5 August 2016
MAC Adelaide Lightning Schedule released with 7 Double-Headers with the Adelaide 36ers
The 2016/17 WNBL fixture has been released with the Adelaide Lightning playing their first 4 games away and their first home game being on Friday, 21 October as a double-header with the Adelaide 36ers at Titanium Security Arena.
The league’s eight teams will play a total of 24 games, the same amount as last year, across 19 rounds for a total of 96 games before the finals begin on February 25.
Following the introduction of a three-game series for the first time in WNBL’s history last season, the finals structure will again be slightly altered with a three-game series brought in for the Semi-Finals.
This will eliminate the need for Preliminary Finals as the victors of those two Semi-Finals series will meet in the Grand Final, starting on March 11.
Newly appointed Head of WNBL Sally Phillips says the release of the fixture is an exciting indication of the upcoming season.
“Aussie Hoops round in Round 7 promises to be a fantastic opportunity to showcase our role models to the next generation and to see the excitement in the eyes of our Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoopers being front and centre on game day will be a real highlight.”
“Our throwback and Indigenous rounds were well received last season and we will compliment those with some new initiatives that should make our games the hottest ticket in town this summer.”
Clubs will venture away from their home courts this season to help bring the game to all corners of the country.
“It’s great to see the WNBL heading to regional areas with the Jayco Dandenong Rangers heading to Traralgon in Round 6 to face the University of Canberra Capitals and the Boomers taking their game against the MAC Adelaide Lightning to Geelong in Round 13,” said Phillips.
“I’m looking forward to seeing our clubs engaging with those communities and our players providing inspiration to junior basketballers in those areas.”
Following the announcement that the Adelaide 36ers have taken over the management of the MAC Adelaide Lightning, they will play seven double-headers with the NBL club in a boost for both competitions.
“We’re heading back in time in Adelaide to see the return of double-headers with the Adelaide 36ers,” said Phillips.
“I’m sure the fans in Adelaide will get right behind new coach Chris Lucas and the Lightning, especially in Round 3 when Opals star Laura Hodges hits her home floor for the first time.”
MAC Adelaide Lightning CEO, Guy Hedderwick commented, “we are excited to have all this come together for the double-headers between both teams.”
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