Roller Hawks are National Champions
For the 4th time in its history in the NWBL, the Roller Hawks are once again National
Champions. Their first was in 2003, then 2011 and 2012 and now 2017.
From the Players ...
“It feels awesome,” said Luke Pople who led the team with 25 points.
“It’s great to finish off the season the way we wanted to, great result.”
“It’s amazing mate,” said an elated Michael Auprince. “Not only is it the first championship
for Wollongong in several years but my first ever.” “I’ve waited for this one since I first entered
the league as a 16 year old.”
Auprince finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and was tasked with stopping the league’s leading scorer, Joe Chambers.
Chambers is a big body who has amazing touch as soon as he gets a millimetre in the key. He is someone who I watched hours of game footage of when I came to basketball. Playing against the guy who you are trying to play like makes for a tough time.”
Brett Stibners was named Finals MVP averaging 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6.5 assists across two games.
Coach Brendan Dowler was also named NWBL Coach of the Year, an awesome acknowledgment to an outstanding coach and
The 2018 season Will start earlier, to accommodate the World Championships, in April with the Finals in July August.
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