Kookas trio nominated for All Star selection

Colac teenager Emma Hawker is among three Colac basketballers nominated for Country Basketball League’s new All Star Five honours.

Votes from their Country Basketball League opponents have helped Colac basketballers Emma Hawker, Jacob Pupavac and Lewie Varley secure All Star nominations.

Basketball Victoria Country announced 10 south-west conference nominations in both the men’s and women’s competitions on Friday, and will open it up to the fans on its Facebook page this week to finalise an “All Star Five” which will be awarded post-season.

BVC’s Sammy Cartwright said the new league award had been well received in its first year.

“We were looking at adding some new awards so we’ve brought in the All Star Five and we’ll also award a defensive player of the year award as well,” he said.

“For All Star selection, each team was given a chance to put forward the names of a maximum of three players from their clubs, and then we put it to the players from across the league to vote on the final 10.

“From here we’ll have a bit of a fan vote open to the public, and we’ll award the final five after the conference finals in February.”

Basketball Victoria Country will begin sharing photos of the nominated south-west players on its Facebook page on Thursday, with fans able to vote for the players by ‘liking’ their photo.

Fans have only 48 hours to vote for their favourites on posts throughout the week.

Varley, the Kookas’ vice-captain, is in his fourth season with Colac’s men’s team.

A member of Colac’s 14-2015 championship team who broke a club record with a 50-point performance last season, the athletic guard is averaging 21 points a game for the second-placed Kookas.

Pupavac has dominated in his first season with the Kookas, joining the club after two years in the American college system.

The 203-centimetre centre is averaging 17.1 points per game.

Hawker is in her third season in the CBL program after first joining as a 15-year-old and playing a role in the Lady Kookas’ 2015-16 grand final side.

After finishing fifth in last season’s MVP voting, the tenacious guard is averaging 10.4 points a game, and 14.7 in the past three.

Colac women’s coach Hayley Dewar said it was great to see the players rewarded for their hard work.

“They’re all well deserved,” she said.

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