In 1976 Laurie Gabell entered one Under 10 Boys team in the Melbourne East Basketball Association competition for Summer 1976/77. This team, coached by Laurie, made the final four with a win in the last game of the season and then went on to win the Grand Final.
The one team grew to four for the next season and with numerous enquiries coming in Laurie felt the time had come to call for help and so the Club was formed. On 18 August 1977 at the Benwerrin Pre-School Kindergarten in East Burwood, the inaugural meeting was held to form the E.Bees Junior Basketball Club. From the 25 people who attended the first Committee was elected.
The officer bearers were:
President: Laurie Gabell
Vice President: Kevin Slade
Secretary: Peter Taylor
Treasurer: Joe Berton
Committee Members: Peter Dolphin, John O’Sullivan, Bernie Watkins
The name “E.Bees” was derived from the association name used by the group of local people from the East Burwood area who came together to build the Benwerrin Pre-School Kindergarten. The association’s name was the East Burwood Playgroup Recreation Centre Association.
The E.Bees Junior Basketball Club was formally incorporated on 18 September 1986 under the Associations Incorporations Act 1981.
From its “one” team start in 1976, the E.Bees Junior Basketball Club has developed into a well respected and successful basketball club. It continues to this day, to provide excellent basketball enjoyment, opportunites and challenges to the hundreds of boys and girls who currently make up the E.Bees Junior Basketball Club.