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17 Oct 2018
It’s taken 15 years but the SKYCITY Breakers are heading back to Wellington where they will play the Illawara Hawks on 14 February 2019.
To be played at the TSB Arena, it will be the first Australian National Basketball League (NBL) game in Wellington since 2004 when the SKYCITY Breakers hosted the Cairns Taipans.
The team are stacked with former Cigna Saints players including Corey Webster and Shea Ili who both won the Most Valuable Player award for the Wellington franchise, local star player Jordan Ngatai, Australian import star Majok Majok, and US pro Tai Wesley.
SKYCITY Breakers head coach Kevin Braswell will be well known to fans too, having previously taken the Cigna Saints to three straight National Basketball League (NBL) grand finals, winning two titles along the way.
Coach Braswell says the SKYCITY Breakers are already eyeing up the match in Wellington with relish.
“It’s been a long time since Wellington’s basketball fans had the opportunity to attend a Breakers game in the Capital. We can’t wait to turn up and put on a show.”
Basketball lover and Cigna Saints owner Nick Mills played an instrumental role in helping bring the SKYCITY Breakers to Wellington.
“After many years of trying to enter a Wellington team into the NBL, the next best thing was to showcase the highly successful SKYCITY Breakers in Wellington and expose just how good they and the NBL are. It is a very exciting opportunity for Wellington and a great chance to show off our city to those who travel to watch the game.”
WREDA’s Events and Experiences General Manager Warrick Dent expects tickets to the clash – which go on sale through Ticketmaster at noon, 18th of October – to be in hot demand at a time when basketball is experiencing strong growth in the Wellington region.
“Basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in Wellington, in particular in colleges. Added to that is a large and loyal adult basketball following in the Wellington region who, I’m sure, will clamour to see New Zealand’s only fully-professional team take on the Illawarra Hawks. It’ll be basketball at its best.”
As part of the SKYCITY Breakers visit, a programme of events in the wider Wellington region is being developed. Details will be released closer to matchday.