Timaru misses out as Breakers head south
The New Zealand Breakers will return to the South Island for a pre-season match in 2013, but there will be no whistle-stop return to Timaru.
The two-time defending Australian National Basketball League champions will play the Melbourne Tigers at CBS Arena in Christchurch on September 10.
The match will be followed by a second encounter in Wellington's TSB Arena on September 12.
In September, the Breakers made a brief visit to Timaru during a rest day between games against The Wollongong Hawks in Christchurch and Dunedin.
The team ran an open training session in front of 1000 schoolchildren and then held a luncheon to raise money for South Canterbury Basketball.
Timaru's Promo Sports managing director Greg Shackell, who will oversee the marketing and management for the two-match tour, said Wellington was seen as a better option to host a game than Dunedin because it had a bigger capacity and it had been 10 years since the Breakers had played in Wellington.
The Breakers' visit to Timaru was seen as a goodwill gesture which was made convenient for geographical reasons.
Shackell said Dunedin had not been ruled out as a venue for future games, but because Christchurch would host the only South Island match, a stop in Timaru would not be possible.
Breakers general manager Richard Clarke said his organisation was pleased to continue its commitment in taking the team around New Zealand.
"We are excited by the opportunity to go back to Christchurch for the 2013 pre-season, and also to return to play in Wellington - 10 years after we played one of our first regular season games in the capital.
"Wellington has a fantastic basketball community and we are looking forward to getting them involved in this game."
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