14 December 2023

Southside sport returns to spiritual home ground this summer

| Morgan Kenyon
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UC Capitals VS Melbourne Boomers in 2022

UC Capitals will battle the Melbourne Boomers in Tuggeranong this December. Photo: Graham Denholm/Getty Images.

Kristen Veal’s second season as head coach of the UC Capitals has been well spent so far. The team has consistently attracted a crowd to the court, enjoying record memberships and high attendance, and landing several strong sponsorships.

A former Caps player herself, Kristen has also helped emerging players hone their skills and solidify their place as future stars.

This summer, Kristen will guide the team away from their usual home game court at the National Convention Centre towards their original stomping grounds at Southern Cross Stadium.

Kristen says the Caps look forward to playing against the Melbourne Boomers (15 December) and Bendigo Spirit (15 February) in Tuggeranong.

“Tuggeranong is where our team played for so long, our ‘spiritual home ground’, so to speak,” she says.

“It’s an older venue, but it holds so many wonderful memories of great games, players and moments on the court.”

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The Caps kept their core players from 2022 this season alongside some fresh faces, including Alex Fowler, Alex Sharp and Japanese National player Monica Okoye.

“It’s been a rocky start to the season with injuries, but we’re in good spirits and continue to double down on our potential and pride,” Kristen says.

“I couldn’t be more invested in or connected with this team and what we’re doing. Sport gives people a chance to be themselves – it’s about more than winning, it’s about the freedom felt on the court and the values we promote to our audience.

“I think a trip down memory lane on our old stomping grounds will be really enjoyable for our players and fanbase.”

UC Capitals team talks strategy at Southern Cross Stadium in Tuggeranong.

Kristen and the team take sports’ influence on younger generations very seriously. Photo: UC Capitals.

Trophies are great, but legacies are better in the Caps’ minds, with players’ connection to supporters always front and centre.

“The way we play our games and the impact we have on our audience is far more important than any championship title,” Kristen says.

“We have an unparalleled opportunity to show people, young women and girls in particular, that being bold and strong is a good thing.

“You can be gritty and vulnerable at the same time. Acknowledging our obstacles, showing resilience and celebrating the challenges we’ve overcome transfers to life off the court and helps create a sense of community pride.”

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Communications officer Aggie Bradshaw says Southern Cross Stadium offers a uniquely intimate setting, where fans can get close to the action and enjoy fun activations and competitions on court each quarter and timeout.

“Visitors can expect a fun, energising and family-friendly experience at Tuggeranong,” she says.

“Everyone’s favourite mascot, Cappie, will be there to interact with fans and get the crowd surging for our local basketball champions.

“The UC Capitals have a once-in-a-lifetime relationship between players, staff and fans that really translates to a family community. It’s amazing to know we are helping to build women’s sport in Canberra and across the country.”

Find out more and purchase your tickets for upcoming UC Capitals games at Ticketek.

Original Article published by Morgan Kenyon on Riotact.

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