Mt Gambier Pioneers release import Keaton Jackson

Week one of the SEABL season is done and we already have some import movement with the Mt Gambier Pioneers citing ‘personal reasons' as the catalyst behind the release of Keaton Jackson. Jackson was only a recent replacement for Angus Brandt who took up a European contract at late notice.

Coach Richard Hill:

“We have been in contact with a number of players and agents and will be able to find a replacement quickly”. “We will need to play without an import for a few games whilst we get this sorted”

An interesting footnote in this story is Mt Gambier’s upcoming home game on Friday night against former Pioneer import Damian Johnson who surprisingly signed with Bendigo.

Luke Jamieson’s defensive versatility will certainly be tested as he looks set for extended time. Keaton Jackson fouled out in just over ten minutes against Canberra meaning Jamieson recieved heavy frontcourt minutes in his club debut. At 6'8", Jamieson has the size (and mobility) to cover a number of positions and he responded accordingly in week one with a full stat line. Just how well he does in the frontcourt containing Johnson and Matt Andronicos remains to be seen though.

Bendigo unveiled a late signing to their roster in week one with Kevin White adding depth on the wing, whilst Chris Hogan gave them some much needed shooting against the Miners.

Player availability was a common theme in round one and Bendigo’s win over Ballarat (minus Roy Booker and James Hunter) was no exception. Given the personnel of each team, almost all game results went largely to script outside of Frankston surprising Albury-Wodonga 81-76.

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