New-look NBL1 Blues set to unleash on Waverley in Round 1
A new-look Frankston RSL Blues will be formerly unveiled in round 1 of the inaugural NBL1 season when they host the Waverley Falcons on Saturday night.
In his second year as head coach, Andrew Harms has assembled a deeper, talented and arguably more experienced roster as he looks to turn around the disappointment of 2018 which saw the Blues finish in second last place with just 4 wins to their name. And the opening round will see the immediate return of Bennie Lewis, who will take to the court against his former Blues side for the first time.
A trio of former Melbourne United NBL players will link up for the Blues in 2019, with Igor Hadziomerovic and Majok Majok joining returnee Dan Trist. Majok is a terrific addition, providing cover for Trist who will join the team 6-7 games into the season as he completes his playing commitments in Spain, with his size and presence in the paint a complement to a much-improved back court.
That back court is led by the exciting Damon Bozeman who starred in the QBL last season with Toowoomba. He joins former North West Tasmania SEABL guard Lachlan Barker and former Sandringham SEABL wing Hadziomerovic as new additions to the Blues lineup and likely starters come round 1 against the Falcons. Alistair Macdonald’s return to the club also from Sandringham, further bolsters the Blues back court which also includes the returning Jarryd Moss and Tom Garrett.
College returnee Angus Howey is likely going to be required to step up immediately in the early absence of Trist, with the 208cm forward a logical backup to Majok and Young early with a chance to play his way into the regular rotation.
Waverley have been a dominant force in the Big V State Championship, and will look to make the step up a level this year when they take to the court for the first time against the Blues. Lewis is the most familiar name, having most recently suited up for the Blues in the SEABL last season. There is no doubt that Lewis will be the star of a talented yet hard-working Falcons team that also boasts Matt Hancock, a training player with the Illawarra Hawks, the dangerous Michael Harper, and veteran duo Brad Kelleher and Chris Arkell.
Like the Blues, the Falcons have also added two imports who went on a scoring spree in Big V Division 1 last season, with guard Dylan Travis (Western Port) and big man Deondre McWhorter (Latrobe City) expected to play big roles and alongside Lewis, be the primary scoring options.
The Blues have a lot to prove this season, as do the Falcons in making the step up a level, so expect to see some fireworks in round 1 this Saturday at Frankston.
The Frankston RSL Blues take on the Waverley Falcons in round 1 of the 2019 NBL1 season at home this Saturday, 30 March 2018 as part of a double-header with the women. The men’s game tips off at 7:30pm at Frankston Stadium, which will also be streamed LIVE on the NBL’s YouTube channel accessible via the game centre link below.