Slam­mers’ early road test, nine Satur­day night home games in 2019

South Western Times - - Sport - Justin Fris

The SBL for­mally re­leased its 2019 sea­son fix­ture yes­ter­day, with the Printsync South West Slam­mers men’s and women’s pro­grams handed in­trigu­ing sched­ules.

In the men’s fix­ture, John Triscari’s side open their cam­paign at home to the East Perth Ea­gles on Sun­day, March 17, at 2pm.

It will be a quick turn­around, with the squad then head­ing to Ger­ald­ton the next Satur­day for one of the long­est bus trips (581km) in the league as they take on the Buc­ca­neers.

They then re­turn home the next Satur­day and take on peren­nial post-sea­son threat Wil­let­ton.

The fi­nal three weeks of the sea­son could also prove chal­leng­ing – par­tic­u­larly if a play­offs spot is on the line – with re­turn du­els against the Buccs (home), Tigers (away) and Gold­fields Giants (away) in the fi­nal round of the sea­son.

In the women’s draw, Nathan Grover’s side open at home against the 2017 wooden spoon Ea­gles, be­fore fac­ing three top four sides – Tigers, Red­backs and Light­ning – from last sea­son in a gru­elling stretch.

Both se­nior Slam­mers pro­grams will host 13 home games at the Ea­ton Recre­ation Cen­tre in 2019.

Of those matches, two will be played on Fri­day night and Sun­day af­ter­noon, with the re­main­der played on Satur­day nights.

Slam­mers vice-chair­man Steve Hawkins was pleased over­all with the out­come of the sched­ule.

“We worked re­ally closely with BWA in achiev­ing ideal out­comes for the fix­ture,” he said.

“BWA were re­ally ac­com­mo­dat­ing with what we needed in terms of be­ing able to max­imise our at­ten­dances. We are happy with our Fri­day and Satur­day night games and were keen to limit our Sun­day af­ter­noon games dur­ing the WABL ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion sea­son.”

2019 SBL sea­son – key dates

Week 1: Sun­day, March 17 v East Perth Ea­gles at Ea­ton Recre­ation Cen­tre; WSBL grand fi­nal: Fri­day, Au­gust 30; MSBL grand fi­nal: Satur­day, Au­gust 31.

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