Break­ers to play in Taranaki

Stratford Press - - Health & Wellbeing -

Sport Taranaki has con­firmed the Skyc­ity Break­ers will play the Cairns Taipans in New Ply­mouth early next year.

Tak­ing the NBL com­pe­ti­tion to wider New Zealand has al­ways been an am­bi­tion of the Break­ers, and gen­eral man­ager Dil­lon Boucher says he is thrilled to bring a sea­son game to Taranaki.

“The bas­ket­ball com­mu­nity is very strong in Taranaki so it was an ob­vi­ous choice when de­cid­ing who would host this date.

“New Ply­mouth is my home town and the place where I first started play­ing bas­ket­ball. I can re­mem­ber idol­is­ing the play­ers in the New Zealand NBL and want­ing to play at that level, so to now have the op­por­tu­nity to bring the Skyc­ity Break­ers to town and hope­fully in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of play­ers is some­thing very spe­cial.”

Sport Taranaki com­mer­cial man­ager Therese Camp­bell says Sport Taranaki has sup­ported two pre­vi­ous pre­sea­son games in New Ply­mouth and is thrilled to now be bring­ing an ac­tual NBL sea­son game here.

“To say Sport Taranaki is ex­cited to bring a sport­ing fix­ture of this cal­i­bre to the re­gion is an un­der­state­ment. This is a pas­sion­ate bas­ket­ball re­gion and the sport is grow­ing at un­prece­dented rates.”

She says there were a few ma­jor hur­dles to se­cure the game around bas­ket­ball equip­ment at the TSB sta­dium not meet­ing NBL stan­dards.

“For­tu­nately ne­go­ti­a­tions with Ro­torua City Coun­cil have en­abled New Ply­mouth to se­cure a hire ar­range­ment for the equip­ment to make the game pos­si­ble.

“The Sport Taranaki Board has taken a leap of faith to make this hap­pen. Sport Taranaki is con­fi­dent with the en­cour­age­ment we have re­ceived from our Board, TSB Sta­dium man­age­ment, Ven­ture Taranaki, NPDC, TSB Com­mu­nity Trust and spon­sors to date that we can

do this. Come Jan­uary we need bas­ket­ball fans from not only Taranaki but the rest of New Zealand to pack out the TSB Sta­dium and make the Skyc­ity Break­ers game a huge suc­cess.”

■ The game is on Jan­uary 24, ticket de­tails avail­able shortly.

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