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Boomers In Gippsland

Boomers In Gippsland

The WNBL's Melbourne Boomers Are Back In Gippsland

The Deakin Melbourne Boomers have launched their second edition of the 'Triple Crown', the team arriving yesterday for a four day visit across Gippsland.

The Boomers will conduct a range of school visits, junior clinics, coaching workshops, and 3x3 exhibition games with the finale a WNBL pre-season game between the Boomers and Bendigo Spirit.

There is no doubt the Gippsland crowd will be in awe of the talent the Boomers have assembled for the 2019/20 season, with the Boomers expected to suit up a full squad with both Ezi Magbegor and Cayla George being released early from an Australian Opals camp to join the team ahead of Sunday’s game.

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Traralgon star Chelsea D'Angelo will also be in action, and said she relished the chance to play in front of her home crowd.

"It's really great, I don't get to come home a lot, we train almost everyday so its hard to get back here, its just amazing to see friends and family and to perform in front of them as well" D'Angelo said.

Adding to the Boomers international flavour on show in Gippsland will be Stella Beck, Penina Davidson, Toni Farnworth and Kalani Purcell all who represent the New Zealand Tall Ferns.

A key player to watch is Ezi Magbegor, who has not only made the Australian Opals Squad, but was also selected as a first round pick for Seattle in April this year and has just completed a superb NBL1 season with Geelong Supercats, coached by ex-Gippslander David Herbert

Boomers Co-Captain Madeleine Garrick, says they are happy to be back in the area with a bigger and better program this season.

"It's fantastic, we came here for the first time last season to do a similar thing, I think this time it's going to be srtuctured a lot better, we loved it last time and can't wait to get involved a bit more" Garrick said.

"We're gonna do a lot more clinics this year, to have that reach into schools, the community itself, fans and younger kids and we can really expand on those experiences"

Having grown up in a country area herself, Garrick said she knew what this opportunity meant for local fans.

"One of the first women's games I ever went to was a WNBL match, and it wasn't until i went to that game that i kinda thought this is something that i can do."

"It doesn't matter where you come from but taking a WNBL team or a national league team to a regional town, it really helps put that forward for the younger kids".

The Boomers face the Bendigo Spirit at 1pm on Sunday, at the Traralgon Sports Stadium.

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