Crocs’ Blitz boost

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH liam. but­ter­worth@ news. com. au

T OWNSVIL L E C r o c o d i l e s chair­man An­drew Gisinger is con­fi­dent host­ing the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League’s pre- sea­son blitz will be another step in the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion process for the re­build­ing club.

The Crocs and NBL yesterday an­nounced the eight- team round robin pre- sea­son tour­na­ment will be head­ing to Townsville be­tween Septem­ber 24 and 27 in another boost for the club since com­ing out of vol­un­tary ad­min­is­tra­tion in May.

The tour­na­ment will see 12 bas­ket­ball games played in the city be­tween Townsville RSL Sta­dium and the Townsville En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre over the four days, and the Crocs hope to bring in the crowds by try­ing to con­nect with the en­tire North Queens­land re­gion.

Aside from the on- court en­ter­tain­ment, the club is plan­ning to use the pro­file of all the play­ers by run­ning a “su­per camp” for ju­niors – given the tour­na­ment is in school hol­i­days – as well as mak­ing char­ity ap­pear­ances and hold­ing com­mu­nity events.

Gisinger hoped that would help boost the Crocs’ sea­son mem­ber­ship and reg­u­lar crowd num­bers, given the club is again re­build­ing af­ter two years of strug­gle.

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