THE Albury-Wodonga Bandits will open their SEABL championship defence with a blockbuster clash against Dandenong on March 16.
The Border club is expected to unfurl its SEABL and South Conference championship banners when it hosts Dandenong in a rematch of September’s SEABL title match.
The only other championship in the club’s three-decade history was the 2001 East Conference title.
Of further interest to Bandits fans will be the clash with former star point guard Jazz Ferguson, who has joined Bendigo.
The Bandits take on the Braves on April 13, a date no doubt already noted in the diaries of Ferguson’s former teammates
The high-scoring Kentucky native’s replacement has yet to be confirmed by the Bandits.
The Lady Bandits, rocked by the departure of star local Alex Duck in the off-season, will also open their campaign against the Rangers on March 16.
Duck, who has joined Geelong, won’t have to wait long to play on her old home floor, with the Supercats heading to the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre in round 2.
While the men have retained almost all of its players, the Lady Bandits outfit is yet to appoint a coach and imports Nya Mason and Rachelle Mathys are unlikely to return.