Mark your calendars – the NBL1 South 2020 schedule has been released!
The Nunawading Spectres’ will tip off at The Graveyard, April 18 with the regular season running through to August 9, bookending a 22-game home and away schedule. As teams begin to release preliminary rosters, every game promises an intriguing match up… but we’ve gone ahead and circled some of the biggest, must see basketball action for you below…
MUST SEE HOME OPENER
Nunawading Spectres vs Diamond Valley Eagles
Saturday 18 April, 2020 | Women 5:30pm | Men 7:30pm
The inaugural NBL1 championship banner will be raised to the rafters and shiny new rings set to be presented pre-game as the Spectres men begin their title defence. A packed house at The Graveyard is expected as the program relives the very best of its first NBL1 Championship and the campaign to return both women’s and men’s championships in 2K20 is launched.
Diamond Valley will be led by two former Spectres, with Hannah Lowe (women) and Grant Wallace (men) pacing the Eagles’ sideline. New Nunawading recruit, Darcy Harding will have little time to familiarise his new colours, facing off against his teammates of the last two years.
BATTLE LINES DRAWN FOR ANZAC ROUND
Nunawading Spectres @ Ringwood Hawks
Saturday 25 April, 2020 | Women 6:00pm | Men 8:00pm
There’s never any love lost when these two neighbouring programs go toe-to-toe, so why not feature them in an epic ANZAC Round fixture…
The last time these two programs clashed was in the women’s semi final last year, where Nunawading jumped the hometown Hawks, opening the game on a 19-0 run essentially burying Ringwood’s season. Playing on the road didn’t seem to bother the Spectres then but there’s no doubt the Hawk’s will be keen to erase the ghost of season past in this edition.
Nunawading Spectres vs Dandenong Rangers
Sunday 17 May, 2020 | Women 1:30pm | Men 3:30pm
The month of May will be a test of resilience for both Spectres’ sides – they face a total of 8 games each across a 4-week stretch. This match up against cross-town rival Dandenong marks the mid-point and a return to The Graveyard on the back of 3-road games.
Two of Victoria’s largest associations, Nunawading and Dandenong have played out some epic contests over the years and all signs point to this one being no different.
A RIVALRY RETURNS
Nunawading Spectres vs Mount Gambier Pioneers
Saturday 13 June, 2020 | Women 5:30pm | Men 7:30pm
Following a year in exhile (SA Premier League), Mount Gambier return to the fold, bringing with them a new element to the rivalry in 2020 with the introduction of the Pioneers women’s team. Whilst the Pioneers featured strongly in the South Australian competition last season, this will be the first time these two storied programs have squared off in NBL1 competition.
Historically, Mount Gambier has been the Spectres achilles heel, especially on what looked to be a championship run for Nunawading. Visions of Dain Swetalla getting knocked to the ground as he attempted a game winning shot at The Icehouse in the 2017 SEABL Conference Final, for it to rim out on a no-call are yet to fade from the memory.
Back at The Graveyard for this instalment, we can’t wait to see what Spectres vs Pioneers 2020 has to offer in the programs’ only match up of the regular season.
GRAND FINAL REMATCH
Nunawading Spectres @ Bendigo Braves
Friday 19 June, 2020 | Women 6:00pm | Men 8:00pm
Quite simply, the Spectres took what the Braves wanted in 2019 and the banner will forever remain in the rafters at The Graveyard serving as a constant reminder.
This will be the first and only time the men’s grand finalists cross paths in the regular season and a raucous Bendigo crowd will make sure it’s as hostile an environment can get with a basketball court in the middle.
Nunawading face a tough double this weekend, scheduled to return home and face Knox less than 48-hours later. So both Spectres’ sides will want to get this game banked to kickstart the round.
INDIGENOUS ROUND BLOCKBUSTER
Nunawading Spectres vs Geelong Supercats
Saturday 11 July, 2020 | Women 5:30pm | Men 7:30pm
There’s something about this match up – particularly late in the season that see’s these two storied programs take it up a notch.
The two programs featured in both women’s and men’s finals last season and all markers point to a similar showing in 2020. It’s a great finals match up a month out from when it all really matters!!
TAKE CHARGE AHEAD OF FINALS
Nunawading Spectres vs Hobart Chargers
Sunday 9 August, 2020 | Women 1:30pm | Men 3:30pm
Just when you thought Rex the Rhino was extinct, some new life was shot into Southern Tassie basketball. The Hobart Chargers return to the fold after a confusing 12-moth hiatus.
This will be the second time in 2020 that these two programs cross paths, the Spectres head to Tassie in Round 11. It will however be Nunawading’s first opportunity to host the Chargers since the 2018 SEABL Grand Final that we all want to avenge.
Some added fuel to the fire see’s Kathleen Scheer return to The Gravyeard. Last years star import for the Spectres returning to her former club of 6 years.
This is the final game of the regular season and hopefully a good tune up for both Spectres’ sides ahead of a success finals campaign.
The Nunawading Spectres will release 2020 Membership Plans in the coming weeks as both teams look to finalise their rosters for the season.
The Spectres have released a range of Digital Content Rights now available for the 2020 NBL1 season, providing both local and national business brands an exciting opportunity to partner with Nunawading in delivering industry leading content across multiple platforms. To find out more information on these incredible opportunities click here…