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Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - with Greg Hire

IF there was one word that could de­scribe the past few weeks, it would most cer­tainly be hec­tic.

Four weeks ago we were en route to the USA to em­bark on an op­por­tu­nity of a life­time.

Salt Lake City was our first stop with an en­counter against the Utah Jazz and un­for­tu­nately things did not go to plan. Let’s just say it was quite a hum­bling yet hu­mil­i­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The next stop was Den­ver, where we would pit our­selves against the Den­ver Nuggets. As com­peti­tors we want to go up against the best in the world and that’s ex­actly what we did when we were against NBA play­ers.

It was def­i­nitely a bucket list mo­ment for me. I will never have the chance to rep­re­sent my coun­try at the Olympics, World Cup or Qual­i­fiers, so to go head to head against Dono­van Mitchell and Nikola Jo­kic, some of the best play­ers in the world, is some­thing I will al­ways cher­ish.

It was a quick turn­around as we then headed to­wards Ade­laide to play the first reg­u­lar sea­son game of the 2018-19 NBL sea­son.

There has been move­ment in the off sea­son with ros­ter changes and it’s al­ways an in­ter­est­ing time of the year to see where teams line up.

Ade­laide is an ex­tremely tough place to play with pas­sion­ate fans, so to walk away with a win was ex­tremely pleas­ing.

To back up against Illawarra Hawks on Sun­day and come away with a dom­i­nant win re­ally so­lid­i­fied a suc­cess­ful few weeks and leaves us with plenty of growth but pos­i­tive signs.

Lastly, I wanted to touch on the sad pass­ing of Eleanor Ben­dat. Ev­ery in­ter­ac­tion I had with her was an ab­so­lute de­light and I will miss those mo­ments; she was an in­cred­i­ble lady.

Above: Greg Hire in ac­tion against the Utah Jazz. Inset: A minute’s si­lence be­fore the game against Illawarra for Eleanor Ben­dat.

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