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 enjoying a stellar season that saw her finish in the top 5 in points and rebounds.

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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Alice Coddington

DOB: 24.10.88

Height: 178cm

Junior Club: Canberra Nationals (ACT)

WNBL Clubs: Canberra Capitals 2011 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: Coddington made the jump to the US college scene in 2007, joining Utah State University where she would become a regular during her four-year stay with the Aggies. Here she would meet her fiancé NFL player Michael Smith of Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A return to Australia and the WNBL in 2011 saw the guard join the Canberra Capitals, playing limited minutes.

Coddington took on a greater role in the rotation in her third season and was one of the bright spots in a tough season for the 7-time WNBL Champions.

Career Highlights: Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Defensive First Team: 2009/10, 2010/11, All-WAC Academic Team: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

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Angela Marino

DOB: 03.02.86

Height: 166cm

Junior Club: Whyalla Steelers/ Sturt Sabres (SA)

WNBL Clubs: Canberra Capitals 2004 – 2006; Perth Lynx 2006/07; Adelaide Lightning 2007 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (2) Canberra Capitals 2006; Adelaide Lightning 2008.

Bio: A mainstay in the Adelaide Lightning locker room, Marino has developed into a high-level point guard at the WNBL level. At just 18 years of age, Marino was thrust on to the world stage, playing for the New Zealand Tall Ferns at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Marino would go on to represent New Zealand at the 2008 Beijing Games as well as win WNBL titles with the Canberra Capitals and Adelaide Lightning.

With more than 200 WNBL games under her belt, Marino continues to be a leader for the Lightning and a staple in their starting line-up.

Career Highlights: Olympic Games: 2004, 2008 (Playing for New Zealand), Commonwealth Games: 2006 (Silver). 

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Brigitte Ardossi

DOB: 07.08.87

Height: 188cm

Junior Club: Werribee (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: Canberra Capitals 2011 – 2013; Dandenong Rangers 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: Nil.

Bio: Finishing a four-year stay at Georgia Tech University with one of the most dominant seasons in school history (16 points and 7 rebounds per game), Ardossi was selected in the second round of the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream.

A contact offer from the Dream was not forthcoming, so Ardossi took her talents to France, enjoying a one season stay with Cote D’Opale Basket Calais.

The Canberra Capitals took the opportunity to bring Ardossi back to home shores and she did not disappoint, building on a solid rookie season to be one of the club’s best players in a tough 2012/13 WNBL season.

Career Highlights: Drafted 21st overall in 2010 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream, Georgia State Women’s Basketball Player of the Year: 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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Chantella Perera

DOB: 07.06.86

Height: 175cm

Junior Club: Nunawading Spectres (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: Dandenong Rangers 2007/08; Canberra Capitals 2008 – 2010; Dandenong Rangers 2010/11; Bulleen Boomers 2011/12; Bendigo Spirit 2012 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (3) Canberra Capitals 2009, 2010; Bendigo Spirit 2013.

Bio: A successful college career in America at Fresno State University was only the start of the championship-laden career Perera would enjoy in the WNBL.  

At 21 Perera spent one season at Dandenong before relocating to Canberra to be a part of the team’s back-toback WNBL titles in 2009 and 2010.  

Around this time the guard emerged on the international stage, helping the Emerging Opals to gold (2007) and bronze (2009) at the World University Games and silver at the 2007 FIBA Under 21 World Championship.  

A return to her native Victoria eventuated, returning to the Rangers before a one-season stop in Bulleen and eventually Bendigo. It was here Perera would add another title to her already impressive collection.

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

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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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Hannah Bowley

PERSONAL: DOB 29/01/1984; HEIGHT: 185cm

POSITION: Forward

JUNIOR ASSOCIATION: Sturt Sabres (SA)

FIRST PLAYED WNBL: 2005/06 Perth Lynx

WNBL CLUBS: Perth Lynx 2005/06, Canberra Capitals 2008/09-2011/12, Adelaide Lightning 2012/13

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS: (2) 2008/10, 2009/10, Canberra Capitals

WNBL CAREER NOTES: Hannah played in 19 regular season games for the Capitals in 2010/11 along with three finals; She averaged 3 points and 2.6 rebounds per regular season game and recorded her season-high of 13 points against the West Coast Waves on 21 January 2011. In2009/10 Hannah was a WNBL Champion with Canberra Capitals; She averaged 1.8 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.3 assist per game; Hannah in her first year with the Canberra Capitals won the championship in 2008/2009 when she played 12 games to average 1.9 points and 1 rebound per game... She made her WNBL debut in the 2005/2006 season with Perth, averaging 6.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

GENERAL BASKETBALL CAREER NOTES: In 2011 Hannah played in the Queensland Basketball League for the Gladstone Port City Power where the team won a third straight QBL title; She has won three ABA Central Championships in 2002, 2006 and 2008.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Hannah plays both ABA level Basketball and Australian Rules. She has a sister who also played in the WNBL in 2008/09 for the Adelaide Lightning.

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Jessica Bibby

DOB: 23.08.79

Height: 169cm

Junior Club: Kilsyth Cobras (VIC)

WNBL Clubs: Dandenong Rangers 1996 – 2001, 2003 – 2006; Canberra Capitals 2006/07 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (5) Dandenong Rangers 2004, 2005; Canberra Capitals 2007, 2009, 2010.

Bio: Emerging as a 16-year-old with the Dandenong Rangers back in 1996, Bibby is second only to Adelaide’s Jo Hill in games played among active players with more than 320 to her name.

A player with an uncanny knack of scoring a will, Bibby became a fixture in the Rangers team during her early years, playing more than 160 games in nine seasons at the club, winning two WNBL championships.

In 2006 Bibby moved north to Canberra, where she would play a major role in guiding the Capitals to three titles in four seasons – a period where Bibby was averaging career-best numbers in points and three-point shooting.

The 34-year-old continues to be a leader for the Caps and will play a huge role in the club’s rebuilding as she nears 350 WNBL games.

Career Highlights: FIBA Women’s Junior World Championship: 1997 (Silver), FIBA Oceania championships: 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, Drafted at 45th overall in 2000 WNBA Draft to New York Liberty, WNBL Life Member, WNBL Rookie of the Year: 1996.

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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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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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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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Michelle Cosier

PERSONAL: DOB 30/04/1980 HEIGHT: 178cm

JUNIOR ASSOCIATION: Bairnsdale Bullets (VIC)

FIRST PLAYED IN WNBL: 2000/01 Dandenong Rangers

WNBL CLUBS: Dandenong Rangers 2000/01-2002/03; Sydney Uni Flames 2003/04-2007/08; Canberra Capitals 2008/09, 2010/11-Current

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Canberra Capitals 2008/09

WNBL CAREER NOTES: Michelle only managed 10 games in season 2011/12, averaging 7.1 points and 7 rebounds per game. Michelle returned to the league in season 2010/11 and played in all 22 regular season games for the Capitals, along with all three finals. She averaged 11.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per regular season game, as well as a 19 point, nine rebound output in a losing Grand Final; Michelle was named WNBL Player of the Week in Round Four of season 2010/11. In 2008/09 Michelle won her 1st Championship with Canberra, she averaged 8.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists throughout 19 games. Michelle has played in four WNBL Grand Final games. She played 10 games in the 2005/06 season before an injury hit and took her out for the remainder of the season. Michelle joined the Sydney Uni Flames in season 2003/04. Michelle played three seasons for the Dandenong Rangers 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER NOTES: 2003 Youth World Championships

GENERAL BASKETBALL CAREER NOTES: 2010 Michelle played for the Canberra Nationals in the WBL; She played with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the Waratah ABL in 2004, winning the League MVP. Michelle was a member of the Sapphires (U/21) 2003 World Championship team which finished fifth. Michelle has represented Victoria Country U16 1997, U18 1999 and Victoria U20 2000.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Michelle has two sisters Sharon and Simone and a brother Greg. Michelle does a lot of community work with indigenous children helping to promote a healthy lifestyle. Michelle had a baby in the 2009/10 season.

COACH’S COMMENTS: An interrupted season last year only served to demonstrate Michelle's potential value to the Caps. Her uber competitiveness is an asset all by itself and coupled with her rangy athleticism and 'feel' for the game, make her a potential game breaker.

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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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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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Natalie Hurst

DOB: 08.04.83

Height: 163cm

Junior Club: Canberra (ACT)

WNBL Clubs: Canberra Capitals 1999 – 2010, 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (6) Canberra Capitals 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010.

Bio: A youngster from the ACT, it seemed only natural that Hurst would make her name in a Canberra Capitals uniform.

This was the start of a decade-long stay with her hometown club that garnered six remarkable championships and a WNBL Grand Final MVP in 2009.

Part of the gold medal team at the 2007 World University Games, Hurst quickly established herself in and around the Jayco Opals squad, prompting a move to France in 2010.

Two strong seasons in France led to the chance to excel in Hungary, where Hurst led her Uni Gyor team to league finals on the back of being top five in points and assists.

Hurst returns to the WNBL for the 2013/14 season, joining her hometown Canberra Capitals.

Career Highlights: World University Games: 2007 (Gold), FIBA Oceania Championships: 2009, 2011, 2013, WNBL Grand Final MVP: 2009.

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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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Nicole Romeo

DOB: 28.08.89

Height: 166cm

Junior Club: Norwood (SA)

WNBL Clubs: Canberra Capitals 2009 – 2011; Townsville Fire 2011 – 2013; Melbourne Boomers 2013 – Current.

WNBL Championships: (1) Canberra Capitals 2010.

Bio: Another Adelaide junior making her way in the WNBL, Romeo spent one season with the University of Washington Huskies before return to Australia and the WNBL. The then 20-year-old landed at the Canberra Capitals, helping the team win the WNBL title in her first season.

A productive second season followed before a move north to the Townsville Fire to work under veteran guard Rachael Flanagan and new coach Chris Lucas materialised.

Coming within one game of a second championship with Townsville, Romeo made the move to Melbourne for the 2013/14 season, looking to get the opportunity to show her wares. 

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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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