Aussie Basketball Legend Calls It Quits

Wollongong's Mat Campbell says goodbye after 17 years.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Wollongong Hawks captain Mat Campbell has today decided to walk away from the game of basketball after 17 years of service at the club.

Campbell played for just one club, his Hawks, and played 524 games while winning the 2001 NBL championship. He plans to play a final game in front of the Wollongong fans March 25th when the Hawks host the Adelaide 36ers. The game will move Campbell into a tied 7th place in the record books for NBL games played with 36ers legend Brett Maher.

“The time is right. I’ve had an amazing playing career here with the Hawks and had the honour of representing my country, but it’s now time for me to step aside and open up the door for a new generation of Hawks to lead us in the years ahead.” Mat Campbell said.

Campbell joined the club in 1996 as a young talent from Bendigo, Victoria and played with childhood best friend Glen Saville at the Hawks.

His contributions from the perimeter and with the Boomers international squad won’t be forgotten in a hurry but what was maybe more impressive was the man’s efforts to save the club when it seemed almost certain that the Hawks would fold in early 2009. He led a “Save the Hawks” campaign and was instrumental in raising $230,000 from foundation members and finding a sponsor.