WRIGHT READY FOR ELITE CHALLENGE
NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | The Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres were last week announced as one of eighteen foundation clubs to the newly established Elite League set to be managed by Basketball Victoria.
The switch comes following Basketball Australia’s decision to dissolve the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) which had been operating since 1981, opting instead to focus their support on a new competition framework and plan to launch a National Club Championship in 2020.
Whilst the Elite League is still to be formally named and branded, excitement is building with the majority of clubs moving across from the previous SEABL competition. Knox, Eltham, Ringwood and Waverley also added from the Big V State Championship division.
Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres men’s captain Tom Wright confident the new-look league would quickly establish itself as the premier competition in the Australian winter season.
“We’re looking forward to matching up against some new clubs with the launch of the Elite League, adding even more local rivalries to the schedule as we play in front of our loud Nunawading crowd both at home and on the road.”
“I know this will remain the best Australian league outside of the NBL and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
A feature of the Elite League is that Spectres fans now have greater access to see their teams play. With most games scheduled in Victoria fans can drive to all games bar the Tasmanian-double, the Hobart Chargers, North West Thunder and Launceston Tornadoes all confirmed in the Elite League.
Wright will return to the Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres in 2019 as one of two players remaining under contract from last season - big man Simon Conn the other. The Spectres came up agonisingly short against Hobart in the 2018 SEABL Final.
“After coming so close last season I know the whole team will be absolutely raring to go in 2019,” Wright added.
With Basketball Victoria confirming eighteen foundation clubs, the Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres are already well advanced in preparations for the 2019 season.
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