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Bartercard had increased its level of their support to the NZ Breakers as of the 16th December. To view media releases regarding this please click the following links.

3 News: click here (video)
TVNZ: click here (video)
NZ Herald: click here
Radio Sport: click here

History:

On the night of Wednesday October 31, 2003, the NZ Breakers entered the Australian National Basketball League with a bang.
As the first New Zealand based franchise to gain entry to the Australian NBL, the Breakers treated a capacity crowd at North Shore Events Centre to a roller coaster ride of emotion and excitement.

From the stunning 42 point opening quarter, through to the frantic last second scramble that completed a 1 point victory, that first game announced that the Breakers had arrived, and New Zealand had a new sporting experience to enjoy.
The five seasons since have been just as much of a roller coaster ride, with changes to the coaching and playing staff, some fantastic wins balanced against the struggles of competing on the road on the back of a gruelling travel schedule.

The Breakers ended the 2007/08 season on the path of future promise, finishing in the top eight and making the Playoffs for the first time in club history. The Breakers shocked the Cairns Taipans on their home turf and took the win during the first round, only to fall to the Bullets in Brisbane during the second round.

The Breakers finished seventh on the ladder for the season.

The Club enters the 2008/09 Hummer NBL Championship with an enthusiasm brought about in the fourth season by Head Coach Andrej Lemanis. Returning Assistant Coach Dean Vickerman, who is also the Assistant Coach for the NZ Tall Blacks, and returning Assistant Coach Judd Flavell bring a high energy, high excitement brand of basketball that reflects the Breakers name.

With key players Kirk Penney, Phill Jones and Tony Ronaldson returning, and new signees CJ Bruton and Dillon Boucher, the Breakers look to move beyond last season in their quest for a championship season.

Support Bartercard’s newest sponsored team by following their games on Maori TV or tune into Radio Sport for live coverage. Visit www.nzbreakers.co.nz to find out more about these athletes and where and their game schedule.
 
 
Bartercard New Zealand is proud to sponsor Tony Ronaldson

PLAYER PROFILE:

Name : Tony Ronaldson
Date of Birth : Thursday, 25 May 1972
Height : 203 cm
Weight : 115kg
Court Position : Forward
NBL Clubs : Eastside Spectres 1990-91; South East Melbourne Magic 1992-98;
                   Victoria Titans 1999-2002; Perth Wildcats 2003 - 2007; NZ Breakers 2008
Birth Place : Adelaide, South Australia

More Information : 
The legendary Ronaldson who made his debut in 1900 - is one of only two players to play 600 matches in the NBL and surpassed Andrew Gaze’s NBL record of 612 games on November 1st 2008 against the Townsville Crocs. The 203cm centre/forward has played 616 matches and scored over 9543 points, appearing in seven NBL Grand Finals and being part of two Championship-winning teams in 1992 and 1996. No player has won more NBL matches than "Bear", a former Australian Boomer, double Olympian and a gold medalist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Adelaide-born, he is renowned as one of the game’s great ironmen, having missed only 15 matches due to injury in 19 NBL seasons, including a run of 324 consecutive games.
Great under the basket, a gun three-point shooter and a smart defender, the 36-year-old’s leadership and experience is proving invaluable at the Breakers, where he laid on the most assists in his first season – 3.8 per game, more than one assist per match higher than his career average.
 
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