Although the Sal’s NBL season has been delayed and we are all focused on the lockdown, we are excited to announce some talented Rams players over the next few days, all whom have come through the Mainland Eagles Academy. The first is a familiar face from last season, Toby Gillooly!
Toby has been a class player at all levels of the game in Canterbury. Starting his basketball career at Burnside High School, being a part of various successful representative teams and the Mainland Eagles Basketball Academy, means Toby is a well-known player and has had a positive impact on the court and in the community.
Toby’s basketball experience after graduating high school saw him play a couple of seasons for the Canterbury Rams, before moving to the United States to play his college basketball at New Mexico Highlands University and The University of St Thomas. On return he spent a season with the Nelson Giants, and then last year suited up again for the Rams.
Head Coach Mick Downer commented on Toby saying “We are excited to have Toby return for another year with the Rams. Toby is as tough as it comes with how he approaches the game, and how he practices. We love his competitive spirit with the group. Hopefully we all get the opportunity to see the work Toby has put in during the off season to improve his athletic ability and skills package!”
Toby’s work off the court in the community and through his coaching has been a great asset to the Rams being involved in Canterbury and growing the sport of basketball. He coaches at various development camps, attends community events and recently was a coach at our Rams Shooting School which was a great success in improving our younger basketballers shooting skills and technique!
We look forward to having Toby as a part of the organisation again this year.