Brad Kann is gearing up to lead Rockhampton Rockets under-23 in their annual pre-season match against Mackay Meteors on Saturday. Photo Guy Williams / Morning Bulletin
Brad Kann is gearing up to lead Rockhampton Rockets under-23 in their annual pre-season match against Mackay Meteors on Saturday. Photo Guy Williams / Morning Bulletin Guy Williams

Kann says 2014 will be breakout season, starting on weekend

FIVE seasons after he made his debut for the Rockets, Bradley Kann says 2014 will be his breakout season.

Kann debuted for the Rockets during the 2009 QBL men's season, and over the past few years has played limited time.

Kann spent just 15 minutes on court during the Rockets' charge towards the 2013 Queensland Basketball League championship title.

Still only 20 years old, the Rockhampton Basketball Incorporated competition and program co-ordinator said he wanted to play a bigger role on court during the Rockets' title defence.

"Hopefully I can play more. I'm hoping to get close to 10 minutes a game next season," the shooting guard said. "I didn't play much at all this season, but I want to push a couple of the older guys for time on court."

Kann gets his first chance to impress Rockets' hierarchy this weekend when he leads Rockhampton into battle with Central Queensland rivals Mackay Meteors.

The Woollam Constructions under-23 men's and women's team take on Mackay for the first time, while the under-12, under-14 and under-16 teams tackle Mackay's top junior basketballers in the annual clash. Kann was confident of Rockhampton's chances in the men's match with Queensland representatives donning the navy blue for the Rockets.

"Mackay touched us up last year in the under-23 Tropical Youth League championship," Kann said of the 94-51 loss to the Meteors in 2012.

"We had a couple of players missing ... but this year we've got a lot of under-18 who are in the Queensland squad and are in peak fitness ahead of the under-18 Queensland titles in January next year."

The winner of the inter-city challenge will be decided by an aggregate score. The scores of all eight teams are added together to determine the overall association winner.

The under-23 men and women teams both play a return match against Mackay in Rockhampton on December 7.

The women play at 3.30pm and the men play at 5.30pm.

ROCKY v MACKAY

Tomorrow from 12noon at Candlestick Park, Mackay

Annual challenge between the two cities which features teams from under-12 to under-23



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