The future of basketball in country Victoria is in excellent hands.
Victoria captured five of the six gold medals on offer at the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup finals on Saturday.
The powerhouse equalled its performance from last year's tournament, claiming victory in the under-18 boys, under-18 girls, under-16 boys, under-16 girls and under-14 boys.
After falling at the last hurdle in 2019, it was a sweet victory for the Victorian Goldminers in the under-18 boys decider, defeating their state rivals, the Victorian Bushrangers, 89-77.
The same two sides met in the under-18 girls with the Goldminers also prevailing, 83-63.
Success came for the Bushrangers in the under-16 girls decider, holding out the Goldminers, 80-71, in a tense final.
The under-16 boys clash went down to the wire with the Goldminers toppling the NSW Waratahs, 74-70.
The under-14 boys grand final was yet another all-Victorian matchup, with the Goldminers downing the Bushrangers, 81-65.
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Tasmania picked up gold and silver in the under-14 girls with the Devils pipping the Tigers in overtime, 64-63.
Basketball Victoria Country manager David Huxtable was delighted with the effort from all teams.
"Basketball Victoria Country are doing a lot of work with under-12s and under-14s and we're trying to get the fundamentals into the kids at the under-12 age group," Huxtable said.
"A lot of the programs we have throughout the year that lead into selection for Country Cup are expanded in numbers, so that's allowed us to lay the foundations as they move through to under-16s and under-18s.
"We identified five years ago we had to give more kids more opportunities and it's paying dividends.
"In the under-12s and under-14s, we deliver programs out of nine regional centres that pretty much cover the whole state. Athletes this week came from all parts of country Victoria."
Huxtable added coach development has been another key factor to the success.
"All the coaches this week are volunteers and come from all parts of country Victoria as well," he said.
"If you're able to give them the education and training, it helps us deliver this program because we can't do it ourselves without the assistance of the volunteer coaches.
"This week really highlighted female coach development. A lot of our female teams had all female staff, whereas five years ago that wouldn't have happened."
Huxtable paid tribute to the Country Cup organisers for their communication before and during the event.
He also congratulated Tasmanian state head coach Mark Radford on their success in the under-14 girls.