Darwin Salties off to Finals

NT Government

The Darwin Salties men’s team is off to the quarter finals this weekend after finishing sixth on the ladder.

On Saturday night the Salties will play their first quarter final in the NBL1 North Conference against USC Rip City in the Sunshine Coast.

There are 70 NBL1 Clubs across Australia and the Darwin Salties have the highest attendance and the most digital view of all the clubs.

To continue to support and advance the Salties, the Darwin Basketball Association is one of 52 organisations across the NT which received funding as part of the latest round of Community Benefit Fund Major Grants.

The grants support a range of events, infrastructure upgrades, and new equipment.

Darwin Basketball Association received $100,000 which will be used towards, upgrading seating in the grandstand. A 344-seat portable grandstand will be installed between courts 1 and 2, increasing the overall crowd capacity for events to more than 1300.

Upgrading facilities and increasing the capacity of the Darwin Basketball stadium not only provides improved spectator experiences, it means we are able to attract high-profile teams and puts Darwin on the agenda as a serious sports destination – having a flow-on effect that benefits the NT economy at every level.

Quotes from Chief Minister Natasha Fyles:

“In their inaugural season the Salties men’s team has made the finals – which is an incredible achievement for a new club.

“The Northern Territory Government has supported the Salties through Community Benefit funding and The Territory Boundless Possible as a sponsor. The $100,000 grant will mean more stadium seating and Salties cheering.

“Territory kids are seeing what is possible and are now striving to one day also be a Saltie. The Womens team performed extraordinary for their first season as well.

“I’m sure every basketball fan will be tuning in Saturday night on the NBL1 app and will be cheering on the Salties.”

Quotes from the Minister for Sport, Kate Worden:

“What a massive achievements by the Darwin Salties. They have trained hard, played well and now they are off to the finals.

“The Salties are the highest Territory team in any sport in the nation. A Semi-Professional Team playing in a national competition. The Women’s team has also had a first great season and we are so proud.

“Go Salties – the Territory is behind you!”

Northern Territory Government

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