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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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PostPosted: 08/18/18 6:27 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Not WNBL, but it can't say much for the standard of basketball in the Adelaide era if 45 year old Jo Hill was the leader in scoring in the Grand Final to get her team the championship. Also, even if she claims she's retiring again, I am not going to believe her.
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PostPosted: 08/18/18 8:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Not WNBL, but it can't say much for the standard of basketball in the Adelaide era if 45 year old Jo Hill was the leader in scoring in the Grand Final to get her team the championship. Also, even if she claims she's retiring again, I am not going to believe her.

Haha, I was going to mention that here as well. No one epitomises "ball is life" better than Jo! She's amazing.



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PostPosted: 08/23/18 3:27 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
awhom111 wrote:
Not WNBL, but it can't say much for the standard of basketball in the Adelaide era if 45 year old Jo Hill was the leader in scoring in the Grand Final to get her team the championship. Also, even if she claims she's retiring again, I am not going to believe her.

Haha, I was going to mention that here as well. No one epitomises "ball is life" better than Jo! She's amazing.

Her sporting career isn't quite over yet though. It turns out that she has been playing aussie rules football as well, and that team made the grand final too! To be played this weekend.
http://www.basketball.com.au/news/wnbl/5762-jo-hill-calls-time-dream-fashion



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PostPosted: 09/11/18 1:36 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Brittany McPhee to Perth:
https://thewest.com.au/sport/basketball/sami-whitcombs-endorsement-leads-to-perth-lynx-signing-import-brittany-mcphee-ng-b88956278z



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PostPosted: 09/11/18 8:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

stever wrote:
Brittany McPhee to Perth:
https://thewest.com.au/sport/basketball/sami-whitcombs-endorsement-leads-to-perth-lynx-signing-import-brittany-mcphee-ng-b88956278z


The real news here is that Kaela Davis is still not healthy.
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PostPosted: 09/16/18 3:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So are the Opals playing any warmup games before the tourney on Sat? Their roster looks like very few guards and lots of SF, PF, C.



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PostPosted: 09/16/18 4:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
So are the Opals playing any warmup games before the tourney on Sat? Their roster looks like very few guards and lots of SF, PF, C.


A Liz Cambage-less Opals lost to Spain 65-62 today, you can find it over in the Opals thread. I think they only have a closed door scrimmage with the United States remaining, but I could be wrong.


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PostPosted: 09/16/18 5:15 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

They've played a bunch of them in various bits of Europe over the last couple of weeks (albeit with Cambage sitting several out). The US thing is the only one left at this point, as far as I know.



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PostPosted: 09/26/18 9:16 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Batkovic to retire at the end of 2018/19 season.

https://twitter.com/TownsvilleFire/status/1044719717582163973



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PostPosted: 10/08/18 6:28 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

New season tips off 4 days from now.
The regular season schedule is still just 21 games per team, but it has been relaxed a little to span 15 weeks (last season was 13).

The league is also back on free-to-air TV for the first time in a few years, with 9 games to be shown on SBS. 6 others will be on pay TV.

A good summary of the full rosters is here, with "*" denoting the import players, which this season are:
Adelaide: Kayla Alexander, Nia Coffey
Bendigo: Becca Tobin, Jamie Scott
Canberra: Kia Nurse, Kaili McLaren
Dandenong: Betnijah Laney, Kayla Pedersen
Melbourne: Lindsay Allen, Sarah Boothe
Perth: Asia Taylor, Brittany McPhee
Sydney: Amanda Johnson
Townsville: Ally Malott, Laurin Mincy

Star power is down on last season with no Cambage or Courtney Williams.
Ledge power is also down with Sami Whitcomb playing in France.
Kia Nurse looks like the most qualified addition.

The Perth Lynx are looking like following their Minnesota counterparts on a slide down the standings this season Sad We've taken last season's smallball team and somehow managed to subtract a significant amount of height from it.



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PostPosted: 10/08/18 8:31 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So I guess Pederson just retired from the WNBA, not basketball entirely?



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PostPosted: 10/14/18 6:57 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

We`re underway!


Round 1
Just 1 game per team to start off the season, but already some interesting results.
On opening night Canberra - who are still without Leilani Mitchell & Marianna Tolo - destroyed Sydney.
In the televised game yesterday (which I will put on Youtube in a couple of days) Perth fell to Adelaide. Last night the title favourites Melbourne had a shock loss to wooden spoon favourites Bendigo in a game that the bookies had Melbourne at $1.01 and Bendigo $12.00 for the win.
Today the reigning champs, Townsville, were beaten in their own building by Dandenong - another result not many would have tipped. (Certainly not the great Michele Timms, who is on a WNBL podcast this season and managed to predict all 4 results incorrectly)
Big performers included Kia Nurse, Alex Bunton, Nia Coffey, Marena Whittle, Betnijah Laney and Suzy Batkovic.

Sydney 78 (Bunton 27p 7r, Smart 16p 5r, Tupaea 12p, A.Wilson 10p 4a, Snell 7p 5r 5a)
Canberra 97 (Nurse 26p, Scherf 22p 5r 4a, McLaren 14p 3b, Rocci 11p, K.Wilson 9p 8r 11a, Griffin 8p 7r 4a)
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Perth 66 (Taylor 16p 6r, Schwagmeyer 15p, Steindl 14p 5r, McPhee 11p 5r)
Adelaide 78 (Coffey 19p 15r, Planeta 16p 7r, Nicholson 15p 5r, Seekamp 10p 4a, Blicavs 9p)
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Melbourne 72 (Talbot 20p, Allen 18p 5a, O`Hea 14p 6r, George 10p 11r, Magbegor 4p 6r)
Bendigo 82 (Whittle 21p 4s, Payne 16p 5r, Tobin 15p 9r 5s 3b, Hurst 12p)
Boxscore

Townsville 68 (Batkovic 20p 16r, Samuels 16p 7r, Cocks 6p 8r, Madgen 6p 6r)
Dandenong 73 (Cole 18p 7r, Laney 16p 12r 5a, Lavey 13p 5a, Jarry 11p 7r, Pedersen 2p 11r)
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PostPosted: 10/14/18 10:44 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
Coffey 19p 15r
Laney 16p 12r 5a


Once again, marginal players at the WNBA level feel like superstars in the WNBL.



I’m curious if Magbegor got into early foul trouble. Only 23 min total game time.

This might not be the best team for her to showcase herself for the WNBA draft. All the other starters took at least 12 shots, leaving Magbegor with only 4 shots taken. Even “pass first” PG Lindsay Allen took 12 shots. Hopefully they’ll be better matchups down the road for her.



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PostPosted: 10/14/18 3:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Four road wins has to be pretty unusual.

Sadly, geniussports seems to have gone backwards from where it was last year, when it was halfway decent. Sportingpulse isn't perfect either, but at least it's something that I am used to.
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PostPosted: 10/14/18 6:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:
Luuuc wrote:
Coffey 19p 15r
Laney 16p 12r 5a

Once again, marginal players at the WNBA level feel like superstars in the WNBL.

Some do; others come down here and still don't look that good.
For the ones that elevate their games it's a good thing for their WNBA teams IMO.



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