BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE Success for the North-West Thunder on Saturday night won’t only be judged by what the final score is in its NBL1 encounter with Kilsyth.
A cause just as worthy will be staged off the court when the club holds its annual Todd Nothrop memorial game.
The first fundraising game to commemorate him began as a Lefties v Righties clash in 1996 before the Thunder, who were then known as the Originals, added it to their annual calendar.
Nothrop’s mother Margaret is still involved with the Thunder on the scorebench and is proud that the club continues to honour her son’s contribution.
“It’s a night that the family look forward to and it means a lot because Todd’s memory is kept alive and the money raised goes to the Cancer Council – that’s the main thing,” she said.
“Todd loved basketball and I just keep at it because of him – I love the sport as well.
“I’ll be still on the scorebench for Saturday night’s game but my brother and niece will be coming along and sitting in a box watching the game, so it should be a good night.
“The young players in the team wouldn’t remember Todd, but Sam (Armstrong) and Nick (Haywood) would, and I reckon the team could do with Todd now – he was a point guard who could read a game a basketball as good as anyone going around in Tasmania back then.”
With all funds raised on the night going directly to Cancer Council Tasmania, Thunder chairman Tony Barker is expecting a bumper crowd to be in attendance, with the team also trying to keep its NBL1 finals hopes alive.
“It is a cause that is near and dear to many people along the North-West Coast, not just members of our club, and they know that their donations on the night stay in Tasmania,” Barker said.
“The community see it as an opportunity to support a good cause and maybe catch their one game for the year and it’s been amazing what we’ve been able to raise over the years as people get to know the event and when it is on.
“We also get people come along that knew Todd or played with him back in the day, or still keep in touch with the family.
“It’s also great that Margaret is still involved to this day with our club, along with her daughter Jodie on the scorebench.”
Spectators attending the game at Ulverstone’s OBC Stadium will be able to donate as the come through the door, with players also donning yellow socks on the night.
Saturday night’s game gets underway at 7.30pm.