Big Time Baller!

Published on 15 July 2019

Man with basketball

Ever since Shaun Bruce watched his two older brothers play basketball, he knew it was something that he wanted to excel at. Now at 28 years old and having played professionally for the last seven years, Shaun is excited to call Rockhampton home as he takes his position in the local Queensland Basketball League (QBL) team, the Rockets, for this season.

Shaun comes into the 2019 season off the back of winning Most Valuable Player in the QBL while playing for the Mackay Meteors in 2017, followed by a stint playing in Wellington, New Zealand, and then coming back to Adelaide to take up a spot in the NBL in 2018. After some lack-lustre seasons from the Rockets in recent years, many are excited at the prospect that Shaun brings to the 2019 QBL team along with fellow new recruit, Jamaal Robateau, and the continuation of team Captain and crowd favourite, James “Jimmy” Mitchell.

“Being 28 and having a fair bit of experience playing professionally, I think I can bring a fair bit of experience to the team.

“The Rockets have a fairly young team this year so I think that is where I can definitely come in to help the guys out and hopefully be a good mentor to them,” says Shaun.

The Rockhampton Rockets have been a force to be reckoned with over the years with a championship dynasty created to see them qualify for six straight QBL Grand Finals between 2009 and 2014, winning titles in 2010, 2013 and 2014. The club has been in a rebuilding phase over the past few years, but fans and coaches are confident that the 2019 squad is one of the best in the league and they are ready to make their mark.

“My first QBL game was here in Rocky when I was playing for Cairns and everyone told me how hard it was to win here.

“The atmosphere is so good and Rockhampton has built a bit of a fortress here at Adani Arena making them very hard to beat on home turf,” said Shaun.

Anyone who hasn’t experienced the electric atmosphere and passion at a Rockhampton basketball game is definitely missing out. The intimate Adani Arena has you only meters from the court, while fans energetically cheer for their home team in a series of chants, claps and the odd disagreement with a referees call. Whether you are a sports fan or not, it is a must to head to Adani Arena and check out the next home game for both the Rockets and Cyclones - you definitely won’t be disappointed.

Contact Rockhampton Basketball for ticket information on (07) 4922 5544