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PostPosted: 03/05/19 12:32 am    ::: WNBL (Australia) 2019/20 Season Reply Reply with quote

News so far:

Two of the league's best GMs (Townsville's Richard Goodbody and Melbourne's Justin Nelson) have moved on from the WNBL to higher profile/paying positions in other sports/countries. Both are significant losses to the WNBL.

Adelaide Lightning's future has been secured. They have a new owner & sponsors. Head coach Chris Lucas has re-signed for a further 3 years.

Sydney Uni Flames' coach, Cheryl Chambers, returned home to Melbourne for family reasons. (she was commuting from Melbourne to Sydney in order to coach the Flames). Today her replacement was announced - Katrina Hibbert signed as head coach for 2 seasons.

Bendigo Spirit let go of head coach Simon Pritchard at the end of the season. They have filled the position with Tracy York (who has been an assistant coach of Adelaide in the men's league - actually the only female coach in the NBL) on a 2 year contract.

Canberra's coach Paul Goriss has re-signed for 2 more years.

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The only WNBL player/coach tracker you need:
https://www.basketcasepodcast.com.au/wnbl-offseason-tracker/



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PostPosted: 03/26/19 3:22 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

- Kia Nurse has re-signed with the Canberra Capitals. Always good when a quality import returns for another season.
- Steph Talbot has moved from Melbourne Boomers to the Adelaide Lightning
- WNBL minimum salary has increased from AUD $7.5k to $13k



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PostPosted: 03/26/19 11:35 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

How is the WNBL financed? Are the teams self-funded via ticket sales, concessions and media contracts, or are they subsidized?
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PostPosted: 03/26/19 6:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

GlennMacGrady wrote:
How is the WNBL financed? Are the teams self-funded via ticket sales, concessions and media contracts, or are they subsidized?

Yeah, self-funded. (Though no one is paying any WNBL teams for media coverage, unfortunately)
It mostly would come from individual teams finding companies to sponsor them, and memberships/ticket sales.



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PostPosted: 03/26/19 8:46 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Why do they keep teasing us?
https://www.foxsports.com.au/basketball/nbl1-2019-lauren-jackson-officially-opens-the-door-to-potential-comeback-to-basketball-court/news-story/0f1266e310d25b16855c92b76c6bef12

Lots of interesting NBL1 storylines ahead of the opening week and it was finally about time for them to get a website going, but I already miss the old SEABL website. For those curious, Ezi Magbegor is signed to the Geelong Supercats. Cayla Francis is signed to the bad new Tasmania entry on a short term basis so she should be in shape when WNBA season rolls around. I'm also looking forward to Eltham's Panousis-Schweers ultimate gunner backcourt.
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PostPosted: 03/27/19 5:53 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

awhom111 wrote:
Why do they keep teasing us?
https://www.foxsports.com.au/basketball/nbl1-2019-lauren-jackson-officially-opens-the-door-to-potential-comeback-to-basketball-court/news-story/0f1266e310d25b16855c92b76c6bef12


Perhaps Liz Cambage will come come out with another story about her finances or an issue in her off-court life and tease coming back to play for the WNBA or the WNBL, since the spotlight is on Lauren Jackson... Laughing

Yes, that was shady as fuck on my part. LOL


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PostPosted: 05/03/19 1:34 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Ariel Atkins --> Perth Lynx

Brianna Turner --> Adelaide Lightning


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PostPosted: 06/12/19 6:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Imani McGee-Stafford --> Perth Lynx. That's a nice import pairing we've got Smile


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PostPosted: 06/18/19 4:53 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

BASKETBALL AUSTRALIA WELCOME LAUREN JACKSON AND TAL KARP
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Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Lauren Jackson AO as the new Head of Women in Basketball.
Olympian, lawyer and corporate consultant, Tal Karp, has also been engaged as Principal Advisor to Women in Basketball to support Ms. Jackson and Basketball Australia in developing a whole of sport strategy focusing on women and girls.
A recent Basketball Australia Hall of Fame inductee, Ms. Jackson brings a lifetime of basketball experience to the role, which includes time with the Deakin Melbourne Boomers as the Assistant General Manager and with the ACT Government as a Senior Project Officer.
Ms. Jackson is also currently the Managing Director of Empowered Athletes Transition Program and is completing a Master of Business Administration.
Her role will provide leadership across the Chemist Warehouse WNBL operations, promotions and marketing, and stakeholder engagement.
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https://australia.basketball/blog/2019/06/18/basketball-australia-welcome-lauren-jackson-and-tal-karp/


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PostPosted: 06/18/19 9:28 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
BASKETBALL AUSTRALIA WELCOME LAUREN JACKSON AND TAL KARP
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Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Lauren Jackson AO as the new Head of Women in Basketball.
Olympian, lawyer and corporate consultant, Tal Karp, has also been engaged as Principal Advisor to Women in Basketball to support Ms. Jackson and Basketball Australia in developing a whole of sport strategy focusing on women and girls.


So, does this mean that she isn't going to coach basketball this year? They don't mention her coaching job in that press release.

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PostPosted: 06/18/19 5:53 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

sithinfiltrator wrote:
Luuuc wrote:
BASKETBALL AUSTRALIA WELCOME LAUREN JACKSON AND TAL KARP
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Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Lauren Jackson AO as the new Head of Women in Basketball.
Olympian, lawyer and corporate consultant, Tal Karp, has also been engaged as Principal Advisor to Women in Basketball to support Ms. Jackson and Basketball Australia in developing a whole of sport strategy focusing on women and girls.


So, does this mean that she isn't going to coach basketball this year? They don't mention her coaching job in that press release.

-Lisa

That would be my assumption. Given how under-resourced the WNBL is, this job will need all the time she can put into it and then some.
It's great that she is officially involved in the WNBL head office now, although I'm not convinced that this role is the best fit for her or the league.


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PostPosted: 06/20/19 5:45 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

congrats LJ!!


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PostPosted: 06/21/19 11:41 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
That would be my assumption. Given how under-resourced the WNBL is, this job will need all the time she can put into it and then some.
It's great that she is officially involved in the WNBL head office now, although I'm not convinced that this role is the best fit for her or the league.


Sort of a bummer since I was looking forward to Coach LJ coming in off of the bench to win the game with a clutch 3-pointer! Smile

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PostPosted: 07/11/19 9:07 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So apparently yesterday the Australian "UniRoos" defeated the USA in the gold medal game of the Summer Universiade in Italy.
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PostPosted: 07/11/19 9:38 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
So apparently yesterday the Australian "UniRoos" defeated the USA in the gold medal game of the Summer Universiade in Italy.
Aussie Team
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I don’t know if they keep this event more competitive by just using one college team from the USA. That’s the Mississippi State team. Their freshman Rickea Jackson looks to be prominent.



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PostPosted: 07/16/19 2:57 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Another ACL tear for Natalie Novosel Sad

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The injury rules her out for at least 12 months and may spell the end of the popular American guard/forward’s basketball future, with this ACL tear her third since 2014.

http://wnbl.com.au/adelaide/news/shock-for-lightning-as-novosel-ruled-out-for-season/



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PostPosted: 07/30/19 10:28 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So the Dandenong Rangers are now the Southside Flyers. New owner, new coach, new colours.



Jenna O'Hea is their first official signing. Expect a playoff-level roster.

http://wnbl.com.au/blog/news/southside-flyers-a-new-look-team-in-the-wnbl/



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Sophie Cunningham signed by the Melbourne Boomers.



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Imani wasted no time getting down to Australia
https://twitter.com/PerthLynx/status/1172071974618550272




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PostPosted: 09/18/19 10:18 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Zitina Aokuso suffered an ACL tear at training Crying or Very sad



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Sorry to hear that. Was looking forward to seeing if Aokusa could take the next step toward being a skilled player rather than just a great athlete. Best wishes to her for a speedy recovery.



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PostPosted: 10/10/19 5:52 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

With less than 24 hrs before the new season tips off down here, a few previews:

WNBL.com.au Round 1 Preview

The Age (newspaper) Season Preview

The WNBL Show podcast (this episode co-hosted (very well) by Leilani Mitchell)

Basket Case podcast (co-hosted as always by Rebkellian WNBL expert, hellcat)

The Future Looks Bright (blog entry by Lauren Jackson)

WNBL 2019/20 Media Guide


And some championship betting odds, just for an indication of who is expected to do well:
UC Capitals $4.00
Adelaide Lightning $4.50
Melbourne Boomers $5.00
Southside Flyers $6.00
Townsville Fire $7.00
Perth Lynx $9.00
Bendigo Spirit $15.00
Sydney Uni Flames $41.00

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Broadcast-wise, one game per week will be live on pay TV (same as last season), and this season all* the other games will be live streamed on WNBL.basketball
Time will tell whether those streams are geo-restricted.

*selected games only for rounds 1 & 2, but all games from round 3 onwards



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Is there a roster list available to share? Does every team have an American on their roster?



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PostPosted: 10/10/19 6:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
Is there a roster list available to share? Does every team have an American on their roster?

Teams are allowed 2 foreign players. Most have opted for 2, and they're nearly all American.
This is a copy & paste from the media guide. I've bolded the imports.

Adelaide Lightning - Coach: Chris Lucas
1 Lauren Nicholson 183 Forward 26/3/93
2 Crystal Langhorne 188 Forward 27/10/86
3 Hannah Kaser 178 Guard 2/7/93
6 Sarah Elsworthy 171 Guard 29/3/98
7 Steph Talbot 188 Guard 15/6/94
8 Chelsea Brook 189 Forward 29/7/98
10 Laura Hodges 189 Forward 13/12/83
11 Brianna Turner 190 Forward 5/7/96
16 Nat Hurst 163 Guard 8/4/83
21 Ruby Porter 178 Forward 15/10/01
35 Nicole Seekamp 178 Guard 26/4/92

Bendigo Spirit - Coach: Tracy York
3 Kara Tessari 165 Guard 18/3/99
4 Shyla Heal 167 Guard 19/9/01
12 Demi Skinner 188 Forward 9/4/97
13 Abbey Wehrung 178 Guard 28/12/95
18 Carley Ernst (nee Mijovic) 196 Forward 1/8/94
20 Gabe Richards 188 Centre 19/11/84
22 Kelly Wilson 170 Guard 1/1/84
24 Tess Lavey 171 Guard 29/3/93
32 Rebecca Tobin 195 Centre 21/4/88
35 Marte Grays Forward

Melbourne Boomers - Coach: Guy Molloy
5 Sophie Cunningham 185 Forward 16/8/96
7 Toni Farnworth 182 Guard 10/5/87
11 Penina Davidson 190 Forward 2/9/95
12 Chelsea D'Angelo 178 Guard 18/1/00
13 Ezi Magbegor 193 Forward 13/8/99
14 Monique Conti 165 Guard 9/12/99
15 Lindsay Allen 172 Guard 20/3/96
21 Stella Beck 181 Guard 25/9/95
22 Cayla George 193 Forward 1/5/89
23 Maddie Garrick 178 Guard 1/4/92
32 Kalani Purcell 185 Forward 13/1/95

Perth Lynx - Coach: Andy Stewart
3 Nes'eya Williams 186 Forward 29/8/01
5 Lauren Mansfield 170 Guard 18/12/89
7 Ariel Atkins 180 Guard 30/7/96
10 Katie-Rae Ebzery 178 Guard 8/1/90
11 Maddie Allen 191 Centre 3/7/93
12 Nadeen Payne 188 Forward 7/6/93
15 Taylah Burrows 178 Guard 1/9/01
21 Marena Whittle 180 Forward 28/1/94
32 Alison Schwagmeyer 175 Guard 31/7/90
34 Imani McGee-Stafford 201 Centre 11/10/94

Southside Flyers - Coach: Cheryl Chambers
1 Bec Cole 178 Guard 19/3/92
2 Louella Tomlinson 193 Centre 8/4/88
3 Stephanie Reid 167 Guard 22/7/96
5 Aimee Clydesdale 176 Guard 21/9/93
5 Leilani Mitchell 165 Point Guard 15/6/85
7 Rebecca Pizzey 190 Forward 27/1/99
10 Kiera Rowe 184 Forward 9/1/99
11 Jenna O'Hea 186 Forward 6/6/87
15 Sara Blicavs 189 Forward 15/2/93
21 Mercedes Russell 198 Centre 27/7/95
24 Anneli Maley 189 Forward 1/9/98

Sydney Uni Flames - Coach: Katrina Hibbert
1 Alice Kunek 187 Forward 6/1/91
3 Brittany Smart 174 Guard 28/5/85
4 Tahlia Tupaea 174 Guard 1/6/97
7 Kim Hodge 182 Guard 5/4/98
8 Alex Wilson 180 Guard 21/3/94
10 Shanae Greaves 186 Forward 8/4/93
11 Lauren Scherf 196 Centre 7/3/96
14 Lara McSpaddern 194 Centre 2/4/99
21 Sarah Graham 163 Guard 22/8/89
22 Maddie O'Hehir 179 Guard 19/9/97
30 Jessica Kuster 189 Forward 20/8/92
42 Colleen Planeta 31 Forward 3/9/88

Townsville Fire - Coach: Shannon Seebohm
4 Hannah Young 185 Forward 2/3/93
9 Tess Madgen 180 Guard 12/8/90
10 Abby Bishop 191 Forward 29/11/88
11 Kate Gaze 173 Guard 18/2/90
12 Alison Ebzery 178 Guard 3/8/97
14 Darcee Garbin 188 Forward 24/6/94
15 Zitina Aukoso 194 Centre 23/11/98 (out with ACL injury)
21 Bridget Carleton 186 Forward 5/5/97
22 Christina Boag 188 Forward 4/9/91
32 Micaela Cocks 174 Guard 2/5/86
35 Julie Vanloo 173 Guard 10/2/93

UC Capitals - Coach: Paul Goriss
0 Olivia Epoupa 165 Guard 30/4/94
3 Mikaela Ruef 191 Forward 20/10/90 (in the process of becoming an Australian citizen. Ineligible to play until finalised)
4 Kristy Wallace 180 Guard 3/1/96
8 Abby Cubillo 165 Guard 18/5/99
9 Maddi Rocci 169 Guard 1/6/98
10 Gemma Potter 185 Guard 27/2/02
11 Kia Nurse 182 Guard 22/2/96
12 Marianna Tolo 195 Centre 2/7/89
14 Alex Delaney 178 Guard 21/6/95
21 Keely Froling 187 Forward 31/1/96
23 Kelsey Griffin 188 Forward 2/7/87



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