18 September 2018 | Bendigo Spirit news

Triple Crown

Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard has declared his team’s preparation ahead of schedule for the 2019 Chemist Warehouse WNBL season after an impressive four days on the road.

The Spirit took the city’s name to Gippsland late last week for three tough games again the Melbourne Boomers.

The Spirit won one game and an undermanned squad narrowly lost the final game.

But for coach Simon Pritchard, the series was about more than just the on-court action.

“Both teams spent a heap of time with the community in Traralgon, Warragul and Maffra, and the locals loved it,” he said.

“The games were sellouts, and the communities really loved the clinics and school visits.

“As one of only two regional teams in the WNBL, it’s really important we travel around the country and inspire the next generation of players.”

Pritchard thanked the Boomers for the Triple Crown initiative.

“Victoria is the home of Australian basketball and both clubs realise the importance of that,” he said.

“On the court, we are tracking ahead of schedule, which is great, and with Jamie Scott due to arrive soon I couldn’t be happier.”