Thunder receive free victory

BRAD COLE  THE ADVOCATE   The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder have received a boost in their attempts to qualify for SEABL finals, receiving a win on forfeit against Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence.

The COE players are heading to Italy to play in a NBA Global Camp Europe event from May 31 to June 5 and won’t be available to host the Friday, June 1 game against the Thunder.

After initially trying to reschedule the game to be played at Ulverstone on Sunday, July 1, the Thunder have been advised by SEABL that their opponents are unable to make the trip and will be awarded a 20-0 win.

Club chairman Tony Barker said the team will now only have a one-game road trip to the ACT to take on Canberra on Saturday, June 2.

“We would have preferred to play the game (against COE) and did what we could to accommodate things, but for whatever reason they were unable to work with that,” he said.

“It will change the travel plans of the team now and they will only stay one night in Canberra, which actually suits the guys because they don’t have to knock off work early on the Friday, and it works out an estimated $1500 cheaper for us.”

The Thunder currently sit in ninth place on the SEABL ladder with a 5-4 record (not including the forfeit) ahead of Saturday night’s clash against Ballarat at Ulverstone on Saturday night.

The club also announced that they raised $4635 for Ronald McDonald House at Saturday’s ‘White Out’ game against Mount Gambier.

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