October 9, 2019 | Melbourne Boomers news

Ultimate Game Guide – Boomers set for back-to-back Bendigo clashes

The 2019/20 WNBL season has finally arrived, and the Deakin Melbourne Boomers are heading to Bendigo for the opening round as they kick off their campaign with back-to-back clashes against the Spirit.

The two sides met in a pre-season clash in the LaTrobe Valley, which turned out to be a nail biter, the Spirit coming out on top by two points. However this time around the Boomers will be at full strength, with new import Sophie Cunningham joining the lineup, and WNBL All-Star point guard Lindsay Allen returning from a knee injury which saw her sit out the WNBA season. 

Boomers co-captain Cayla George says her side is raring to go for this highly anticipated re-match.

“Here in Melbourne we’re creating a really great culture. I’m looking forward to getting out and showcasing what we’ve been working really hard to bring to the court.” George said.

“It’s fun, it’s exciting, the league again is getting stronger, and again this year we have great imports that have come out, we really have to be on our game every week.”

As for the team’s ambition for the season  George was clear where she wants the side to be come the end of the season, adding: “We’re going to try to put ourselves in the best possible position to look good for the finals. The Championship is always the end goal and that starts on Saturday night in Bendigo.”

The Boomers will face off against their Victorian rivals once again in round two, their first home game of the season.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12TH

Who: Bendigo Spirit vs Deakin Melbourne Boomers

Time: 7:00pm

Where: Bendigo Stadium

Live Stats: Will be available here.

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TEAM NEWS

Deakin Melbourne Boomers

  1.     Maddie Garrick and Cayla George have been announced as co-captains for the Boomers this WNBL season.
  2.     US Import Sophie Cunningham will make her debut for the Boomers in this Round 1 clash.

Bendigo Spirit

  1.     Bendigo welcome back Kelly Wilson this season, a four time WNBL Championship player.
  2.     Due to injury, Bendigo player Alicia Froling will be unavailable to play for the 2019/20 WNBL season, but will be returning to the court in 2020/21.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Deakin Melbourne Boomers

Ezi Magbegor – Magbegor was unstoppable on the court in the final pre-season game against Southside flyers, also coming out as the Boomers top scorer with 15 points.

Toni Farnworth – The veteran pulled out all the stops at Saturday’s pre-season match against Southside, displaying her all round game and scoring some impressive baskets.

Bendigo Spirit

Carley Ernst – Ernst was impressive when the two sides met in pre-season, showcasing her shooting ability, scoring 17 points for Spirit.

Kelly Wilson – Wilson claimed back to back titles the past two seasons with Townsville and Canberra.

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GAME BROADCAST

The game will be broadcast on the WNBL website..

NEXT UP

Boomers will have their home opener against Bendigo at The State Basketball Centre on Saturday 19 October. It is going to be an event you will not want to miss!