Friday, August 2, 2019

Perth, Melbourne and Sydney for the FIBA World Cup Exhibition games: Team USA, Canada Basketball, Tall Blacks and the Aussie Boomers

30HomeGames is traveling Australia
for FIBA World Cup Exhibition Games.
I traveled around Australia in 2018 for NBL basketball. In a few weeks I'll be retracing my steps in Perth and Melbourne as I make return visits for the love of the game. This time for the FIBA World Cup Friendlies featuring Team USACanada Basketball, the Tall Blacks and our Aussie Boomers.

Though I watched Team USA during the Sydney Olympics in 2000, this will be the first time I'll see them in FIBA Action. I've gotten a taste of the Canadian team and the Tall Blacks with FIBA Americas and FIBA Oceania respectively. Canada are of particular interest as they have the potential to load their team with NBA stars, much like Australia. Whether they can attract them for this World Cup campaign is another matter.

A bonus of this trip will be reconnecting with a charming family of hoopsheads I first met in Adelaide at the start of my #30HGoztour. I reunited with them pre-game for the Perth leg of my national tour and joined them for dinner. I'll be cheering on the Boomers alongside them this time around.

Perth (Thu Aug15 - Sun Aug18)

Team Canada VS Aussie Boomers
FRI Aug16 (5:30pm tip-off)
Sat Aug17 (5:30pm tip-off)

RAC Arena
700 Wellington St,
Perth WA 6000


- Embargo Lifted: One night of Australian basketball & NBA talk in Perth (Aug14)
- The Nostalgia Box, Perth Game Console Museum
- Freo.Social
- Perth Craft Beer Festival (Fri Aug16 - Sun Aug18)
- lo-fi Store
- MJ Toy Historian

Lazy Susan's Comedy Den
- Comedy Lounge
- The Laugh Resort (The Shoe Bar and Cafe)

- New Horizon Pro-Wrestling, Guardians of Wrestling (Sat Aug24)
- Explosive Pro Wrestling, Hell or High Water (Sat Aug31)

- Game City
- Perth Pinball Community
- Where to Play Pinball in Perth

Melbourne (Thu Aug22 - Sun Aug25)

Team USA VS Aussie Boomers
Thu Aug22 (7:30pm tip-off)
Sat Aug24 (2pm tip-off)

Marvel Stadium - Docklands
740 Bourke St,
Docklands VIC 3008


- Sticky Institute
- NBL1 Championship Game (Aug17)
- Poutine Festival at Ascot Loft (Aug24)

A Guide to Melbourne’s Comedy Rooms
- Attik [Stand-up in the Attik] (Thursdays, 8pm)
- Basement Comedy Club (Saturday 8pm)
- Catfish Comedy (Tuesdays 8pm)
- Comedy at the Coopers Inn (Fridays 8pm)
- The Comic’s Lounge (Tuesdays to Sunday)
- Crab Lab (Wednesday 8:30pm)

- Magica Battle (Fri Aug9)
- MCW New Horizons (Sat Aug31)

- Pinball Paradise
- Bartronica
- Melbourne Pinball Finder
- Mr Pinball Australia (Flip Out 2019 in October)

Team Canada vs Tall Blacks
Tue Aug20 (7:30pm tip-off)
Wed Aug21 (7:30pm tip-off)

Olympic Blvd, Sydney
Olympic Park NSW 2127

Team USA vs Team Canada
Mon Aug26 (7:30pm tip-off)

Qudos Bank Arena
19 Edwin Flack Ave,
Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127


- Find my Game Day posts for Melbourne United and the Perth Wildcats
- Follow my daily snapshots on the @30HomeGames Instagram and hashtag #30HGoztour
- Visiting the 8 NBL cities: An 8 Home Games tour of Australia for the NBL and FIBA Basketball