CLB3X3 and the WNBL have joined forces for two big events in November at the State Basketball Centre in Victoria.
On Melbourne Cup eve, CLB3X3 are hosting a competition all afternoon leading up to the big local derby between the Melbourne Boomers and Dandenong Rangers in a game expected to sell out. However things get even bigger still, with CLB3X3 action returning for the 'WNBL Cluster Round' from 24 to 26 November.
The FIBA-endorsed Champions League Basketball brand which has fast become the leading 3X3 operator in Australia, will be running three events across the weekend that they have branded an "Extravaganza", featuring some of the best 3X3 players in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Things get underway on Friday, 24 November with an Open Masters Corporate Cup, the elite "SEABL vs CLB3x3" event the next day, and the kids receiving their shot on the Sunday.
London Olympian Peter Crawford will be in action, as will New Zealand's Karl Noyer-- the current number one 3X3 player in his country-- when the SEABL vs CLB3X3 Elite showcase event tips off on the Saturday leading up to the WNBL double-header starting at 5:30pm. The competition on the Saturday will feature a host of players from across the SEABL, Big V and CLB3X3 Elite teams, with $1,000 up for grabs for the winners. With Australia's recent gold (women) and bronze (men) at the 2017 FIBA 3X3 Asia Cup, the event is going to be one not to miss.
"We've been surprised and delighted by some of the teams already registering and we think the public will be rapt too," CLB founder Matt Hollard said in the official release.
"Certainly, there are some surprises in store."
With 3x3 basketball set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, there has never been a better time to take up the shorter form of the game. Of course, there is also an abundance of WNBL action to whet the appetite. Plenty of reasons to get down to the State Basketball Centre in November.
Registrations for the Melbourne Cup eve event close on Sunday night, with the action commencing from 12 noon on Monday, while registrations for the events across the "WNBL Cluster Round" Extravaganza are open.
WNBL Cluster Round Schedule
Friday Nov 24: Corporate Cup / Masters categories 5pm - 7pm
Saturday Nov 25: SEABL / CLB3X3 ELITE categories 12-5pm
Sunday Nov 26: JUNIOR categories 9am-1pm