United’s China test

Sunday Herald Sun - - Racing - GIL­BERT GAR­DINER gil­bert.gar­diner@news.com.au

MELBOURNE United star Chris Gould­ing is hop­ing to be fit for to­day’s pre-sea­son friendly against the Chi­nese na­tional bas­ket­ball team.

Gould­ing, 28, will be a game-time de­ci­sion af­ter com­ing down with a bug.

But the sharp­shooter could not be hap­pier with his sur­gi­cally re­paired an­kle af­ter a short stint in the United States, where he com­pleted in­ten­sive skills train­ing to build on his game and fit­ness.

“You can run around a court as much as you want but ac­tual games are what get your proper fit­ness back up,” Gould­ing told the Sun­day Her­ald Sun.

“I’m chomp­ing at the bit to get back out there, my an­kle is feel­ing re­ally good; it’s just un­for­tu­nate I’ve been hit with this sick­ness and my train­ing has suf­fered a lit­tle bit.

“I feel a hun­dred times bet­ter on that an­kle than I did last year so I’m look­ing for­ward to the (NBL) sea­son.”

A strong core of United play­ers will take on the Chi­nese, in­clud­ing David An­der­sen, Ma­jok Ma­jok and Kyle Ad­nam, and for­mer Syd­ney Kings devel­op­ment player and Fre­man­tle Dockers rookie Craig Moller who is set to make his de­but in Melbourne.

But Gould­ing said the game would be a good op­por­tu­nity to get used to new coach Dean Vick­er­man’s style.

“Dean and the coach­ing staff have been big on that, right from the get-go ... who­ever steps into that Melbourne United uni­form, there’s a style of play that you have to bring your­self up to and hope­fully we can put that a lit­tle bit on show on Sun­day,” Gould­ing said.

Gould­ing plans to use the friendly and up­com­ing United scrim­mages to pre­pare for the Boomers’ maiden FIBA Asia Cup tilt in Le­banon next month.

“There’s quite a big buzz about this game against the Chi­nese bas­ket­ball team (and) that bodes well for the up­com­ing sea­son,” Gould­ing said.

Pic­ture: JAY TOWN

Melbourne United star Chris Gould­ing shows China’s Wu Qian the top of the town.

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