Basketball returns to Melbourne this August for the Boomers vs World series

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Basketball returns to Melbourne this August for the Boomers vs World series

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From Giddey to Green, Mills and Thybulle, Rod Laver Arena will be booming with Australia’s best basketballers as they prepare for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

The Australian men’s national basketball team will return to Melbourne this August for the Boomers vs World series, allowing basketball fans to see their Aussie heroes in action.

The tournament offers a rare opportunity to see the Boomers compete on home soil as they prepare for a World Cup. Australia will play the men’s national teams of Brazil, Venezuela and South Sudan over six games in three double-headers at Rod Laver Arena.

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The Boomers meet Venezuela on Monday, 14 August, then Brazil on Wednesday, 16 August, followed by South Sudan on Thursday, 17 August.

The Australian squad for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup was announced last week and the final team will head to Melbourne to take part in the Boomers vs World series.

For the first time, the Boomers named ten current NBA players in the squad including Josh Giddey, Dyson Daniels, Matisse Thybulle, Xavier Cooks, Joe Ingles, Jock Landale, Josh Green, Jack White, Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova – who this week signed with Melbourne United in the NBL.


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“With the growth of basketball in Australia we are committed to delivering more events that showcase our national teams, as well as international players, so the next generation can watch their heroes and the best basketballers in the world,” says Basketball Australia CEO Matt Scriven.

“Thanks to the support of the Victorian Government we have invited Venezuela, Brazil and South Sudan to Melbourne to battle it out against the Boomers, all of whom can’t wait to play in Australia. We look forward to sports fans and the basketball family packing out Rod Laver Arena in their green and gold.”

The Boomers vs World series follows the success of the 2022 FIBA Asian Qualifying Series at John Cain Arena which attracted more than 22,000 fans including near sell-out matches against China.

Victoria is the home of Australian basketball with more than 360,000 Victorians regularly playing the sport – more than a third of the national total.

The Boomers vs World series joins a blockbuster calendar of international sporting events in Melbourne including the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Bledisloe Cup, and NHL Global Series – Melbourne.

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