The Deakin Melbourne Boomers have opened up season 2017-18 with a strong 90-76 win against an Invitational All-Star team in Sunbury.
The Boomers led from the opening seconds of the game when Bec Cole (12pts, 5ast) converted a quick-fire lay-up from the tip-off.
With stars Liz Cambage and Britt Smart watching on from the sidelines, the Boomers rotated 11 players with a focus of getting some time into this year’s squad to start the pre-season.
Jenna O’Hea (16pts, 4ast) wasted little time showing her impeccable ability to hit shots, while Louella Tomlinson (12pts, 6rbs, 3ast, 3blks) also settled in to her new surroundings.
Returning from recent Opals representation at the Asia Cup, Maddie Garrick looked good with 14pts and 3ast.
Excitingly for Boomers fans, in her first game Kalani Purcell looked sharp and was involved in many dashing plays, finishing the game with 10pts, 8rbs, 3ast and 5stls in just over 20-minutes.
As is the case after every Boomers game, the players stayed on court to meet all the fans and were surrounded by children and families seeking photos and autographs. As expected, Liz Cambage proved to be very popular amongst the fans, enjoying the chance to be back amongst her supporters in Melbourne.
The Boomers now move on to play two more pre-season games next weekend, both against other WNBL teams.
Friday Sept 15 vs Adelaide Lightning @ Nunawading Basketball Stadium (7:30pm)
Saturday Sept 16 vs Dandenong Rangers @ Kilsyth Basketball Stadium (6:00pm)