The GMHBA Ballarat Miners Vice-Captain Ash Constable will this weekend play his 100th SEABL game as the Miners take on Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (BA CoE) and aim to finish atop of the SEABL South Conference.
Constable is originally from Horsham but moved to Ballarat for school and sporting opportunities in 2007 aged 14.
He moved his way through the junior ranks at Basketball Ballarat and the Basketball Victoria Country pathway and was selected in the u/17 Australian squad in 2012.
Constable first played in the SEABL team in 2013 and 2014 under then Head Coach David Flint.
Since 2014 Constable has spent the past three NBL seasons at the Cairns Taipans as a development player, training and working on his game building his knowledge and challenging himself to improve.
GHMBA Ballarat Miners Head Coach Eric Hayes said “This is a fantastic achievement for Ash as a Ballarat Junior that has come through the ranks and continued to work to achieve at the senior level.” Hayes continued “Ash has worked extremely hard to develop his game and his body over the years to give himself the best chance to reach his goal to play NBL.”
Hayes added “His training with Cairns in the NBL for the last three years has really helped him to develop a professional approach to the game and each year he has come back a better player physically and mentally which has been great for our program.”
Constable spoke of the acheivement “To play 100 games with my home club is a great accomplishment. I see Ballarat as home and to come back each year you can see the club is getting better, stronger and more professional.”
Constable is thankful for the opportunities Ballarat has provided “I am really appreciative of the opportunities Ballarat has provided me to take my basketball to the next level but also help me to achieve my study goals.”
Constable will take to the MARS MINERDOME on Saturday night with the GMHBA Ballarat Miners who will be looking for their 16th win and finishing at least in the top two with the chance of first place if other results go their way.
Hayes finished with “We will certainly go out this weekend and do a little extra to celebrate this fantastic achievement. Congratulations Ash”.
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