The Deakin Melbourne Boomers will be holding an open function for all supporters at the conclusion of this week’s final game of the 2015/16 Wattle Valley WNBL season to help celebrate 32yrs of playing in the nation’s top league.
Having recently announced an intention to move its WNBL licence to new owners ahead of next season, Bulleen-Templestowe Basketball Club’s ownership of the iconic team will likely end this Saturday night, with the club keen to bring all supporters, past and present, together for a great night out.
A number of past players are expected to be in the crowd, along with the Boomers’ loyal fans who have strongly supported the team this year despite a horrific run of injuries that has seen them fall out of the finals race.
At the conclusion of this week’s game the players will do their normal on-court signing and photo session with supporters, before joining everyone in the function room at the State Basketball Centre to celebrate more than three successful decades in the WNBL that has led to the development and production of many Australian stars.
“It’s an exciting time and a sad one all at the same time,” said Boomers GM, Justin Nelson.
“The next phase of the Boomers promises to be really exciting with a number of prospective owners currently in discussion with us. We hope to have more news on that in the very near future. Talks have been very strong, there is no doubt the Deakin Melbourne Boomers have a strong brand, are well known and highly respected by potential owners.”
“However this Saturday night is all about celebrating the amazing achievements of the Boomers over the last 32 years,” said Nelson, adding, “We want all supporters, young and old, to come along this week and show their passion and support for the Boomers in the WNBL.”
“If you haven’t been to a game for a while, come along and see what we do, it really is a fun night out. There are generations of Boomers supporters out there and this is the ideal week for all of them to come together and pay their respect to what has been an iconic brand in basketball for so long.”
Crowds at Boomers games have risen by more than 60 per cent this season. According to Nelson it is a result that comes from connecting with grassroots basketball.
“The grassroots level is the most important part of the game in Australia, not the elite level, which is a message that people are starting to listen to and understand. Without the grassroots we don’t have the elite.”
“We’ve focused hard on making the grassroots players and families feel special. The atmosphere at our games has been fantastic, they really are passionate supporters and that is something the players are always talking about.”
“We want that support to go to a whole new level this week. If you love the Melbourne Boomers, or you’re a former fan and loved watching the likes of Michele Timms, Sharin Milner, Sam Thornton, Katrina Hibbert and so many others, get along this week and help us celebrate 32yrs of the Boomers,” added Nelson.
WHAT: Celebrating 32yrs Of The Boomers
WHO: Deakin Melbourne Boomers vs SEQ Stars
WHEN: Saturday February 20
WHERE: State Basketball Centre (Wantirna South)
TIME: 7:30pm tip-off
TICKETS: At the door or at www.trybooking.com/HLXE