The Deakin Melbourne Boomers will only have a few training sessions under their belt when they hit the court this Saturday night at Sunbury, but they will look to suit-up most of their 15-player roster.
Waiting for them at the aptly named Hangar (home of the Sunbury Jets) will be an Invitational Team led by Kennedy Kereama, fresh off a Big V State Championship Women title, and a number of very familiar players.
A huge crowd is expected to turn out for the 7:30pm tip-off on Saturday night, especially in anticipation of seeing Liz Cambage in Boomers colours for the first time this season.
“We’re really looking forward to getting out on court for the first time this season, the players are ready to go,” said Boomers Coach Guy Molloy.
“We will just about have a full squad to select from, which will be good for the crowd to come along and see.”
Boomers GM Justin Nelson confirmed that the team will be on court after the game to meet all the fans as per their normal ritual after every WNBL contest.
“That’s who we are, it’s what we do,” said Nelson about the after-game signing and photo session, adding “The players are looking forward to meeting everyone in Sunbury.”
The Invitation Team will feature a number of recognised players, including former WNBL star Samantha Richards and leading Big V imports Ariel Thomas and Orla O’Rielly.
“Kennedy has put together a good team, we expect a tough hit-out to get our official pre-season underway,” said Molloy.
Others expected to play for the Invitational Team include Monique Stevens, Josie Stockill, Chelsea Burns, Lucy Dawson, Lauren Pearce and Lilly Scanlon.
WHAT: Deakin Melbourne Boomers vs Invitation Team
WHEN: Saturday September 9
TIME: 7:30pm Tip-Off
TICKETS: At the door
COST: $10 adults / $5 children