Broncos set to buck Central Districts
Friday, 21st February, 2020
By Callum Marshall
An exhibition match between the Broken Hill Broncos basketball team and Adelaide’s Central Districts will take place here this weekend in what should be a cracker of a game.
It’ll be the first time in over 20 years that a men’s Broncos team has played, with the match coming together through recent conversations between the local Basketball Association and Central Districts.
“It all came about from a guy that’s linked with Central Districts, and we just started chatting and threw the idea about these guys coming up and just putting on a bit of an exhibition game,” said local Basketball Association President Steve Lihou.
“We haven’t had a men’s Broncos team for a lot of years, so we had to form a team to start with and (were looking for) anyone that was going to be interested in playing against these premier league players.
“And then all of sudden everything started gelling together, and all the boys showed a heap of interest that they were definitely keen to do something like this.”
Steve said the weekend’s event was pretty exciting and should see some great talent on display.
“Central Districts have got three or four American imports in their team who’ve only just flown in, in the last few days,” he said.
“It’s going to be massive for them because it’s their first time in Australia by all accounts, and also to come straight out to the outback is going to be an eye-opener for them.
“They’re a pretty classy side, but these boys have been training for probably about six to eight weeks as well, getting ready for it.
He said a lot of time and effort had been put into the weekend’s big event.
“We had a really strong committee that’s been fully committed,” said Steve.
“We’ve had a lot of volunteers that have helped us along the way, a lot of businesses, our sponsorship. We wouldn’t be in this situation if we didn’t have great sponsors.
“So we’re asking the community to come out and support this one-off event that hasn’t happened in the town for a lot of years.”
The Broncos team will be coached by Broncos legend Jay Tremelling, who played for Geelong and West Sydney in the NBL during the 80s, as well as Lithgow in the South East Australian Basketball League.
“I’ve only been with the lads for a few weeks, and I hadn’t really seen a lot of their game style before so we’re going to figure it out as we go along,” said Jay.
“It’s a work in progress, and hopefully we can put up a bit of a fight against this top division side in Adelaide.”
He said the last time the Broncos had a men’s team was 1995.
“That was probably the last year of the Broncos season in the South Australian invitational,” said Jay.
“I was assistant coach and played.
“We won the competition four out of the five years and lost in seven overtimes in the last one.
“We had a pretty proud history.
“The women used to play as well, and they dominated in minor rounds most seasons, and just couldn’t get over the line in the finals.
“But we were lucky enough to go ahead and played a good brand of basketball.”
For this weekend’s game, Jay said defence would be key.
“We don’t really want to let them get too far out because then the pressure’s on,” he said.
“So we’ll have to look at a little bit of physicality.
“They might not be used to it, just try and put them off their game.”
A great crowd turnout would certainly help, he said.
“We used to get 600-800 in the stadium when we were playing years ago,” said Jay.
“Be good to get even half of that.
“It’d be a really good start I’d reckon and hopefully we can branch out from there and get it up and going again.”
Alongside the main game, a unisex under 12s game will take place beforehand.
Full canteen facilities and a BBQ will also be available, with a DJ providing entertainment for the night and a number of raffles taking place as well, with one prize including a signed ball by players from NBL side the Adelaide 36s.
WHAT: Exhibition basketball match between Broncos and Central Districts
WHEN: Saturday, from 5pm, main event at 7pm
WHERE: R K Sanderson Basketball Stadium
COST: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5-15, free for under 5s. $20 for families (2 adults, 2 children)