Sharks still keen to host finals in city
Southland Sharks general manager Jill Bolger says they are still keen to secure the rights to host the National Basketball League finals in Invercargill next year, although an official bid has yet to be lodged.
Bolger has previously stated they were keen to have the 2014 finals played in the rebuilt Stadium Southland as they try to defend the title they won this year.
Bolger attended an NBL franchise meeting last month, when the bidding for the finals series was brought up.
"What was decided from the meeting is they were going to to send out information to all the teams in order for them to put their bids together [to host the finals], but I haven't received anything about that yet," Bolger said.
Bolger hoped action would move quickly on this because if Invercargill were to secure the 2014 NBL finals series, that would be built into season membership packages.
Bolger said they were also working behind the scenes at other potential options to make the Sharks season membership more appealing for next season.
She hoped that would all be place before Christmas.
She also said the plan was to have the bulk of their playing roster sorted before Christmas as well.
Kevin Braswell is the only player officially locked in for next year, although Sharks officials are close to locking in many more of the champion 2013 team, including teenager Reuben Te Rangi.
Bolger said coach Paul Henare had been in discussions with several players.
One complicating factor for the Sharks could be a crossover between the Australian National Basketball League season the New Zealand domestic competition.
The New Zealand competition is likely to start a week earlier than the April 19 start date this year.
If the Breakers progress deep into the final series, the Sharks may be missing coach Henare and Te Rangi for the early part of the New Zealand season.
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