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After amassing more than 600 games in the NBL, SEABL and Big V, Nathan Crosswell has decided to retire. The skinny, left handed point guard from Ballina NSW who recently played his 200th game for Sandringham in the SEABL three weekends ago was open to returning in 2019 but realised the time was right.
“The reason behind retiring…I’ve done a lot in the sport, and I’ve done a lot with the club. I see the potential with some of the young guys coming through and I think it’s just the right time for me to step away and give them the opportunity to play at this level.”
Crosswell was also looking forward to spending more time with his family: wife Roslyn and children Harrison, Emily and Zoe.
“With my family and the kids getting a little bit older and their commitment to sport…it’s made the decision quite easy”, Crosswell said.
Crosswell played 350 NBL games spanning a 15-year career. He played for the Melbourne Tigers, Victoria Titans and Victoria Giants, Cairns Taipans, Townsville Crocodiles and Adelaide 36ers. He won an NBL championship in 2008 with the Melbourne Tigers when they defeated the Sydney Kings.
Throughout his basketball journey – at almost every step – current Melbourne United CEO Vince Crivelli has been there with him. Vince coached Nathan at Waverley, Sandringham and was also an Assistant Coach when the Tigers won the title.
“I met him just before 2000 when I was playing at Waverley. I was a little bit over weight and he helped me realise what basketball was about and really gave me that push to take my basketball to the next level.”
Since retiring from the NBL at the end of the 2013 season, Crosswell has worked with the Southern Basketball Association and played with the Sabres in the SEABL. He was recently appointed as Head Coach of the junior boys’ program and has a lot of knowledge to impart.
Current SEABL Head Coach Simon Giovannoni spoke about his connection to younger players and his ability to teach the game.
“He relates well to the kids in our junior development programs and is able to communicate unbelievably well with them. He reads the game so well and has so much experience. The kids in our programs will be the winners when he gets stuck into his new role.”
Crosswell also played one season with the Dandenong Rangers in the SEABL and a further 4 seasons with Sandringham in the Big V State Championship competition.
He is well known for being a lefty. “I don’t think I have every made a right-hand lay-up in a game. There was a famous quote that I have used over the years that I got off an American import named Ricky Grace who played for the Perth Wildcats. He always told me if you can’t go left, go lefter. So I’ve always lived my basketball by that and it seems to have given me a fair bit of success over the years!”
Say farewell to Nathan this coming Saturday Night July 21st when he plays his final game as a Sabre.
5.00pm Sabres SEABL women versus Sydney Uni
7.00pm Sabres SEABL Men versus Mount Gambier
Entry: $6 for adults, $3 for kids.
Free Entry for children wearing Sabres singlet or SBA domestic club singlet.