Blanchfield called into Boomers squad for Qatar game

Boom: Todd Blanchfield has moved to the Illawarra Hawks.

Boom: Todd Blanchfield has moved to the Illawarra Hawks.

Illawarra Hawks recruit Todd Blanchfield has been included in the Boomers squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Qatar in September.

Blanchfield is part of a 12-man list which also includes former Hawks players Kevin Lisch, Mitch Norton and Nick Kay.

“It’s great for Todd to have this opportunity,” Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis said.

“Todd knows the Boomers system and culture from the FIBA Asia Cup campaign and will slot straight back in to the group.”

Blanchfield was a member of the Boomers’ gold medal-winning team at the FIBA Asia Cup last year where he averaged 5.7 points per game at 46% shooting while Johnson’s inclusion follows a stellar NBL season that saw him earn All-NBL First Team honours with 16.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Having finished on top of their group at the end of the first round of qualifiers, Australia now cross-over to compete against Qatar, Kazakhstan and Iran.