New­ley ready to seize re­demp­tion shot

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

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.

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