The Townsville Guide to Commonwealth Games Basketball
As an Event City of the Commonwealth Games, Townsville will host some of the Commonwealth’s best basketball teams as they begin the charge towards medals. The preliminary rounds and qualifying finals will be contested in Townsville and Cairns, with Townsville hosting Pool B of the men’s competition and Pool A of the women’s competition.
With two high-energy matches of basketball included in every ticket session, GC2018.com has put together a guide to every action-packed day of basketball in Townsville. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children.
Read on to plan your Commonwealth Games Basketball experience.
Thursday 5 April
The men’s competition starts in the evening (Buy your tickets: BB0501) with England meeting Scotland in the opening match.
England won bronze in Melbourne and will be looking to improve on their result at GC2018.
Scotland’s Head of Performance, Barry Lang, said the Scots have been building towards the Games for two seasons. The team includes Great Britain’s captain Kieron Achara and the youngest member of the team, 17-year-old Callan Low.
In the same session, Cameroon will make their Commonwealth Games Basketball debut against India and will be hoping for a strong start to the competition. Cameroon finished fifth in the 2017 FIBA AfroBasket competition and India’s team are fondly known as The Indian Cagers.
Friday 6 April
The women’s basketball action starts in the evening (BB0601), with Canada against England.
Canada and England are the second and third seeds so it is set to be a close match to start the women’s event. England are the reigning women’s bronze medallists, securing third place in Melbourne in 2006, and while Canada are making their Games basketball debut, they’re in great form having reached the quarterfinals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In the next match of the session, the top seeded Australian women take to the court against fourth seed Mozambique.
Saturday 7 April
The men are back on court on the first Saturday of the Games (BB0701) with England playing against India.
Basketball’s popularity in India is growing. NBA great Kevin Durant visited India in 2017 and commented on the nation’s promising future in the sport.
In the second match of the session Scotland will take on Cameroon in their second round of the preliminary matches. If Cameroon’s nickname, the Indomitable Lions, is anything to go by, the competition will be fierce on the court.
Sunday 8 April
The day session (BBO801) sees Mozambique face third seed England in the women’s event, followed by Cameroon and England in the men’s.
In the evening (BB0802) it’s Australia and Canada, two opponents that are equally hungry for gold. Australia is fourth on the FIBA rankings and Canada is fifth, so the competition will be close.
Canada, the reigning FIBA Americas champions, have qualified for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in 2018.
To close out the day of competition, the Indian men’s team are up against Scotland.
Monday 9 April
In the final showdown of the preliminary rounds (BB0901) before the qualifying final matches are confirmed, the English women have challenging competition in Australia, and Canada and Mozambique will battle it out on court in their last chance to earn a place in the next phase of competition.
Tuesday 10 April
On Tuesday 10 April it’s qualifying finals time. The women’s qualifying final matches will be played in Townsville (BB1001) and the men’s matches in Cairns.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games is just the second time basketball has been contested at a Games, with the only other appearance in Melbourne in 2006.
Will Australia defend their gold medal rush from Melbourne? Will New Zealand be able to take gold instead of silver, or will a new team claim the crown?
You can also buy tickets for the Cairns preliminary matches and qualifying finals.
The Australian men's Basketball team:
The Australian women's Basketball team: