Friday, 3 August 2018
Geelong will host yet another top level sporting contest,
when the WNBL’s Melbourne Boomers come to town on Friday 19
It will be the third straight year the Boomers have played at The Arena, a
venue that’s become the team’s second home.
Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy and junior Geelong Supercats players joined Boomers
stars Jenna O’Hea and Ezi Magbegor for the
“Basketball is one of the most popular sports in Geelong, with junior
participation numbers soaring,” Cr Murrihy said.
“This will be another exciting chance for our budding stars to get an up-close
look at the game’s best, and see where hard work could take them.”
O’Hea, the Boomers’ captain and an Australian Opals representative, said the
team was looking forward to returning.
“The support for the Boomers in Geelong over the last two years has been
terrific,” she said.
“Being from regional Victoria myself, I know the value of taking elite sport
and top athletes into areas where we can create a connection with the community
to showcase the very best that Australian sport can offer.”
O’Hea said local juniors would have the opportunity to meet Boomers players
after the match.
The team’s presence in Geelong has been assisted by state government funding.
It’s the latest in a long list of major sporting events in the region this
year, following the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (cycling), the Vic Open
(golf), Melbourne Victory (soccer) and Renegades (cricket) matches, and the
Australian Table Tennis Open.
This summer will also see an All-Korean team based in Geelong playing in the
Australian Baseball League.
“Our city is a proven host destination for top level sport, and I’m sure local
fans will pack The Arena, creating a great atmosphere for both teams,” Cr
Tickets will go on sale soon.