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NBL Fever Hits iiNet Headquarters

By Emma Cameron

NBL Grand Final fever’s in the air and our staff at the iiNet offices across Australia and New Zealand have been seeing plenty of basketball action. To get into the spirit of things we brought the game to our offices last Thursday night. Our breakout rooms were decked out with team colours, basketball hoops, drinks and plenty of court-side food like Dagwood dogs, nachos, pizza and hot dogs.

Staff who stuck around for the party had the chance to battle it out for some cool prizes by telling us exactly why they’re their team’s biggest fan and who they thought would win the grand final game.  With a mountain of kooky answers we felt our biggest fan from WA was Marilyn Grenda from the Finance Team who said she’d like the signed jersey prize to go with her Perth Wildcats shrine which “so far only includes photos and hair clippings”. The signed game ball went to Peter Langfield who correctly guessed New Zealand would take out the 2011 NBL Championships.

New Zealand staff were on a high with their team well placed to win. Nick Butcher proved he was the New Zealand Breakers biggest fan with his comment – “16 games at home and 16 games attended. I eat, sleep and breathe Breakers! I would give my first newborn to be at the finals (just kidding!)” – and Joseph Malgapo who said – “never missed Breakers home games. No team better than the NZ Breakers. They will break any team that comes their way, whether it be NBA or NBL. Breakers for life!”.  They each walked away with a signed Breakers jersey and a signed Spalding game ball.

Melbournite David Winbanks went home with a signed Tigers jersey for his passionate fan comment “In 1996 I was 25 and at a Tiger’s game where they lost by 37 points – their biggest difference in a final. It didn’t stop me cheering or being their biggest fan though. I couldn’t care less.” In Sydney, April Samels Walked away with a signed Sydney Kings jersey for her fan comment – “Seeing how hard the Kings worked to break their losing streak, and the standing ovation they received from their fans, made me so proud.”

The NBL grand finals might be over, but our passion for the game lives on as our staff enthusiastically prepare for the 2001-2012 season. Stay tuned for the new season.

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