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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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PostPosted: 10/29/20 1:43 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The WNBL Schedule has now been finalised
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PostPosted: 10/30/20 8:24 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Big announcement today that all games this season will be viewable, consisting of
- 4 games per week being shown on both Foxtel (cable) and Kayo (streaming)
- 2 of the above games also being shown on ABC (Free To Air, and iView free streaming service)
- All remaining games on Kayo only

By WNBL standards it's a very nice deal. This league has never had this combination of quantity & quality of coverage.
Will be interesting to see if anyone down here tunes in. With no men's league to compete with for attention it's a good opportunity to gain some viewers.
https://wnbl.basketball/blog/news/basketball-australia-scores-with-wnbl-broadcast-deal/

Not that there will be too much overseas interest in the league with no import players participating this season, but apparently the ABC Australia iView app (iPhone/Android) works outside of Australia.



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PostPosted: 11/08/20 7:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Is FLB considered a foreigner or will she play in the WNBL?



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PostPosted: 11/08/20 7:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Is FLB considered a foreigner or will she play in the WNBL?

Nah, it's only FIBA international competition where she is classified as a restricted player. She plays WNBL as an aussie, same as Griffin, Ruef, Schwagmeyer, Rintala & Whitcomb (who is not actually playing as her wife is due to give birth very soon)
New Zealanders (of which the Melbourne Boomers have several) are also unrestricted.



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PostPosted: 11/08/20 7:45 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Current Rosters

Adelaide Lightning
Brooke Basham
Ella Batish
Aimee Brett
Chelsea Brook
Taylor Ortlepp
Carlie Smith
Stephanie Talbot
Louella Tomlinson
Abigail Wehrung
Marena Whittle
Alex Wilson
Morgan Yaeger

Brydens Sydney Uni Flames
Carly Boag
Christina Boag
Natalie Burton
Sherrie Calleia
Shanae Greaves
Anneli Maley
Lauren Mansfield
Funda Nakkasoglu
Maddie Norris
Madeleine O’Hehir
Keira Rowe
Lauren Scherf
Alison Schwagmeyer

Deakin Melbourne Boomers
Rachel Antoniadou
Stella Beck
Rachel Brewster
Penina Davidson
Antonia Farnworth
Maddie Garrick
Cayla George
Ashleigh Karaitiana
Tess Madgen
Ezi Magbegor
Kalani Purcell
Izzy Wright

Jayco Southside Flyers
Sara Blicavs
Stephanie Blicavs
Elizabeth Cambage
Aimee Clydesdale
Rebecca Cole
Monique Conti
Taylah Giliam
Rachel Jarry
Leilani Mitchell
Jenna O’Hea
Amy O’Neill
Rebecca Pizzey
Saraid Taylor

JCU Townsville Fire
Zitina Aokuso
Aliza Fabbro
Kate Gaze
Shyla Heal
Lara McSpadden
Kelsey McDermott
Megan McKay
Mia Murray
Lauren Nicholson
Nadeen Payne
Stephanie Reid
Sharna Thompson
Courtney Woods

Perth Lynx
Taylah Burrows
Alexandra Ciabattoni
Emma Clarke
Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard
Katie Ebzery
Jessie Edwards
Darcee Garbin
Ashleigh Isenbarger
Neseya Parker-Williams
Alex Sharp
Kayla Steindl
Jewel Williams

University of Canberra Capitals
Abby Cubillo
Alex Delaney
Keely Froling
Kelsey Griffin
Hannah Kaser
Jade Melbourne
Maddison Rocci
Mikaela Ruef
Brittany Smart
Ashely Taia
Marianna Tolo
Tahlia Tupaea

Villawood Properties Bendigo Spirit
Shelby Britten
Piper Dunlop
Carly Ernst
Alicia Froling
Mary Goulding
Tessa Lavey
Cassidy McLean
Georgia Pineau
Paige Price
Jennie Rintala
Demi Skinner
Amelia Todhunter

https://wnbl.basketball/blog/news/rosters-for-2020-wnbl-season/



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PostPosted: 11/09/20 9:49 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

There are obviously a lot of people there that I know nothing about, but Southside look scary. Basically a bunch of gunners scattered around Cambage.



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PostPosted: 11/09/20 10:02 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Richyyy wrote:
There are obviously a lot of people there that I know nothing about, but Southside look scary. Basically a bunch of gunners scattered around Cambage.

Yeah, you clearly know enough to see what has happened here.
Canberra & Melbourne have put together pretty strong teams, (Perth was looking good too until Whitcomb & Allen withdrew) but the league could probably send the trophy up to Queensland with the Flyers already engraved on it.



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PostPosted: 11/10/20 12:24 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Good to see Sharna Thompson caught on somewhere as a development player. Given that I do not know how many more years Kathleen Scheer has as a professional basketball player, it definitely would have been fun to see a season of her, Thompson, and Heal in Hobart.
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PostPosted: 11/10/20 3:29 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Assuming Perth's rookie Emma Clarke is the same player currenlty listed as a redshirt transfer for Texas Tech? Also Canberra's Jade Melbourne is supposed to play at ASU in 2021. What actually are the laws here?


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Did Sami decide not to play because she wanted to be with her wife and newborn?



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PostPosted: 11/10/20 7:54 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

PickledGinger wrote:
Assuming Perth's rookie Emma Clarke is the same player currenlty listed as a redshirt transfer for Texas Tech?

Yes. A fairly recent decision by her to stay in Australia.
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Also Canberra's Jade Melbourne is supposed to play at ASU in 2021. What actually are the laws here?

Laws-wise there shouldn't be any problem. The WNBL has provision for contracts that are NCAA-compliant.
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Did Sami decide not to play because she wanted to be with her wife and newborn?

Correct. Given the timing of Sami's exit from the WNBA playoffs I'm assuming that newborn must be due to arrive very soon.


The league has no doubt taken some inspiration from what the WNBA did when putting together its RISE UP initiative:
RISE UP means this WNBL season will be unique, and even bigger than basketball

And Liz has been proactive with including a complaint about the referees among her comments to the media on the eve of the season:
'I swore I wouldn't be back': Cambage's surprise return a chance to talk Olympics, race and fertility


Less than 24 hours until the season tips off...



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PostPosted: 11/11/20 12:31 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

FIBA's YouTube will show at least some games outside of Australia. Here are the first two games:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TNvU0AEBAA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXwqgTCs2Vw
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PostPosted: 11/11/20 12:48 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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FIBA's YouTube will show at least some games outside of Australia. Here are the first two games:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TNvU0AEBAA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXwqgTCs2Vw

Cool!
Seems like overseas fans will have better free coverage than aussie fans



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PostPosted: 11/11/20 2:24 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:

Cool! Seems like overseas fans will have better free coverage than aussie fans


Kinda like international fans getting free ESPN games over League Pass.



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PostPosted: 11/11/20 6:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The next two games:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXNycybFVN0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0SPquorkaI

It looks like all the games will be added to this playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCXERy73Oiz8aC0yLfLPuFpJvhvxbfC6s

The Australian preference for nicknaming can get confusing. I was trying to figure out what I should be calling Rocci and sometimes she is Maddie and other times she is Maddy so I am going with Maddison this season.
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