Wildcats head north for pre-season

Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleeson has a strong link to the Joondalup Wolves who call HBF Arena home, Picture: Graham Denholm/Getty Images
Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleeson has a strong link to the Joondalup Wolves who call HBF Arena home, Picture: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

LOCAL basketball fans will be able to see the reigning NBL champions close to home when the Wildcats bring their pre-season tour to Joondalup.

After games in Mandurah and Bunbury, the Wildcats will head north to take on the Adelaide 36ers at HBF Arena – the home of the Joondalup Wolves – on Sunday, September 8.

Though Nick Kay will be busy playing at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China, fans can expect to see the most of the Perth stars in the final game of the 2019-20 pre-season series that aims to take basketball to the suburbs.

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“It will be tremendous to have the reigning NBL champions come up to Joondalup to play in front of the large adoring supporter base they have in the northern suburbs,” Joondalup Wolves chief executive Cameron Britt said.

“Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson is actually a parent of one of our star junior players, so it will be great for our juniors to see him in action under the roof at HBF Arena.

“And the Wolves have a very rich history of basketball in the region, so to have that recognised is terrific.”

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City was “delighted” to again welcome the Wildcats to Joondalup after last year’s pre-season game, where the Wildcats beat the 36ers 84-66.

“We look forward to welcoming the Wildcats after claiming a record ninth title earlier this year, along with the 36ers,” he said.

“The teams have built up a healthy rivalry over nearly four decades and I’m sure they will put on an outstanding contest once again.”

Mr Jacob said VenuesWest’s HBF Arena had proven to be “an outstanding facility for basketball since the upgrades at the venue were opened almost two years ago”.

Tickets start from $10 for juniors and $20 for adults via Ticketmaster.