Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunshine State Challenge Pre-season NBL Basketball Tournament, Gold Coast & Brisbane, Sept 2011

From 22 to 24 September 2011 I was lucky enough to attend the Sunshine State Challenge NBL Basketball Pre-season Tournament, held at the Gold Coast and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The impressive and well coached Perth Wildcats beat the much improved Sydney Kings in the final. Here are some pics:

Joevan Catron, Ian Crosswhite
Shot Block - Joevan Catron, Ian Crosswhite - Cairns Taipans v Wollongong Hawks - Sunshine State Challenge Pre-season NBL Basketball, Southport School, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; 22 September 2011. Photos by Des Thureson:  http://disci.smugmug.com.

NBA Portland Trailblazers player Patty Mills defending Brad Robbins (Perth Wildcats)
Brad Robbins, Patty Mills - Melbourne Tigers v Perth Wildcats - Sunshine State Challenge Pre-season NBL Basketball, Southport School, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; 22 September 2011. Photos by Des Thureson:  http://disci.smugmug.com.

Anatoly Bose (Kings) defended by Thomas Abercrombie (NZ Breakers)
Anatoly Bose - Sydney Kings v New Zealand Breakers - Sunshine State Challenge Pre-season NBL Basketball, Southport School, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; 22 September 2011. Photos by Des Thureson:  http://disci.smugmug.com.

My favourite pic from the entire weekend: Sydney Kings big man Martin Iti with the Alley-oop against the reigning Champion New Zealand Breakers
The Sydney Kings' Martin Iti with the monster Alley Oop - Sydney Kings v New Zealand Breakers - Sunshine State Challenge Pre-season NBL Basketball, Southport School, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; 22 September 2011. Photos by Des Thureson:  http://disci.smugmug.com.

Chris Warren (Adelaide 36ers)
Chris Warren - Sydney Kings v Adelaide Sixers - Sunshine State Challenge Pre-season NBL Basketball, Auchenflower, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 23 September 2011. Photos by Des Thureson:  http://disci.smugmug.com.

Mark Worthington (Gold Coast Blaze)
Mark Worthington, Daryl Corletto - Gold Coast Blaze v New Zealand Breakers - Finals Day, Sunshine State Challenge Pre-season NBL Basketball, Chandler, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Saturday 24 September 2011. Photos by Des Thureson:  http://disci.smugmug.com.

Kerry Williams, Ian Crosswhite, Andrew Warren (Cairns Taipans), Ash Cannon (SEQ All Stars)
Kerry Williams, Ash Cannon, Ian Crosswhite, Andrew Warren - Cairns Taipans v SEQ All Stars - Finals Day, Sunshine State Challenge Pre-season NBL Basketball, Chandler, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Saturday 24 September 2011. Photos by Des Thureson:  http://disci.smugmug.com.

Outstanding Shot Block on Matthew Knight by Jerai Grant [nephew of Horace Grant (former team mate of Michael Jordan at the Chicago Bulls)]
Shot Block on Matthew Knight by Jerai Grant - Grand Final: Perth Wildcats v Sydney Kings - Finals Day, Sunshine State Challenge Pre-season NBL Basketball, Chandler, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Saturday 24 September 2011. Photos by Des Thureson:  http://disci.smugmug.com.

Talented Wildcats Head Coach Rob Beveridge has a quiet chat with Vaughan Mayberry
Rob Beveridge, Vaughan Mayberry - Grand Final: Perth Wildcats v Sydney Kings - Finals Day, Sunshine State Challenge Pre-season NBL Basketball, Chandler, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Saturday 24 September 2011. Photos by Des Thureson:  http://disci.smugmug.com.

Here's my Smugmug gallery, with all of my favourites from Thursday and Friday now added, and some more to come for Saturday.

Thanks so much for looking.

Regards

Des
http://disci.smugmug.com/Sports/Basketball
Brisbane Sports Photographer