Following the launch of the new National Basketball League last Thursday, the community-owned Townsville Crocodiles club has been officially granted their NBL licence for the upcoming season.
General Manager, Patrick Reidy was excited to make the announcement today.
“To those who have supported us through this transition: YOU have saved the Crocs. To those who have been waiting until we got there, now is the time to get on board.”
Those words mean so much to so many who have put their heart and soul into the men’s basketball program over many seasons plus the more recent heart wrenching months.
“The announcement that the former owners were handing their licence back to the NBL in April this year came completely out of the blue. Nobody knew what to do or what to say.
"There were people putting up their hands to try and save the franchise and we received a huge amount of calls asking us to start the process. When it came down to it, we had the knowledge and experience of the club to start the ball rolling,” said Reidy.
“Then the people power kicked in and in no time we found ourselves surrounded by willing and able helpers and donors, and the momentum swing was very much in our favour. The appointment of the Board of Directors led by Darren (Finlay) has really boosted the club as they bring a wealth of experience and are as committed as everyone else to make a success of the club.”
Officially the drive to get the new club up and running commenced on April 9th (the day after the initial announcement) and has not been without its obstacles along the way.
It has also seen a move from the traditional home of the Crocs in Wulguru to new offices in Currajong. The team now train at RSL Stadium and do their strength and conditioning at PCYC Townsville in Aitkenvale. There are six new faces on the roster plus new coaching staff made up of Shawn Dennis and former Crocs player Mike Kelly.
The announcement today comes two and a half weeks before the season tips-off, which sees the Crocs play their first club game at the Swamp against arch rivals, the Cairns Taipans on Saturday 12 October.
Their one and only pre-season ‘home’ game will be this Thursday at Townsville RSL Stadium. Tickets can be purchased HERE.