Mat taking Vic Country to the ‘nats’

A highly successful coach, Mat coached the Korumburra Wildcats Girls to a CBL Grand Final victory in February.

Korumburra’s Mat Holmes will coach the Vic Country U16 Girls when they tip off their national championships campaign in Darwin on Saturday.

The seasoned basketball vet, who has coached Vic Country teams since as far back as 1990, is grateful for the new role and ready to attack the nationals.

“I feel very lucky and honoured. It’s almost like a custodian position because there were a lot of people before me and now it’s my turn,” he said.

“It’s very cool and exciting to hang around the highly skilled kids and help them.”

Mat has been a successful coach through the years, coaching multiple senior state and local sides and just recently coaching the Korumburra Wildcats Girls to a Grand Final win in February.

For Mat, a passion for developing players and the technical side of the sport has kept him successful for this long.

“It’s the relationships you make with people; you love to see people achieve after you’ve helped them,” he said.

“I also love the strategic part of basketball – working out what a team’s strengths and weaknesses are and trying to expose them.”

The national championships will undoubtedly put Mat and his team through some difficult tests.

Through these tests, Mat has many goals he wants to achieve, which will help him and his team stay focused when the going gets tough.

“It’s two ways really, we’ve got a number of kids who are probably heading for the national teams so we want to develop them and want them to shine,” he said.

“We also want to achieve though because Vic Country hasn’t won a gold medal for around 30 years, so we’d love one this time.”

It will be a huge challenge for the girls, but Mat knows with challenge comes opportunity.

His team has shown improvement through training and has him excited for what they can accomplish.

“They’re going to be around medal contention, that’s the exciting part of it,” he said.

“We’ve got some high-level athletes so it will be great to see what they can achieve.”

Mat and the U16 Girls will finish their training and prep this week before gearing up in Darwin on Saturday.




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