Following a request in late 2009, Basketball Australia has organized a team to travel to Doha, Qatar to assist the preparation of the Qatar Men’s Basketball Team for competition in Asia later this year by way of the two-game series and coaching clinics.
With the Australia’s own National Men’s Team, the Boomers, already committed to an extensive program this year as preparation for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) was able to accept the challenge of preparing a team in the short time frame.
SEABL appointed 2009 East Conference Coach of the Year Bruce Palmer and 2009 South Conference Coach of the Year Bill Runchey to lead a group of SEABL players chosen from a selection trial held at Frankston from January 16-17.
The team features former National Basketball League players Cameron Rigby, who played with the Canberra Cannons, Hunter Pirates, Wollongong Hawks and West Sydney Razorbacks, and his former Cannons teammate and Brisbane Bullet Mick Hill. Simon Conn, Daniel Dillon and Ash Cannon also had stints in the NBL, suiting up with the South Dragons and Dillon was named the 2009 SEABL South Men Australian Youth Player of the Year while Cannon was named in the 2009 All SEABL East Men Team. Also included are CJ Massingale, MVP of the Championship game and member of the All SEABL East Men Team, and two members of the All SEABL South Men Team, Rob Kampman and Andrew Harms.
The players depart Australia on February 19 for the games to be played on February 22 and 24 in Doha.
Basketball Australia General Manager, High Performance Wayne Carroll said the series is a first step in establishing a relationship with Qatar Basketball.
“Qatar is an important player in the development of basketball in Asia and Australia is very keen to forge a strong relationship with Qatar in the future,” He said.
“This series of games is an important step in that process and we are very happy that SEABL has been able to assemble a strong playing group at short notice. Qatar is a Middle East transport hub location that could provide Basketball Australia with enormous benefits to our extensive travel schedule over the next few years and we looking for this relationship to be strengthened through the benefits we can provide Qatar Basketball.”
LIVESTATS of the games will be available on the SEABL website.
SEABL Team for Qatar Series
Player Name / SEABL Club
Cameron Bairstow / AIS
Ash Cannon / Brisbane Spartans
Sean Carroll / Knox Raiders
Simon Conn / Sandringham Sabres
Daniel Dillon / Sandringham Sabres
Andrew Harms / Frankston Blues
Mick Hill / Knox Raiders
Rob Kampman / Frankston Blues
CJ Massingale / Knox Raiders
Jason Reardon / Geelong Supercats
Cameron Rigby / Knox Raiders