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Breakers Roster All But Complete And Full Of Kiwis

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Breakers Roster All But Complete And Full Of Kiwis

12 June 2009 - The NZ Breakers have wasted precious little time in confirming the bulk of their playing roster for the upcoming Australian National Basketball League season with the club today filling 10 of the 12 spots on the team, 7 of them New Zealanders.

Today's announcement comes just weeks after the new league was confirmed, following some uncertainty over the future of the competition. But throughout this time the Breakers front office and coaching staff kept faith in Basketball Australia and their ability to deliver a quality product this coming season.

Breakers General Manager Richard Clarke says that recent hard work has put the club in a strong position for the September 24th tip off at the North Shore Events Centre, building on the strong foundations of the past few years.

"At no stage did we ever think there would not be a league this season. We were and remain in constant dialogue with Basketball Australia and kept our focus on preparing for a new season. There has been a great deal of planning and hard work to reach this point in our on and off court activities.

"Today our sponsors, season ticket holders and basketball fans in general can see some evidence of that hard work in the quality of the players that will wear the Breakers singlet this season."

Clarke also emphasized the New Zealand influence in the playing roster, something the club was extremely proud of.

"While our ultimate objective is to win basketball games and a championship we are also a club with a strong community focus. That includes developing New Zealand talent and it is with pride that 7 of our 12 contracted players will be New Zealanders. Along with the experience of Kirk Penney, Dillon Boucher and Paul Henare it is great that the Breakers can play a part in developing exciting young talent such as Tom Abercrombie, Corey Webster and our two new additions Alex Pledger and Jeremiah Trueman.

"It is not an exaggeration to suggest that these guys represent the future of NZ basketball; the Breakers have a responsibility to help them as individuals but also to safeguard the future of the game and help grow the sport in any way we can."

The Breakers will run a roster of 10 contracted players and 2 development players. The club today announced 8 local (NZ or Australian) players in the full roster, plus 2 promising young kiwis to fill the development spots. The squad includes 7 players returning from last season's memorable charge to the play offs.

The final two positions will be filled by imports; something that Clarke again says has been well planned.

"Our first priority is always to look to New Zealanders and then Australians to fill our roster, now we have worked through that process we will bring in two imports to make up the balance of the team.

"We are very close to finalizing one of those players, someone that has great experience in this league and numerous team and individual honours to his name. We hope to make an announcement in the next week to ten days.

"The final position will be left open until after NBA summer camps when we will have a better idea of who we can recruit to best suit our needs and our budget."

The Breakers will also confirm details of a pre-season that will see the club embark on an internal tour, with games in 3 North Island locations - the first time the club has played outside of Auckland since the debut season in 2003-04. Dates and details are in the final stages of being finalized with an announcement imminent.

Season and individual game ticket packages will be available from the club website from July 1st with demand already strong in the form of a waiting list as fans remember the excitement of last years play off campaign.

The Coaching staff returns intact from last year's semi final season, with Head Coach Andrej Lemanis assisted by Dean Vickerman and Judd Flavell. Lemanis is delighted with the quality and mix in the players named so far.

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