The future’s looking reel bright for Adekponya on the Gold Coast
WITH his fledgling digital career on the rise, it makes sense for Cairns’ Matthew Adekponya to be on the Gold Coast.
The athletic guard has ended his state league spell in Western Australia after signing with QBL club Gold Coast Rollers.
The Rollers, who missed the playoffs with a 6-11 record last season, were looking for more offensive output after losing Torrey Craig to the NBA in the middle of 2017.
Adekponya starred in WA’s SBL last season, averaging a touch over 22 points, seven rebounds and almost five assists a game for the Perry Lakes Hawks, who qualified for the finals.
The Far North product, who recently released his first feature-length documentary, believes being on the Gold Coast will be best for his basketball and fledgling film career.
“I think it’s a combination between the location and the challenge,” Adekponya said.
“With momentum in the digital space now it’s also a great fit being in South East Queensland.
“I’ve only ever played QBL in the north, so this year will have a completely different feel. I’ll miss playing those northern teams twice a year but I’m looking forward to some new rivalries down south.”
The Rollers were last season coached by FIBA Hall of Fame member Pero Cameron but the New Zealander has been replaced by former Ipswich coach Mick Conlon.
Conlon has inked a two-year deal with the Rollers and has been looking at nabbing Adekponya for years.
“We are thrilled to have him on board,” Conlon said. “I have tried to get him to whoever I am coaching for the last two or three years.”
In an exciting development for basketball on the Gold Coast, North Gold Coast have been added to the QBL for the 2018 season.
Adekponya links with the Rollers after previously winning a championship with Mackay and turning out with the Cairns Marlins.
Adekponya’s Rollers will add to the Marlins’ list of grudge matches in 2018, including Cameron Tragardh’s Mackay, James Mitchell’s Rockhampton and Jeromie Hill, who has suggested he will return to the Sunshine Coast Phoenix Clippers.
The 2018 QBL fixtures were released this week. The Marlins and Dolphins will open the new season with a massive triple-header, facing South West Metro, Ipswich and Toowoomba over April 27-29.
The Cairns clubs have their first home game of the campaign in Round 2 against Mackay.
The Townsville Heat will open their championship defence with a grand final replay against the Mackay Meteors.