The Deakin Melbourne Boomers put in a vigorous training session before enjoying a quiet New Year’s Eve in preparation for a crucial showdown with the Sydney Flames on January 2.
Flying to Sydney on New Year’s Day, the Boomers continue to battle mid-season injuries that threaten to make the climb to a finals berth a difficult one.
“There’s no doubt injuries have hampered us over the last month, but that comes with the territory in sport and we’ve earnt some really strong wins missing key players,” said coach Guy Molloy upon arriving in Sydney.
“However, at the same time, it has increased the workload on others significantly and that has led to some inconsistent games by the team as well. You can only cover so many players, so whilst injuries are part of the landscape, if it’s a rocky road then you are constantly looking for a way through.”
The Boomers sit with a 7-9 record and face an in-form Sydney team that sits in third position with a 10-5 record in a contest that Molloy knows could be season-defining.
“Every game is hard, that’s just the nature of the league, but we’ll have to be at our best here against Sydney and execute our game plan strongly. We’ve shown twice already this season against Sydney that we can compete, we just need to do it for 40 minutes to get the desired result,” added Molloy.
In a first for the league, the team will launch Deakin Melbourne Boomers Live tonight, an audio-based platform that supporters can simply click and listen via the team’s Facebook page with interviews and updates a part of an ongoing coverage that GM Justin Nelson hopes will provide further insight into the team and bring supporters even closer to the action.
“We’ve been told Basketball Australia is working on a television deal for the WNBL since the start of the season, but we don’t know when that will arrive, so we want to keep working on creative ways to bring the fans closer to the team and to the action, whether we’re playing at home or away,” said Nelson.
“This new audio platform is just another mechanism to promote the team and the WNBL. Each week we are seeing fantastic games played by extremely talented elite females, so the more we can provide broader coverage and insight into the league, the better,” added Nelson.
Join and follow the team’s Facebook page for regular interviews and updates via Deakin Melbourne Boomers Live.