Newley ready to seize redemption shot
BRAD Newley will never forget the day he missed out on the Boomers squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Like a sharp pain straight to the heart, Newley still get shivers at the thought of being cut in the final pre-tournament camp. It was a setback he used to fuel his stellar 2016-17 NBL campaign with the Sydney Kings.
Almost 12 months on, Newley gets his shot at redemption after being selected in a 20man Boomers squad for a camp on the Gold Coast next month to prepare for the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon (August 8-20). The veteran swingman was one of four Sydney players selected alongside skipper Kevin Lisch, Jason Cadee and new recruit Todd Blanchfield.
A final team of 12 will be selected after the camp. For Newley, it will be an invaluable chance to prove he is far from a spent force on the international stage.
“It’s always a great thing to play for Australia,” said Newley, who has represented the Boomers at three World Championships and two Olympics dating back to 2006.
“It’s good to still be involved with the program. I look at that list of players and I just want to come in and be an experienced guy around the place and help out some of the newer players and show them what you need to do to be at that level. I’m realistic, I know there are guys missing going forward in terms of World Cups and those types of things but without us there is no World Cup so we just have to do our best. Who knows, maybe some of us can jag a spot on the main team.”
Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis will look far and wide to choose players for the World Cup Asian qualifiers which start in November.
“The new qualification system means that the team must be fluid,” he said.