Category Archives: Around the Globe

A look at Basketball across all the leagues of the world

Boomers lose Goulding, Gilas lose Castro, but sold out crowd expected

Despite losing Rio Olympian Chris Goulding to injury, being unable to hold player selection camp and having only one training session prior to facing an unbeaten Filipino national team, Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis says it's a challenge the team is ready for.  
"We haven't seen each other for three months and that's a challenge, but the players who are part of this team have been a part...
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How Olympic heartbreak created Boomers basketball success

Everyone remembers where they were at 2:30 am on August 21st, 2016 when Australia went down horrifically to Spain in the bronze medal Match of the Rio Olympics. The hype train was in full steam after coming second in the group, smashing France and Serbia and coming agonisingly close to downing the USA goliath.  So, to lose in such ‘contentious’ circumstances was a heartbreak felt...
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Aussie Hoopla Christmas Quiz

Here at Aussie Hoopla, we love two things – Australian basketball and trivia about Australian basketball.   As the end of 2016 approaches, it is always nice to look back on the events of the past.   So, print this page out or read it off your screen and play with your friends to see who is the real hoops tragic.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you, though; there...
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Adam Lulka secures US College spot at Albany University

18-year-old Adam Lulka, who plays for Penrith Panthers and in his final year of high school at The King’s School, Parramatta has been snapped up by the University at Albany.     Securing a four-year scholarship, he says he will most likely undertake a psychology degree while playing for the university’s basketball team the Albany Great Danes, something he is incredibly excited about.  
“I can’t wait for it [starting at university]....
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Looking Forward to the 2020 Olympics for the Boomers

With the Boomers finishing off their 2016 Rio Olympic Games campaign with heart-wrenching, infuriating fourth place, it’s time to look forward to the next Boomers squad for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  Many of the key players who led Australia in capturing the country’s hearts in Brazil will be primed for another go around but it’s the potential young stars that could send the team to...
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Can the Boomers become Bronzed Aussies? Australia vs Spain preview

Despite a gut-wrenching loss to Serbia, Australia remains focused on making basketball history - not repeating it.   The Boomers cinderella run through the group stages had the nation believing a chance at a gold medal was possible until their semi-final loss to Serbia which NBA small forward Joe Ingles labelled "pathetic".   "We’re all very disappointed, it’s not how we pictured it going,” point guard Matthew Dellavedova added.   Boomers coach...
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The Boomers are looking good leading into the quarterfinals

The cards are stacking up just right for the Boomers leading into the quarterfinals after an easy 93-68 win over China, a game where they were able to rest key players and give some of the team's NBL representatives a chance to make an impact off the bench.   Australia started out slowly as if hung over from their gallant effort against the USA on Thursday morning,...
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Clint Stiendl and Peter Hooley choose Europe over “new” NBL

Although seeing Boomers stars David Andersen and Cam Bairstow set to suit up for the Melbourne United and Brisbane Bullets respectively is enough to make any NBL fan sign up for season tickets two of Australia’s finest up-and-coming stars won't be plying their trades in Australia this season.   Despite being offered lucrative contracts by Brisbane and Sydney in the NBL, ex-Townsville Crocodile Clint Steindl has decided to...
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