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Gold medal game - a boost for the australian NBL - Mar 23, 2006


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Luke Kendall
The Gold medal game of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne will be a pretty nice ad for the australian league, the NBL. Of the 24 athletes that will take the floor for the clash to decide the gold medal, 23 are either past or present players from the australian premiere league. 

Because the Games are taking place in March, none of the australians players in Europe or in USA were available, so the coaching staff decided to select a 100% NBL team and to use the Commonwealth Games to see which players could be named in the national team for the upcoming World Championships in Japan. New Zealand has the same kind of line-up since Phil Jones, Mark Dickel and co were unavailble due to club duties. Seven Tall Blacks were playing in the australian NBL this season, with the NZ Breakers, Wollongong or Perth. Four of them were playing in the NBL last season so Troy McLean (195-G-79) will be the only player without a NBL experience in the championship game.
The league is really develloping in Australia, there is already a franchise in New Zealand and next season there will be a 12th franchise in Singapore. This is an important step for the league as they want to increase the NBL's popularity in South East Asia. No matter which team is going to win the championship game, the NBL executives will be the winners.  



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Commonwealth Games Standings
 1. Australia 8-0 
 2. N.Zealand 7-1 
 3. U.Kingdom 6-2 
 4. Nigeria 5-3 
 5. Barbados 4-4 
 6. Scotland 3-5 
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 8. India 1-7 
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