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Chargers to return next NBL1 season

Not sure where this should go Category wise but the Hobart Chargers look set to resurrected next NBL season.

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Here is the article from The Mercury.

"THE rebirth of the Hobart Chargers is almost complete with the club submitting its application for entry into the NBL1 next season.
The Chargers, with support from Basketball Tasmania, put in their submission on Monday with Basketball Victoria and should have a positive answer in about a week whether the state's capital will have representation in the men’s and women’s NBL1 league next year.
After a previously turbulent history between the pair that saw the Chargers withdraw due to untenable relationship with the governing body, BT chief executive Chris McCoy said the Chargers had the backing of the state association.
But he said it would be a different Chargers to the one that soared to the SEABL men’s championship in 2018, especially with the likelihood of the state returning to the NBL either next year or the year after.

"It is best to be set up as a development-style program rather than import five players say," McCoy said.
“It will still obviously represent the city but gives an opportunity for our boys and girls coming through to play for the Chargers, especially with the NBL looking really positive, it is important we have that development pathway piece with some good strong imports around them to remain competitive and hopefully have some success at some stage.”

Prior to the rise and fall of the Southern Huskies, the Chargers played out of the Derwent Entertainment Centre, but may have to set up camp at the Kingborough Sports Centre if the DEC is undergoing a multimillion-dollar upgrade for a Tasmanian NBL team.
McCoy said the demise of the Huskies and the off season had given BT a chance to plan for the future
“It will give us all a good chance to ensure we are all on the same page and working together as a sport,” he said.

It has been great to step back from it all and plan for the future, you don’t always get these opportunities when the season is on and you are in the heat of the battle.
“We always wanted two teams on the floor from Hobart and we think two men’s (Chargers and North-West Thunder) and two women’s (Chargers and Launceston Tornadoes) was always the best model for the state and the Chargers has been such a strong brand so it made sense. “At this stage it is on track.”

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Anonymous  
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Mount Gambier are back in NBL1 as well

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Anonymous  
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They have never been in it.

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Anonymous  
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It would be excellent if they were both back

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Anonymous  
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Chargers got some good local talent but you would think they would bring in an import or two to be ultra competitive.

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Anonymous  
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Why wouldn't they bring in imports?

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Anonymous  
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Article said it would be a local team, hopefully to feed some players into there nbl team.

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Anonymous  
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They don't have an NBL team. The article said ""It is best to be set up as a development-style program rather than import five players say," McCoy said."

Clearly they will have imports with more local players playing.
Equally the Chargers have an AGM to get through yet. There is a lot of bad feeling after Bartlett decided to pull the pin.
Their major sponsors have gone and if they do return their budget will be far far less than in 2018 when the Men won the Championship. Certainly will be interested to see their financial position at the AGM.

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Anonymous  
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So many people commenting on stuff they don't know about.
The AGM will be a critical tipping point for the future of b'ball in the South.

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Just interested  
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Stewie and Nashie appointed Head Coachs for the Men's and Women's team respectively.

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Anonymous  
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""It is best to be set up as a development-style program rather than import five players say," McCoy said."
Great, they are already making excuses for being shit.
Cos clearly that is what every successful NBL team needs, is some piss poor team of hacks scraping shit in the bush leagues.
Also, typical fucking Hobart arrogance. Yeah we'll just piss off when we don't get our own way but for now we're back and we expect to be the feeder for the Tasmanian team. And just wait - the next story will be on how much of our taxes they expect the "state" (ie Hobart) government to tip in.

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Anonymous  
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You are tipping millions in already for your two afl teams, I'm sure a redevelopment of the dec and surrounds will be more beneficial to Hobart long term.

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Anonymous  
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I can guarantee you the Chargers won't be shit.
2 imports and most of the rest of the team local players.
The person who walked away is no longer president and the Government has for a few years now is assisting ALL Tassie teams in the NBL1.

When you have something real to contribute please post it, not this inflammatory hate filled mist truths.

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