Cairns Taipans set on climbing up ladder
NEVER has the fans' refrain, "Let's go, Taipans" been more important for our struggling team.
With a steady run of recent losses our national basketball team needs your support.
Today The Cairns Post tips off its Let's Go campaign encouraging everyone to get behind the team.
Editor Neil Melloy said now was the time to break the hoodoo.
"Sometimes a sporting team needs to know it has the support of the community it represents. Now is that time," he said.
"We'll be running stories on the Taipans in the lead-up to the next games but in the meantime, show the Snakes you care.
"Just log on to our webpage at cairns.com.au and send your messages of support to the team.
"And we encourage you to wear a little more orange in your outfit and show your pride for the Taipans."
And while the team has slipped to bottom spot on the NBL ladder, the Snakes' development guru insists there are no troubles in the group.
Dave Arnfield, a former trainer for AFL club Port Adelaide, has worked with the Cairns side for the past three seasons.
His role is to stimulate communication between players and staff, making sure issues are aired and resolved.
Despite a demoralising loss on New Year's Eve in a near-capacity Cairns Convention Centre, the Taipans attracted the second-biggest crowd of the round (4013).
A season average of 4358 spectators is evidence the fans have not given up on them.
The Taipans play in Wollongong on Friday.
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Team players: Taipan Matthew Adekponya helps a mate at training. Picture: STEWART McpdcLEAN