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100 Games for Captain Jack

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Vikings Big V Captain Jack Trewella will celebrate his 100th game this weekend as our Division 1 Men take on Chelsea at 3.00pm on Sunday at Knox Basketball Stadium. We caught up with Jack ahead of the game.

Blackburn Vikings: Thanks for joining us. Congratulations on reaching 100 games, how does it feel to get this far?
Jack Trewella: Thanks. It feels really good. I’m very proud, but I reckon my dad would be prouder!

BV: So what have been some of your other highlights in your career?
JT: Playing alongside my brother Brendan for the last couple of years has been awesome and something I always wanted to do as a kid. Not many people get that opportunity!

BV: You won the Division 1 Golden Hands Award last season and Defensive Player of the Year. Was that something you set out to do?
JT: Yeah, definitely. Paul and I sat down at the end of a disappointing 2015 season and set out some team and individual goals. They were two individual goals that I really thought I had a chance at achieving if I put in the work.

BV: When did you first start playing basketball? And of course playing for the Vikes?
JT: I first started playing for Beverley Hills Primary School in prep. My dad Simon, coached me through most of my primary school career. I guess that’s why I I’ve got such thick skin…. My first season of rep basketball wasn’t ‘til top age under 12’s where I played in the 2s under club life member Brian Rosetti. Wait, that might have played a role in developing a thick skin too….

BV: When did you start playing Big V?
JT: My first year of Big V came in 2012. I was more like a development player. I played sparingly, but picked up plenty from all the veterans on the team. Paul put a fair bit of faith in me, because I’m pretty sure I was terrible!

BV: What do you enjoy most about the club?
JT: The people. I’ve made some incredible friendships through playing, coaching and just being around the club. I really owe that to Blackburn.

BV: Did you ever think you would be playing in a milestone game like this one when you first started playing Big V?
JT: After my first 2 seasons, no. My playing style doesn’t exactly scream longevity, and I had a very injury riddled couple of seasons. I still feel like a 50 year old, trapped in the body of 24 year old.

BV: So what are the goals for the rest of your career?
JT: I’d love to win a championship! This year is a terrific opportunity for us, so hopefully we can get it done.

BV: If you could offer any advice for young players what would it be?
JT: Be coachable. Blackburn has a lot of great coaches. The more willing you are to listen, the better you will become.

BV: Is there anyone you want to thank or give a shout out to?
JT: My whole family deserve a shout out. From Mum and Dad driving me all around Victoria every Friday night after a long week of work when I was Junior to my extended family who come out and support us at all our home games. No doubt I have to give one to the Walker family. I’ve been so involved with them since the beginning, and consider them my second family. Also to the all the Blackburn families that have been coming along to watch us this year, like the Curreys! My dad, Brendan and I always went to watch the old Vikings VBL and ABA team play down at Veneto club, so it’s awesome to see families continuing to do that for us. Last one has to go to Paul Lankford. Sitting behind our bench might not be the best insight…but Paul does an incredible job building player-coach relationships, allowing trainings and game days to be fun, but still professional and his basketball knowledge is second to none.

BV: Don’t forget to give your sponsors a plug!
JT: www.printlocker.com.au - They are the geniuses behind the Blackburn Merchandise. For all your custom clothing needs, jump on their website!

BV: Thanks Jack and congratulations on reaching 100 games.

Jack will celebrate his 100th game this Sunday at Knox Basketball Stadium at 3.00pm against the Chelsea Gulls. Tickets are available at the door and are just $6 for adults and $3 for kids. Blackburn juniors in their uniform are admitted free.

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