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BRISBANE BULLETS READY TO FIRE AGAINST PHOENIX SUNS

BRISBANE BULLETS READY TO FIRE AGAINST PHOENIX SUNS

12/10/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 24449475

 

 

 
BRISBANE BULLETS READY TO FIRE AGAINST PHOENIX SUNS
 
 

The Brisbane Bullets are hoping to repeat the heroics of Melbourne United when they take on NBA team the Phoenix Suns this Saturday.
 
The Bullets have arrived in Phoenix to begin preparing for the game and are confident they can take it up to their more fancied NBA opponents.
 
Earlier this week Melbourne went within a whisker of defeating NBA powerhouse Oklahoma City Thunder, going down by a solitary point, 86-85, in a performance that underlined the strength of the NBL.
 
Brisbane’s clash with Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort Arena is the final of three historic  NBL-NBA games and will be broadcast live on ESPN and NBA League Pass from 1pm this Saturday, October 14.
 
Click here to download vision of Andrej Lemanis, Stephen Holt, Adam Gibson as well as Bullets fill-in players Grant Jerrett and Zach Andrews
 
Meanwhile round two of the Hungry Jack’s NBL Season starts tonight when Cairns play Adelaide at the Cairns Convention Centre. It will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS at 7.30pm AEDT.

 

 
BRISBANE BULLETS READY TO FIRE AGAINT PHOENIX SUNS
 
 

The Brisbane Bullets are hoping to repeat the heroics of Melbourne United when they take on NBA team the Phoenix Suns this Saturday.
 
The Bullets have arrived in Phoenix to begin preparing for the game and are confident they can take it up to their more fancied NBA opponents.
 
Earlier this week Melbourne went within a whisker of defeating NBA powerhouse Oklahoma City Thunder, going down by a solitary point, 86-85, in a performance that underlined the strength of the NBL.
 
Brisbane’s clash with Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort Arena is the final of three historic  NBL-NBA games and will be broadcast live on ESPN and NBA League Pass from 1pm this Saturday, October 14.
 
Click here to download vision of Andrej Lemanis, Stephen Holt, Adam Gibson as well as Bullets fill-in players Grant Jerrett and Zach Andrews
 
Meanwhile round two of the Hungry Jack’s NBL Season starts tonight when Cairns play Adelaide at the Cairns Convention Centre. It will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS at 7.30pm AEDT.

2017-18 HUNGRY JACK’S NBL SEASON – ROUND 2

2017-18 HUNGRY JACK’S NBL SEASON – ROUND 2

11/10/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 24437737
   

 
2017-18 HUNGRY JACK’S NBL SEASON – ROUND 2
 
 

Just days after it almost claimed the scalp of NBA powerhouse Oklahoma City Thunder, Melbourne United will head to Adelaide this weekend as it looks to continue its strong start to the 2017-18 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season.
 
A huge crowd is expected at Titanium Stadium Arena in what shapes as one of the biggest games of the round as the Adelaide 36ers look to avenge last week’s two point loss to Melbourne in last week’s opening round.
 
While Melbourne will again be without Chris Goulding who missed last week’s game with appendicitis, it will be buoyed by its narrow one-point loss to OKC in the NBA pre-season and the performances of high profile imports Casper Ware, Casey Prather and Josh Boone.
 
NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said: “It’s been a huge week for Australian basketball with the opening round of the 2017-18 Hungry Jack’s NBL season and Melbourne’s historic game against NBA powerhouse OKC. We’ve shown we can match it with the world’s best and the NBL has world class stars and is among the leading basketball leagues in the world.
 
“We saw a record opening round crowd for an NBL game – 13,403 – watch the Wildcats defeat the Brisbane Bullets at Perth Arena last Saturday night and there’s a high level of excitement among the fans about the season ahead. We also can’t wait to see how the Bullets will perform against the Phoenix Suns this Saturday in the final of our three NBL-NBA games.”
 
Adelaide will head to Cairns to take on the top of the table Taipans to kick off the round tomorrownight. Cairns will be without star Nate Jawai after he was ruled out with a foot injury sustained in last Friday’s win over Illawarra.
 
Reigning champions Perth Wildcats will play Illawarra at Perth Arena on Friday night in a rematch of last year’s Grand Final while Sydney will travel to New Zealand to play the Breakers on Fridaynight before returning to Qudos Bank Arena for its clash with Illawarra on Sunday. 
 
Brisbane will play the Phoenix Suns this Saturday at 1:00pm AEDT. It will be broadcast live on ESPN and NBA League Pass.
 
Hungry Jack’s NBL Round 2 (all times are local)
 
Thursday October 12
Cairns v Adelaide, Cairns Convention Centre, 6.30pm
Live FOX SPORTS 503
Friday October 13
New Zealand v Sydney, Spark Arena, 7.30pm
Live FOX SPORTS 503
Perth v Illawarra, Perth Arena, 6.30pm
Live FOX SPORTS 503
Saturday October 14
Adelaide v Melbourne, Titanium Security Arena, 5pm
Live FOX SPORTS 503 and SBS VICELAND
Sunday October 15
Sydney v Illawarra, Qudos Bank Arena, 3pm
Live FOX SPORTS 503 and SBS         

NBL ANNOUNCES HOYTS AS OFFICIAL CINEMA PARTNER

NBL ANNOUNCES HOYTS AS OFFICIAL CINEMA PARTNER

10/10/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 24429901
   

 
NBL ANNOUNCES HOYTS AS OFFICIAL CINEMA PARTNER
 
 

The National Basketball League (NBL) has announced cinema giant HOYTS will continue as the Official Cinema Partner for the 2017/18 Hungry Jack’s NBL season.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said the NBL was delighted to have HOYTS continue its partnership for the third NBL season

“The relationship is very complimentary for both brands, as the NBL and HOYTS are both premium lifestyle brands that appeal to both a young demographic and families,” he said.

“We look forward to creating further opportunities with HOYTS as we look to position basketball as the number-one summer entertainment sport in Australia.”

HOYTS CEO Damian Keogh said its ongoing relationship with the NBL strengthened its  commitment to entertainment.

“Cinema, just like sport, is enjoyed by people of all ages and is a shared entertainment experience. This partnership provides both HOYTS and the NBL the opportunity to engage with people who love to be entertained,” he said.

The partnership will see the NBL’s latest “NBL LIVE” commercial played across HOYTS cinemas in Australia as part of the pre-show advertising.

HOYTS and the NBL will continue to partner on a number of consumer promotions across mutually beneficial markets throughout the season.

The 2017-18 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season opened last week with Round 1 seeing a record crowd at Perth Arena to watch the Perth Wildcats and Brisbane Bullets.

All games are broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 503.

MELBOURNE UNITED SHAKE THE THUNDER

MELBOURNE UNITED SHAKE THE THUNDER

09/10/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 24417605
   

 
MELBOURNE UNITED SHAKE THE THUNDER
 
 

Melbourne United has gone agonisingly close to pulling off one of the biggest upsets in world basketball, going down to Oklahoma City Thunder by just one point in their historic NBL-NBA clash.
 
Against all expectations, Melbourne pushed the NBA powerhouse to the brink and almost snatched victory in the dying seconds of the game at Chesespeake Energy Stadium in Oklahoma.
 
Trailing by one point, Melbourne’s Josh Boone went to the basket and had his shot blocked by OKC’s Josh Huestis with five seconds on the clock. Then United’s Casey Prather had his driving shot blocked by the same player as the Thunder hung on for the narrowest of wins.

Melbourne earned the respect of the basketball world and helped put the NBL on the map as it took it up to OKC with an aggressive and physical game. Casper Ware starred for Melbourne with nine of his 20 points in the final quarter while Boone had 15 points and nine rebounds, Tai Wesley scored 13 points and Prather 11 points.

After trash talking the Australians before the game, NBA MVP Russell Westbrook was kept to just nine points. Westbrook has scored double digits in 144 consecutive NBA games. Paul George’s 22 points led OKC while Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points and Kiwi superstar Steven Adams 12 points.

NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman declared after the game that the NBL had arrived as OKC Coach Billy Donovan also heaped praise on Melbourne.

Brisbane Bullets will play Phoenix Suns in the last of the three NBL-NBA games this Saturday at midday AEDT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and NBA League Pass.


Click here to download Game Highlights

Click here to download VNR with grabs from Russell Westbrook, Casper Ware, Dean Vickerman, Billy Donovan and Vince Crivelli

Click here to download on-air interview with NBL Executive Director and Owner Larry Kestelman

MELBOURNE DOWN ADELAIDE IN THRILLING START TO NBL SEASON

MELBOURNE DOWN ADELAIDE IN THRILLING START TO NBL SEASON

06/10/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 24383883

 
MELBOURNE DOWN ADELAIDE IN THRILLING START TO NBL SEASON
 
 

The NBL’s historic 40th season has kicked off with a bang Thursday night as the predicted champions Melbourne United stood up under some intense Adelaide pressure, winning 97-99 at Titanium Security Arena.

Melbourne, inspired by the occasion had a blockbusting 40-point third quarter behind some sweet three-point shooting and masterful playmaking from Casper Ware.

But Adelaide rode the wave and continued to make the visitors sweat, bridging the gap to within a single point in the last after United looked to blow the game open in the third term.

A Mitch Creek slam with five minutes left got the crowd into hysterics, as it went tit for tat down the stretch. Adelaide were down three with 14 seconds remaining and missed a potential game tying shot as Anthony Drmic pulled up from the corner.

It was the unfortunate dismissal of Adelaide’s import bigman Ronald Roberts midweek due to a knee injury that became arguably the deciding factor as they were outdone 52-41 on the boards; Melbourne had 27 second chance points to Adelaide’s 11.

Melbourne superstar Chris Goulding sat the opener out with suspected appendicitis.

Box Score

Full Game Highlights

Adelaide Press Conference Audio
Adelaide Press Conference Vision (Joey Wright and Nathan Sobey)

Melbourne Press Conference Audio
Melbourne Press Conference Vision (Dean Vickerman and Casey Prather)

THE BASKETBALL IS BETTER AT HUNGRY JACK'S

THE BASKETBALL IS BETTER AT HUNGRY JACK'S

05/10/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 24375898
   

 
 
 
 

Hungry Jack’s, home of the Whopper, is returning to Australian basketball as the naming rights partner of the National Basketball League.
 
Thirty years after it first signed as naming rights partner for the NBL, Hungry Jack’s has signed a naming rights agreement starting with the 2017-18 season.
 
The 2017-18 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season will start tonight with Adelaide 36ers vs Melbourne United at Titanium Security Arena and will mark the league’s 40th consecutive season.

The alliance between Hungry Jack’s and the NBL will reunite two powerful brands with Hungry Jack’s logo proudly positioned on NBL players’ jerseys, on-site branding and signage, an exclusive Hungry Jack’s Heritage Month in January and integrated advertising opportunities throughout the season across the NBL’s Australia-wide platform.

With more than a million avid basketball fans expected to attend 112 games and finals this season, Hungry Jack’s is looking forward to working closely with the NBL to make the Hungry Jack’s NBL season a success.

The naming rights partnership underlines Hungry Jack’s position as a major player in Australian sport sponsorship and reinforces its continued efforts to be a leader in innovation, bringing excitement to its customers not only through fresh, quality produce and better tasting food, but through engaging partnerships and promotions.

A video news release with vision of today's launch as well as interviews with Andrew Gaze and Jack Cowin will be available to media at approximately 4:30pm AEDT.

Hungry Jack’s Chief Marketing Officer, Scott Baird, said the sponsorship of the NBL reinforces Hungry Jack’s commitment to sport in Australia and to ‘Keeping It Real’, the company’s push for better food and better service in its restaurants and continued involvement in the community.
 
“Basketball is a thriving, high-energy sport with committed and loyal fans and Hungry Jack’s has chosen to become the exclusive Quick Service Restaurant partner to connect with these fans. We are excited to share and connect the NBL fan base with the Hungry Jack’s community through a truly national partnership,” Mr Baird said.

“We look forward to a successful and enjoyable Hungry Jack’s NBL season and the vast possibilities to integrate our two organisations’ plans in 2017-18 and play an integral part in growing the sport of basketball in Australia as we grow our network of restaurant in every state and territory,” he said.        
      
NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman welcomed Hungry Jack’s back to the NBL family.

“To have a brand like Hungry Jack’s once again become our naming rights partner is a significant moment for the NBL and a huge endorsement of the growth and direction of the league,” he said.
 
“This is an exciting time for the NBL. We start our 40th season tonight, we have just welcomed home Sydney Kings from their pre-season game against Utah Jazz and over the coming days Melbourne United will take on Oklahoma City Thunder and Brisbane Bullets against Phoenix Suns in the NBA preseason in a first for Australian basketball.

“Last year we saw record crowds attend NBL games across Australia and there are now over one million Australians playing basketball. There has been never been a better time for Australian basketball and the NBL and it’s great to have Hungry Jack’s back on board to share this exciting journey.
 
“I want to thank Jack Cowin and Hungry Jack’s for their support and we look forward to working with them in partnership to take basketball to even greater heights in his country.”
 
The 2017-18 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season start’s tonight 7.30pm AEDT on October 5 with every game broadcast live on FOX SPORTS.

 


About Hungry Jack’s:
Hungry Jack’s has been the home of the famous flame-grilled Whopper in Australia for over 40 years. Australians enjoy visiting Hungry Jack’s 400 plus restaurants nationwide for great tasting, fresh food. From delicious flame grilled-beef 100 per cent Aussie burgers with no added hormones to the succulent chicken menu items, brekky wraps and the great value Stunner meal, Hungry Jack’s is the destination for classic favourites and innovative new flavours. To learn more about Hungry Jack’s, please visit www.hungryjacks.com.au or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

TV COVERAGE OF NBL SET TO EXPAND IN 2017-18

TV COVERAGE OF NBL SET TO EXPAND IN 2017-18

04/10/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 24365197

 
TV COVERAGE OF NBL SET TO EXPAND IN 2017-18
 
 

Every game live on FOX SPORTS, expanded free to air television coverage on ABC and SBS and never before told stories of the stars of the NBL.

They are just some of the highlights of the coverage of 40th NBL season starting tomorrow Thursday October 5 when Adelaide 36ers play Melbourne United at Titanium Security Arena.

The coverage will be spearheaded by commentators Matt Russell, Anthony Hudson, Dwayne Russell, John Casey and Lachie Reid and include some of the biggest names in Australian basketball with over 2000 games of NBL experience.

They are four-time Olympian and former NBA player Shane Heal, four-time NBL Champion Shawn Redhage, NBL Hall of Famer Steve Carfino, 2010 NBL MVP Corey Williams, former NBL stars Cam Tregardh and James Harvey, former Sydney Kings captain Brad Rosen and dual NBL Champion Tommy Greer.

They will be joined courtside by Neroli Meadows, Abbey Gelmi, Alissa Smith and Jo Healy who will bring you all the latest news as it happens.

All 112 games and finals will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 503 with the NBL to also launch a new pre-game show at 5pm on Saturdays during the season.

Free to air TV coverage will triple this season with two games a week shown live on SBS Viceland at 5.30pm on Saturday and SBS at 3pm on Sunday.  The ABC will also broadcast Friday night games at 11pm during the season.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said coverage of the NBL would be bigger and better than any time in its history.

“This is a great endorsement of the strength of the NBL,” he said. “Fans are the big winners as we head into our 40th season and what promises to be the biggest and most exciting season in the NBL.

“As well as showing every game live on FOX SPORTS and tripling our free to air coverage on SBS and the ABC, we will profile the undisputed stars of the NBL, the players.

“There’s never been a better time for Australian basketball. This week the Sydney Kings became the first NBL team to play in the NBA pre-season when they played Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.

“This will be followed by Melbourne United v Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma on October 8and Brisbane Bullets v Phoenix Suns in Phoenix on October 13. This is a great way to start what should be a memorable season.”
 
THE 2017-18 NBL SEASON STARTS TOMORROW, THURSDAY OCTOBER 5 WHEN ADELAIDE PLAY MELBOURNE AT TITANIUM SECURITY ARENA AT 7PM (7.30PM AEDT) LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 503

LA TROBE FINANCIAL & THE NBL SIGN THREE-YEAR MAJOR PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

LA TROBE FINANCIAL & THE NBL SIGN THREE-YEAR MAJOR PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

04/10/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 24364360
   

 
LA TROBE FINANCIAL & THE NBL SIGN THREE-YEAR MAJOR PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
 
 


The National Basketball League (NBL) is pleased to announce that it has signed a three-year major partnership with La Trobe Financial.

After sponsoring the 2016/2017 NBL Finals Series, La Trobe Financial will work with the NBL to grow basketball throughout Australia.

La Trobe Financial branding will be prominently displayed on NBL courts for the next three seasons, starting with the NBL’s 40th season in 2017-18, which will begin on October 5.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said:  “The NBL is proud to have entered into this Major Partnership with La Trobe Financial, Australia's leading non-bank credit specialist and funds manager.”

For 65 years, La Trobe Financial has proven its commitment to its clients by providing a range of quality financial services.  Its dedication to growing its customer base throughout Australia and Asia is closely aligned with that of the NBL, so both parties share much in common from a strategic perspective.”

Caterina Nesci, La Trobe Financial’s Head of Communications & PR said: “La Trobe Financial has been involved in sponsoring basketball for over four decades with our CEO Greg O’Neill being a former Chairman of the Melbourne Tigers Men’s NBL team between 2006-2009, and is the current Chairman of the Australian Basketball Players Association.

We have been closely watching the progress of the NBL over the last few years and we have been very impressed with the big steps they’ve taken. They have really brought basketball back to the forefront in Australia”.

Chris Andrews, La Trobe Financial’s Chief Investment Officer said: “La Trobe Financial takes this major partnership very seriously.  Our 65 years of history has taught us that the highest quality partners build the strongest relationships.  That is the approach that we take to our institutional and retail investment mandates and it is a key reason why none of our institutional or pooled account investors have ever lost a cent of capital or interest – a track record few can match.  

“We are looking forward to building another close partnership with the NBL and are particularly impressed with the NBL’s strategic outlook towards Asia, a key growth area for our own business.

La Trobe Financial has been one of Australia’s leading non-bank credit specialist and funds manager since 1952.  It currently has in excess of $4 billion in funds under management across multi-awarding winning institutional and retail investment mandates.  La Trobe Financial employs over 215 staff across offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

 About the NBL
The National Basketball League in Australasia is one of the of the premier basketball leagues in the world. Established in 1978 the League now has eight teams based in cities across the country - Adelaide 36ers, Cairns Taipans, Melbourne United, New Zealand Breakers, Perth Wildcats, Sydney Kings, Brisbane Bullets and Illawarra Hawks. Some of the NBL’s greatest players include former NBA player and five-time Olympian Andrew Gaze, 21-season scoring-machine Leroy Loggins, five-time championship-winner Larry Sengstock, and 500-game veterans Ray Borner and James Crawford. From humble beginnings, the NBL now sells out stadiums with more than 650,000 attending games each season and live TV coverage nationally. The NBL hasNBL.com.au, and a live streaming NBL APP. The 2017-18 season will be its 40th as a league.
 
About La Trobe Financial 
La Trobe Financial is Australia’s largest Credit Specialist providing funding and investment solutions to a diverse range of customers since 1952.  We are a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors alike with over 65 years’ experience, managing investment mandates in excess of A$13 billion.  La Trobe Financial holds all requisite regulatory licences: La Trobe Financial Services Pty Limited ACN 006 479 527 Australian Credit Licence No. 392385 and La Trobe Financial Asset Management Limited ACN 007 332 363 Australian Financial Services Licence 222213 Australian Credit Licence No. 222213, who is the issuer and manager of the La Trobe Australian Credit Fund ARSN 088 178 321. For further details please visit our website www.latrobefinancial.com.  For details of our ratings and awards please view our Awards & Ratings link on our website.

For all La Trobe Financial media enquiries please contact: Caterina Nesci – Head of Communications & PR on 0422 22 70474

VIDEO NEWS RELEASE: GALLANT KINGS FALL TO UTAH JAZZ

VIDEO NEWS RELEASE: GALLANT KINGS FALL TO UTAH JAZZ

03/10/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 24355576
   

 
VIDEO NEWS RELEASE:
GALLANT KINGS FALL TO UTAH JAZZ
 
 

Utah Jazz has defeated a gallant Sydney Kings 108-83 in the first of three historic games between NBL and NBA teams.
 
After a slow start, the Kings fought back to win the second quarter 31-23 to trail by just 11 points at half time.
 
But the Jazz, led by Australians Joe Ingles and Dante Exum, showed their class in the second half to run out comfortable winners.
 
However the Kings never gave up at any stage, with Perry Ellis (14 points) and Kevin Lisch among the best for the visitors.

Click here to download Game Highlights

Click here to download post-game VNR including grabs from Rodney Hood, Dante Exum, Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz) and Andrew Gaze (Sydney Kings)
 

Melbourne United will play Oklahoma City Thunder on next Monday, October 9, with the Brisbane Bullets to play Phoenix Suns on October 14. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN and NBA League Pass.
 
The 2017-18 NBL Season will open this Thursday when the Adelaide 36ers play Melbourne United at Titanium Security Arena.

 

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