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Alice Springs players and officials will feature in an exhibition match that will include leading NBL players at Traeger Stadium on May 5.

The exhibition match is part of the Athletes as Role Models Tour from May 1-10 in which some of the best basketball players in Australia will visit remote communities.

Among the players heading to the Red Centre include Chris Anstey, Daryl MacDonald, Darren Smith, Brett Wheeler and Brad Sheridan (Victoria Titans), Ricky Grace (Perth Wildcats), Dewey Michaels (Cairns Tiapans), Matt Garrison (Wollongong Hawks), Rupert Sapwell (Adelaide 36ers) Mike Kelly (Townsville Crocodiles), Adrian Newell (Melbourne Tigers) and Trevor Hardwick (Nunawading Spectres).

The Victoria Titans contingent will play against the other players, who will be known as the All Stars, from 7pm with local players filling each bench.

Those players include Michael Boyle, Tui Ford, Darryl Liddle, Jules Braud, Trent Abbott, Grant Astles, Lara Coughlin, Josh Hauser, Linda Camilleri and Sera Bray.

Victoria Titans coach Brian Goorjian will make the trip with former Canadian coach Todd Kozinca to take charge of the All Stars.

Centralians Steve Axton and Sue Martin have been appointed as assistant coaches for the exhibition match, but like the local players named for the match they haven’t been allocated a team.

Alice Springs Basketball Association referees Eric Neil, Michael Trainer and William Sevallos will control the match.

Following a launch at the Alice Springs Resort next Tuesday, the ARM Tour contingent will be divided and visit Aboriginal communities where they will host basketball clinics and talk to children about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.


After returning to Alice Springs, a clinic for junior players will be conducted by Daryl MacDonald on May 5 at Traeger Stadium with Brian Goorjian hosting a clinic for coaches that afternoon.

John Van Groningen, ARM Tour director, said: “This role modeling tour, focused on isolated indigenous youth, will see several current Olympians and other elite athletes sharing time, encouraging and enriching the lives of these young Australians.

“We’ll also be visiting the community health clinic run by World Vision at Papunya and attending the healthy lifestyle festival at Maryvale.”

After the exhibition game, the ARM Tour group will travel to the Ayers Rock region.

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