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Buccaneers showcasing the best of Geraldton basketball

Lachlan AllenGeraldton Guardian
Liam Hunt watch his teammates as they run a drill.
Camera IconLiam Hunt watch his teammates as they run a drill. Credit: Lachlan Allen

The Geraldton Buccaneers were put through their paces at Tuesday night’s training session ahead of Saturdays NBL1 West season-opener against the South West Slammers.

The Buccs’ new-look squad was on show at Activewest Stadium, as they ramped up preparations for the weekend’s back-to-back matches.

While they have brought in players from the Eastern States and overseas to strengthen their roster, they have supplemented this with local talent.

The remarkable return of Liam Hunt is one step closer after the Buccs announced last week that Hunt has signed on for the 2022 NBL 1 West Season.

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Hunt suffered a serious knee injury in 2020 which has kept him out of action for almost two years.

Hunt was not involved in training but could be seen on the sidelines supporting his teammates.

The Buccs have also announced a slew of new signings and the return of some familiar faces this week.

Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association’s most valuable player for 2022, Johny Narkle, has signed for the NBL 1 West Season.

Dempsey Joseph has re-signed for the NBL1 West Season in 2022.

Local 17-year-old Tom Dobson has signed for the 2022 NBL1 West Season, fresh from his inclusion in the U19 Australian Men’s squad camp with Basketball Australia.

Harry Evans has signed for the NBL1 West Season and will head off to Ballarat this month to play in the U18 Australian Junior Championships, for the WA State Country Men’s team.

He will be joined by Bob Griechen at the junior championships, who has also signed for the NBL1 West Season.

Local talents Clayton Parfitt, Toby Gerreny and Elliot Bennet have all signed on for 2022.

The Buccs stated they “are stoked to have a wealth of talent and experience across there NBL1 West and Division 1 squads this year”.

The Buccaneers will face the South West Slammers at 7pm on Saturday, before following that up on Sunday against the Mandurah Magic at 12pm.

Both matches will be live-streamed on the NBL 1 West website.

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