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NBL1 To Celebrate Indigenous Round

NBL1 To Celebrate Indigenous Round

NBL1 will celebrate Indigenous Round this week to recognise the important role played by Indigenous Australians in the national basketball community.


All referees will wear a special Indigenous uniform displaying the Basketball Victoria Indigenous emblem and several teams will stage a Welcome to Country before their games.


There are 15 players, including eight men and seven women, registered as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders in NBL1. They are:

Taran Armstrong - Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence

Chris Patton - Kilsyth Cobras

William Hickey - Melbourne Tigers

Tamuri Wigness - Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence

Jaden Weldon - Southern Sabres

Deba George - Albury-Wodonga Bandits

Tre Armstrong - North West Thunder

Joel Beveridge - North West Thunder

Katie Bugden - Melbourne Tigers

Brianna Gregory - Diamond Valley Eagles

Eliza van de Kamp - Hobart Huskies

Shelby Britten - Eltham Wildcats

Paige French - Launceston Tornadoes

Sian Gillam - Eltham Wildcats

Alex Wilson - Diamond Valley Eagles


NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said: “Indigenous Australians have played an important role in the development of Australian basketball with the likes of Patty Mills and Nate Jawai playing in the NBL and NBA.


“We are delighted that we have a number of Indigenous players in NBL1 and we are committed to working with Indigenous Australia to ensure we continue to create pathways for Indigenous players in our game.”


The Nunwading Spectres are scheduled to host local rivals, Kilsyth Cobras Saturday night with the women’s game tipping off at 5:30pm followed by the men’s game at 7:30pm.


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