Matthew Marles - 8 October 2013
Cheltenham’s David O’Donovan is 40 years into his basketball career, but that’s no reason for him to slow down. The pocket shooting guard, playing in his second Australian Masters Games is still ferociously attacking the ball and he is always first man back in defence.
An avid basketball competitor and follower, O’Donovan’s career highlights include playing at a very high level.
"Many years ago in the 1977-78 seasons I played for St Kilda under 20’s when they joined the National Basketball League. Playing with stars such as Danny Morseu and Larry Sengstock was huge and a big learning curve."
A long time has past since O’Donovan’s under 20 days and is now kept busy by playing three times a week in Melbourne at MSAC, Sandringham and Dandenong, passing on his knowledge and wealth of experience to his kids on whose team he plays.
This week O’Donovan is playing for the Myths & Legends 50+ basketball team and results so far have been a mixed bag - winning three games and losing two. He is hoping to at least replicate the team’s result from two years ago when they won bronze.
"I was remarkably the tallest in the team at only six foot one at the Games in Adelaide two years ago. I’d like to be a lot taller than I am." O’Donovan added.
When asked about why he enjoys the Australian Masters Games, O’Donovan replied with,
"Just getting away for a bit of a holiday and playing a lot of ball. Also getting together and having a few drinks with the boys.
I really enjoy playing against people my own age, compared to up in Melbourne where there are a lot of younger guys, where it’s harder to keep up."
Basketball is held at the Geelong Arena and at the Geelong Basketball and Netball Centre with numerous age groups ranging from 30+ up until 70+. The competition is run between 9am-5pm right up until Saturday.ã€€
The Australian Masters Games will be staged until Saturday 12 October and is one of Australia’s largest multi sporting events.ã€€
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