ULTIMATE GAME GUIDE – Another Double Header For Boomers
By the time the clock ticks past 5pm this Sunday, the DEAKIN MELBOURNE BOOMERS will have already completed their 12th game of the season following a 23-day patch that has seen them play eight games across four states.
Melbourne’s WNBL team face another double-header for the fourth consecutive week with games against the UC Capitals in Canberra this Friday night, before flying home to play Adelaide Lightning on Sunday at the State Basketball Centre from 3pm.
First up is Friday’s game where the Boomers head to Canberra (7pm tip-off) to take on the second-placed UC Capitals. This will be the third and final match-up between the two as the Boomers look to get their second win against the Capitals this season.
The game will be critical for final placings, deciding the season series between the two.
The Boomers then have a quick turnaround with another game against Adelaide waiting for them at home on Sunday. It will be the first time the two teams have met this season, which also doubles as Steph Talbot’s 100th WNBL game.
The showdown is also the club’s Giveaway Sunday game, the biggest day of the season for giveaways. The Boomers are renowned for their great giveaways, fun and games – this Sunday will be a day you don’t want to miss!
Tip-off is at 3pm and General Admission tickets are available to purchase at the door from 1pm, while Reserved Seats can be booked online.
Following four wins in a row, including back-to-back wins last round against Perth and Townsville, the Boomers now sit third on the Chemist Warehouse WNBL ladder at 7-3.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23
WHO: Deakin Melbourne Boomers vs UC Capitals
TIME: 7pm tip-off
WHERE: National Convention Centre, Canberra
TICKETS: For our interstate fans you can purchase tickets online here.
LIVE STATS: http://www.fibalivestats.com/u/wnbl/913507/
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25
WHAT: Giveaway Sunday
WHO: Deakin Melbourne Boomers vs Adelaide Lightning
TIME: 3pm tip-off, doors open 1pm
WHERE: State Basketball Centre, Wantirna South
PARKING: Free parking, plus longer exit green light signals are now in place
TICKETS: Fans are encouraged to pre-purchase Reserved Seats online here. General Admission tickets can be purchased at the door (subject to availability) – but tickets are the same price either way.
COST: Adult $20, Concession $15, Junior (17yrs & under) $10, Family (2 adults/2 juniors) $50.
With a series of home games coming up in the next few rounds, it’s the perfect time to join the Boomers family – especially with our 3-game memberships! You can purchase memberships online or sign up at the Sunday game from 1pm until half an hour after the game.
What better time to make a group booking than at Giveaway Sunday? The Boomers are encouraging all junior grassroots clubs to come along and make most of the day of giveaways through our group bookings that offer great discounts.
Stock up on the new-season Boomers merchandise at the Club’s new online store or at the venue from 1pm until half an hour after the Sunday game.
Deakin Melbourne Boomers
- Lindsay Allen has one again been named as the WNBL Player of the Week – for the second time in a row. Cayla George has also joined her in the Team of the Week for Round 6.
- Steph Talbot will play her 100th game on Sunday, a milestone she was meant to reach last round but was unable to due to a minor injury.
- Ezi Magbegor will be available to play in Canberra against her former team after having missed six games due to a hand injury.
- The Capitals have won three of their last five games and sit at second-place on the WNBL ladder.
- The Capitals will be hungry for a win against the Boomers, following the last match-up where the Boomers stole a victory on the Capitals home turf. The home team is expected to be at full strength.
- Last month, the Lightning named Commonwealth Games gold medallists, Nicole Seekamp and Stephanie Blicavs as co-captains for the 18/19 WNBL season.
- The Lightning have faced a rollercoaster season so far, having won two of their last five games to put them into fifth position on the ladder.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Deakin Melbourne Boomers
Lindsay Allen: For the second consecutive week Lindsay Allen has been named as the Player of the Week. The selection comes after her instrumental contribution across the two wins for the Boomers, averaging 23.5 points and 5.5 assists. It also marks the third time she has made the WNBL Team of the Week this year.
Cayla George: For the first time this season, Cayla George has been selected in the Round 6 Team of the Week. George was a major contributor in the Boomers two wins last round averaging 16.5 points on 55% shooting including 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2 blocks across the two games.
Kelsey Griffin: Griffin has been huge for the Capitals this year having been named in four WNBL Team of the Week’s (a league-high) and has also received a Player of the Week.
Kia Nurse: Nurse featured in the Team of the Week in Round 1 where she was also named Player of the Week. She then went on to be selected in the Round 3 Team of the Week and is the leading Capitals scorer for the season.
Lauren Nicholson: Nicholson earned her first Team of the Week honour for the WNBL 18/19 season in Round 5.
Nia Coffey: Coffey successfully made both the Round 1 and 3 Team of the Week and is currently third in the league for average total rebounds.
AFTER THE HOME GAME
Giveaway Sunday: Come on court and meet the team – all the Boomers players will stay on court for up to 45 minutes post-game! Dexter the mascot will also be there to say hello!
Keep up-to-date on game day with our live coverage on Twitter (@MelbourneBoomer), get a behind-the-scenes insight on the day by following us on Instagram (@melbourneboomers) and like us on Facebook (facebook.com/MelbourneBoomers/).
At the game? Tag us in your favourite basketball photos using the hashtags #TimeToBelieve, #BoomersFamily and #PurplePower
The November 23 game is not being televised. Stay across our socials and the WNBL live stats for all the updates.
The November 25 game is being live streamed by Deakin University at www.foxsports.com.au/live
Following Giveaway Sunday, the Boomers will host the Townsville Fire again for our Dads & Daughters game at the SBC (Saturday Dec 1, 3pm).