IT’S time to unite!
We’ve seen Melbourne United rise up the ladder throughout an extraordinary 2017/18 NBL campaign.
Needing only two games to knock over New Zealand in the best-of-three semi-final series, Melbourne United has only one obstacle left in the quest to claim its first NBL title in the United era.
With Victorian star coach Dean Vickerman at the reins, United will take to the court on Friday night eyeing off the Adelaide 36ers.
It will be a Victorian extravaganza on Hisense Arena for the next two weeks as the likes of David Andersen, Kyle Adnam, David Barlow, Mitch Creek, Nathan Sobey and Anthony Drmic will lock horns for the championship.
Melbourne United has thrown the doors open this week for open training sessions as the players and staff prepare for an almighty campaign to best the next door neighbours.
From the starring imports Caspar Ware, Josh Boone and Casey Prather to Olympians David Andersen and Chris Goulding as well as a bevy of up-and-coming stars, there’s plenty of firepower on the United roster to take on this task.
While the timing of the two confirmed Melbourne grand finals conflicts with (MUVJBL) fixtures on Friday nights, Melbourne United, Basketball Victoria and the MUVJBL have worked together to create an impressive compromise.
Nominated teams will trade their MUVJBL courts for… Hisense Arena!
Melbourne United, Basketball Victoria and the MUVJBL have worked together with the Melbourne and Olympic Park Trust to use Hisense Arena for some extremely lucky MUVJBL sides throughout this fortnight.
Instead of Friday night, these players will take the court throughout the week to play their matches early.
This will ensure that these nominated MUVJBL teams can feature in their scheduled games as well as attend the NBL grand final games over the next two Friday nights.
Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said it will be a great thrill for the MUVJBL players to take to the same court as Melbourne United and also celebrate the NBL Grand Final series in person.
“Playing on Hisense Arena is an honour usually reserved for our elite athletes, but it’s brilliant to see MUVJBL players get this rare opportunity,” Honey said. “We want to thank Melbourne United and the Melbourne and Olympic Park Trust for their support of this initiative to reschedule MUVJBL match-ups to Hisense Arena.
“Playing these matches will be a great highlight for these MUVJBL teams and will allow more Victorian junior players a chance to head to the NBL Grand Final series and see Melbourne United shoot for the NBL championship.
“I want to wish Melbourne United good luck for this series and hope the entire Victorian basketball community will do the same.”
Melbourne United will host Grand Final Game 1 (Fri 16 March), Game 3 (Fri 23 March) and if needed Game 5 (TBC) to cap off the 2017/18 NBL season.
More information on the MUVJBL fixtures at Hisense Arena is available here.
NBL GRAND FINAL SERIES – CONFIRMED GRAND FINAL FIXTURES
Grand Final Game 1: Melbourne United vs Adelaide 36ers
7.30pm Friday 16th March at Hisense Arena
Grand Final Game 2: Adelaide 36ers vs Melbourne United
3.00pm Sunday 18th March at Titanium Security Arena (Adelaide)
Grand Final Game 3: Melbourne United vs Adelaide 36ers
7.30pm Friday 23rd March at Hisense Arena