Fourteen inducted into Hall of Fame tonight

Fourteen inducted into Hall of Fame tonight

A who’s-who of Australian basketball will be on show tonight when fourteen greats of the game are inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in a glitzy black-tie ceremony in the Grand Ballroom at The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

Approximately 400 people, including Australian NBA superstar Andrew Bogut, will be on hand as the class of 2010 are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The event will also serve as the official farewell for the members of the Golden Star Australian Boomers prior to their departure tomorrow night for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.  The Boomers players will be in attendance, including Australian NBA stars Patrick Mills and David Andersen, and European-based Australians Matthew Nielsen, Mark Worthington, Joe Ingles and Brad Newley.  Boomers head coach Brett Brown will also be present.

The Australian –based members of the Jayco Australian Opals team will also be on hand, including Kristi Harrower, Erin Phillips, Carly Wilson, Liz Cambage, Hollie Grima, Belinda Snell and head coach Carrie Graf.

The evening will be jointly hosted by Network Ten news presenter Helen Kapalos and Darren Boyd of ABC-TV.

Some of the greats of the game who have confirmed their attendance include Cal Bruton, Damian Keogh, Andrew Vlahov, Barry Barnes, Robyn Maher, Al Green, Dr. Adrian Hurley, Lindsay Gaze, Steve Carfino and Allison Tranquilli.

The fourteen people to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this evening are Ricky Grace (Player), Trisha Fallon (Player), Sandy Brondello (Player), Shelley Gorman (Player), Michael AhMatt (Player), Elaine Hardwick (Player), Sandy Blythe (Player), David Carmichael (Contributor), Merv Emms (Coach), Greg Love (Technical Official), Karin McRobert (Player), Julie Nykiel (Player), Michael Wrublewski (Contributor) and Bill Wyatt (Player).

The name of the third person ever to have been elevated to Legend status by the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame, Australian basketball’s highest honour, will also be revealed tonight.