball rolling, going on a training camp and mingling with his new teammates in the last couple of weeks.

Having no prior knowledge of the Big V competition until his arrival, he remains confident he will be able to handle the task with Gippsland United.

“I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but I’m very confident that I can handle the competition very well,” Wimberly said.

With the ability to play as a shooting guard and a small forward, Wimberly offers versatility on both the front and backcourt which is every coach’s dream.

He believes his strengths lie in both areas, with his ability to score on offense and trusting in his abilities on defence.

Standing at 6′ 4″ (193cm) tall, Wimberly’s athleticism only compliments both of those attributes, and he hopes to make an instant impact with United.

“Just being able to fit in with the guys, just get everybody open as well as find myself within this team,” he said.

It’s fair to say that basketball in Australia, especially in regional Victoria, isn’t as big as it is in the US, but Wimberly sees past that and says that everyone around the world is playing the same game.

“I don’t expect too much, basketball is basketball everywhere else,” he said.

“I’m just ready to see what the fans (are) like, I’m gonna try to bring a special thing to the team here.”

The Big V competition gets underway on the weekend of March 16 and 17, and the full fixture is set to be released in due course.

Gippsland Physiotherapy Group recommit to Gippsland United Basketball


Gippsland United is extremely excited to be announcing the recommitment of Gippsland Physiotherapy Group as our Official Naming Rights Parter.

Having been apart of the GU family since the beginning, Gippsland Physiotherapy Group have become synonymous with Gippsland United and Gippsland Basketball.

Gippsland Physiotherapy Group have said on the partnership “Our partnership with Gippsland United Basketball Team goes beyond the court. Its about investing in the health and future of our community , encouraging active lifestyles and supporting dreams of local athletes. We are excited to see what the future holds and we are committed to being part of the journey every step of the way.”

With the VJBL Season already started and Big V Pre Season around the corner, the Gippsland Physiotherapy Group Gippsland United is already underway to lead Gippsland Basketball into 2024!

Brandon Armstrong Touches Down!


Gippsland United is excited to announce that our male import Brandon Armstrong (@bdotadot5)has touched down in Gippsland and is ready for the Big V 2022 Season!
These boys were lucky enough to be at the stadium last weel and met Brandon.

@bdotadot has over 1.5 million followers on both Facebook and Instagram so if you want to know more about him checkout them out. 

2022 Fixture Released


It’s time to run it back – the Big V 2022 season fixture has been announced!

Commencing 19-20 March, the Big V 2022 season will bring together an elite group of 142 teams across our 12 divisions this year.

Gippsland United BIG V Men and Women’s teams kick off Season 2022 at home on Saturday 19th March.

Gippsland United Women take on Collingwood at 6 pm with the Men tipping off against Maccabi at 8 pm.

Catch all the action at Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Centre, Catterick Crescent, Traralgon.

Click HERE to check out the entire BIG V Division 2 Fixture

CBL MVPs And Award Winners Announced!


The Country Basketball League’s MVPs and award winners were announced over the Grand Final weekend to cap off the 2021/2022 season!

Our best and brightest across the eight conferences received the coveted award for their outstanding play throughout the season. These eight players showed excellent skill on the court and a few managed to lead their team all the way to the big dance.

Congratulations to all our MVP award winners for such a terrific season. The Country Basketball League was proud to play host to all teams across the weekend and the season. We look forward to seeing our associations return next season for another bumper year across Country Victoria!


Gippsland Men – Vin Monaghan (Korumburra)

Gippsland Women – Chloe Hogg (Korumburra)

North East Men – Eric Miraflores (Benalla)

North East Women – Dyani Ananiev (Seymour)

North West Men – Liam Tenace (Echuca)

North West Women – Sharna Appleby (Castlemaine)

South West Men – Nathan Hardingham (Portland)

South West Women – Leah Bartlett (Warrnambool)


Gippsland Men – Vin Monaghan (Korumburra) – 226 Points

Gippsland Women – Grace McRae (Wonthaggi) – 143 Points

North East Men – Eric Miraflores (Benalla) – 248 Points

North East Women – Dyani Ananiev (Seymour) – 125 Points

North West Men – William Feben (Macedon Ranges) – 195 Points

North West Women – Sharna Appleby (Castlemaine) – 196 Points

South West Men – Mitch Martin (Horsham) – 191 Points

South West Women – Emalie Iredell (Horsham) – 202 Points


Gippsland Men – William Lumby (Korumburra)

Gippsland Women – Samantha Labros (Traralgon)

North East Men – Lachlan Kego (Benalla) & Sasha Spoa (Mansfield) 

North East Women – Leah Swain (Seymour)

North West Men – Zac Denham (Swan Hill) & Liam Tenace (Echuca)

North West Women – Annie Collins (Maryborough)

South West Men – David Denboer (Portland) & Riley Nicolson (Warrnambool)

South West Women – Alana Strom (Portland)

Big V Men in Korumburra


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