AUSTRALIAN BOOMERS FINALISED FOR FIFTH WINDOW OF FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

AUSTRALIAN BOOMERS FINALISED FOR FIFTH WINDOW OF FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

Following their last outing in September, three players come into the Australian Boomers team for the fifth window of FIBA World Cup qualifiers in David Barlow, Cameron Gliddon and Craig Moller.

The Boomers host Iran on November 30 and Qatar on December 3 at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne and one or two more wins will secure them a place at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Tickets are now available for both games via Ticketek.

Moller is set to make his national team debut after being selected to represent the NBL All-Australian team that toured China earlier this year.

Gliddon returns to the Boomers after being involved in all six of their games through the first round of qualifiers and currently sits third in the NBL for scoring with 19.4 points per game while David Barlow has been named after competing at two FIBA World Cup’s (2006, 2010) and two Olympic Games (2008, 2012).

They join the likes of Jason Cadee, Nick Kay, Mitch McCarron and Nathan Sobey who have competed in every one of the Boomers’ qualifying games while Daniel Johnson returns after making his national debut in the previous window.

“I say this every time we name a team but it’s such a luxury having this depth of talent available to select from in Australian basketball,” said coach Andrej Lemanis.

“I’d like to recognise all players in the broader squad and again highlight that each one of them contributes to the success of the Boomer program over time – the team is fluid and everyone contributes in different ways at different times.

“The absolute commitment to acting in the best interests of the team is a trait that we should all be extremely proud of in our players.

“Personally, I’d like to thank every player for their commitment to the national team and for how they value the Boomers. I’m blessed to be associated with such a wonderful group.”

The fifth window of qualifiers will see Australia return to Margaret Court Arena where they defeated the Philippines and Chinese Taipei in February earlier this year.

“Playing in front of our home fans is always such a special buzz and proud moment for everyone involved in the team – there is no better feeling in sport.”

The Boomers last met Iran in the gold medal game of the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, prevailing 79-56 to claim the Championship and finish that tournament undefeated while they are seeking to sweep Qatar after already defeating them in September.

“Hopefully we can pack out Margaret Court Arena and make it a truly wonderful atmosphere for both games,” said Lemanis.

“There is something uniquely special about international basketball competition – those who have been before know the prideful, passionate feeling that embraces you in the stands.

“If you haven’t had the chance to feel that in the past, we encourage you to take this opportunity to do so.”

Tickets are now on sale via Ticketek for both FIBA World Cup qualifiers here.

The Australian Boomers team for the fifth window of FIBA World Cup qualifiers:

NAME CLUB
David Barlow Melbourne United
Todd Blanchfield Illawarra Hawks
Angus Brandt Perth Wildcats
Jason Cadee Brisbane Bullets
Cameron Gliddon Brisbane Bullets
Matthew Hodgson Brisbane Bullets
Daniel Johnson Adelaide 36ers
Nick Kay Perth Wildcats
Mitch McCarron Melbourne United
Craig Moller Melbourne United
Mitch Norton Perth Wildcats
Nathan Sobey Adelaide 36ers

The Australian Boomers Schedule for the second round of FIBA World Cup qualifiers (all times AEDT):

Fourth Window:
September 14: 
Australia def. Qatar (95-43)
September 17: Australia def. Kazakhstan (94-41)
Fifth Window:
November 30: 
Australia vs. Iran at Margaret Court Arena at 7.30pm
December 3: Australia vs. Qatar at Margaret Court Arena at 7.30pm
Sixth Window:
February 21: 
Australia at Kazakhstan. Time TBA.
February 24: Australia at Iran. Time TBA.