The build-up continues towards the Wattle Valley WNBL’s huge Australia Day Eve Blockbuster between the Deakin Melbourne Boomers and Jayco Dandenong Rangers.
Melbourne Derby’s always generate plenty of passion, but this battle promises to go to the next level with Boomers pushing for this event to become an annual blockbuster on the WNBL calendar.
Publicity continues to ramp up, the latest article coming from Roy Ward (Fairfax) – click here.
For Boomers coach Guy Molloy, the chance to be a part of the Australia Day Eve concept from day one is something he is looking forward to.
“Australia Day is about our nation celebrating who we are and there is no doubt one of the biggest parts of our social make-up is sport, so I think as a concept this event is perfectly placed on the eve of Australia Day,” said Molloy.
“The players are really looking forward to it. Ever since the club started talking about the concept, then to see it come to life, and now to be less than a week out from the game, you sense some real excitement amongst the team, and the community.”
“I really think this is something the WNBL needs as well. As a league we need to build big events, to help showcase the incredible talents of our athletes and to put them front and centre on the sporting stage. If we can fill the State Basketball Centre next Monday night it shows the community is passionate about the WNBL and they want this as an annual event.”
“I would just encourage everyone to support women’s basketball, support the WNBL and help us make a significant impact that will make the media sit up and take notice, that will make other sports see us as a great family night out and most importantly, will expose our players as the talented world-class athletes that they are,” added Molloy.
The prospect of a record WNBL crowd at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South is alive with the Boomers working with Basketball Victoria to promote a ‘wear your colour for free entry’ for all children aged 17yrs and under.
“Basketball Victoria is our game night partner and have done a terrific join helping us promote this as an event, not just a game,” said Boomers GM, Justin Nelson.
“Every president from basketball associations across Victoria has been invited to a pre-match function, clubs and associations have been informed that kids wearing their own team colours will receive free entry, and then of course you have a big rivalry between two great WNBL teams out on the court.”
“I’ve been really open in saying that this could be the start of something big, women’s basketball needs to be firmly put back on the map and our aim at the Boomers is to make sure this annual WNBL event captures the interest of all basketball fans, and hopefully all sports enthusiasts.”
“I want to see this game on television next Australia Day eve, and every year after that. This is our chance to show everyone around Australia just how good women’s basketball is, but first and foremost it’s about proving that the concept is a good one, so get to the game.”
“Don’t sit and watch the bandwagon from a distance, get on board and enjoy the ride. Believe me, the whole family will love a night out at a Boomers game – it’s fun, inclusive, exciting and the looks on the kids faces when they meet the players after the game out on the court is priceless.”
“Dandenong has been brilliant promoting it as well, I really want to thank them for getting behind the concept. Hopefully the general media and Basketball Australia continue to get the hype going as well,” added Nelson.
“I know the players are really excited and looking forward to seeing everyone next Monday night.”
WHAT: Australia Day Eve Blockbuster
WHO: Deakin Melbourne Boomers vs Jayco Dandenong Rangers
WHEN: Monday January 25th
WHERE: State Basketball Centre (Wantirna South)
TIME: 7:30pm tip-off
PROMO: Children (17&under) wearing their club/association colours receive free entry (general admission)
TICKETS: (other than the promo): Available at the door or online at www.trybooking.com/HLXE