Kay makes Boomers squad, as Govers scored for Kookaburras

Foes and friends: Hawks big man Nick Kay and Melbourne's Chris Goulding are in the Australian Commonwealth Games team. Picture: AAP Image/Hamish Blair
Foes and friends: Hawks big man Nick Kay and Melbourne's Chris Goulding are in the Australian Commonwealth Games team. Picture: AAP Image/Hamish Blair

Illawarra Hawks big man Nick Kay earned his place in the Boomers’ Commonwealth Games squad, as Albion Park’s Blake Govers continues to push his case for Kookaburras selection for next month’s competition on the Gold Coast. 

Kay, in four qualifying games, averaged 6.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 45% from the field.

Melbourne’s Chris Goulding was added to the squad in place of Hawks teammate Mitch Norton, with Perth guard Damian Martin also included in the Games team. 

The Sydney Kings player Brad Newley is the only member of the squad who was also part of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games campaign.

“To be named to pull on the green and gold in a month’s time is truly special,” Newley said.

“We have seen the strength of these players throughout the NBL season this year and I believe we will all work together strongly in April.

"A Games on home soil is a great thing, I got to experience it in Melbourne in 2006 but I know all the boys are looking forward to it.”  The announcement came as Govers scored in Australia’s 4-2 hockey victory over India on Tuesday, chasing a place in the Azlan Shah final in Malaysia before the Commonwealth Games team is announced.

With Illawarra’s Flynn Ogilvie also in the team, Govers scored the fourth goal in the 43rd minute, making the most of a rebound off his own short corner. 

India hit back with two late goals, before Australia took on Ireland on Wednesday night.