Featured News / July 5th, 2017

Snakes 2017/18 Schedule

THE CQUniversity Cairns Taipans welcome a blockbuster schedule for the 2017/18 NBL season, including the anticipated return of the NYE fixture, three Friday nights and six Saturday games – ensuring games at the Cairns Convention Centre will be the hottest weekend ticket in the Far North.  

The 2017/18 NBL schedule released today, shows the Taipans have received a more favourable draw than last year – where the team faced their first seven of ten games on the road.

The Taipans have only had one home game in the opening round in the past five years, but this time will host the Illawarra Hawks in Round One, for the first Friday night fixture of 2017/18. 

The first round will be a home-away double-header for the Taipans, with the second game on Sunday afternoon in New Zealand. 

The Taipans’ schedule features six Saturday games – the most popular time slot in recent years –  as well as three Friday nights, adding atmosphere and live sport excitement to the Cairns CBD on the weekends.

“It’s well balanced from what we had last year. The NBL have done a good job with listening to our needs and what we wanted from the draw – and certainly around how ours fans are coming to the games. We are definitely excited about the schedule in its entirety,” said CQUniversity Cairns Taipans CEO Mark Beecroft. 

While the full fixture also boasts an exciting back-to-back clash against the Sydney Kings (Round 8) playing the NBL’s first ever Christmas Eve match in Adelaide (Round 11) it is the NYE event that will be the highlight of the Cairns calendar. 

“This is great for the club and great for the town. The New Year’s Eve game is one we’ve built as a product over 13 years and to lose it last year was obviously disappointing. We’ve been lobbying with the NBL since then, and we couldn’t be happier it’s back in the fixture,” said Beecroft.

 “If people are coming in for that game, they know they can book it in and then go straight to the Cairns Regional Council Fireworks Show on the Esplanade. We’ve worked on the coordination and timing of that over the years, and the club expects a capacity crowd.”

The marquee match will be against the Perth Wildcats, featuring extra flare after losing to them in last season’s semi-finals. The Taipans round off their regular season with their final two games against the reigning Champions, both at Perth Arena.

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Date

Home Team

Away Team

Stadium

Day

1

6/10/17
Cairns Taipans
Illawarra Hawks
Cairns Convention Centre
Fri

1

8/10/17
New Zealand Breakers
Cairns Taipans
Spark Arena
Sun

2

12/10/17
Cairns Taipans
Adelaide 36ers
Cairns Convention Centre
Thu

3

20/10/17
Brisbane Bullets
Cairns Taipans
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Fri

3

22/10/17
Cairns Taipans
Perth Wildcats
Cairns Convention Centre
Sun

4

27/10/17
Cairns Taipans
Adelaide 36ers
Cairns Convention Centre
Fri

5

2/11/17
Melbourne United
Cairns Taipans
Hisense Arena
Thu

5

4/11/17
Cairns Taipans
New Zealand Breakers
Cairns Convention Centre
Sat

6

9/11/17
Cairns Taipans
Melbourne United
Cairns Convention Centre
Thu

6

12/11/17
Brisbane Bullets
Cairns Taipans
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Sun

7

18/11/17
Cairns Taipans
Illawarra Hawks
Cairns Convention Centre
Sat

8

30/11/17
Sydney Kings
Cairns Taipans
Qudos Bank Arena
Thu

8

2/12/17
Cairns Taipans
Sydney Kings
Cairns Convention Centre
Sat

9

9/12/17
Cairns Taipans
Melbourne United
Cairns Convention Centre
Sat

10

14/12/17
Cairns Taipans
Brisbane Bullets
Cairns Convention Centre
Thu

10

17/12/17
Sydney Kings
Cairns Taipans
Qudos Bank Arena
Sun

11

24/12/17
Adelaide 36ers
Cairns Taipans
Titanium Security Arena
Sun

12

28/12/17
Illawarra Hawks
Cairns Taipans
WIN Entertainment Centre
Thu

12

31/12/17
Cairns Taipans
Perth Wildcats
Cairns Convention Centre
Sun

13

5/1/18
Cairns Taipans
Brisbane Bullets
Cairns Convention Centre
Fri

13

7/1/18
New Zealand Breakers
Cairns Taipans
North Shore Events Centre
Sun

14

11/1/18
Adelaide 36ers
Cairns Taipans
Titanium Security Arena
Thu

14

14/1/18
Melbourne United
Cairns Taipans
State Netball and Hockey Centre 
Sun

15

20/1/18
Cairns Taipans
New Zealand Breakers
Cairns Convention Centre
Sat

16

28/1/18
Illawarra Hawks
Cairns Taipans
WIN Entertainment Centre
Sun

17

3/2/18
Cairns Taipans
Sydney Kings
Cairns Convention Centre
Sat

18

9/2/18
Perth Wildcats
Cairns Taipans
Perth Arena
Fri

19

18/2/18
Perth Wildcats
Cairns Taipans
Perth Arena
Sun

Click HERE for the full NBL schedule.