Glory hunt is back where it all began
Aussie Games link as Gareth aims high
It’s gone full circle for Rutherglen’s Gareth Murray as basketball returns to the Commonwealth Games schedule for the first time since 2006.
The 33-year-old was part of the Scotland team which managed just one win in Melbourne in his first big senior competition.
And now he’s back in Australia on its beautiful Gold Coast with the hope his experience will stand him and his team in good stead this time around.
Speaking from Team Scotland’s headquarters in Oz, Murray said: “I was only 21 at the time of my first Scotland senior men’s tournament in Melbourne.
“It was my first year as a professional as well as my first major tournament and first time playing for senior men’s Scotland. So coming back here the next time basketball is involved in the Commonwealth Games is a great feeling.
“It’s good to be around other athletes in this village here but everybody is looking for their main goal.
“We’re looking forward to it and there should be good atmosphere. Basketball is one of the main sports in Australia as well so hopefully there will be a good crowd, but it’s about winning games for us.”
Mu r r a y is among eight individuals to represent their country- as well as Rutherglen and Cambuslang - Down Under.
He joins Bethan Goodwin, Joanne Pettitt, Emily Nicholl, coach Karen McElveen, Nicola McLeery (netball), Vicky Glover (boxing) and Cambuslang Harriers’ triathlete Grant Sheldon.
After taking to the sport during high school in Arbroath, Murray gained international caps at under-16 and under-18 level before travelling to America.
Since his return, Murray has gone on to play in France, Plymouth and Cheshire before rejoining the Glasgow Rocks.
He now leads his nation into battle from April 14, in pool B and will compete against India, Cameroon and England, who placed third in the 2006 Games, for a place in the semi finals.
The Scots have also recently changed coach to Australian Rob Beveridge and Murray believes the move can only help their cause.
He said: “Rob is a smart guy and is well known throughout the world, especially in Australia. He’s helping us a lot and teaching a lot of new things to the guys.
“I don’t think there could have been anybody better for the job.”
Team Scotland Cambuslang Harriers’ triathlete Grant Sheldon will also feature in the 2018 Commonwealth Games
Big hitter Rutherglen boxer Vicky Glover is aiming to make an impact on the Gold Coast
Net gains Gareth Murray in training ahead of the Commonwealth Games