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Looking to bring WNBL to Shepparton

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January 12, 2017

Greater Shepparton Basketball Association domestic manager Tony Long is hoping to bring a game or two to Shepparton.

Women’s National Basketball League club Bendigo Spirit could play a regular season game in Shepparton.

The two-time WNBL champions trained in Shepparton on Monday night to show their support towards country Victorian towns.

The Spirit play their home games out of Bendigo Stadium, but Greater Shepparton Basketball Association domestic manager Tony Long is hoping to bring a game or two to Shepparton.

‘‘I’m working on it. I don’t think it will be this year, but hopefully it will be soon,’’ Long said.

The Spirit are tied up with sponsorship deals that would not allow them to play elsewhere for now, but if the opportunity presents Shepparton will come calling.

‘‘I have a good relationship with them, so when the time’s right, we will definitely try to bring them here,’’ Long said.

Spirit general manager Adam Tarr did not rule out Shepparton when asked about playing games away from their traditional home.

‘‘I’m not sure, but we’ll never say never. We have a few agreements in place with sponsorship in Bendigo , so I don’t think in the near future,’’ Tarr said.

‘‘Although our aim is to expose the sport in regional areas, so if the opportunity came up with Shepparton, we would have to have a look at it.’’

The Spirit return to the court tomorrow night as they face the Sydney Uni Flames in Bendigo.

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