Gators on roll first up
Evan Gaskin (left) and Josh Williams played for the Shepparton Rolla Gators in their first match on Saturday night. Neville Thorn’s side defeated the Bendigo Wheelchair Braves 31-18 and it is hoped the teams can have a rematch in the future.
The Shepparton Rolla Gators took to the court for the first time on Saturday night.
Playing against the Bendigo Wheelchair Braves, Neville Thorn’s side took the honours 31-18.
‘‘We had a win, which is a good start,’’ he said.
‘‘It was pretty close right the way through and it was good to get the guys out there and have a roll.’’
Every Rolla Gator spent time on the court during the win, and Thorn said his team was grateful for the support it received from the crowd.
‘‘Any more than five people is a crowd for us, so it was good to play in front of 30 or 40 people by the end of it,’’ he said.
‘‘I was very pleased with our effort, and it’s great when you can be applauded for a good basket or something like that.’’
While there is no second match locked in for Thorn’s side just yet, he encouraged everyone to continue supporting the Rolla Gators by coming to training on Tuesdays from 6 pm at the Shepparton Sports Stadium.
A possible rematch with the Braves could be staged next month, with the Bendigo side travelling to Geelong.
‘‘There’s no confirmation yet, but hopefully this game will generate more interest,’’ Thorn said.
Greater Shepparton Basketball Association manager Tony Long confirmed his organisation’s continued support for the initiative.
‘‘It was a really entertaining game and everyone enjoyed it, which is what we want,’’ he said.
Wheely good time: Shepparton Rolla Gators playing-coach Neville Thorn was thrilled following his side’s convincing win in its inaugural match.
Sizing up: Shepparton Rolla Gators player Josh Williams lines up the basket during the Gators’ first match on Saturday night.
Superstar: Evan Gaskin has been an influential member of the side.