KNOX, AUSTRALIA - All eyes will be on the State Basketball Centre show-court next Tuesday night, when the Australian Indigenous Basketball (AIB) All Stars men’s and women’s teams face Kingdom of Hawai’i national representative squads in Victoria’s first-ever International Indigenous basketball matches.
Supported by Knox Basketball, the historic event will also feature cultural entertainment, including traditional Indigenous song and dance performances.
Another highlight of the evening will be the AIB Legends Ceremony, where First Nation greats of the game will be recognised. The legends line-up includes Indigenous icons who have represented Australia as players, referees or team officials at an Olympic Games and/or FIBA World Cup.
Knox Raiders SEABL great and coach of the Australian Indigenous women’s side Ricky Baldwin was elated for the event to be taking place in his local community.
“Having the state’s first international Indigenous games and the AIB Legends Ceremony hosted in Knox is something special,” Baldwin said.
“We really hope the community gets behind both Indigenous nations and packs out SBC because the talent levels on display in both games is going to be awesome.”
“The last time our Australian Indigenous women’s teams faced the Kingdom of Hawai’i was in New Zealand back in March and that game went down to the wire - a double overtime thriller.”
“Our girls got the win, and being the championship game of that particular tournament, the victory also secured a gold medal for our women’s team.”
“Hawai’i will certainly want to avenge that loss, so we’re anticipating another close contest.”
Julian Cosgrave, Knox Basketball Commercial Sales Manager was also excited about the association’s game-night involvement.
“Knox Basketball are very proud to be associated with these games, the AIB Legends Ceremony and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through sport,” Cosgrave said.
Tickets for the event will be available for purchase at the door. The women’s game begins at 6pm and the men’s match up tips off at 8pm. The AIB Legends Ceremony will follow at 9:30pm.
Tuesday, August 20 | Australian Indigenous Basketball All Stars V Kingdom of Hawai’i
State Basketball Centre | 291 George St, Wantirna South VIC 3152 | Doors open at 5pm
Women’s Game at 6pm | Men’s Game at 8pm | AIB Legends Ceremony at 9:30pm