“I loved seeing the world and playing in China. The Chinese people are very passionate about basketball, there was a full crowd and loads of support for every game.”
Australian basketball legend, Lauren Jackson knows about the passion and fervour that drives the sport in China.
“I think with Yao Ming and his success they’ve just really embraced basketball. They love it and they’ve always been competitive in world tournaments and on the Olympic stage.”
Jackson, who’s a former assistant GM to the Deakin Melbourne Boomers, shared her thoughts ahead of the team’s preseason match against China this Tuesday.
Boomers co-captain, Cayla George –who was part of the Australian Opals side that defeated China in the FIBA World Cup quarter-final last year– said her team will have their work cut out against the 7th ranked national team in the world.
“China will be tough for the Boomers, I got to play against them last year with the Opals, along with [fellow Boomer] Ezi Magbegor at the World Cup, they have a lot of height in their team,” said George.
“It will be a great hit out for us ahead of the WNBL season; a fun night and I hope plenty of Chinese fans in Melbourne turnout.”
Boomers general manager Christy Collier, said the match is a terrific opportunity for the club’s players and supporters and they are excited to host the match in partnership with Casey Basketball Association.
“Cayla and Ezi faced the Chinese National Team last year at the FIBA World Cup semis where the Opals came out on top. There’s no doubt in my mind it’ll be a competitive game,” said Collier.
“For our younger players, it’s an opportunity to test their skill and play against some of the best women in the world. For our supporters it’s a rare chance to see the intensity of an international game here at home.”
The Deakin Melbourne Boomers play the Chinese national women’s team at Casey Stadium, 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East, VIC 3977. Game tips off 7:30pm, tickets for this game are available via TryBooking.