Kingma joins the Rockets
MICHAEL “Wookie” Kingma is a man on a mission and it all starts with his switch to the Rockhampton Stadium Nightclub Rockets for the upcoming 2010 QBL season.
The former Gladstone Port City Power big man intends to bring out the big guns as he joins forces with his ex-rival team to push the Rockets to claim another championship.
“I have been interested in Rockhampton’s program for several years. However, I felt some loyalty to the Port City Power for the opportunity they gave me a couple of years back and I really enjoyed my time there,” Kingma said.
“2010 is shaping up well and I just hope I can assist in whatever way I am needed to win a championship – in the end that’s what we play for.”
The 208cm mountain man joins fellow American Ryan McDade as the Rockets’ second major signing for this year’s competition and the two units are expected to raise the stakes when the season begins.
“I look forward to once again play in the QBL and am genuinely excited to play with Ryan McDade again – he is a fierce competitor and I know he will bring out the best in me at practice and in games,” Kingma said.
Rockhampton Basketball operations manager Jamie Boon said Kingma would be a “handy replacement” for former Rockets player Justin Brown, who has stayed in Perth to play in the WA State League this year.
“We have discussed the possibility of having Michael with us over the past two seasons and, if the truth be known, Michael played a role in the Rockets’ National Championship success in 2008 by putting us in touch with his then American team-mate Ryan McDade,” Boon said.
“When McDade committed to us again this season Michael was genuinely excited by the prospect of playing with his former team-mate again.”
Kingma’s big switch not only has his Rockets team-mates rejoicing, but also his new coach, Neal Tweedy.
“Michael Kingma will provide us with the inside presence that we need and will complement Ryan very well,” he said.
“Michael provides us with the experience that we require in order to be once again competitive in this league.
“He has played in Sweden, Holland, Belgium, New Zealand and not to mention winning an NBL Championship with the Sydney Kings.”
After an opening-round bye, the Rockets tip off their title assault at home against arch-rivals the Mackay Meteors at Hegvold Stadium on Saturday, May 8.