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    Quote Originally Posted by koberulz View Post
    I don't believe Illawarra has that much of a tradition with NYE games, they've merely had a few over the years, so you've got two games to rotate between five teams, which seems entirely reasonable even assuming all five want a game on that night in the first place.
    Would you mind sharing with this forum your Benchmark for when something transitions from "merely had a few over the years" to a recognised 'tradition'?

    Wollongong / Illawarra has had / will have a home NYE game 5 out of the last 6 seasons, with them missing out on 2015 due to Cirque du Soleil.

    I can imagine a similar level of outrage should it be 'taken away from them for no good reason' with ubiquitous catch cries of "killing small markets", "you love big cities", and my personal facebook favourite "our struggling economy needs it".

    Quote Originally Posted by koberulz View Post
    And again, arrangements were such that Cairns already had their venue booked. So something was presumably in place.
    Whilst Cairns would have put arrangements in place to pencil in the NYE slot, one would suggest Due Diligence dictates you don't lock in your venues until something as critical as the Schedule is finalised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeThrows View Post
    There's no need to get nasty about it, @mattic.
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    I'm just hoping that we can discuss the season ahead from the point of view of what's possible with the players, and if anyone has any idea what might be going ahead with potential new signings.
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    I just don't think going on about it in this forum is going to have any effect on those issues and I'm sick of reading posts by @BellBivDevoe, but I can't stop myself from reading them and couldn't be bothered ripping him/her a new one.
    Sounds like a personal problem, requiring self-discipline rather than a demand for others to stop doing what this forum is designed for.
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    Another consideration for Cairns is the loss of the Reptile Rumble, with Townsville's demise. So they're down three marquee games.

    And this coming a season after Townsville got possibly the worst draw in NBL history, a year when Townsville aren't in the league to be on the wrong end of all the decisions, is unlikely to be a coincidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koberulz View Post
    Another consideration for Cairns is the loss of the Reptile Rumble, with Townsville's demise. So they're down three marquee games.
    In 2012-13 the attendance for TSV @ CRN was 4473 + 3881, NZ @ CRN netted 4661 + 5217

    In 2013-14 the attendance for TSV @ CRN was 3894 + 4567, NZ @ CRN netted 4747 + 3823

    In 2014-15 the attendance for both TSV @ CRN were not recorded, NZ @ CRN netted 4467 + 3740

    In 2015-16 the attendance for TSV @ CRN was 4850 with one not recorded, both NZ @ CRN were not recorded.

    Not counting the missing numbers TSV games @ CRN average 4333, NZ games @ CRN 4442.

    A marquee game suggests it is your highest attendance games, can we eliminate TSV as marquee anything now?

    Also...NZ are still in the league as a major drawcard.

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    Default Ready, set...

    It looks like the Snakes are finally (nearly!) ready to let us know who's going to be running the show this year.

    The Cairns Post ran this article today suggesting the Taipans missed out on some talent the league has already drawn for 2016/17 due to inadequate funding of the playing roster.

    It also goes to hint the search for a 3-man and a back up 5 may be near to conclusion.

    Will Matt Burston or Damon Heuir be the Taipans 11th man?

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    Default Taipans sign Travis Trice to first import spot

    Taipans sign Travis Trice to first import spot

    The CQUniversity Cairns Taipans have signed former Michigan State University standout point guard Travis Trice for the 2016-17 season.

    Trice led his seventh-seeded Michigan State Spartans to the NCAA Final Four as a senior in 2015, claiming East Region MVP honours and averaging 19.0 points and 4.2 assists.

    It was this Final Four run that first piqued Taipans head coach Aaron Fearne?s interest.

    ?They made a massive run to the final four, and he was a huge part of driving them there.

    ?Travis was really impressive there and I actually made a lot of deep investigations for last year?s import positions, but he?d wanted to go the D-League route instead,? Fearne said.

    The 183-centimetre playmaker went on to sign a partially-guaranteed deal with the NBA?s New York Knicks in 2015, before being assigned to their Westchester Knicks D-League affiliate for 2015-16.

    In 49 games for Westchester, he averaged 15.3 points and 5.7 assists.

    ?He had an outstanding season with Knicks; playing the triangle offence isn?t easy, and he did a really good job,? Fearne said.

    Trice is known for his deadly mid-range game, but has also shown he can convert from long range and score at the rim.

    He demonstrated his ability to perform under the spotlight in the Final Four, capping a breakout senior year at Michigan State where he doubled his output as a starter.

    In 39 games, Trice scored 15.3 points and dished out 5.1 assists, up from 7.3 points and 2.3 assists in his junior year.

    ?He?s a winner, coming from a winning programme. He?ll bring a high level of intelligence, effort and execution, which will be really important,? Fearne said.

    ?He?s played on the biggest stage. He?s played in the Final Four just like Scottie Wilbekin did. That?s the biggest stage there is and he went out there and played really well.?

    ?We think he?ll be a good fit for us. The point guard position in the NBL is really strong, so you need players who can hold their own in that spot.?

    Travis Trice Biography
    Height: 183cm
    Weight: 77kg
    DOB: 22/01/93
    College: Michigan State (2011-2015)
    Professional: New York Knicks, NBA (2015); Westchester Knicks, D-League (2015-16).
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    Nice. Trice looks the goods.
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    Fuquan Edwin rumoured to be the second import signing for Cairns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miracle.touch View Post
    Fuquan Edwin
    Surely Edwin's not that bad...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattic View Post
    Surely Edwin's not that bad...
    I will admit when I first heard his name I cringed a little bit. He would have copped some teasing at school.
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    I think I'd go by either "Foo", or "Quan" if that were my name.

    And if I had a choice. I guess that's the great thing about growing up in Australia, you don't get to choose your own nickname, it gets chosen for you.

    I don't think there's a school in Australia where his nickname wouldn't have been Fuq Ed. That would be a tough childhood!

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    On a more serious note, though, if he's the guy, it seems like Fearne has really gone for a defensively minded guy at the three. I was hoping he'd have found a scorer at that spot. I did hear that Jaron Johnson was made an offer and we were outbid by the deep pocket's of the Wildcats.

    I wonder if it's also true that the big that Fearne was talking to is the guy who's rumoured to be going to MU, Devin Williams. We'd have been outbid by them, too, for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeThrows View Post
    I don't think there's a school in Australia where his nickname wouldn't have been Fuq Ed.
    Even the teachers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattic View Post
    Surely Edwin's not that bad...
    He's Fuq Ed
    Will you take a 5 Dennis, take a 5 please!

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    Default Taipans sign Fuquan Edwin

    Taipans sign Fuquan Edwin

    Media release: Tuesday 16 August 2016
    The CQUniversity Cairns Taipans today confirmed the signing of sharpshooter and defensive specialist forward Fuquan Edwin to its second import position.

    Edwin starred for Seton Hall University from 2010 to 2014, finishing his senior year as the Big East Defensive Player of the Year with 2.7 steals per game.

    The 198-centimetre forward played 127 games for Seton Hall, averaging 12.9 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 36.4 per cent from long range.

    Edwin spent his rookie season with the NBA D-League?s Sioux Falls Skyforce, posting 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game and earning NBA D-League All-Defensive First Team honours.

    He arrives in Cairns after professional stints in Venezuela and Israel.

    Taipans head coach Aaron Fearne said Edwin?s skillset would add scoring punch in a system likely to generate plenty of looks from outside.

    ?Obviously with Nate (Jawai) being the focal point for us in the paint we need guys around him who can make plays from the perimeter,? Fearne said.

    ?Fuquan will definitely have his foot on the pedal from an offensive point of view. He?s aggressive as a scorer, which we will need.

    ?He has a great ability to shoot the ball, and he?ll bring an aggressive mindset to the group.?

    Edwin is the Taipans? second import signing in as many weeks, following the signing of former Michigan State star Travis Trice.

    As with Trice, Fearne had first pursued Edwin after his play at last year?s NBA Summer League.

    ?I was really impressed with him at last year?s NBA Summer League so I made some inquiries, but he ended up playing in Israel in a very good league,? Fearne said.

    ?Before that he played in an outstanding conference in the Big East, and as a pro he?s played really well.?

    ?To date with Travis and Fuquan we?ve added two really good pieces, and I?m looking to getting them integrated into our system,? he said.

    Edwin is scheduled to join Taipans camp next week.

    Biography: Fuquan Edwin

    DOB: 17/09/1991

    Height: 198cm

    Weight: 94kg

    College: Seton Hall (2010-2014)

    Professional: Sioux Falls Skyforce, D-League (2014-15), Guaros de Lara, Venezuela LNB (2015), Ironi Nes Ziona, Israeli Premier League (2015-16).

    Achievements:

    • 2011-12: NCAA National Leader in Steals Per Game (3.0)
    • 2013: All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention and received First Team All-Metropolitan honours
    • 2014: BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
    • 2014-15: Led BIG EAST in steals for the second time in three seasons
    • Owns Seton Hall school record of 8 steals in one game (twice)

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    Sounds like a good replacement for Craig.

    To avoid any future embarassment, can I take it the name is pronounced Foo-Kwan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellBivDevoe View Post
    Sounds like a good replacement for Craig.

    To avoid any future embarassment, can I take it the name is pronounced Foo-Kwan?
    That's what I'd guess, BellBivDevoe - I haven't heard it pronounced by him, but I reckon you're right.

    I'm gonna start calling him Foo and see if it takes off.

    It's being suggested he's a 3 and D kind of guy, and his 3-pt percentage for Sioux Falls Skyforce is 39.8%, which is not bad... except that his average number of makes is only 2 per game, off 5 attempts. If he's going to be an outside threat like the Taipans need him to be, he's gonna need to take a few more shots than that!
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    Call him "Q", I'm told
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeThrows View Post
    That's what I'd guess, BellBivDevoe - I haven't heard it pronounced by him, but I reckon you're right.

    I'm gonna start calling him Foo and see if it takes off.

    It's being suggested he's a 3 and D kind of guy, and his 3-pt percentage for Sioux Falls Skyforce is 39.8%, which is not bad... except that his average number of makes is only 2 per game, off 5 attempts. If he's going to be an outside threat like the Taipans need him to be, he's gonna need to take a few more shots than that!
    Craig jacked up only 4 a game from outside and connected on average above 1.

    This guy sounds like a good pick up.

    a) He will benefit from the Nate's gravity on offence.

    b) His D will be crucial against the quality wings we have in this league now. Eg. Prather, Goulding, Newley, Abercrombie and Bevo's mystical flat out scorer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonG View Post
    Call him "Q", I'm told
    Way too many Bond Movies.

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    I imagine it's pronounced fuh-KWAHN.

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    Foo-KWON
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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonG View Post
    Foo-KWON
    Foo-Kwon awesome?
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    However the name is pronounced I'm going to sit back with a bag of popcorn when Homicide is calling the game.

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    Default Nnanna Egwu joins Cairns Taipans as third import

    Nnanna Egwu joins Cairns Taipans as third import

    Media release: Friday 26 August 2016
    The CQUniversity Cairns Taipans are close to finalising their roster with the signing of centre Nnanna Egwu (EGG-woo) to their third and final import spot.

    The 23-year old American recently played for the Erie BayHawks in the NBA D-League, averaging 9.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in the 2015/16 season.

    Head Coach Aaron Fearne scouted Egwu at this year’s NBA Summer League after receiving recommendations from Orlando Magic’s Conner Henry.

    “We watched him play in the Summer League in Orlando. Connor Henry, who previously coached in Perth and is now an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic provided good intel on him as a player, person and team mate,” explained Fearne.

    “After speaking with the Erie BayHawks, reports were all very consistent to what I had observed.

    “He will bring tremendous work ethic. I love his talk defensively and from the off-set you can tell he’s very hungry and wants to be successful.”

    Born in Nigeria, Egwu was raised in Chicago and fielded a number of basketball scholarships before selecting the University of Illinois.

    As a senior, Egwu averaged 6.5 points and 5.9 rebounds across 33 games, while leading the Fighting Illini in blocked shots from 2013-2015.

    His 201 career blocks holds the record for the best in the school’s history, and he went on to earn 2015 Big Ten All-Defensive Team honours and an invitation to join the Orlando Magic for Summer League.

    Egwu appeared in five pre-season games with the Magic, before being acquired by the Erie BayHawks as an affiliate player.

    “We wanted to get a legitimate athlete – and we needed a big body to complement Nate [Jawai] with the ability to play with him,” said Fearne.

    “He shoots extremely well for a big guy and has range on his jumper.

    “We’re aiming to get better at rebounding, better on the defensive end, and be a tougher team inside. Adding Nate and Nnanna should accomplish that.”

    Egwu joins Travis Trice and Fuquan Edwin in the import positions for the Taipans’ 2016/17 NBL campaign.

    The Cairns Taipans begin their pre-season this Sunday, hosting the Eastern Washington Eagles at 4:00pm. Trice has been cleared to play and will suit up for the first time at Early Settler Stadium.
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