Mildura Heat is a brand new team in the newly formed North West Conference to be organised by Big V basketball over the summer season.

The Mildura Heat team to be coached by Calvin Henry, will make their CBL debut against powerhouses Bendigo on the road in Round One on Saturday October 14.

Horsham will be on the road to take on Maryborough while the Kyneton Tigers will make their debut in Round Two.

Basketball Victoria Country CBL Coordinator Sammy Cartwright has worked with all associations to produce this season’s schedule.

“We are fortunate that we are able to work with a great band of volunteers within associations who really focus on what is best for the competition,” Cartwright said.

“The 17/18 season schedule is full of highlights and I am also interested in what the new teams will bring to the competition.”

“Already we have seen at a junior level that Myrtleford and Kyneton can mix it with the best, Mildura have a great program and the Ararat Redbacks cannot be underestimated.”

The CBL 2017/2018 season will commence on October 14 and will conclude with finals in February 2018.

Mildura’s second game will be on Sunday October 15 at 1pm when they play Castlemaine at the Castlemaine stadium.