Rockets forced to wait for rematch

Last season the Rockhampton Rockets made it to the grand final, but were taken down by the Cairns Marlins; now spectators won’t see the rematch until round seven of the 2010 season.

The 2010 Queensland Basketball League (QBL) official draw was released this week with the Rockets to face their first opponents, the Mackay Meteors, on May 8 next year.

The Rockets, undefeated on their home court for the past 37 games, will head into the season strong and confident after last year’s successes.

And when they face Cairns, it will be on their home turf at Hegvold stadium.

Jamie Boon, operations manager of Rockhampton Basketball, said the season would be “a bit of an unknown”, but he still expected the strong forces of Cairns to be intact.

He said the team was very proud of their undefeated record on their home turf and when all systems go the team will put it into action.

“Rockhampton against Cairns is always a big game and they are the biggest rivalry in the competition,” Boon said.

“They bring out the best in our players and we bring out the best in the Cairns players.”

Boon said he expected the rematch to sell out on the day tickets were released.

With more than 250 regular season games over 15 rounds, the Rockets are expecting some fierce competition and some new recruits.

“It is a really strong competition and at any given day if they don’t perform well they will find themselves with a loss.

“Mackay recruits very well and it will be an early indication of if they have a strong team and good test for us for the first game of year,” he said.

Boon said every season had unknown qualities, but he still expected tough games with Townsville, Mackay, Gladstone and the defending champions Cairns.

Boon said the players weren’t in full training mode yet, but would get things started with the development league that started in February.

“Basically the league will cover Bundaberg, Gladstone, Capricorn Coast and Mackay,” Boon said.

“It is a good tournament and will be a good opportunity for the guys and girls to get the cobwebs out; it also is a good opportunity for the officials.”



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