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Demos out for season

After six consecutive seasons with the Illawarra Hawks, local and favourite son Tyson Demos will not be suiting up for the club for season 2016/17. After managing only six games last season due to a reoccurring knee injury, the 3 times club Defensive Player of the Year award winner will take a season off playing to give himself the best possible chance of a full recovery. Recently commencing a full-time job with Life Without Barriers as a youth and residential support worker, Demos plans to remain heavily involved with the club, joining in on training sessions as well as working on community programs and undertaking guest speaking roles and appearances at club events. Earning the reputation as one of the most hard-working defenders in the game, his tenacity, energy and grit in the defensive aspects of the game made him a fan favourite. Assistant coach Matt Flinn said Demos was one of the most committed defenders he has ever coached. “One of the most committed defenders to ever wear a Hawks uniform” “He had a unique ability to ‘lock in’ on an opposition stud and make them work for everything. Always putting the team before his own self-preservation” Before taking an extended time off the court Demos will suit up for the Apunipima Australian Indigenous Basketball All Stars Team. The team, made up of the best of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander basketball talent will take on the New Zealand Maori National Team in three locations on New Zealand’s North Island this September. Demos will play in games on September 13, 15 and 17 before embarking on his road to recovery in an attempt to be back in full flight and ready for the 2017/18 pre-season!  
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