Goannas Head to 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships

Goannas Head to 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships

A team of 11 players has been announced for the Australian Goannas as they depart for Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei ahead of the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships from July 4-12.

This will be the third tournament in which Australia have sent a team and the players were presented their uniforms at a farewell dinner during the week on behalf of Basketball Australia.

With 16 sides competing, the Goannas have been drawn into Group C. They will play Poland on July 5 before facing 2002 champions Greece, the USA the following day and with a rest day scheduled for July 8.

Finals will begin on July 9 with the top eight teams qualifying.

Victoria has six representatives in the Australian side, including captain Mark Bilyj. Ben Morrison and Halil Durnaoglu can rotate between a guard and forward position while the front court will be bolstered by Patrick Lane, Jake Harwood and Shane Crick.

As vice-captain, Samuel Cartledge will join fellow New South Welshman Lachlan Jackson (power forward/centre) and Jordan Woolmer (guard). From Queensland, Morgan Williams plays as a small forward with South Australian shooting guard Harry Maggs rounding out the team.

Keep up to date with the Goannas progress through the official 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships website here: http://2015worlddeafbasketball.deafsports.org.tw/web/en/


The 2015 Australian Goannas: Mark Bilyj, Samuel Cartledge, Shane Crick, Halil Durnaoglu, Jake Harwood, Lachlan Jackson, Patrick Lane, Harry Maggs, Ben Morrison, Morgan Williams, Jordan Woolmer.