Leadership group signs on for Supercats women

The Geelong Supercats are pleased to announce that a new leadership group has been formed for 2013, with the four core players being the first official re-signings of the SEABL women’s team.

Kylie Morrissy will return in her role as captain for the third year in SEABL, while fellow veteran player and 2012 Geelong Supercats SEABL Women MVP Candice Rogers will also be a part of the leadership group for Geelong in 2013.

Joining Morrissy and Rogers will be youngsters Cortney Williamson and Emily Koroneos, giving a diverse range of youth and experience to the leadership group going forward.

Head coach Paul O’Brien said the reason for the move from a sole captaincy to a leadership group situation was to give the players a better voice. “Kylie is still the captain, she has been and will continue to be a great leader. Her decision making is very good and she really wants to build something successful with this team. What we have done is add three more players who bring something unique to the table – it will be the job of these four players together to sit down with coaching staff on a Monday night and honestly review the weekend’s games.”

All four players have been a part of the Supercats women’s side since entering the SEABL in 2011, with Morrissy and Rogers also being members of the 2010 Big V Championship winning Geelong side. They led the team all the way to the SEABL East Conference championship in 2012, in just the second year of competing in the league, only to be defeated by reigning champions, the Dandenong Rangers.

Candice Rogers had an outstanding season in 2012, averaging 13 points and 8 rebounds, and notching up double doubles (double figures in both points and rebounds) in no less than eight games for the season. She has been an outstanding player for Geelong over a long period of time, and Coach O’Brien is keen for her to pass on her wisdom and experience to the younger players coming through. Rogers shared O’Brien’s sentiments about the leadership group, “Last year I guess I had sort of an informal leadership role as a senior player, this just makes it a bit more formal. But it’s great to be able to give Kylie that support, and have a group of players to bounce ideas off. As a group we have that unity, and it’s great to be able to pass on some experience to the up and coming players.”

Kylie Morrissy struggled with injury in the latter part of the season, being placed on injury waiver for the final three games of the regular season before returning for the finals series. Shortly after the conclusion of the 2012 season, Morrissy underwent knee surgery to have cartilage removed and has been rehabilating since then. “Everything went well with my knee, better than expected so it all looks good. My pre-season will be limited in terms of running – I can’t run for long distances – but it shouldn’t affect me in playing next year. My workload will be monitored but I look forward to getting back on the court,” said Morrissy.

“We’re pretty keen to advance on what we did this season. We felt like we had a good season but we’re not happy with our performance in our last game. It definitely stings a bit – it’s motivation to perform better come finals time in 2013.”

Pocket rocket guard Cortney Williamson came to Geelong in 2011 from the Bendigo Spirit WNBL team and previously the Ballarat SEABL D-League. Having settled in Geelong, and currently studying teaching at Deakin University, Williamson says she felt at home here right away. “I’m really excited about the upcoming season, we will be a pretty young team but definitely an exciting team to watch. We’re all really looking to go two games better in 2013.”

Coach O’Brien said that a great deal of responsibility was shouldered by Williamson as the point guard, and that as a part of the leadership group it was important for her to be included in those conversations. “Cortney is leading the team at a young age on the floor, so she should absolutely be leading off the court as well.”

At just 18 years of age, Emily Koroneos is the youngest of the four leadership group players. “I feel alright about being the youngest. I always get my point across! I’m a pretty straightforward sort of person. I think that communication within the group will be a lot better, with four voices rather than just one,” said Koroneos. “I’m excited that the younger girls are going to get even more of an opportunity this year to be able to step up.”

Coach O’Brien said that Koroneos was chosen as a part of the leadership group to give that voice to the younger players. “It’s about professional development for Emily. She’s never been afraid to speak her mind and it’s always in the best interests of the team. She is very passionate about this team and that’s a great quality.”

The Geelong Supercats SEABL women have been training in individual workouts for some time already, but will begin official pre-season with the team this coming Sunday, with further player announcements expected this week. 


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