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NZ Breakers to play around New Zealand

Parker Jackson-Cartwright NZ Breakers basketball
Parker Jackson-Cartwright and the NZ Breakers will play three of their first five games at home. PHOTO: ANBL

It will be a unique start to the season for the NZ Breakers, with the first game of Australian National Basketball League (ANBL) campaign against the Brisbane Bullets in Perth on September 21.

In a first-of-its-kind initiative from the ANBL, all 10 teams will play in Western Australia for the inaugural HoopsFest, timed to coincide with Perth's school holidays.


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That means there will be one extra regular season game this season, with 29 games played over six months from September to February.


"HoopsFest is the first of its kind and is the biggest and best weekend in the sport's history, and we are thrilled to bring it to life for the first time in Perth," said ANBL chief executive David Stevenson.


The Breakers will then jet back from Perth for their first home game in Auckland against the South East Melbourne Phoenix at Spark Arena on Sunday, September 29, at the special time of 7.30 pm.


It promises to be an action-packed October for the Breakers. The schedule has a two-week gap, which is historically filled by a trip to the United States, where the club plays two NBA games.


The tradition stretches back to 2019 when the Breakers first took on the Phoenix Suns.



Last October, the NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers caught the eye of free agent Anthony Lamb, who had come off a season playing 62 games for the Golden State Warriors.


The fixture against the Trail Blazers and the subsequent encounter against the Utah Jazz prompted the gifted small forward, with three-years’ experience in the NBA, to sign a one-year deal with the Breakers for the remainder of the ANBL season.


It proved to be a masterstroke, with Lamb showcasing himself as a genuine superstar of the

ANBL before his season was cruelly cut short when he ruptured his Achilles tendon at the back end of the season.


Despite playing just 22 of the 28 regular-season games and being ruled out of playoffs, Lamb still made Breakers history by being named to the All-ANBL First Team, alongside teammate Parker Jackson-Cartwright.


"There's no bigger environment than an NBA arena," said Lamb. "So being able to go and play a couple of exhibition games is priceless to a player and a big opportunity to anyone looking to play in the ANBL but also looking for a path to the NBA."



The second home game at Spark Arena on Saturday October 19, at 7.30 pm comes against the Breakers’ biggest rivals, who have former Breakers guard Tai Webster and the league’s MVP Bryce Cotton on their roster.


The Breakers then travel south for the first of three games in the Garden City throughout the season, on Thursday, October 24 at Wolfbrook Arena against the Phoenix.


Christchurch also hosts games on Thursday, December 5 against the Dean Vickerman-coached Melbourne United and Friday, January 24, against the Brisbane Bullets.


Two days after that first Christchurch game, the Breakers make a long-awaited return to Wellington for the first Breakers game in the capital since 2019.


The Saturday, December 7 game at TSB Arena will be extra special because it renews the rivalry against the Sydney Kings, who beat the Breakers in the historic five-game ANBL Final series in 2023.



The traditional Taranaki fixture is also in the Breakers’ schedule with a return to New Plymouth on January 13 against Melbourne United.


There are eight games in total at Spark Arena, and if the regular season goes down to the wire like it did last season, then the Breakers' schedule puts them in the best position possible to get into the six-team postseason.


"Our final two games of the regular season are at Spark Arena," said Breakers chief executive Lisa Edser.


“Our fans will back us to win those games against the Taipans and Hawks, giving us incredible momentum into the post season.


"We have seen over the last couple of seasons that we are virtually impossible to beat when we go into games with momentum.



"With a new coach and a new look team lead by Parker Jackson-Cartwright, this season is shaping up as the most exciting we've ever had."


Memberships go on sale on Wednesday and are available from the Breakers' website, while tickets to all the games will go on sale next month.


NZ BREAKERS 2024-25 ANBL SCHEDULE 

 

DATE

OPPONENT

VENUE

NZ TIME

1

Saturday, 21 September 

Brisbane Bullets

HBF Stadium, Perth

8:00pm

2

Sunday, 29 September 

SEM Phoenix

Spark Arena

7:30pm

3

Thursday, 17 October

Brisbane Bullets

Brisbane Entertainment Centre

9:30pm

4

Saturday, 19 October

Perth Wildcats

Spark Arena

7:30pm

5

Thursday, 24 October

SEM Phoenix

Wolfbrook Arena, Christchurch

7:30pm

6

Sunday, 27 October

Sydney Kings

Qudos Bank Arena

4:30pm

7

Saturday, 2 November

Adelaide 36ers

Spark Arena

7:30pm

8

Monday, 4 November

Melbourne United

John Cain Arena

9:30pm

9

Saturday, 9 November

Tasmania Jackjumpers

MyState Bank Arena

7:30pm

10

Saturday, 16 November

Cairns Taipans

Cairns Convention Centre

7:30pm

11

Thursday, 28 November

Illawarra Hawks

WIN Entertainment Centre

9:30pm

12

Sunday, 1 December

Perth Wildcats

RAC Arena

6:30pm

13

Thursday, 5 December

Melbourne United

Wolfbrook Arena, Christchurch

7:30pm

14

Saturday, 7 December

Sydney Kings

TSB Arena, Wellington

7:30pm

15

Thursday, 12 December

Tasmania Jackjumpers

Eventfinda Stadium

7:30pm

16

Saturday, 14 December

Adelaide 36ers

Adelaide Entertainment Centre

7:30pm

17

Friday, 20 December

Sydney Kings

Spark Arena

7:30pm

18

Wednesday, 25 December

Tasmania Jackjumpers

MyState Bank Arena

TBC

19

Tuesday, 31 December

Cairns Taipans

Cairns Convention Centre

9:30pm

20

Sunday, 5 January

Perth Wildcats

Spark Arena

4:30pm

21

Wednesday, 8 January

Brisbane Bullets

Brisbane Entertainment Centre

9:30pm

22

Saturday, 11 January

Illawarra Hawks

WIN Entertainment Centre

7:30pm

23

Monday, 13 January

Melbourne United

TSB Stadium, New Plymouth

7:30pm

24

Thursday, 16 January

Tasmania JackJumpers

Spark Arena

7.30pm

25

Saturday, 18 January

SEM Phoenix

State Basketball Centre

7.30pm

26

Friday, 24 January

Brisbane Bullets

Wolfbrook Arena

7.30pm

27

Sunday, 26 January

Adelaide 36ers

Adelaide Entertainment Centre

6.30pm

28

Saturday, 1 February

Cairns Taipans

Spark Arena

7.30pm

29

Wednesday, 5 February

Illawarra Hawks

Spark Arena

7.30pm


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