WNBL fixture released as bumper basketball patch continues

THE basketball action does not stop, with the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) releasing the fixture for the upcoming 2023/24 season.

Australia’s premier women’s basketball competition is back for another instalment, following up an entertaining season that saw the Townsville Fire win it all in a dominant finish to their campaign.

The upcoming fixture will begin in November, running through until March where another winner will be crowned. In terms of timing, the season takes place in between the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup (which saw Australia take home bronze) and the 2024 Paris Olympics, where the Opals will be eager to go a couple of steps further and secure gold.

There will be 84 games across 16 rounds of play that are sure to showcase the best Australia has to offer on the basketball front. Although, there will be a break at the start of February as the Australian Opals look to compete for a spot in the Olympics.

Indigenous Round will kick off the fixture, with the season opener set to take place between the Adelaide Lightning and the Melbourne Boomers on November 1 in a bumper opening week that is full of entertaining matchups.

The opening week will see a number of sides unveil new recruits, with the likes of Anneli Maley, Tess Madgen and Cayla George all joining different teams over the off-season and donning new colours to kick off the 2023/24 fixture.

Townsville will unveil its championship banner in Round 2 at home against the Southside Flyers in the rematch of last year’s grand final series, with the latter out for revenge after not matching it with the Fire on the big stage.

Head of the WNBL, Christy Collier-Hill expressed her excitement in the fixture’s release on Wednesday.

“In unveiling the fixture today, we really hope fans around Australia grab their calendars and mark these dates in the diary because we’re set for a bumper season of women’s basketball,” Collier-Hill said.

“We’re looking forward to once again embracing and celebrating Indigenous Round, which will take place in the opening round, while also raising awareness for our charity partner Share The Dignity via Period Poverty Round which falls in Round 14.

“There were some terrific games and match-ups last year, and we had a wonderful finals series, so I can’t wait for the action to tip off on November 1 and see what storylines evolve in the League’s 44th season.”

The full fixture can be viewed below.

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