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PostPosted: 05/26/20 7:13 pm    ::: WNBL (Australia) 2020/21 Season Reply Reply with quote

Announced this morning:
Upcoming season will still be 21 games per team
Regular season will commence in late November instead of the usual mid October, and finish early March instead of late January.

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Hopefully (LJ hinted at it this morning) there is some good news re. TV broadcast rights to come in the near future.

There is also some talk of players like Cambage & Whitcomb - who would normally play overseas - participating in the WNBL this season. On the flipside we might see very few imports in the league.



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PostPosted: 05/28/20 12:04 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Is there any chance of Perth finding an owner or will the state association be running the show for the foreseeable future?

Are immigration actions all delayed right now? It sounded like a few NBL1 imports were somewhere in the process of applying for permanent residency, including one or two that might be WNBL contributors.

As far as we know, Liz was a UK citizen at birth, right? Given China not being as great of an option and FIBA's rule change, it would be interesting to see her in Europe in the near future since she would not count as foreign anymore. Cambage and Fenerbahce is the soap opera we need these days.

It sounds like Kunek will play in Europe again, but there appears to be confusion on whether she counts as non-naturalized in the rules. Besides people like Ciabattoni and Romeo who have played for a European national team, are there other dual nationals who we think would qualify? Nakkasoglu obviously played in Europe and Burton has been playing there with Panousis also making a move recently. Presumably Blicavs would count too.
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PostPosted: 06/03/20 7:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Announced today: restricted (i.e. foreign) players won't be participating in the WNBL this coming season.

Also, free agency starts today in a few hours.

Article Link: https://wnbl.basketball/blog/news/2020-21-wnbl-basketball-free-agency/

Player tracker: https://www.basketcasepodcast.com.au/wnbl-offseason-tracker/

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Is there any chance of Perth finding an owner or will the state association be running the show for the foreseeable future?

Haven't heard anything official yet but my understanding is that there will be some kind of transitional arrangement with the state association running the team and the Wildcats still providing financial support.



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PostPosted: 06/03/20 8:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I do wonder if the likes of Cambage, Mitchell, Whitcomb, etc. will play in the WNBL as it may be their only choice.



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PostPosted: 06/03/20 11:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
Announced today: restricted (i.e. foreign) players won't be participating in the WNBL this coming season.

Also, free agency starts today in a few hours.

Article Link: https://wnbl.basketball/blog/news/2020-21-wnbl-basketball-free-agency/

Player tracker: https://www.basketcasepodcast.com.au/wnbl-offseason-tracker/

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Is there any chance of Perth finding an owner or will the state association be running the show for the foreseeable future?

Haven't heard anything official yet but my understanding is that there will be some kind of transitional arrangement with the state association running the team and the Wildcats still providing financial support.


Gotta love the league teasing a big announcement and then it was free agency... which has to happen every season no matter what.

I guess Ruef being on the list means that her paperwork was completed.
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PostPosted: 06/07/20 6:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Nicole Seekamp taking an indefinite break from basketball:




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PostPosted: 08/10/20 11:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

There were a lot of cases on the women's side in the latest round of BAT cases.

The mystery situation with Becca Tobin last season is still unclear, but FIBA awarded her money from Bendigo:
http://www.fiba.basketball/en/Module/85132837-66aa-4ff3-a063-8cdfe44ea14d/5220df73-4709-41b3-b628-f008cc428cdc
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PostPosted: 09/25/20 11:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Latest rumours suggest that the WNBL season will still happen, but be super-condensed - WNBA-style - but with hubs in 2 or 3 Queensland cities rather than just a single hub.
14 games per team in the space of a month, and the playoffs reverting back to the old single game system rather than 3 game series.
The strangest aspect to me is that apparently it will start in mid-November and be finished by Christmas.

(With Australia currently doing well with suppressing its Covid 2nd wave, I would have thought that starting in the new year might bring better crowds back into the equation. But maybe they want to finish ASAP to give players more time to pursue overseas opportunities, or perhaps there is some clearer television air in Nov-Dec)



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PostPosted: 10/06/20 4:41 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Random piece of WNBL-related news:
The 2020 AFLW (Aussie Rules Football league that Erin Phillips is a star of) draft just finished, and Tessa Lavey was selected at #43 overall (out of 60 total picks)



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PostPosted: 10/08/20 7:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Season details are now official:
* Season starts on November 12th
* Grand Final on December 20th
* 14 games per team (i.e. play each other twice each)
* Original WNBL playoff format (single games, 2 semis (1v2 and 3v4), prelim, and grand final)
* Hubs in Cairns (20 games), Mackay (8 games) & Townsville (32 games including finals, across 2 stadiums)

https://wnbl.basketball/blog/news/queensland-set-to-host-2020-chemist-warehouse-wnbl-season/



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