Australian Masters Games

Star-studded Steelers aim for 3 Basketball Golds

Dan Crouch - 7 October 2015

Star-studded Steelers aim for 3 Basketball Golds

Former Australian representative Mike McKay had even his opposition giving him high fives after some outstanding plays during the Steelers’ win in the 50+ men's basketball today.

Competing at the 15th Australian Masters Games in Adelaide, McKay, a former NBL star and a representative of the Australia's Olympic basketball team the Boomers, led the team in scoring as they defeated the Myths and Legends 43-35.

The Steelers have entered teams in the 45+, 50+ and 55+ age groups, all of which are undefeated so far through three days of play.

The three teams are comprised of friends who have met and played together since their junior district basketball careers at various clubs such as Sturt Sabres, North Adelaide Rockets and West Adelaide Bearcats. As their junior and senior careers wound down, the men have kept playing together regularly in Masters competitions both locally, interstate and international.

The Steelers have travelled as far as Torino, Italy to take part in the World Masters Games in 2013, where the 45+ men won a silver medal and the 50+ men won bronze.

McKay earned life membership from the Adelaide 36ers after his 18 year NBL career which included accolades such as Rookie of the Year in 1985, Sixth Man of the Year in 1996, and an NBL championship with the 36ers in 1986.

He played with the Australian Boomers at the 1992 Olympics and again at the 1994 Basketball World Cup. Peter Sexton of the 45+ Steelers team was also a member of the 36ers championship team with McKay.

Starring alongside McKay in the win was Peter Dawe, who has formerly played alongside McKay in the NBL with the West Adelaide Bearcats. Other former NBL players among the Steelers’ three teams include Graham Kubank, Darren Breeding and Matthew Buck.

As the Games progress, all three Steelers squads look likely to take home gold medals, having combined for no losses from eight games.

The 15th Australian Masters Games are being held in Adelaide, October 3-10, featuring more than 10,000 participants from across Australia and around the world.

The Australian Masters Games is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia. 

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