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Basketball - 03. May 2007.

AUS Women to play more games


SYDNEY (WNBL) - The defencejobs Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) recently expanded from an eight team to a ten team competition ahead of the 2007/08 season.

Those ten clubs have now agreed to increase the number of regular season games played from 21 to 24.

The unanimous decision was reached by the representatives of all ten defencejobs WNBL clubs at an historic two day workshop at the Basketball Australia offices last weekend.

It followed the recommendation by the WNBL Commission to play three extra games.

"More games is a big plus for every team," said Basketball Australia's General Manager of National Teams and Competitions Lorraine Landon.

"The ability for each club to have 12 home games, rather than the 10 or 11 home games of the previous season, is also a benefit.

"It also gives us a chance to further expand into regional areas, which is great for the League and for fans of women's basketball."

"I'm excited that we will have new teams from Bendigo and New Zealand as part of the program."

It was the first time that the administrators of the ten WNBL clubs – Adelaide, Australian Institute of Sport, Bendigo, Bulleen Melbourne, Canberra, Christchurch, Dandenong, Perth, Sydney Uni, and Townsville – had met as a collective to discuss their league.

Along with the expanded draw, the administrators discussed the major challenges facing the WNBL, which included game presentation, venues, media coverage, new media opportunities, uniforms, sponsorship, and marketing of the league.

The draw for the 2007/08 defencejobs WNBL season will be finalised in the coming weeks.

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