With Australia’s qualification into the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Boomers tickets are sure to be high in demand! Basketball has been played in Australia, almost since the games invention itself, with the first recorded game occurring just over a century ago! The Australia men’s national basketball team, known more familiarly as the Boomers, began competing internationally in the late forties. With the rapid Americanisation of much of the English speaking world during the late eighties, Basketball experienced a surge in popularity, and is now the most played sport in all of Australia!
The Boomers have been an inspiration to many keen sports fans, and are made up of some of the best players known to date! Despite being the reigning champions of FIBA’s Oceania Championship (holding a staggering eighteen titles), the Boomers and the FIBA World Cup has had a rocky history, with near misses and struggled wins. All through the seventies and early eighties Australians found themselves constantly on the edge of their seats, with the team suffering painstaking defeats, despite their strong starts in the tournament. The late eighties and nineties saw a change in the Boomers attitude with slow improvement occurring through the team and in the ninety-six FIBA World Cup the Boomers placed a respectable fourth place.
The team has in the past been described as a middle table team, with them currently ranked tenth in FIBA’s world rankings. However all that may possibly change, after a successful performance in the twenty twelve Olympics demonstrated a team with untapped potential! The team crashed their way to the quarter finals and although the team lost out to eventual winners, the US, no-one can doubt the team’s talent. This is further backed up by their current roster, many of which consist of Aussie exports playing in either the Euroleague or the NBA. Key players of the Boomers include Ben Madgen, who has impressed many with his performance in the NBL, and despite suffering an injury that saw him out of play for six months, should be ready and recovered come the World Cup. Another player includes export Patty Mills, who is more famous as the San Antonio Spurs reserve point guard. With the help of new Boomer’s coach, Andrej Lemanis, Mills has been training up the lads in preparation for the 2014 FIBA World Cup. The team can also boast the participation of FC Barcelona’s Joe Ingles, David Andersen, NBA’s Matthew Dellavedova and Dante Exum each have which made a name for themselves in both the NBA and Euroleague.
With Australia women’s division, the Opals, ranked number two in the FIBA world rankings, the Boomers definitely have it in their best interests to climb to the top. Not to be outshined by their sister team, the 2014 FIBA World Cup will be a pivotal point for the Boomers! So don’t miss out in supporting the Boomers in person! Book your 2014 Basketball World Cup tickets, your holiday and look forward to one of the biggest events of 2014!