Subs in strong spot to sur­face

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON

SPORT­ING a favourite player’s num­ber can now be more than a dec­la­ra­tion of faith, thanks to smart jer­seys un­veiled this week­end by Nike as part of its new part­ner­ship with the NBA.

A tap of a smart­phone to a la­bel on the jersey al­lows the wearer a real- time look at Kevin Du­rant’s sta­tis­tics, Blake Grif­fin’s post- match press con­fer­ence or even the mu­sic playlist an NBA star uses to get mo­ti­vated be­fore a game.

The hi- tech kit was un­veiled on Fri­day in a show fea­tur­ing rap­per Travis Scott, Golden State War­riors su­per­star Du­rant and Los An­ge­les Clip­pers stand­out Grif­fin.

Frank Nti­lik­ina, the French sen­sa­tion poised to launch his first NBA cam­paign with the New York Knicks, was also on hand to tout the tech­nol­ogy that will be avail­able world­wide on Septem­ber 29.

Ste­fan Olan­der, Nike vice pres­i­dent in charge of dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion, says the jer­seys, em­bed­ded with a NFC ( near field com­mu­ni­ca­tion) chip will bring cus­tomers closer to the game than ever.

“We have ac­cess to con­tent that can­not be found else­where and we bring this unique added value to our cus­tomers with this jersey,” Olan­der said.

Nike be­comes the of­fi­cial sup­plier to the NBA and its 30 teams in the 2017- 18 sea­son, which starts on Oc­to­ber 20, re­plac­ing Adi­das.

Signed in June 2015, ex­perts put the con­tract’s value in the re­gion of $ 1 bil­lion. SUB­UR­BAN Parks be­lieve they are on the way to­wards mak­ing amends for last week­end’s dis­ap­point­ing Townsville cricket sea­son start af­ter notch­ing up 189 runs against Wan­der­ers.

Daniel Gartrell ( 78) and Trent Walsh ( 33) formed a cru­cial 92- run part­ner­ship to guide Subs to­wards their strong po­si­tion, which got stronger af­ter Subs took the wicket of Wan­der­ers opener Philip An­gel on the day’s last ball to have them at 1- 6 af­ter eight overs.

Subs got their premier­ship de­fence off to rocky be­gin­nings af­ter suf­fer­ing an out­right de­feat against Norths in Round 1, with Subs un­able to pass the 130- run mark in both of their in­nings.

“It was a bit of a rocket up the back­side,” Subs cap­tain Mark Ta­viani said.

“It was frus­trat­ing to start our sea­son off like we did, con­sid­er­ing how well we fin­ished last sea­son

“But we were a lot bet­ter this time and we’re def­i­nitely happy with our ap­pli­ca­tion.

“It was a thick out­field, which is ob­vi­ously not re­ally the case any­where in Townsville at the mo­ment, so to get that score was pretty good.”

Subs re­tained the bulk of last sea­son’s pre­mier­ship­win­ning squad, with only Colby Ward and Stephen Tay­lor miss­ing from their 2017- 18 side.

Tay­lor could be back later in the year, but Ta­viani said he had full faith in his squad to re­main in the premier­ship mix.

Wan­der­ers will still be con­fi­dent of be­ing in the hunt fol­low­ing their Round 1 win over grand fi­nal­ists Saints, al­though Ta­viani is back­ing his bowlers.

“We’ve got the side to de­fend that to­tal,” he said.

Wests have put them­selves in prime po­si­tion af­ter mak­ing 7- 269 af­ter bat­ting out the full 80 overs at JCU Oval.

Saints bowlers Chris Thiele ( 2- 27), Clay Pierce ( 2- 57) and Matt Bur­ton ( 2- 63) did their best to keep the pres­sure on Wests, who scored a com­pre­hen­sive first- in­nings win against Brothers in Round 1.

Norths have given them­selves ev­ery chance of con­tin­u­ing their win­ning start to the sea­son af­ter post­ing a 181run tar­get against Brothers at John McCul­loch Oval.

Coen Harker ( 63), Ty Snow ( 47) and Zac Myles ( 31) stood tall for Norths, and Brothers will start their chase this week­end at 2- 40.

SOLID EF­FORT: Saints’ Matthew Bur­ton took two wick­ets against Wests. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

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