Players



Abby Bishop

DOB: 29.11.88

Height: 189cm

Junior Club: Forestville/North Adelaide (SA)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2005/06; Canberra 2006 – 2010; Dandenong 2010/11; Adelaide 2011/12; Canberra Capitals 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (3) Canberra Capitals 2007, 2009, 2010.

Bio: Another international star to come from South Australia, Bishop quickly established herself as one of most athletic talls in the WNBL, winning the 2006 Betty Watson WNBL Rookie of the Year award at the AIS.

Staying in Canberra with the Capitals, Bishop won three WNBL Championships in her four seasons. These performances paved the way for Bishop to make an impact for the Opals, earning a spot on the team for the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

Now an Opals regular, Bishop returned to her native Adelaide for season 2011/12, teaming up with fellow Opals Suzy Batkovic and Jenni Screen. Another strong season booked her place on the plane to London for the 2012 Olympic Games where she would help the Opals win bronze.

Bishop made the move to Europe following the Olympics, signing on to play with French team Prepignan for the 2012/13 season. Bishop returns to the Capitals after one season abroad eager to add to her championship collection.

Career Highlights: Olympic Games: 2012 (Bronze), FIBA World Championships: 2010, FIBA U19 World Championships: 2005, 2007, Maher Medal (International Player of the Year): 2011, World University Games: 2011 (Bronze), FIBA U21 World Championship: 2007 (Silver), WNBL All-Star Five: 2009, WNBL Rookie of the Year: 2006, FIBA Oceania Championship: 2007, 2011.

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Adrienne Jones

DOB: 05.08.93

Height: 175cm

Junior Club: Willetton (WA)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2009/10; West Coast Waves 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: Jones returned to the WNBL with the West Coast Waves last season after a two-season gap, playing six games for the team. The 175cm guard first played in the WNBL while at the AIS in the 2009/10 season.  The former AIS product will be eager to add to her games tally for the Waves in a backcourt stacked with options.

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Alex Bunton

DOB: 13.10.93

Height: 196cm

Junior Club: Tuggeranong Vikings (ACT)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2009 – 2012; Canberra Capitals 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: Another home-grown product at the Capitals, Bunton graduated from three seasons at the AIS to the Canberra roster last season, playing a career-high 18 games in her first campaign.

A talented ACT junior, the 196cm Bunton will be eager to continue her development and push to improve her involvement in the Capitals regular rotation.

Career Highlights: FIBA U19 World Championships: 2011 (Semi Final), FIBA U17 World Championships: 2010.

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Alice Kunek

DOB: 06.01.91

Height: 187cm

Junior Club: Eltham Wildcats (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2008 – 2010; Bulleen Boomers 2010 – 2013; Dandenong Rangers 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (1) Bulleen Boomers 2011.

Bio: It was a tough start to the WNBL for Kunek, playing just 22 games in her three seasons at the AIS, but the talent was obvious and it wasn’t long before the Melbournian was helping the Bulleen Boomers to the 2011 WNBL title.

A post-title exodus opened the door for a bigger contribution from Kunek and she accepted the challenge, posting career-high numbers as the young Boomers team reached the 2012 WNBL Grand Final.

Another major roster changeover saw the talented scorer take on a starting role, elevating to top-class status, averaging more than 13 points, 5 rebounds and shooting at better than 42 per cent from beyond the arc.

This saw Kunek help the Emerging Opals claim bronze at the 2013 World University Games and earn a call-up to the Opals training squad for the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships.

Career Highlights: World University Games: 2013 (Bronze), FIBA 3X3 Women’s World Championship: 2012 (Bronze), FIBA U19 World Championships: 2009. 

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Alicia Poto

DOB: 28.03.78

Height: 166cm

Junior Club: Campbelltown (NSW)

WNBL Clubs: Sydney Flames 1995; AIS 1996; Sydney Uni Flames 1997 – 1999, 2005 – 2009; 2011 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (1) Sydney Flames 1997.

Bio: A decorated career in the WNBL and on the international stage has made Poto one of the most respected players in the competition, and as she nears 200 WNBL games the diminutive guard doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

Poto emerged with the Sydney Flames as a 17-year-old in 1995, returning to the club for the 1997 WNBL Championship after a year at the AIS, also captaining the Australian Gems to the 1997 FIBA Junior World Championship silver medal.

A move to Europe materialised in 1999, joining French team CJM Bourges Basket where Poto would go on to win the 2001 Euroleague title. A fruitful stay in France ensured the guard would be on the plane to Athens in 2004, helping the Jayco Opals to the Olympic Games silver medal.

A return to Sydney saw Poto continue to be a star of the competition, leading the Flames to consecutive WNBL Grand Finals (2007, 2008) and taking out her first Robyn Maher WNBL Defensive Player of the Year award.
Poto returned to Europe in 2009 before again suiting up for the Flames in 2011, adding a second WNBL Defensive Player of the Year accolade to her collection.

Career Highlights: FIBA Oceania Championships: 2007, 2009, Olympic Games: 2004 (Silver), FIBA Junior World Championship: 1997 (Silver), WNBL Defensive Player of the Year: 2009, 2012, Euroleague Champion: 2001, Euroleague Final Four All-Star Five: 2005.

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Carley Mijovic

DOB: 01.08.94

Height: 196cm

Junior Club: Dandenong Rangers (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2009 – 2012; Dandenong Rangers 2012/13; Canberra Capitals 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: A series of knee injuries threatened to derail the career of Carley Mijovic before it had a chance to flourish, but the talented 19-year-old has made the most of time of court in the past two seasons – quickly establishing herself as an Opal of the future.

The Dandenong junior claimed the 2012 Betty Watson WNBL Rookie of the Year award in her first full season, averaging more than 9 points and 5 rebounds per game for the AIS.

This prompted a move to her home club, the Dandenong Rangers, where Mijovic would help the team finish second on the ladder and qualify for the WNBL finals.

A busy off-season followed, with Mijovic playing a leading role in guiding the Australian Gems to the bronze medal at the 2013 FIBA Under 19 World Championships.

Career Highlights: WNBL Rookie of the Year: 2012, FIBA U19 World Championships: 2011 (Semi Final), 2013 (Bronze), FIBA U17 World Championships: 2010.

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Carly Wilson

DOB: 08.07.82

Height: 180cm

Junior Club: Nunawading Spectres (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: Dandenong Rangers 1998/99; AIS 1999 – 2002; Dandenong Rangers 2002 – 2006; Perth Lynx 2006 – 2008; Canberra Capitals 2009 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (3) Dandenong Rangers 2004, 2005; Canberra Capitals 2010.

Bio: Emerging as a talented player at both ends of the floor, Wilson went from exciting young talent at the AIS to genuine star of the WNBL almost overnight, earning WNBL All-Star Five honours in her first season with the Dandenong Rangers.

Wilson would win two titles in her four season stay at Dandenong and at just 22 years of age was one of the premier players in the competition. A move across the country to Perth saw her add a second All-Star Five accolade before joining Carrie Graf at the Canberra Capitals.

This move garnered a third WNBL Championship and saw her role change from key scorer to defensive stopper and facilitator. Now settled in Canberra, Wilson is one of the key pieces in the rebuilding of the Caps.

Career Highlights: Commonwealth Games: 2006 (Gold), WNBL All-Star Five: 2003, 2007, FIBA Junior Women’s World Championship: 2001 (Semi Final), FIBA Oceania Championships: 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011.

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Casey Samuels

DOB: 02.08.94

Height: 180cm

Junior Club: Bankstown (NSW)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2010 – 2012; Canberra Capitals 2012/13; Sydney Uni Flames 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: An exciting prospect at the guard position, Samuels played 10 games in her first season with the Canberra Capitals, coming off a productive final season with the AIS in the 2011/12 season.

The 19-year-old will be eager to get a full season under her belt and build on her impressive late season form for the Caps.

Samuels is seen as one of the bright young talents emerging in the WNBL after helping the Jayco Australian Gems to bronze at the 2013 FIBA Under 19 World Championships.

Career Highlights: FIBA U19 World Championships: 2013 (Bronze).

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Darcee Garbin

DOB: 24.06.94

Height: 185cm

Junior Club: Kalgoorlie (WA)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2011/12; West Coast Waves 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.


Bio: Hailing from the remote Western Australian outpost of Kalgoorlie, Garbin has become one of the brightest young stars to come out of the West in recent times.

A scholarship holder at the Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence, the 19-year-old spent one season at the AIS before returning to her hometown West Coast Waves for 2012/13 WNBL season.

The athletic forward impressed, playing all 24 games and posting solid second season numbers as the Waves look to build a core around the likes of Garbin, Natalie Burton, Antonia Edmondson and Deanna Smith. 

Career Highlights: FIBA U19 World Championship: 2013 (Bronze), 2012 Emerging Opals tour of China.

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Deanna Smith

DOB: 24.12.80

Height: 179cm

Junior Club: Bendigo/Warrnambool/Melbourne (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: Melbourne Tigers 1996; AIS 1997 – 1999; Canberra Capitals 1999/00; Adelaide Lightning 2000 – 2004; Perth Lynx 2005/06, 2008/09; Sydney Uni Flames 2009/10; Bendigo Spirit 2011/12; West Coast Waves 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (2) AIS 1999; Canberra Capitals 2000.

Bio: Emerging as part of the famous AIS team of the late 1990s, winning the 1999 WNBL Championship alongside the likes of Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor, Smith came into her own at the Adelaide Lightning.

It was in South Australia the guard thrived under the added responsibility, producing impressive seasons before making the move west to join the Perth Lynx (now the West Coast Waves) in 2005.

Here Smith joined the WNBL elite, posting career high numbers (21.7ppg) and earning a spot in the Jayco Opals squad.

The country Victorian got her first taste of overseas basketball in 2004 with the Manchester Mystics in the British league before returning to Europe in 2006, joining Portuguese team CAB Madeira – winning the league title in her first season.

Smith returned to the WNBL and the Lynx, earning her second All-Star Five honour before before repeating the dose in the 2009/10 season at the Sydney Uni Flames. Cruelly, serious injury sidelined Smith for the 2010/11 campaign before another impressive season at the Bendigo Spirit.
Injury again ravaged Smith’s return to the Waves, restricting her to just six games after setting the competition alight, winning the MVP at the 2012 WNBL Pre-Season Tournament.

Career Highlights: WNBL All-Star Five: 2006, 2009, 2010.

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Ellie Manou

DOB 03/05/1989; HEIGHT: 192cm

Forward

Hills (NSW)

2006/07 AIS

Sydney Uni Flames 2009/10; Dandenong Rangers 2010/11; Townsville Fire 2011/12, Current Sydney Uni Flames 2012/13

Ellie signed with the Dandenong Rangers for the 2010/11 season, but injury saw her miss the entire season. In the 2009/10 season Ellie returned to the WNBL after a successful college career in the USA. She played in all 22 games for Sydney Uni in the regular season when she averaged 6.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. In the Flames 2 finals games Ellie averaged 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1 assist per game... In Ellie’s debut WNBL season in 2006/07 she played in 16 games for the AIS to average 5.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists.

2007 FIBA U19 World Championships

Ellie played two years at the Australian Institute of Sport during high school and finished her high school education at Lake Ginniederaa College in 2006… 2007/2008 Oregon Ducks Most Improved Player… FIBA U19 World Championships, 2006 U18 National Junior Championships… Ellie helped guide Australia to a fifth place finish in the FIBA U19 World Championships in 2007... The Australians finished the entire tournament with a 7-2 record and Manou averaged 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Ellie is the youngest of three siblings and has an older sister and brother. She is near the completion of a Bachelor of Behavioural Science degree and is planning on continuing with her studies at the postgraduate level. Ellie enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going to the beach. She is passionate about equality and positive psychology and loves live music, street art and travelling.

COACH'S COMMENTS: Ellie has come back to the Flames program and worked hard on her fitness to be in great shape. She will add a huge amount of depth to our 4 and 5 rotation working in tandem with our other bigs. She has some nice back to basket moves but also has the ability to step out to mid-range to shoot the ball. Ellie also is an outstanding offensive rebounder who will add a great deal to our offensive structure.

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Ellyce Ironmonger

PERSONAL:DOB: 24/09/1989 HEIGHT: 193cm

POSITION: Centre

JUNIOR ASSOCIATION: WannerooWolves (WA)

FIRST PLAYED WNBL: 2006/07 AIS

WNBL CLUBS: AIS 2006/07Sydney Uni Flames 2011/12

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nil

WNBL CAREER NOTES: Ellyce returned to the WNBL with the Flames in season 2011/12, averaging 5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game; Ellyce made her WNBL debut playing for the AIS in the 2006/07 season.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER NOTES: 2007 Australian U19 team series versus Japan

GENERAL BASKETBALL NOTES: Ellyce returns to Sydney for the 2011/12 WNBL after four years at the University of Oregon, 2007/08-2010/11. Before Oregon, Ellyce was an AIS scholarship holder and a member of the Australian Gems U19 team, attending Australian Junior Camps in 2005 and 2006. She represented WA Metro at U16 (2003, 2004), U18 (2005, 2006) and U20 (2007). In Perth she has played for the Wanneroo Wolves since 2001.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Ellyce is the eldest of four. She has two sisters, Chloe and Abbie and a brother Ben. Her family has been a major support throughout her career. Outside of basketball Ellyce enjoys the beach, shopping, cooking, watching movies and hanging out with friends. She studied Human Physiology at the University of Oregon and hopes to someday become a sport doctor.

COACH’S COMMENT: Ellyce had a great first season and we will once again look for improvement in her game. Whilst coming out of college as primarily a front to basket player she has worked extremely hard in developing her back to basket play. She will be a key player in our big’s rotation as we will face some big sides over the course of the season.

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Elyse Penaluna

DOB: 23.04.88

Height: 193cm

Junior Club: Broadmeadows Broncos (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2004/05; Dandenong Rangers 2006/07; Bulleen Boomers 2007 – 2011, 2012/13; Bendigo Spirit 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (1) Bulleen Boomers 2011.

Bio: Regarded as one the most talented players in the WNBL, Penaluna is looking to return to the form that had her on the cusp of Opals selection for the 2010 FIBA World Championships and 2012 London Olympic Games.

A serious knee injury saw the free-scoring forward (a career 50 per cent shooter) miss 18 months of competition, returning with the Bulleen Boomers for the 2012/13 season.

Penaluna impressed on her return, reminding fans why she was such a key piece in the Boomers 2011 WNBL title team. Unfortunately a further knee injury sidelined her late in the season and required off-season surgery.

A move to reigning champ Bendigo in the off-season adds top-end quality to an already stacked roster.

Career Highlights: World University Games: 2009 (Bronze), FIBA U21 World Championship: 2007 (Silver), FIBA Oceania Championships: 2009, 2011.

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Emma Langford

DOB: 29.01.89

Height: 187cm

Junior Club: Arthurton Sturt (SA)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2005 – 2008; Adelaide Lightning 2010/11; Logan Thunder 2011 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: The South Australian made the jump to college basketball in the USA after three years at the AIS in Canberra, joining University of Wyoming where she would spent two seasons – highlighted by winning the Mountain West Conference Sixth Player of the Year award in 2010.

A return to South Australia saw Langford have a career season as the Lightning struggled, winning just three games. This prompted a move to Queensland with the Logan Thunder.

After being used primarily as a bench player in her first season, Langford was thrust into the limelight under new coach Jason Chainey and thrived with the added responsibility, posting career high numbers in points (13.5) and rebounds (5.4).

On the international stage, Langford amassed quite a collection of medals from the World University Games, winning three consecutive bronze medals in 2009, 2011 and most recently in 2013.

Career Highlights: World University Games: 2009 (Bronze), 2011 (Bronze), 2013 (Bronze).

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Gabrielle Richards

DOB: 19.11.84

Height: 188cm

Junior Club: Seymour (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2002 – 2004; Bendigo Spirit 2007 – 2009, 2010 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (1) Bendigo Spirit 2013.

Bio: Richards emerged as one of the premier frontcourt players in the WNBL in the 2012/13 WNBL season, averaging career highs in points and rebounds as the Bendigo Spirit claimed their first WNBL Championship.  For many who have seen her develop at the Spirit these performances did not come as a surprise, with the country Victorian consistently averaging more than 12 points and 7 rebounds a game throughout her WNBL career.  Starting out at the AIS, Richards made the move to the University of Oregon in 2004, spending three seasons at the college before returning to the WNBL in 2007 to join the Spirit.  Along with the likes of Chelsea Aubry, Kristi Harrower and Kelly Wilson, Richards formed the core that would guide the team to the 2013 WNBL title.

Career Highlights: WNBL All-Star Five: 2013, FIBA Young Women’s World Championships: 2003

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Hanna Zavecz

DOB: 21.08.85

Height: 183cm

Junior Club: Wangaratta (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2002 – 2004; Bendigo Spirit 2008/09; Bulleen Boomers 2009 – 2011; Logan Thunder 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (1) Bulleen Boomers 2011.

Bio: Another product of the famed AIS, Zavecz took the less traditional route after graduating from the AIS, heading to the USA to take a scholarship with the University of Wyoming.

The move across the Pacific Ocean agreed with Zavecz, starring in her first season for the Cowgirls and quickly establishing herself as one of the premier players in the Mountain West Conference.

Zavecz’s four-year stint at Wyoming was littered with individual accolades, named in the All-MWC First Team on three occasions, earning two MWC Defensive Player of the Year honours and helping the Cowgirls to the 2007 WNIT title, winning the tournament MVP.

A return to the WNBL brought the Wangaratta junior to the national team attention, playing a starring role in the Bulleen Boomers winning their first WNBL title in 2011.

After achieving the ultimate success with Bulleen, the 183cm guard made the move to Hungary, joining powerhouse UNIQA Sopron where she would enjoy a strong first season in Europe.

After narrowly missing out on the 2012 London Olympics squad, Zavecz returned for another season in Hungary before announcing her signing with the Logan Thunder for the 2013/14 WNBL season.

Career Highlights: FIBA Oceania Championships: 2011, 2013, Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT): 2007, WNIT MVP: 2007, All-Mountain West Conference (MWC) First Team: 2006, 2007, 2008, MWC Defensive Player of the Year: 2006, 2008.

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Hollie Florance

PERSONAL: DOB: 16/121993; HEIGHT: 190cm

POSITION: Forward/Centre

JUNIOR ASSOCIATION: Launceston (TAS)

FIRST PLAYED WNBL: 2001/02 AIS

WNBL CLUBS: AIS 2001/02-2002/03; Bulleen Boomers 2003/04-2007/08, 2012/13

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nil

WNBL CAREER NOTES: Hollie re-joins Bulleen in 2012/13 after the birth of her first child. 2007/08 played with the Bulleen Boomers in the WNBL... 2006/07 played with the Bulleen Boomers in the WNBL... 2006/07 awarded the WNBL Top Shooter award with an average of 19 ppg... 2006/07 awarded the WNBL Most Valuable Player award... 2006/07 selected into the WNBL All Star Five... 2005/06 played with the Bulleen Boomers in the WNBL... 2004/05 played with the Bulleen Boomers in the WNBL... 2003/04 played with the Bulleen Boomers in the WNBL... 2002/03 played with the AIS in the WNBL... 2001/02 played with the AIS in the WNBL ... 2001 awarded an AIS Scholarship.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER NOTES: 2010 FIBA Women's World Championships; 2009 FIBA Oceania Women's Championships (GOLD);... 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (Silver); 2006 FIBA Women's World Championships (GOLD); 2006 Commonwealth Games (GOLD); 2002 FIBA Women's World Championships (Bronze); 2001 FIBA Junior Women's World Championships

GENERAL BASKETBALL NOTES: 2010 represented Australia at the 2010 FIBA Women's World Championships... 2010 awarded the Robyn Maher Female International Player of the Year... 2009/10 Czech Republic League Champion with Frisco Sika Brno... 2009 represented Australia at the FIBA Oceania Women's Championships (GOLD)... 2008 represented Australia at the Beijing Olympic Games (Silver)... 2007 member of the Opals Squad... 2006 represented Australia at the FIBA Women's World Championships (GOLD)... 2006 represented Australia at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games (GOLD)... 2005 awarded the Robyn Maher Female International Player of the Year... 2005 represented Australia at the FIBA Oceania Women's Championships... 2004 Opals Squad Member... 2003 represented Australia at the FIBA Oceania Women's Championships... 2003 represented Australia at the FIBA Young Women's World Championships... 2002 represented Australia at the FIBA Women's World Championships (Bronze)... 2002 represented Australia at the FIBA Oceania U21 Women's Championships... 2001 represented Australia at the FIBA Junior Women's World Championships... 2000 represented Australia at the FIBA Oceania U19 Women's Championships.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Hollie is married to Dave and had a baby in late 2011.

COACH’S COMMENTS: Whilst most of Hollies career has been as a professional in Europe, Bulleen was her club and she is back home. This Olympian will be a major force in the WNBL.

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Jaimee Kennedy

DOB: 20.03.88

Height: 178cm

Junior Club: Shoalhaven (NSW)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2006 – 2008; Sydney Uni Flames 2008 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: Kennedy has become a regular on the Flames roster over the past five seasons, racking up more than 100 games for the club since joining ahead of the 2008/09 WNBL season.

The guard spent two seasons with the AIS, earning a spot on the Australian Gems team for the 2007 FIBA Under 19 World Championships before making the move to Sydney at 20.

Kennedy has not missed a game for the past three seasons and will continue to be an important role player for the Flames in season 2013/14.

Career Highlights: FIBA U19 World Championships: 2007.

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Jenna O'Hea

DOB: 06.06.87

Height: 185cm

Junior Club: Nunawading Spectres (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2003 – 2005; Dandenong Rangers 2005 – 2007; Bendigo Spirit 2007/08; Bulleen Boomers 2009 – 2011; Dandenong Rangers 2011 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (2) Bulleen Boomers 2011; Dandenong Rangers 2012.

Bio: O’Hea has established herself as one of the most complete players in women’s basketball, with her ability to score, facilitate and defend making her a key cog in the Jayco Opals machine.

Quickly becoming a name of note, O’Hea won the 2004 Betty Watson WNBL Rookie of the Year award and not for injury would have been a key player in the 2005 FIBA Under 19 World Championships.

Despite this absence, O’Hea was soon again in national team colours for the 2007 FIBA Under 21 World Championships on the back of an outstanding season with the Bendigo Spirit.

O’Hea cemented her spot in the Opals squad for the 2010 FIBA World Championships after her first WNBL All-Star Five honour with the Bulleen Boomers. This saw demand for O’Hea rise with the Los Angeles Sparks giving her a WNBA contract for the 2011 season.

A move to the Dandenong Rangers followed, winning the 2012 WNBL Championship before helping the Opals win the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

A third WNBL All-Star Five honour was boosted by a new contract with the Sparks ahead of the 2013 WNBA season.

Career Highlights: Olympic Games: 2012 (Bronze), FIBA World Championships: 2010, WNBL All-Star Five: 2010, 2011, 2013, FIBA U21 World Championships: 2007 (Silver). 

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Jennifer Screen

DOB: 24.02.83

Height: 180cm

Junior Club: Toowoomba (QLD)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 1999 – 2001; Adelaide Lightning 2001 – 2006, 2011 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: A product of regional Queensland, Screen quickly establish herself as an Adelaide body, moving to South Australia after two seasons at the AIS to continue her WNBL career.

Emerging as one of the stars of the Adelaide team alongside fellow young guns Erin Phillips and Laura Hodges, Screen quickly found herself in the Jayco Opals squad for the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

It was here where Screen would be part of the famous gold medal-winning Opals team at just 23 years of age. Screen was a regular in the national team setup under Jan Stirling, earning an Olympic Games call-up for Beijing, helping the Opals to a silver medal.

After five seasons with Adelaide, Europe came calling for the talented guard, taking up a chance to join Italianclub Parma in 2006.

Screen would stay with the northern Italian club until 2010, spending one season with Venezia before returning to the WNBL and the Adelaide Lightning for the 2011/12 season.

This move home ensured Screen would overcome the disappointment of missing the squad for the 2010 FIBA World Championships, making the final 12 for the 2012 London Olympic Games – going on to secure a bronze medal.

Career Highlights: Olympic Games: 2008 (Silver), 2012 (Bronze), FIBA World Championships: 2006 (Gold) Commonwealth Games: 2006 (Gold), FIBA U19 World Championships: 2001.

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Jessica Foley

DOB: 20.04.83

Height: 182cm

Junior Club: Albury Cougars (NSW)/Wodonga Wolves (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2000 – 2002; Adelaide Lightning 2006 – 2010; Dandenong Rangers 2010/11; Townsville Fire 2011 – 2013; Adelaide Lightning 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (1) Adelaide Lightning 2008.

Bio: After three years at the AIS in Canberra, Foley made the move to the USA, taking up a scholarship with basketball institution the Duke University Blue Devils. Here she would set numerous three-point shooting records and help Duke to the 2006 NCAA Championship Game.

A return to the WNBL in 2006 with the Adelaide Lightning saw Foley become a genuine star of the league, helping Adelaide break their 10-year title drought – winning the 2008 WNBL Championship.

After four productive seasons in Adelaide, Foley spent one season at Dandenong before moving to Townsville, helping the Fire reach the 2013 WNBL Grand Final.

Foley moved to Adelaide to continue her schooling, re-joining the Lightning.

Career Highlights: World University Games: 2007 (Gold), WNBL All-Star Five: 2008, FIBA Oceania Championships: 2009, FIBA Young Women’s World Championship: 2001, 2003. 

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Jo Hill

DOB: 19.06.73

Height: 182cm

Junior Club: North Adelaide (SA) 

WNBL Clubs: North Adelaide 1989 – 1991; AIS 1992/93; Adelaide Lightning 1994 – 2000; Canberra Capitals 2003/04; Townsville Fire 2009 – 2011; Adelaide Lightning 2011 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (5) North Adelaide 1990; Adelaide Lightning 1994-1996, 1998.

Bio: Into her fourth decade of playing in the WNBL, Hill still remains a key figure for the Adelaide Lightning. The 40-year-old five-time WNBL champion is coming off another consistent season (her 17th campaign), helping Adelaide to the post-season.

In a career of more than 300 games, Hill has starred in the WNBL and on the international stage, playing a leading role in the 1993 FIBA Women’s Youth World Championship win – Australia’s first gold medal at a world championship tournament.

Hill would go on to represent the Opals on the biggest stage, taking home silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. The South Australian won her first WNBL title at just 16 and would go on to be a key piece in the Adelaide Lightning’s four championships in five seasons in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Career Highlights: Olympic Games: 2000 (Silver), FIBA Women’s Youth World Championships: 1993 (Gold), FIBA Women’s World Championships: 1998 (Bronze), WNBL Life Member, WNBL All-Star Five: 2000. 

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Kathleen Macleod

PERSONAL: DOB 23/10/1986; HEIGHT: 168cm

POSITION: Guard     

JUNIOR ASSOCIATION: Nunawading (VIC)

FIRST PLAYED IN WNBL: 2003/04 AIS

WNBL CLUBS: AIS 2003/04 – 2004/05; Dandenong 2005/06 – 2006/07; Bendigo 2007/08; Dandenong 2010/11 - Current

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Dandenong Rangers 2011/12

WNBL CAREER NOTES: After a brilliant first season back in the WNBL, Kathleen took her game to the next level, leading the Rangers to a WNBL Championship, claiming an WNBL All Star 5 berth and WNBL Grand Final berth along the way. Kathleen made a triumphant return to the WNBL in season 2010/11 named as a member of the WNBL All-Star Five. Playing in 20 games for the Rangers including one final, she averaged 15.4 points, 5.5 assists and 4 rebounds per game. Kathleen finished the season top-ten in the league for points, assists and free throw percentage. She was also named WNBL Player of the Week for Round 13… Kathleen returns to the WNBL in 2010/11 after playing in Europe for the past two seasons. . Playing with Bendigo in 2007/08 Kathleen was a member of the WNBL All-Star Five. In 2006/07 she joined the Bendigo Spirit in their debut season and led the WNBL in three point percentage while averaging 13.5ppg in 11 games. Kathleen was a 2005/06 WNBL Runner Up with Dandenong after joining Dandenong in 2004/05 from the AIS. In 2003/04 Kathleen was the Betty Watson Rookie of the Year after scoring 125 points in her debut season in the WNBL with the AIS.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER NOTES: 2012 London Olympic Games (Bronze); 2007 FIBA U21 World Championships (Silver); 2005 FIBA Junior World Championships

GENERAL BASKETBALL NOTES: Played for Australian Opals at the 2012 London Olympic Games, winning Bronze. 2011 Kathleen was named in the Opals squad; 2010 Named in the Opals squad; In 2009/10 she played in France for club Reze Nantes and averaged 11.4 points, 6.4 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game…She was in the 2009 Opals squad, touring on the Opals China-Europe tour; In her 2008-2009 season with club MKB Soprong in Hungary, Kathleen averaged 11.1 points, 2 rebounds and 3.3 assists to lead her team to the Euroleague top four…She was a Hungarian League Champion with MKB Sopron; EuroLeague Semi Final with MKB Sopron... 2008 signed with MKB Sopron in Hungary; EuroLeague Semi Finals; Opals squad member... 2007 Opals squad member; Australian U21 Women's World Championships team member; … 2006 Opals squad member; Australian U21 women's team member (Sapphires)... 2005 member of the Australian U19 Women's World Championship team in Tunisia (Sixth)... 2004 second year AIS scholar; member of the Australian U19 women's team (Gems). 2003 receives scholarship to AIS; member of the Australian U19 women's team (Gems). Represented Victoria Metro U16 (2000/2001), U18 (2002/2003) and Victoria U20 (2004/2005) at National Junior Championships; attended the Australian Junior Camp (2001/2002/2003/2004).

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Kath has two brothers and two sisters and is originally from Melbourne. Her biggest weaknesses are shoes, shopping centre’s and Doritos. She loves to shop and relax, especially somewhere there’s a beach.

COACH’S COMMENTS: Kathleen is courageous, determined, professional and super talented. She is a born leader who leads by example day in, day out, she is the Rangers Captain and success follows her because she will only ever play and train at 100% and that’s what separates her from the rest. Kathleen makes her teammates better players!

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Kathryn Rendell

DOB: 15.01.94

Height: 188cm

Junior Club: Canberra (ACT)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2009 – 2011, Sydney Uni Flames 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: The Canberra junior spent two years at the AIS, making the move to Sydney this year to join the Sydney Comets in the Waratah League and to study at Sydney University. The 188cm forward impressed in debut season in Sydney, earning a spot on the Flames roster for the 2013/14 WNBL season.

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Katie-Rae Ebzery

DOB: 08.01.90

Height: 178cm

Junior Club: Newcastle (NSW)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2005 – 2008; Dandenong Rangers 2008/09; Sydney Uni Flames 2010 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: One of the most exciting players in the WNBL, Ebzery has built a reputation on ferocious attack on the basketball and rare ability to score at will. The talented guard left the AIS after three seasons with 65 WNBL games to her name at just 18 years of age.

After one season at Dandenong, the then 19-year-old stepped away from the WNBL for the 2009/10 campaign – returning for the Sydney Uni Flames refreshed and recharged in 2010.

This comeback season was the most productive of Ebzery’s career, finishing with career highs in points, rebounds and field goal percentage. These performances saw Ebzery selected for the Emerging Opals 2011 World University Games (WUG) campaign, winning bronze.

The settled 23-year-old passed the 150 games milestone last season and continues to add to her international medal collection (2013 WUG bronze medal) and push for regular selection in the Jayco Opals program.

Career Highlights: World University Games: 2011 (Bronze), 2013 (Bronze), FIBA 3X3 Women’s World Championship: 2012 (Bronze), FIBA U19 World Championships: 2007.

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Kelly Wilson

DOB: 01.01.85

Height: 170cm

Junior Club: Leongatha (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2002/03; Sydney Uni Flames 2003 – 2005; Townsville Fire 2005 – 2008; Bendigo Spirit 2008 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (1) Bendigo Spirit 2013.

Bio: Wilson wasted no time announcing herself as a player to watch, taking out the 2003 WNBL Rookie of the Year award during her one-season stay at the AIS. This had plenty of clubs after the signature of the talented teen, who eventually joined the Sydney Uni Flames.  After back-to-back finals appearances with the Flames, Wilson went in search of more minutes, arriving in Townsville where she would have two of the most productive seasons of her career.  In 2007 Wilson was part of the historic Emerging Opals team that claimed the gold medal at the 2007 World University Games. The Victorian was soon on the move again, this time to the Bendigo Spirit.  It was here that Wilson would settle and become a key piece in the team, racking up more than 100 games for the club. The most recent 2012/13 WNBL season would prove to be the most memorable, with Wilson playing a leading role in helping the Spirit win their first WNBL title.  Her memorable performances in the finals caught the eye of the Opals coaching staff, earning her first national team call-up since the Uni Games success some six years prior.

Career Highlights: FIBA Oceania Championships: 2013, World University Games: 2007 (Gold), WNBL Rookie of the Year: 2003, Staunton Medal for best player at the U20 National Championships: 2003, FIBA Young Women’s World Championship: 2003.

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Kelsey Ireland

PERSONAL: DOB 27/01/1991; Height 171cm

POSITION: Guard

JUNIOR ASSOCIATION: Kadina (SA)

FIRST PLAYED WNBL: 2008/09 AIS

WNBL CLUBS: AIS 2008/09; Adelaide Lightning 2009/10; Townsville Fire 2010/11, Adelaide Lightning 2011/12-Current

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nil

WNBL CAREER NOTES: Kelsey returned to the Adelaide Lightning for the 2011/12 season, playing six games. Kelsey represented the Townsville Fire in season 2010/11, playing in 22 games and averaging 1.2 points and 1 rebound her game.In the 2009/10 season Kelsey recovered from a shoulder injury to play five games for the Adelaide Lightning, she tallied 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals...Kelsey made her WNBL debut in the 2008/09 season.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER NOTES: 2009 U19 FIBA World Championships (placed 5th), 2009 U19 FIBA Oceania Championships.

GENERAL BASKETBALL NOTES: 2011 Kelsey played for the Norwood Flames in South Australia’s Central ABL; 2010 Kelsey played for Forestville in South Australia’s Central ABL; In 2008 she played with Forestville in South Australia’s central conference. Kelsey is from SA Country having commenced her basketball in the Kadina Association two hours from Adelaide.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Kelsey is studying her Bachelor of Biomedical Science.

COACH'S COMMENTS: Kelsey is a young guard who continues to develop her skills and understanding of elite basketball. After a season away and overcoming some injuries, Kelsey provided some spark and energy to our Lightning program.

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Kerryn Harrington

PERSONAL: DOB 2/03/1992; HEIGHT: 171cm

POSITION: Guard

JUNIOR ASSOCIATION: Bendigo (VIC)

FIRST PLAYED WNBL: 2007/08 Bendigo Spirit

WNBL CLUBS: Bendigo Spirit 2007/08; AIS 2008/09-2009/10; Bendigo Spirit 2009/10; AIS 2010/11; Bulleen Boomers 2011/12-Current

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nil

WNBL CAREER NOTESIn her first full season with the Bulleen, Kerryn averaged 5.7 points and 1.7 assists as the Boomers reached the WNBL Grand Final. Kerryn joined the Bulleen from the AIS following an injury plagued 2010/11 season in which a knee injury kept her from playing any games;Kerryn played 3 games for the AIS before re-joining the Spirit midway through the 2009/10 season, playing her first game with Bendigo on January 15. Throughout the season Kerryn averaged 1.4 points-per-game, 0.6 rebounds, and 0.3 assists in 9 games for the Spirit. She played all 21 games in 2008/09 for AIS averaging 3.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. She played 2 games for Bendigo in 2007/08, her debut season.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER NOTES: 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship; 2010 FIBA U19 Oceania Junior Women’s Qualifications; 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship; 2008 FIBA Oceania U19 Championship.

GENERAL BASKETBALL NOTES: 2011 member of the Australian U19 Gems team for the FIBA U19 World Championships in Chile;Played inAustralian U19 Gems team in pre-World Championship tournament in China. 2010 played SEABL for the Bendigo Lady Braves;2010 Kerryn represented Australia’s U19 Women’s team, the Gems, at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women, finishing fifth. She averaged 6.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. In January 2009 she was named Co-Captain of the Australian Women’s team at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, and led the team to the Gold medal. Co-captain of the Victoria Country side at the 2007 U16 Australian Junior Championships where she averaged 12.5 ppg. She also attended the Australian Development Camp in September 2007.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Her motto is “the harder you work the luckier you get”.

COACH’S COMMENTS: Kerryn had an excellent debut year for the Boomers and we have high hopes she can take some major steps and establish herself as a prominent WNBL player.

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Kristen Veal

DOB: 24.07.81

Height: 176cm

Junior Club: Norwood Flames (SA)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 1997 – 1999; Canberra Capitals 1999 – 2004; Sydney Uni Flames 2005 – 2008; Logan Thunder 2008 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (4) AIS 1999; Canberra Capitals 2000, 2002, 2003.

Bio: Emerging on the scene alongside Lauren Jackson, Suzy Batkovic and Penny Taylor as part of the AIS team that created history in winning the 1999 WNBL Championship, Veal quickly became a household name.

She remained in Canberra, joining the Capitals and adding a further three titles to her trophy cabinet – all the while she was creating history in America, becoming the then youngest player to be  selected in the WNBA Draft.

At just 19 Veal was selected at pick 13 of the 2001 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury, just the second Australian to be selected in the first round behind former AIS and Canberra teammate Lauren Jackson.

Despite a lucrative deal to stay in the WNBA, Veal decided against extending her stay in the USA and after a successful stint in Canberra, the then 24-year-old took her talents to Sydney in 2005.

A brief, but successful, stay in Sydney saw the team reach back-to-back finals, before Veal was offered the chance to take on a leadership role at the new WNBL club – the Logan Thunder in 2008.

In her five seasons at the Thunder, Veal has played over 100 games for the club and is seen as the spiritual leader of the team. After a solid 2012/13 season in southern Queensland, Veal was called into the Opals squad by Head Coach Brendan Joyce.

Career Highlights: WNBL All-Star Five: 2003, FIBA Oceania Championships: 2003, 2013, FIBA Junior Women’s

World Championships: 1997 (Silver), Youngest ever player selected in WNBA Draft in 2001 (19), Drafted at pick 13 of the 2001 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury.

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Kristi Harrower

DOB: 04.03.75

Height: 163cm

Junior Club: Bendigo (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: Melbourne Tigers 1991; AIS 1992 – 1993; Adelaide Lightning 1994; Melbourne Tigers 1995 –2000; Bendigo Spirit 2008 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (2) Adelaide Lightning 1994; Bendigo Spirit 2013.

Bio: A living legend of Australian basketball, Harrower achieved success wherever her amazing 20-plus year career has taken her. Emerging as a 16-year-old with the Melbourne Tigers, Harrower was quickly snapped up by the AIS and after two seasons in Canberra the guard moved to Adelaide, helping the Lightning win the 1994 WNBL title.

Harrower re-joined the Tigers in 1995 where she would become one of the premier point guards in the competition, earning four-straight WNBL All-Star Five honours between 1997 and 2000. A move to the WNBA and Europe followed before returning to her hometown Bendigo Spirit in 2008.

The four-time Olympian for the Jayco Opals would go on to win her first WNBL Most Valuable Player award in 2010 and make Bendigo a regular in the WNBL post-season.

Here she would guide the Spirit to their first WNBL Championship in the 2012/13 season, producing a memorable season where she would be an All-Star Five winner for the seventh time in her career.

Harrower has been equally as dominant on the international stage, winning four Olympic medals to go with her 2006 FIBA World Championship gold medal.

Career Highlights: Olympic Games: 2000 (Silver), 2004 (Silver), 2008 (Silver), 2012 (Bronze), FIBA World Championships: 1998 (Bronze), 2002 (Bronze), 2006 (Gold), 2010, FIBA Young Women World Championships: 1993 (Gold), WNBL MVP: 2010, WNBL All-Star Five: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2010, 2013, WNBL Defensive Player of the Year: 2013.

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Laura Hodges

DOB: 13.12.83

Height: 188cm

Junior Club: Sturt (SA) 

WNBL Clubs: AIS 1999 – 2002; Adelaide Lightning 2002 – 2006, 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: From the moment she emerged on the WNBL scene in 2000, Hodges was destined for greatness and she didn’t wait long to make her mark on Australian basketball.

After claiming the 2001 Betty Watson WNBL Rookie of the Year at 18, Hodges was quickly thrust on to the international stage and at the age of 19 was part of the Jayco Opals bronze medal-winning squad at the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

In this time Hodges would claim a first Olympic Games medal (silver) in Athens before a glorious 2006 that brought FIBA World Championship and Commonwealth Games gold.

At the height of her powers, Hodges went to the WNBA, linking up with the Connecticut Sun for two seasons in 2005-2006 before moving to Italy.

It was in Italy where Hodges would become a regular fixture over the next six seasons with Taranto, Parma and Bracco Geas – in that time travelling to two more Olympics in 2008 and 2012.

On the back of a bronze medal in London, Hodges returned to the WNBL and the Adelaide Lightning for a second stint at her hometown club.

Career Highlights: FIBA Oceania Championship: 2011, 2013, Olympic Games: 2004 (Silver), 2008 (Silver), 2012 (Bronze), FIBA World Championship: 2002 (Bronze), 2006 (Gold), Commonwealth Games: 2006 (Gold), WNBL Rookie of the Year: 2001. 

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Lauren Jackson

PERSONAL: DOB: 11/5/81; HEIGHT: 195cm

JUNIOR ASSOCIATION: Albury (NSW)

FIRST PLAYED WNBL: 1997 AIS

WNBL CLUBS: AIS 1997-1998/99; Canberra Capitals 1999/00-2003/04, 2005/06, 2009/10, 2012/13

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS: AIS 1998/99; Canberra Capitals 1999/00, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2005/06, 2009/10

WNBL CAREER NOTES: 2009/10 played with the Canberra Capitals (Champions)... 2009/10 awarded the MVP for the Grand Final... 2005/06 played with the Canberra Capitals (Champions)... 2005/06 awarded the MVP for the Grand Final... 2003/04 played with the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL (Champions)... 2003/04 awarded the MVP of the WNBL... 2003/04 awarded the WNBL Top Shooter with an average 27.9 ppg... 2003/04 selected in the WNBL All Star Five... 2002/03 played with the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL (Champions)... 2002/03 awarded the MVP of the WNBL... 2002/03 awarded the WNBL Top Shooter with an average 27.2 ppg... 2002/03 selected in the WNBL All Star Five... 2001/02 played with the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL (Champions)... 2001/02 selected in the WNBL All Star Five... 2000/01 played with the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL... 2000/01 selected in the WNBL All Star Five... 1999/00 played with the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL... 1999/00 awarded the MVP of the WNBL... 1999/00 selected in the WNBL All Star Five... 1998/99 played with the AIS in the WNBL (Champions)... 1998/99 awarded the WNBL Top Shooter with an average 23.2 ppg... 1998/99 awarded the MVP of the WNBL... 1998 played with the AIS in the WNBL... 1997 played with the AIS in the WNBL... 1997 awarded an AIS scholarship... 1997 awarded the Betty Watson Rookie of the Year.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER NOTES: 2012 London Olympic Games (Bronze);2010 FIBA Women's World Championships; 2008 Olympic Games (Silver); 2006 FIBA Women's World Championships (GOLD); 2004 Athens Olympic Games (Silver); 2002 FIBA Women's World Championships (Bronze); 2000 Sydney Olympic Games (Silver); 1998 FIBA Women's World Championships (Bronze); 1997 FIBA U21 Women's World Championships

GENERAL BASKETBALL NOTES: 2012 London Olympic Games (Bronze); 2010 represented Australia at the FIBA Women's World Championships... 2010 played with the Seattle Storm in the WNBA (Champions)... 2009 Euroleague Champion with Spartak Moscow... 2008 represented Australia at the Beijing Olympic Games (Silver)... 2008 awarded the Maher Medal - International Player of the Year... 2007 Won Russian Super League title with Spartak Moscow... 2007 played with Samsung Bichumi in the Korean League (Runner's Up)... 2007 breaks WKBL record for most points in a single game 56... 2006 represented Australia at the FIBA Women's World Championships (GOLD)... 2006 represented Australia at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games (GOLD)... 2006 WNBA All-Star selection; WNBA 10th Anniversary All-Decade Team... 2005 All-WNBA First Team; WNBA All-Star selection... 2004 represented Australia at the Athens Olympic Games(Silver)... 2004 Voted best-ever number 1 draft pick in the WNBA... 2004 selected in the WNBA All-Star team... 2004 awarded the Maher Medal - International Player of the Year... 2004 played with the Seattle Storm, WNBL (Champions)... 2002 represented Australia at the FIBA Women's World Championships (Bronze)... 2002 WNBA All-Star... 2002 awarded the Maher Medal - International Player of the Year... 2001-2002 Played with Seattle Storm in the WNBA... 2001 Number 1 draft pick into the WNBA, Seattle Storm... 2000 represented Australia at the Sydney Olympic Games (Silver)...2000 awarded the Maher Medal - International Player of the Year... 1999 awarded the Maher Medal - International Player of the Year... 1998 represented Australia at the FIBA Women's World Championships (Bronze)... 1997 represented Australia at the FIBA U21 Women's World Championships... 1997 member of the Opals squad...

COACH’S COMMENTS: Australia's "Ms Basketball" and an ornament to the game who has made winning a habit throughout her lengthy career. Lauren's return to Canberra will not only immediately increase the teams' potential on and off the court, but provide an unparalleled development opportunity for the team's younger players.

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Lauren King

 

DOB: 01.06.84

Height: 181cm

Junior Club: Ballina (NSW)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2001 – 2003; Townsville Fire 2003 – 2006; Adelaide Lightning 2006 – 2008; Bendigo Spirit 2008 – 2010; Dandenong Rangers 2010/11; Sydney Uni Flames 2011 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (1) Adelaide Lightning 2008.

Bio: At 29 nearing 250 WNBL games with six teams, Lauren King knows what it takes to be successful at the this level. Following the path of many WNBL stars at the AIS, King joined Townsville after two seasons in the nation’s capital.

A three-year stay in Townsville was followed by a two-season stopover in Adelaide, where King was part of the Lightning team that defeated the Sydney Uni Flames to claim the 2008 WNBL Championship.

Victoria was the next destination for King who enjoyed career best seasons in Bendigo before a one-campaign stint with the Dandenong Rangers. Sydney came calling in 2011 and entering her third season with the Flames, King will be hoping to help the team return to WNBL post-season action.

Career Highlights: World University Games: 2005 (Bronze), 2007 (Gold).

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Madeleine Garrick

DOB: 01.04.92

Height: 179cm

Junior Club: Shepparton/Bulleen (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: Bendigo Spirit 2009/10; AIS 2010 – 2012; Bendigo Spirit 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (1) Bendigo Spirit 2013.

Bio: The Goulburn Valley product made her name with the Bendigo Spirit as a 17-year-old before taking the opportunity to join the AIS for a productive three season stay.

A return to the Spirit eventuated, with Garrick developing into a vital role player off the bench, contributing big minutes in Bendigo’s run to their first-ever WNBL Championship.

Now entering her fifth WNBL season, look for the 21-year-old to take on greater responsibility as the Spirit look to go back-to-back.

Career Highlights: FIBA U19 World Championship: 2011, Australian Youth Olympic Festival: 2009 (Gold).

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Mia Newley

 

DOB: 04.08.88

Height: 184cm

Junior Club: Forestville Eagles (SA)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2006 – 2008; Adelaide Lightning 2008 – 2011; Townsville Fire 2011 – Current. WNBL

Championships: Nil.

Bio: Newley emerged at the AIS as an athletic guard, with an eye for the basket. The younger sister of Australian Boomers star Brad Newley, Mia has blazed her own trail, notching up more than 150 WNBL games.

After three seasons with the AIS, Newley returned to her native South Australia to join the Adelaide Lightning. It was her final campaign at the Lightning that produced the best results, posting career high numbers in points, rebounds and assists.

Townsville under Chris Lucas came knocking and Newley obliged, making the move to North Queensland and helping the Fire to their first WNBL Grand Final appearance last season.

Career Highlights: World University Games: 2009 (Bronze), 2011 (Bronze), FIBA U19 World Championships: 2007. 

 

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Michelle Joy

PERSONAL: DOB 19/12/90; HEIGHT: 185cm              

POSITION: Forward

JUNIOR ASSOCIATION: Sutherland Sharks (NSW)

FIRST PLAYED WNBL: 2008/09 AIS

WNBL CLUBS: AIS 2008/09-2009/10; West Coast Waves 2010/11-2011/12; Sydney Uni Flames 2012/13

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nil

WNBL CAREER NOTES: Michelle played in 21 games for the Waves in season 2010/11 and averaged 6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game; Michelle played eight games in season 2009/10 and averaged 4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game; Michelle played 13 games in her debut season with the AIS in 2008/09, averaging 3.8 points and 2 rebounds per game.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER NOTES: 2008 U19 Australian Gems Tour

GENERAL BASKETBALL NOTES: 2011 Michelle played for the Sterling Senators in WA’s SBL competition; 2010 Michelle played for the Sterling Senators in WA’s SBL competition, where she was named team MVP; Michelle represented Australia’s U19 team, the Gems, at the 2008 William Jones Cup in Taipei and toured France with the Gems in 2009. Michelle also played in the U16, U18 and U20 NSW state teams.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Michelle loves going to the beach and hanging out with friends. Her favourite movie is Dear John and loves Thai food.

COACH’S COMMENT: She has worked extremely hard in the off-season on her strength and conditioning. Michelle is an athletic player who will add a lot to our depth, and will be looked at as a key contributor coming off the bench to provide valuable minutes. The former NSW Junior comes to the Flames after spending time with the AIS and Perth in past WNBL seasons.

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Mikaela Dombkins

PERSONAL: DOB 1/08/1986; Height: 181cm

POSITION: Guard

JUNIOR ASSOCIATION: Maitland Mustangs (NSW)

FIRST PLAYED WNBL: 2003/04 AIS

WNBL CLUBS: AIS 2003/4-2005/06; Sydney Uni Flames 2006/07-2007/08; Logan Thunder 2008/09; Sydney Uni 2009/10-2011/12; Canberra Capitals 2012/13

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nil

WNBL CAREER NOTES: In the 2009/10 season Mikaela received the Southern Design Impact Player award from the Sydney Uni Flames with an average of 11.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. She hit double figures 14 times in 24 games and made it onto the scoreboard on all but one of 24 games. Mikaela was a Grand Finalist with Sydney Uni in the 2007/08 season, averaging 8.2 points per game. She averaged 2.8 rebounds for AIS in the 2004/05 season and 5.5 points per game during the 2003/04 season for the AIS.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER NOTES: 2005 FIBA Junior World Championships; 2007 FIBA U21 World Championships (Silver)

GENERAL BASKETBALL NOTES: Represented NSW Country U16 2001, U18 2002/03 and NSW U20 2005 at National Junior Championships… attended the Australian Junior Camp 2002 and 2004 … member of the Gems squad (Australian Junior Women) 2003-2005… chosen in Gems team for Junior World Championships July 2005… U/21 Australia Sapphires World Championship team 2007 – Silver medallist. Mikaela played for the Maitland Mustangs in the Waratah ABA Competition in 2009 but suited up for the Frankston Blues in the 2010 SEABL Competition.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Mikaela has a brother Aaron and two sisters Rebekah and Mattea. Mikaela is in her first year studying Fashion Design and hopes one day to design her own clothing line

COACH'S COMMENT: A consummate professional who has overcome significant injury setbacks to continue her career. Settled in nicely during her first year in Canberra and has everything in place to push for an increasing responsibility in the team structure.

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Mikhaela Donnelly

DOB: 30.04.94

Height: 173cm

Junior Club: Logan (QLD)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2010 – 2012; Logan Thunder 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: A local Logan product, Donnelly spent two seasons at the AIS before returning to her hometown Thunder for the 2012/13 WNBL season.

The guard played 16 games in her third WNBL campaign and will be looking to force her way into a bigger role in the Thunder rotation after more than 50 WNBL appearances.

Career Highlights: Youth Olympic Games: 2010.

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Molly Lewis

PERSONAL: DOB: 18/10/1989; HEIGHT: 183cm

POSITION: Guard

JUNIOR ASSOCIATION:
Gosford City Rebels (NSW)

FIRST PLAYED WNBL:
2005/06 AIS

WNBL CLUBS: AIS 2005/06 - 2007/08; Sydney Uni Flames 2007/08-2009/10, Canberra Capitals 2011/12, Adelaide Lightning 2012/13

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nil

WNBL CAREER NOTES: Molly has joined the Adelaide Lightning for the 2012/13 WNBL season after returning to the league in 2011/12 after a year off, for her first year at the Capitals, where she averaged 4.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. In the 2009/10 season, Molly played five games for the Flames averaging 0.8 points and 0.4 assists. Molly averaged 3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in 2008/09 and posted career best 28 assists and 12 steals for the season. She was elevated into the starting line-up for a number of games in the second half of the season. Molly averaged 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds per game for Sydney in 16 games in 2007/08, she joined the Flames midway through the season after graduating from the AIS. She played 38 games for the AIS between 2005 and 2007, averaging 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER NOTES: 2007 U19 FIBA World Championship

GENERAL BASKETBALL CAREER NOTES: 2011 Molly played for the Launceston Tornadoes in the SEABL;
2007 Molly averaged 2.6 points and 0.9 rebounds per game for the Gems at the 2007 World Championship in Slovakia. Molly was member of NSWIA Emerging Athletes Program in 2005 and was named as Central Coast Sports Star of the Year for 2006. She also has represented NSW Country at the Australian Junior Country Basketball Cup 2002-05 and has represented Terrigal HS as part of their National Schools Championship winning team in 2004. Molly was member of NSW PSSA Team in 2001 and represented NSW Country U16 2003/04 (Silver Medallists in 2004) and U18 2005 (Gold Medallists) at National Junior Championships.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Molly has a brother, a sister and a puppy. Molly has an extra bone in each foot. Molly is currently studying ACPE – physical education.

COACH’S COMMENT: Joins Adelaide after a season with Canberra, look forward to seeing her develop her overall offensive game as well as her possession game.

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Nadeen Payne

DOB: 07.06.93

Height: 188cm

Junior Club: Townsville (QLD)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2009 – 2010; Townsville Fire 2010 – 2012; Adelaide Lightning 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: A super-talented young gun, Payne was making a name for herself at her hometown Townsville Fire before making a shock move south, joining the Adelaide Lightning for the 2012/13 WNBL season.

The 188cm forward-centre forged a strong junior career on the international stage, playing for Australia at the 2010 FIBA Under 17 and 2011 FIBA Under 19 World Championships.

The departure of Suzy Batkovic to Townsville will open the door for Payne to establish herself as a starter for the Lightning and form a strong frontcourt partnership with Opals star Laura Hodges.

Career Highlights: Australian Youth Olympic Festival: 2009 (Gold), FIBA U19 World Championships: 2011, FIBA U17 World Championships: 2010. 

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Nicole Hunt

DOB: 15.10.88

Height: 167cm

Junior Club: Warrnambool (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2006 – 2008; Dandenong Rangers 2008 – 2010; Canberra Capitals 2010 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: The country Victorian point guard began her WNBL career in Canberra at the AIS, impressing in her second season with the young team. This prompted a move to the Dandenong Rangers where after a strong first season, Hunt found herself used in a reduced capacity.

A return to the nation’s capital with the Canberra Capitals eventuated, with Hunt quickly settling in as the lead guard and chief playmaker after the departure of Natalie Hurst. This prompted national team recognition, representing the Jayco Opals at the World University Games and FIBA Oceania Championships in 2011.

The return of Hurst to the Capitals fold will create greater competition for minutes in the Caps backcourt and provide Hunt with a new challenge.

Career Highlights: FIBA Oceania Championships: 2011, World University Games: 2011 (Bronze), FIBA U19 World Championships: 2007, WNBL Rookie of the Year: 2007/08.

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Olivia Thompson

DOB: 20.01.93

Height: 187cm

Junior Club: Forestville (SA)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2009 – 2012; Townsville Fire 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: It was in her final season at the AIS where Thompson emerged as one of the most exciting prospects in the WNBL. Injuries ravaged the young team and Thompson stepped up to average more than 10 points and 6 rebounds.

This made the South Australian a hot commodity on the open market, eventually deciding on Townsville as her next destination. The 187cm forward fitted seamlessly into the Fire rotation, providing energy and offensive power in the team’s run to the WNBL Grand Final.

A genuine star of the future in the WNBL and potentially on the international stage.

Career Highlights: World University Games: 2013 (Bronze), FIBA U17 World Championships: 2010. 

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Rachel Herrick

DOB 17/11/1986, Height: 192cm

Centre

Hills Hornets (NSW)

AIS 2004-06; Sydney 2006/07-2009/10, Adelaide 2011/12, Bendigo Spirit 2012/13

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nil

In the 2009/10 season, Rachel scored 13 points in 4 appearances for the Flames, averaging 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds. In 2008/09 Rachel posted 20 points and 17 rebounds across 19 games. In her first season with the Flames in 2006/07, Rachel 1.6 and 1.1 rebounds per game. Her field goal percentage was very consistent at 62%. Before being picked up by Sydney, she played for the AIS in 2005/05 averaging 1.9 points per game and 2.3 rebounds.

U21 World Championships 2007 (Silver)

Rachel has a brother Scott and sister Alison. Rachel loves sunfruits. Rachel was asked to leave her school choir because she was tone-deaf.

Rachel has represented NSW Metro U18 2003 and NSW U20 2004/05 at National Junior Championships. Also attended the Australian Junior Camp 2003 and 2004 and became a member of the Gems squad (Australian Junior Women) 2003/04/05. In June 2004, she toured Europe with the Gems team. She currently plays for Hills Hornets in Waratah ABA competition. Rachel also won a Silver Medal with the 2007 U21 Australian Sapphires World Championship team.

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Rachel Jarry

DOB: 6/12/1991

Height: 185cm

Junior Club: Altona (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2008/09; Melbourne (formerly Bulleen) Boomers 2009 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (1) Bulleen Boomers 2011.

Bio: A bolter in the Jayco Opals squad for the 2012 London Olympic Games, Jarry proved her worth on the biggest stage, helping the team win the bronze medal.

Another AIS product to make it all the way to Opals selection, Jarry made a significant impact in her one season stay in Canberra, before joining the Bulleen Boomers under Tom Maher. This resulted in the club’s first WNBL title in 2011 and saw Jarry get picked up with the 18th pick of the 2011 WNBA Draft.

This whirlwind rise was capped off with Jarry forcing her way into the Opals team for the Olympic Games, with London not expected to be her only appearance in the world’s biggest sporting festival. Jarry proved her worth at the Olympic Games, providing rebounding and active defensive pressure on the biggest stage in basketball.

A strong second half of the WNBL season on her return from London caught the attention of her WNBA team, with Minnesota signing the talented forward for the 2013 season.

Career Highlights: Olympic Games: 2012 (Bronze), WNBL All-Star Five: 2012, Drafted 18th overall in 2011 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream (traded to the Minnesota Lynx). 

 

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Rebecca Allen

DOB: 06.11.92

Height: 185cm

Junior Club: Nunawading (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: Dandenong Rangers 2009 – 2010; AIS 2010 – 2012; Melbourne (formerly Bulleen) Boomers 2012– Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: The athletic forward enjoyed a clean bill of health for the Boomers last season, playing in all 24 games and establishing herself as a high energy option off the bench.

With injury limiting the output of frontcourt stars Emma McDonald and Elyse Penaluna, Allen stepped to the plate posting career-high numbers in points and rebounds – highlighted by a 19 point, 12 rebound performance against the Sydney Uni Flames.

The departure of McDonald, Penaluna and Hollie Florance will open the door to greater responsibility for the young star.

Career Highlights: FIBA U19 World Championships: 2011 (Semi Final). 

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Rebecca Cole

DOB: 19.03.92

Height: 178cm

Junior Club: Nunawading (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2009 – 2012; Melbourne (formerly Bulleen) Boomers 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: After injury ravaged her final season at the AIS, Cole returned to Victoria to sign with the Boomers as they embarked on a new era of youth.

Recovering from the serious knee injury that ruined her 2011/12 WNBL season, the exciting young guard was forced to watch on during the early rounds before finishing the season strongly with 13 games.

The 21-year-old will be eager to have an injury free 2013/14 campaign.

Career Highlights: FIBA U19 World Championship: 2011 (Semi Final), Australian Youth Olympic Festival: 2009 (Gold). 

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Renae Camino

DOB: 19.11.86

Height: 177cm

Junior Club: Illawarra Hawks (NSW)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2004/05; Townsville Fire 2006/07; Adelaide Lightning 2007 – 2010; Logan Thunder 2010– 2012; Bendigo Spirit 2012/13; Sydney Uni Flames 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (2) Adelaide Lightning 2008; Bendigo Spirit 2013.

Bio: Camino burst on to the scene like few others before her, taking the WNBL by storm in her debut season, winning the 2005 Betty Watson WNBL Rookie of the Year award on the back of averaging more than 17 points and 9 rebounds per game.

A serious knee injury saw Camino miss the entire 2005/06 WNBL season, but scouts weren’t deterred, with the Houston Comets taking the free-scoring guard with the 24th selection in the 2006 WNBA Draft.

Camino’s production continued to amaze, putting up big numbers in her one-season stay at Townsville before joining the Adelaide Lightning. Here Camino would further enhance her standing in the game, producing a memorable 32 point 9 rebound performance to take out the 2008 WNBL Grand Final MVP.

Logan was the next stop, helping the Thunder to their first finals campaign in 2011 before joining the Bendigo Spirit where injury would limit her output, but was able to add a second WNBL title to her collection.

Career Highlights: WNBL Rookie of the Year: 2005, WNBL Grand Final MVP: 2008, FIBA Young Women’s World Championship: 2007 (Silver), FIBA Young Women’s World Championship All-Star Five: 2007, Drafted 24th overall in 2006 WNBA Draft by the Houston Comets.

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Rohanee Cox

DOB: 23.04.80

Height: 182cm

Junior Club: Willetton Tigers (WA)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 1996 – 1998; Perth Lynx 1998 – 2000, 2002/03; Townsville Fire 2005 – 2009; West Coast
Waves 2011/12; Sydney Uni Flames 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: One of the greats of the WNBL, Cox enters her 13th season at 33 years of age and still one of the best all-round players in the competition. Since debuting with the AIS as a 16-year-old in 1996, Cox has claimed a host of individual accolades and international medals.

After three seasons in Canberra she returned to Western Australia, joining hometown club the Perth Lynx for a two season stay from 1998 to 2000. Time away from basketball became a priority for Cox as she played just one season for the Lynx (2002/03) between 2000 and 2005.

A return to the court came in 2005 with the Townsville Fire, with Cox elevating her game to new heights –winning the WNBL MVP, back-to-back WNBL All-Star Five honours and taking the Fire to the finals.

This amazing period of success was highlighted by winning the silver medal with the Jayco Opals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to go with her 2007 and 2009 Maher Medals for international player of the year.

Another sabbatical followed before returning to action in 2011/12 with the West Coast Waves, announcing her retirement at the end of the season, aged 32. A call from Karen Dalton convinced Cox she still had something to contribute and she returned to the court with the Sydney Uni Flames for the 2012/13 season.

Career Highlights: FIBA Oceania Championships: 2007, 2009, Olympic Games: 2008 (Silver), FIBA Junior World Championships: 1997 (Silver), WNBL MVP: 2009, WNBL All-Star Five: 2008, 2009, Maher Medal for International Player of the Year: 2007, 2009.

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Rosie Fadljevic

 

DOB: 17.09.93

Height: 183cm

Junior Club: Dandenong (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2011/12; Dandenong Rangers 2012/13; Townsville Fire 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: A Dandenong junior, Fadlijevic got her first taste of WNBL action with her hometown club in season 2012/13, playing nine games in her debut campaign. A talented junior who has represented Victoria and Australia, the 20-year-old is making the move to Townsville for the upcoming season.

Career Highlights: Singapore Youth Olympic Games: 2010 (Silver). 

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Rosie Moult

DOB: 03.04.90

Height: 185cm

Junior Club: Dandenong (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2007 – 2009; Dandenong Rangers 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: Moult attended the AIS for two years, playing 21 games during the 2008/09 WNBL season before making the move to the USA, joining Californian college Fresno State University. The athletic guard/forward enjoyed four impressive seasons for the Bulldogs, earning numerous all-team and academic honours.

Moult represented Australia at the 2009 FIBA Under 19 World Championships and returns to the WNBL eager to make an impact.

Career Highlights: FIBA U19 World Championship: 2009, All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Freshman Team: 2010, All-WAC Defensive First Team: 2012, All-WAC Tournament Team: 2011, 2012, All-Mountain West Conference Defensive Team: 2013. 

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Sara Blicavs

DOB: 15.02.93

Height: 188cm

Junior Club: Melbourne Tigers (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2009 – 2012; Dandenong Rangers 2012/13; Bendigo Spirit 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: It was in her final season at the AIS that Blicavs took the lead role as injuries decimated the young roster, averaging more than 12 points and 5 rebounds per game. This attracted interest from around the league, with the Melbourne junior signing with the Dandenong Rangers.

19 points in her first game for the Rangers saw the then 19-year-old quickly become a fan favourite and a key energy player off the bench. Blicavs played a leading role in the 2011 FIBA Under 19 World Championship and showed off her amazing athleticism in capturing bronze at the 2012 FIBA 3X3 Women’s World Championship.

Earning her first senior Opals call-up for the 2013 tour of China, Blicavs will be out to push for more senior selection with a strong season at the Bendigo Spirit.

Career Highlights: World University Games: 2013 (Bronze), FIBA 3X3 Women’s World Championship: 2012 (Bronze), FIBA U19 World Championship: 2011 (Semi Final), FIBA U17 World Championship: 2010.

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Stephanie Cumming

DOB: 26.07.90

Height: 178cm

Junior Club: Dandenong (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: Dandenong Rangers 2006/07; AIS 2007 – 09; Dandenong Rangers 2009 – 2013; Townsville Fire 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (1) Dandenong Rangers 2012.

Bio: Bursting on to the scene as a 16-year-old with her local team the Dandenong Rangers, Cumming found herself on a scholarship to the AIS in 2007, where she would spend the next two seasons.

Consistent improvement from the sharp-shooting guard would result in selection for the 2009 FIBA Under 19 World Championship, with a return to the Rangers leading the way to her first Jayco Opals call-up in 2011.

This proved to be a launching pad for Cumming, who would go on to have a career best season in 2011/12, averaging a career-high 14 points and 4.3 rebounds as the Rangers claimed the WNBL Championship.

Another stellar season led to the opportunity to help the Emerging Opals win bronze at the 2013 World University Games. Now at the Townsville Fire, Cumming will be looking to add another title to her collection.

Career Highlights: World University Games: 2013 (Bronze), FIBA U19 World Championships: 2009. 

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Suzy Batkovic

DOB: 17.12.80

Height: 192cm

Junior Club: Newcastle (NSW)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 1996 – 1999; Sydney Flames 1999 – 2001; Townsville Fire 2001/02, Sydney Uni Flames 2009/10; Canberra Capitals 2010/11; Adelaide Lightning 2011 – 2013; Townsville Fire 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (2) AIS 1999; Sydney Flames 2001.

Bio: Batkovic burst on to the scene as part of the Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor team that claimed the 1999 WNBL Championship with the AIS. This led to the Newcastle-native becoming a staple in the Jayco Opals squad, helping the team win bronze at the 2002 FIBA World Championships.

This caught the attention of international suitors, with Batkovic selected by the Seattle Storm in the 2003 WNBA Draft. The 192cm centre would spend the next seven seasons aboard, winning the 2004 Euroleague title with French team Valencienne along with stints in the WNBA, Spain, Russia and Italy.

During this time Batkovic was ever present in the Opals squad, twice winning the Maher Medal for International Player of the Year (2001 & 2008) and helping the team claim the silver medal at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Games.

Returning to the WNBL, it was for the Adelaide Lightning where Batkovic was at her best, winning back-to-back WNBL Most Valuable Player awards – sandwiched between a third Olympic medal (bronze) at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

After two successful seasons in Adelaide, Batkovic made the move to the Townsville Fire for the 2013/14 season.

Career Highlights: Olympic Games: 2004 (Silver), 2008 (Silver), 2012 (Bronze), FIBA World Championships: 2002 (Bronze), 2010, Maher Medal (International Player of the Year): 2001, 2008, Drafted 22nd overall in the 2003 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm, WNBL MVP: 2012, 2013, WNBL All-Star Five: 2010, 2012, 2013, EuroLeague Champion: 2004. 

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Tayla Roberts

DOB: 16/02/93; HEIGHT: 191cm

Centre

Northern Tasmania (TAS)

2009/10 AIS

2009/10-2010/11; Bulleen Boomers 2011/12; Sydney Uni Flames 2012/13

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nil

2009/10 was Tayla’s debut WNBL season; she played in 22 games and averaged 10 points and 1.8 blocks per game and was named the WNBL Betty Watson Rookie of the Year.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER NOTES: 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship; 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship in France; 2009 FIBA U17 Oceania Qualifying Championships.

2011 Named in the Australian Gems U19 team for the FIBA U19 Women’s World Championships in Chile; Played in pre-World Championship tournament in China; 2011 represented TAS at the Australian U20 Championships; 2010 represented Australia at the FIBA U17 Women's World Championships in France; 2010 represented TAS at the Australian U18 Championships… In the 2009 FIBA Oceania U17 Qualification tournament Tayla averaged 13 points per game, helping Australia qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship in her international debut.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Tayla is from Launceston and has two younger siblings Mackenzie, 8 and Bowen, 5. Tayla loves spending time with her family and friends, listening to music and watching movies. She also loves relaxing and going to the beach. Her dreams are to get a University degree and play for the Opals.  Motto -“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!

COACH’S COMMENTS: Tayla is a great signing for the Flames as we have looked to add depth and size to our roster in the 4 and 5 positions. The youngest of our big players she will continue to develop this season, in laying a platform for the future. She has great touch around the basket and will add some scoring power to the big rotation.

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Tess Madgen

DOB: 12.08.90

Height: 180cm

Junior Club: Barossa Valley (SA)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2008 – 2010; Bendigo Spirit 2010 – 2012; Melbourne (formerly Bulleen) Boomers 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: A fierce competitor from the moment she stepped on to a WNBL court, Madgen has quickly establish herself as one of the most gifted offensive guards in Australia.

The sister of NBL and Boomers star Ben Madgen, the 180cm guard impressed in her time at the AIS also helping Australia finish fifth at the 2009 FIBA Under 19 World Championship.

Joining the Bendigo Spirit proved the perfect situation for Madgen to show her wares, leading the Spirit in scoring and taking out back-to-back Club MVP honours.

A surprise move to Bulleen and a switch to point guard saw a year of development and growth for Madgen, still averaging in the top 15 in scoring and top 10 in assists.

Madgen returned to the Jayco Opals program in 2013, helping the team reach the 2014 FIBA World Championships – defeating New Zealand in the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships.

Career Highlights: FIBA Oceania Championships: 2011, 2013, FIBA 3X3 Women’s World Championships: 2012 (Bronze), World University Games: 2011 (Bronze), 2013 (Bronze), FIBA U19 World Championships: 2009. 

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Tessa Lavey

DOB: 29.03.93

Height: 170cm

Junior Club: Swan Hill (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2009 – 2012; Canberra Capitals 2012/13; Bendigo Spirit 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: The Swan Hill native returns to Victorian soil after four seasons in the ACT with the AIS and the Canberra Capitals. A talented ball-handler, Lavey came through three seasons at the AIS before an impressive SEABL season in 2012 saw the Capitals add her to their 2012/13 roster.

Despite the team’s struggles, Lavey impressed earning a spot on the bronze medal-winning World University Games team before earning a call-up to the Opals training squad ahead of the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships.

Lavey will get a chance to build on this momentum at the Spirit as they look to defend their WNBL title.

Career Highlights: World University Games: 2013 (Bronze), FIBA U17 World Championships: 2010.

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Tiana Mangakahia

DOB: 21.04.95

Height: 165cm

Junior Club: Southern Districts (QLD)

WNBL Clubs: AIS 2011/12; Townsville Fire 2013 – Current. WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: The super athletic young guard has already made a name for herself on the international stage, representing Australia at the Under 17 and Under 19 World Championships in the past 18 months.

Mangakahia has been based at the AIS for the past two years and will make the move to Townsville to learn from veteran Fire guard Rachael McCully (nee Flanagan).

Career Highlights: FIBA U19 World Championships: 2013 (Bronze), FIBA U17 World Championships: 2012. 

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