BASKETBALL: The new season gets under way tomorrow for CWA Fury with a home National Shield tie against Anglia Ruskin University at Lynnsport.
But they will have to start their competitive season without several star names following new rules introduced by the FIBA governing body.
With a large number of new mainland European players registering to play for Fury, they must first be registered with their birth nation.
With Russian, Latvian and Lithuanian players all queuing up to play for Fury, which prides itself on the United Nations of Norfolk tag adopted last season, it means the West Norfolk side will have to wait before the new talent can show what they are capable of.
Club chairman and men’s senior coach, James Bamfield said: “Due to new FIBA regulations, it is unlikely Fury will be able to field any of our new players but the game will see a debut for Stuart Wharf, a 6’8” forward.”
Club captain Richard Milbourne added: “It’s always exciting at the start of any season. This year especially so after such a successful season.
“Saturday is the first step on a new challenge. It’s a new team so we know very little about them. If we go out and play to our potential then I’m confident we can do what we need to do to progress.
“Club sponsor and promoter Kevin Holland said: “Saturday is what we have been waiting for since April.
“Last season went down to the last 10 seconds of the last game. This time we have learned from that experience and know what we have to do.”
Linnets football fans are being offered a £1 discount on entry if they show the match ticket from the FA Cup tie at The Walks against Hednesford.
Doors open at 5.15pm for the 6pm tip-off. Admission is £5 for adults and £3 under-16s.