Giants to host long weekend double-header again as part of 2024 NBL1 draw

Neale HarveyKalgoorlie Miner
Matthew Van Pelt will take over as coach of the Goldfields Giants’ men’s squad.
Camera IconMatthew Van Pelt will take over as coach of the Goldfields Giants’ men’s squad. Credit: Unknown/Supplied

The Goldfields Giants have for the second straight season been afforded a double-header on their home court for the June long weekend as part of the official 2024 NBL1 fixtures released this week.

That series will open at Niels Hansen Stadium on June 1 when the home club takes on the Rockingham Flames, and concludes the following night against East Perth.

The Giants open the 2024 season in Perth on the weekend of April 6-7 opposing Lakeside and Rockingham before embarking on back-to-back home fixtures against Joondalup and South West on April 13 and April 20, respectively.

Round five includes a men’s trip to Geraldton on April 27 to take on the Buccaneers, finishing the next day in Perth against the Redbacks for both squads.

Overall, it is a favourable draw for the Giants, whose last 12 games feature seven at home, from May 25 against Lakeside, that includes the June 15 and June 22 fixtures.

Goldfields’ July 6 and July 13 games are also at Niels Hansen Stadium before rounding out the qualifying series against East Perth on the road on July 20.

In a major changing of the guard, the 2024 season will open with new coaches at the helm of the club’s NBL1 squads.

Jaymi Worthington is the Goldfields Giants women's head coach.
Camera IconJaymi Worthington is the Goldfields Giants women’s head coach. Credit: Travis Anderson/Supplied

American Matthew Van Pelt is due to arrive in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in January to start his role as the Giants’ men’s coach.

Jaymi Worthington last month became the club’s first woman named to a head coaching role when she was appointed to the helm of the Giants’ women’s team.

Neither squad made the play-offs last season.

Under Scott Manton, the Giants’ men finished 11th with seven wins.

The women’s squad under Rob Thomson also finished 11th with four wins after a horror run that included season-ending injuries to front-liners Amanda Wayment, Olivia Berry and Rachel Kehoe.

Worthington takes over after a three-year apprenticeship as an assistant coach for the women’s squad, which is gearing up for a third season in the NBL1 West division.

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