The Australian Boomers Are In Melbourne This Week To Play FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

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If you are an Australian that loves basketball, the Boomers likely have a pretty special place in your heart. It’s a group of guys that all take the honour of representing the green and gold incredibly seriously – just listen to Patty Mills talk about how much being the flag bearer meant to him – and constantly punch above their weight on the global stage. Winning their first medal in last year’s Olympics definitely felt like a long time coming, but it’s honestly just the beginning for these lads. Now, the Australian Boomers will turn their attention to the 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

For this third window of 2023 World Cup qualifiers, we are lucky enough to have the Boomers playing on home soil. Taking on China on 30 June and 3 July, as well as Japan on 1 July, the Boomers will headline John Cain Arena in Melbourne. 36,500 fans are expected to attend the FIBA Asian Qualifying Series, with the international broadcast projected to reach 150 million households.

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While none of the Aussies currently playing in the NBA are expected to suit up this time around, being at these games is probably still well worth the price of a ticket. Three-time Olympian and bronze medallist Matthew Dellavedova will be playing alongside young guys like NBA G-League 7-footer Thon Maker, as well as Melbourne United Championship player and former-Duke University captain Jack White. Of course, we also have legendary coach Brian Goorjian in charge, reuniting with the national team for the first time since attaining bronze glory in Tokyo.

“I’m very excited to be coaching the Boomers as we return to Melbourne to play on home soil. These games are important for us to qualify for the FIBA World Cup next year,” Goorjian said.

“We expect China and Japan to be tough competitors, so the fans are in for some great games. John Cain Arena is a terrific stadium for basketball and we look forward to the fans coming out in their green and gold to support our team.”

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