Harvey close to signing new imports

BENDIGO Braves coach Ben Harvey has one wish for Christmas - sign two new US imports.

Harvey expects to have one of the imports signed by the end of the week and would love to have the second import secured by Christmas.

"I'm confident we'll get the deals done, but you just never know with these things,'' Harvey said.

"It's taking longer than we would have hoped, but the main things is we get imports who are quality people on and off the court."

One of the imports will be a centre to replace Ivan McFarlin, while the second import will be a swingman.

The Bendigo Braves and Lady Braves will start their 2014 SEABL campaign with home games against Brisbane on March 22.

The SEABL fixture was finalised on Monday night, with the Braves and Lady Braves moving to the south conference next year.

The Braves' south conference rivals will be Hobart, North West Tasmania, Sandringham, Kilsyth, Frankston, Canberra and Mt Gambier.

The Lady Braves will battle with Hobart, Launceston, Sandringham, Kilsyth, Frankston, and Canberra for the south conference women's title.

Highlights of the draw include six-straight home games between rounds 3-8 and a Wednesday night clash with arch-rival Ballarat in Ballarat on April 9.

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