The Millicent Basketball Association will be once again holding the annual Coopers 4 team challenge held at the Peter Seebohm Stadium this year. The round robin tournament will be held on Friday the 2nd, Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th of March.
The 4 team challenge welcomes back the regular Mount Gambier Pioneers whom compete in this challenge annually and the Woodville Warriors who are returning from last years’ experience. Two new teams are being introduced to the competition; Eltham Wildcats and the South Adelaide Panthers. All four teams will look to showcase their full squads and present an exhilarating basketball atmosphere for the local community. In the previous years the standard has been set extremely high and there are no doubts that the competition is going to exceed the expectations and provide amusing and professional basketball to the crowd.
In talking to the Castec Rural Supplies Pioneers Coach Richard Hill it was obvious he is very excited about the upcoming season and the lead in to it.
“It was great to have the team together for the first time last week. Generally we are in great shape and the guys have worked very hard in the off season”
“The group is pumped and anxious to get into some “real” basketball after 2 months of individual skill and physical preparation”
“The Millicent tournament is always a huge part of our pre-season, this year will be no different. Integrating Kyle, and Lewis into the group will be a priority for us.” Hill said.
The Pioneers will be missing Majok Deng, still at the 36ers, Chol Luk who will be rehabbing an achilles strain and Brad Hill is on a restricted program after ankle surgery and will play limited minutes.
Local Millicent player Josh Murphy will join the squad to help our front court depth. He is a talented young player and this will be a great experience for him.
“I would encourage Pioneer supporters to check out the action on the weekend, it is always a very competitive and well run tournament and will be the only chance to see your team
in action without travelling to Geelong or Melbourne before round two of the SEABL season” Coach Hill concluded.