For­mer Crocs stars book ticket to Beirut in Boomers squad

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

FOR­MER Townsville Croc­o­diles stars Mitch Nor­ton and Todd Blanch­field have won se­lec­tion for the Aus­tralia Boomers Asia Cup team.

Townsville prod­uct North and Mackay ju­nior Blanch­field showed enough in the re­cent se­lec­tion camp to earn a spot in coach An­dej Le­ma­nis’ 12- man squad for the tour­na­ment.

Olympians David An­der­sen and Brad New­ley head­line a host of Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League ( NBL) tal­ent to com­pete in Aus­tralia’s first foray into the Asia Cup, held in Le­banon from Au­gust 8- 20.

Nor­ton has thrived since the demise of the Croc­o­diles in the NBL, with the for­mer Townsville cap­tain ex­celling for the Illawarra Hawks last year in their run to the grand fi­nal series.

Blanch­field has en­joyed suc­cess with Mel­bourne United since leav­ing the Crocs the year be­fore they be­came ex­tinct, and the swing­man will link with the Syd­ney Kings for the 201718 sea­son

All Aus­tralian NBL clubs are rep­re­sented in the squad and head coach Le­ma­nis was im­pressed with the at­ti­tude of all his play­ers at the Gold Coast se­lec­tion camp.

“It is a great op­por­tu­nity for the first- timers to get that in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence with the Boomers which will serve us well as we progress through the qual­i­fi­ca­tion process,” said the Boomers head coach.

“I know how much it means to them to be in a Boomers en­vi­ron­ment and ev­ery time you are around them, it re­minds you just how lucky we are to be in­volved in a won­der­ful pro­gram with won­der­ful peo­ple.”

The Boomers will stay in camp un­til Thurs­day, July 27, be­fore head­ing to Beirut, Le­banon, on Au­gust 2 for a series of prac­tices and a lead- in game be­fore their first of­fi­cial game on Au­gust 8.

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