Auckland beckons Gold Rush

Otago Gold Rush will head to Auckland in a month’s time.

Basketball New Zealand confirmed yesterday the women’s National Basketball League season will be played at the Pulman Arena in South Auckland.

Dubbed 18in18, the league will be held over 18 days, with a game every night at the same location.

Teams have the option of staying the entire time or flying in and out.

The league begins on November 19 and the final is scheduled for December 6.

All games will be televised — a first for the league — so those at home can watch the team in action.

"We’re delighted to be staging another premium basketball event in Auckland," NBL general manager Justin Nelson.

"Not only is Auckland home to a fantastic basketball community but, when it comes to staging events and welcoming people into their city, Auckland does it so exceptionally well.

"That was evident at the recent Sal’s NBL Showdown earlier this year.

“We can’t wait to call Pulman Arena our home for the event. It’s an outstanding facility for players and supporters.

"It is a sporting hub for the community and we very much want to enjoy our time in and around the south Auckland community."

The league’s six top-tier teams will contest the league.

Alongside the Gold Rush are the Auckland Dream, Capital Swish, Canterbury Rams, Harbour Breeze and Waikato Wizards.

The Gold Rush plays its first games on November 23 and 24 against Harbour and Waikato respectively.

It then plays Capital and Auckland on November 28 and 29, before facing Canterbury on December 3.


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