NBL ready for tip off

Australia’s best basketballers will blitz the Latrobe Valley this week as they kick off the NBL preseason and embark on school visits across the region.

Thursday will see Melbourne United and the Illawarra Hawks face off in the curtain-raiser in Traralgon.

There will be eight matches played at the Traralgon Sports Stadium between 7 and 9 September and clubs will participate in a range of community activities.

A joint initiative between the NBL and the Victorian Government, the Blitz will feature all eight NBL clubs and will feed in to the start of the season proper on 5 October.

NBL general manager media and communications Nick Johnston said the Blitz would provide the region with fantastic access to some of the country’s best basketballers.

The full schedule of matches for the NBL Blitz is as follows:

Traralgon Basketball Centre

Melbourne United v Illawarra Hawks,

7 September, 5.30pm

Cairns Taipans v New Zealand,

7 September, 8pm

Perth Wildcats v Adelaide 36ers,

8 September, 5.30pm

Sydney Kings v Brisbane Bullets,

8 September, 8pm

Cairns Taipans v Illawarra Hawks,

9 September, 11.30am

Brisbane Bullets v Adelaide 36ers,

9 September 2pm

Melbourne United v Sydney Kings,

9 September, 5pm

Perth Wildcats v New Zealand Breakers,

9 September, 7.30pm

Tickets for games can be purchased at