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The Geelong Supercats SEABL Women have completed their 2013 SEABL roster with the signing of star Dandenong Rangers WNBL player Sara Blicavs.
Blicavs, a 19 year old, 188cm guard/forward, played SEABL for the Launceston Tornadoes in 2012, and before that spent three years at the Australian Institute of Sport in the WNBL. Blicavs was the leading scorer for SEABL in 2012 and was also named to the All-Star team.
Blicavs is currently averaging 10ppg and 5rpg per game in the star-studded Dandenong Rangers line-up. Prior to this WNBL season, she was a mainstay of the young AIS team, averaging 12.3ppg and 5.3rpg in her final year at the AIS. Beyond Sara's WNBL credentials to date she has also compiled a formidable resume at the International level with Australian junior women's teams - having won a Bronze Medal at the 2012 FIBA Women’s 3X3 World Championship; represented Australia at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Chile placing 4th; at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women in France where Australia placed 7th and, most successfully, at the 2009 FIBA Oceania U17 Championship where she was a member of the Gold medal winning team.
Coming from a very sporting family, Sara’s mother, Karen Blicavs (nee Ogden) has also represented Australia in basketball at an international level –being selected for the 1984 Olympics before being forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. Her father, Andris Blicavs, represented Australia in basketball in the 1976 Olympics. Geelong AFL fans may be familar with the Blicavs name – with Sara’s brother Mark being signed as a rookie to the Cats in 2012.
Sara will complete her commitments with the Dandenong Rangers in the WNBL before joining the Geelong Supercats in the early stages of their 2013 SEABL campaign.
"It has been an excellent recruiting period for us. To lose players of the calibre of Deanna Smith, Anna Teague, Clare Ralph and Jessica Watson following our 2012 Conference Final was always going to be a significant test for our organisation. However, it has been a great credit to our administration, led by Andrew Scotford and Beth Davis, to enable us to sign four players who will be outstanding new members of our team," said head coach Paul O'Brien.
"Sara completes this quartet in the best possible manner. She is an athletic guard/forward with outstanding national and international potential and a work ethic which coaches like her current WNBL coach, Mark Wright, regularly comment on in terms of her maturity, commitment and professionalism. I always felt that Sara would be a player in demand (amongst other SEABL clubs) for the 2013 SEABL season and it is a most important endorsement of what the whole Geelong organisation and her future team mates are currently doing on and off the court that she chose our program. I know Sara and her management were very thorough when it came to selecting whom she would play with in the SEABL next season; so it just goes to show that our women's program continues to develop an excellent reputation at the next level (WNBL)."
"The nucleus of an excellent team in 2012 remains this year (2013) and to have added players of the experience, quality and potential of Sara Blicavs, Bianca Cheever, Alex Duck and Ebony Rolph has been a real coup for us. Each of these players have the ability to make important contributions to our program and will add depth in a number of our positions next season. I know the returning players are excited about what 2013 holds for the group and to continue to build on their fine efforts of the last two years was the major focus of our recruiting campaign."