Supporting faxes and emails overwhelm former Viking
By GERARD WALSH in Melbourne
BRAD Davidson has been overwhelmed by the number of good luck messages he received from the North Coast on the way to a basketball gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
On Friday night, the Australian Boomers beat New Zealand 81-76 in a breathtaking gold medal play-off in Melbourne.
Davidson, who credits his success in basketball to his start with the Grafton Vikings more than a decade ago, came off the bench and played like a man inspired in the third quarter to put Australia four points up.
"It is amazing to win a gold medal, we were just jumping up and down on the bench," Davidson said.
"I received a lot of calls and text messages from the North Coast during the games and Dad (who was at the gold medal play-off) received a lot of messages at home in Mullumbimby."
On Thursday night Davidson watched the Australian Opals women's basketball gold medal win sitting next to swimming great Petria Thomas, another sports star with a Mullumbimby connection.
While Australia went in to the gold medal play-off as short-priced favourites, Davidson said games against New Zealand were always close, regardless of which team was favourite.
"At half-time (New Zealand led 37-36), coach Brian Goorjian said to stay true to the trademarks we had worked on for the past three months."
After six minutes of the third quarter with the score 50-50, Davidson came on in place of CJ Bruton and threw a 10-metre pass to Russell Hinder under the basket for a two-pointer.
He showed great defensive skills in the third quarter and then threw a long pass to Luke Kendall which brought a foul and two free throws for a 54-50 Boomers lead.