Blazers confident for season opener after NBA coaching

The Maryborough Blazersʼ final preparations for the 2018-19 Country Basketball League season were given a significant boost with former National Basketball League representative Cam Rigby helping the team from the sidelines during a practice match against Ararat at the weekend.
Rigby visited the team along with Australian basketball legend Chris Anstey and the pair have offered to assist the Blazers throughout the season, building the sideʼs confidence ahead of the season launch this weekend.

The men’s Maryborough Blazers are feeling confident ahead of round one of the Country Basketball League’s 2018-19 season this weekend.

Blazers coach Brady Neill said the side has put in an extensive preseason, including gaining coaching from former NBA player Chris Anstey and NBL great Cam Rigby last weekend.

“Preseason has been really good. We had Chris Anstey and Cam Rigby come down last weekend and they took us for a two-hour training session and then coached us during our practice game,” Neill said.

“They shared a lot of their knowledge and a lot of thoughts on how to approach the season, especially after making finals last year and having to play against big associations in Mildura and Bendigo.

The Blazers will host the Castlemaine Cannons this weekend for the first game of the season and Neill hopes the community will support the side for its first game.

“Castlemaine is one of those small town rivalries that we’ve had for a while so no matter what, I’m sure it’ll be a close, physical game,” Neill said.

“We’re really looking forward to it and hopefully we can get a big home crowd to support us and fingers crossed we get our first win.”

This weekend’s match against Castlemaine will be held on Saturday at the Matthew Dellavedova Stadium with tip off at 7 pm.

The Maryborough Lady Blazers will play their first game next weekend.

For more on this story see Page 38 of The Advertiser, Friday, October 12.

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