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Staff Show Off Skills in NBL Training Session

by Nikkita Dixon

Several of our staff were star struck last week after scoring the chance to train with their state NBL team.

Andrew Bathurst and a bunch of our Sydney-siders wandered down to the Sydney Kings training base at Macquarie University where the players were doing an early session in preparation for their game in Wollongong.

“Since the start of our sponsorship, many people in the Sydney offices have been hit with ‘basketball fever’ – a non cureable illness,” Andrew quipped. “After watching the Kings shoot around and play a couple of practice matches, we hit the floor to show that internet isn’t the only thing we have skills in.”

The tiny-in-comparison team of iiNet players put in a good effort against the professionals before competing in a knock-out competition to crown Sydney’s best sharp shooter. Andrew himself walked away with the win.

With plenty of food catered to satiate their appetites, our staff players got their hands on a few signatures and discussed some mathematical tactics to getting the Kings off the bottom of the ladder and away from the prospect of winning the wooden spoon. “Mathematical possibilities have been keeping team hopes alive since professional sports began,” said Andrew.

“The iiNet team had a fantastic time meeting some of their idols and it will only make us cheer for them even louder in their match against the Gold Coast on Friday night.”

In Perth, Peter Van Den Hoogen made the trek to Lords Gym with several of his staff peers to train with the Perth Wildcats. The participants were put through their paces with coach Rob Beveridge and star import Kevin Lisch paying particular attention to technique. “To get among an NBL team, especially one of Wildcats quality, was an absolute buzz and something we’ll all remember for years to come,” said Peter.

Paul Henderson was one of twelve lucky Melbourne staff to join a Melbourne Tigers training session. After watching the Tigers practice against each other, the “iiBallers” were given the chance to show off their skills. With head coach Daryl “D-Mac” McDonald and Corey “Homicide” Williams on hand, our staff were taken through a number of different ball handling and shooting drills.

“All in all a fantastic day and a wonderful opportunity to mix with professional athletes,” said Paul.

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