The Bendigo Bank Spirit is aiming to beat its WNBL regular season crowd record on Friday night, and it is calling on the help of regional Victorians to do it.
The Spirit takes on equal ladder-leaders Sydney Uni Flames at 7.30pm on Friday, on the eve of the annual Australia Day Bendigo Junior Classic tournament.
With such a pivotal game against a great team, the Spirit is urging the Bendigo community to come out in force and make themselves heard.
With crowd numbers up almost 20 per cent this season, the Spirit believes the timing is perfect for a crowd of more than 1400.
“We know how much Bendigo loves this team and this club, and this is the biggest game of the year,” General Manager Adam Tarr said.
“We expect a lot of locals to attend, and we have made it easier by opening our box office and merchandise stalls from noon Friday.
“We have also reached out to regional Victorian basketballers and their families coming to
Bendigo for the Classic. We want them to be able to enjoy what locals enjoy every week.”
Former Bendigo Braves junior and current Spirit star Kerryn Harrington said the match would be a night not to be missed.
“I remember the excitement around the Bendigo tournament, taking on teams from across Victoria. The atmosphere was fantastic,” she said.
“It was something special and now all those kids, and our magnificent Bendigo fans, can be part of something really special, by seeing us take on Sydney Uni.
“We want your support to help us break the crowd record and get us over the line against Sydney. It is a big game, with only one shot in it last time we played.
“The Spirit is determined to provide a pathway to the top for regional Victorian basketballers, and seeing their heroes in action is a great first step.”