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PostPosted: 04/02/18 6:10 am    ::: WNBL (Australia) 2018/19 Season Reply Reply with quote

Time for the first off-season roster update, since the Melbourne Boomers just about have a full list already, and it's a very good one too.

Thanks to the Basket Case Podcast WNBL Player Tracker for the following info:

Adelaide
Chelsea Brook
Aimie Clydesdale
Kate Gaze (from Canberra)
Lauren Nicholson
Natalie Novosel (contracted, but pending recovery from ACL injury)
Colleen Planeta
Nicole Seekamp

Bendigo
Nadeen Payne
Kara Tessari
Abbie Wehrung (from Canberra)

Canberra
Keely Froling
Kelsey Griffin (from Bendigo)
Leilani Mitchell (back from Europe)
Lauren Scherf

Dandenong
Tessa Lavey
Carley Mijovic
Rebecca Pizzey
Kiera Rowe

Melbourne
Colleen Planeta
Chelsea D'Angelo
Maddie Garrick
Cayla George (from Townsville)
Ash Grant
Ezi Magbegor (from Canberra)
Jenna O’Hea
Kalani Purcell
Jaz Shelley
Steph Talbot (back from Europe)

Perth
Lauren Mansfield (back from Europe)
Sami Whitcomb

Sydney
Shanae Greaves
Lara McSpadden
Brittany Smart (from Melbourne)
Belinda Snell
Tahlia Tupaea
Alex Wilson

Townsville
Suzy Batkovic
Micaela Cocks
Darcee Garbin
Tess Madgen (back from Europe)



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PostPosted: 04/02/18 12:58 pm    ::: Re: WNBL (Australia) 2018/19 Season Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:

Townsville
Suzy Batkovic
Micaela Cocks
Darcee Garbin
Tess Madgen (back from Europe)


Miela Goodchild is going to Duke, so I am curious to see how Duke's second Australian WBB player performs. Goodchild played for Townsville last year.

As you may recall, the first Australian player who came to Duke (she came from AIS) did very, very well...


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PostPosted: 05/31/18 8:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Pretty bad news for Luuuc's team... There just aren't Whitcomb-level Australians who are still free agents. It hurts because it seems like the inflow of players who were in Europe is pretty strong this year.

I thought Standish had signed a multiyear deal? Or was that just Steindl? Those import spots are going to have to be put to good use this season.
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PostPosted: 07/20/18 1:28 am    ::: Re: WNBL (Australia) 2018/19 Season Reply Reply with quote

WNBL Rosters are starting to take shape now, so time an update:

Adelaide
Kayla Alexander
Stephanie Blicavs
Chelsea Brook
Aimie Clydesdale
Nia Coffey
Penina Davidson
Kate Gaze
Lauren Nicholson
Colleen Planeta
Nicole Seekamp

Bendigo
Natalie Hurst
Cassidy McLean
Nadeen Payne
Jamie Scott
Kara Tessari
Becca Tobin
Louella Tomlinson
Abbie Wehrung
Marena Whittle

Canberra
Keely Froling
Kelsey Griffin
Leilani Mitchell
Maddison Rocci
Lauren Scherf
Marianna Tolo
Kristy Wallace
Kelly Wilson

Dandenong
Sara Blicavs
Rebecca Cole
Rachel Jarry
Tessa Lavey
Carley Mijovic
Kayla Pedersen
Rebecca Pizzey
Tayla Roberts
Kiera Rowe

Melbourne
Lindsay Allen
Monique Conti
Chelsea D'Angelo
Maddie Garrick
Cayla George
Ash Grant
Ezi Magbegor
Jenna O’Hea
Kalani Purcell
Jaz Shelley
Steph Talbot

Perth
Maddie Allen
Katie Rae Ebzery
Toni Farnworth
Shyla Heal
Lauren Mansfield
Alison Schwagmeyer
Kayla Standish
Asia Taylor

Sydney
Alex Bunton
Shanae Greaves
Amanda Johnson
Lara McSpadden
Brittany Smart
Belinda Snell
Tahlia Tupaea
Alex Wilson

Townsville
Zitina Aokuso
Suzy Batkovic
Stella Beck
Micaela Cocks
Mikhaela Donnelly
Darcee Garbin
Laurin Mincy
Tess Madgen
Casey Samuels

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PostPosted: 07/20/18 6:14 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The Nia Coffey we're starting to see in Vegas this season could be very successful in the WNBL, along similar lines to Asia Taylor - the 3/4 combo who ends up too strong/too quick rather than too slow/too small when they drop down a level.

Melbourne might have enough scoring threats among their Aussies to make Lindsay Allen a useful pickup. Can be a problem when teams sign imports who aren't natural scorers, expecting them to carry the offense, but she shouldn't have to do that on that team.

Amusing to see Mitchell and Griffin on the same team - when the national team is forced to choose one or the other.



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PostPosted: 07/20/18 9:20 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

What are the salaries like in the WNBL? The comfort factor of playing there would attract some players for sure -- and it seems like the rosters are a little deeper/stronger than in the past.

But really, what do I know? (A rhetorical question that does not require an answer so save your bullets ...)



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PostPosted: 07/20/18 9:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Salaries vary widely from close to nothing up to 5-figures ($AUD) for the very top local players (eg. Lauren Jackson's last contract was $1 mil for 3 seasons, local stars like Taylor & Cambage would be on 100+). But in general, import players aren't choosing Australia for the money, they're choosing it for the lifestyle (English-speaking, summer season, light schedule), and it's a pretty decent standard league compared to the European alternatives. Starting with last season it is also a very compact season (last season was 3 months + 1 month of playoffs), which would be attractive for players wanting to give their bodies some relief.

Last season was probably as talent-laden as we've ever had. This coming season isn't looking quite as strong.



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PostPosted: 08/10/18 2:49 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sarah Boothe -> Melbourne Boomers

Kia Nurse -> Canberra Capitals

Kaela Davis -> Perth Lynx



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PostPosted: 08/10/18 10:02 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
Sarah Boothe -> Melbourne Boomers

Kia Nurse -> Canberra Capitals

Kaela Davis -> Perth Lynx


Sarah Boothe: Ms Illinois Basketball 2008. USA Basketball U18 team 2008





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PostPosted: 08/10/18 10:04 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
Sarah Boothe -> Melbourne Boomers

Kia Nurse -> Canberra Capitals

Kaela Davis -> Perth Lynx


Interesting ... both Nurse and Davis apparently turned down more money to play in Australia, if I understand things correctly. Or maybe the market for those two wasn't that great ...

Nonetheless, should make the WNBL a little better.



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