Watch Victoria’s best as WNBL set to shine

The upcoming WNBL season is set to be one like no other, with all eight teams venturing to North Queensland for a gruelling six-week season.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, all teams will be confined to playing in Cairns, Mackay and Townsville throughout November and early December (Tip-Off Nov 11) with all games shown LIVE via the ABC, Foxtel and Kayo.

Victoria’s three franchises have begun the quarantine process in Queensland, the requirement that will allow them to finally step foot on a WNBL floor again. The Bendigo Spirit, Melbourne Boomers and Southside Flyers all boast a host of local talent, many who have come through the Basketball Victoria pathway.

While the three teams may not have the home court advantage this season, there’s no better time to support your team by becoming a member! Membership not only gives you an awesome feeling of being a part of the club, it also provides you with a discounted Kayo offer where you can watch EVERY GAME of the WNBL!


Southside Flyers

The Flyers will be looking to go one step further in the condensed season, having played runners-up to the University of Canberra Capitals earlier this year.

Southside have bolstered their roster putting together a squad that would be more than competitive on a world stage, led by none other than Liz Cambage who returns home. Fellow Opals squad teammates Leilani Mitchell, Jenna O’Hea and Sara Blicavs join her, alongside 3×3 star Rebecca Cole as well as the likes of Steph Blicavs, Rachel Jarry and Monique Conti.

The Flyers are very much in contention for the championship this season and just like every other team in the competition, conditioning will play a major part in their potential success.

Roster

1 – Rebecca Cole

3 – Aimie Clydesdale

4 – Jenna O’Hea

5 – Leilani Mitchell

6 – Saraid Taylor

8 – Liz Cambage

11 – Amy O’Neill

15 – Sara Blicavs

20 – Taylah Giliam

NA – Rebecca Pizzey

NA – Stephanie Blicavs

NA – Monique Conti

NA – Rachel Jarry

 

Vic Connection

Rebecca Cole – Nunawading, Victorian High Performance pathway; Jenna O’Hea – Nunawading, Victorian High Performance pathway; Saraid Taylor – Frankston, Victorian High Performance pathway; Liz Cambage – Western Port/Mornington, Victorian High Performance pathway; Sara Blicavs – Geelong, Victorian High Performance pathway; Taylah Gilliam – Dandenong, Victorian High Performance pathway; Rebecca Pizzey – Bulleen, Victorian High Performance pathway; Stephanie Blicavs – Dandenong, Victorian High Performance Pathway; Monique Conti – Melbourne, Victorian High Performance pathway; Rachel Jarry – Altona, Victorian High Performance pathway


Melbourne Boomers

Buoyed by an incredible rookie WNBA season, the Boomers are bouncing back on court off the back of the continued rise of Ezi Magbegor. Magbegor was crowned a WNBA champion with the Seattle Storm no more than a month ago and will use all of that experience to hopefully bring home more silverware much closer to home.

The Boomers also welcome back Opal, Tess Madgen, after stints both overseas and in Townsville. The 30-year-old now brings veteran experience to a team ready to take the next step under stalwart head coach Guy Molloy. Cayla George and Maddie Garrick will continue to lead the charge as the duo can do so often, putting points on the board in a hurry.

Roster

4 – Rachel Antoniadou

6 – Rachel Brewster

7 – Toni Farnworth

11 – Penina Davidson

12 – Chelsea D’Angelo

13 – Ezi Magbegor

21 – Stella Beck

22 – Cayla George

23 – Maddie Garrick

32 – Kalani Purcell

NA – Tess Madgen

NA – Izzy Wright

 

Vic Connection

Rachel Antoniadou – Warragul, Victorian High Performance Pathway; Rachel Brewster – Nunawading, Victorian High Performance Pathway; Chelsea D’Angelo – Traralgon, Victorian High Performance Pathway; Ezi Magbegor – Craigieburn/Coburg, Victorian High Performance Pathway; Maddie Garrick – Shepparton/Bulleen, Victorian High Performance Pathway


Bendigo Spirit

Coming off a five win season and sharing the spoils with Townsville for the league’s worst record, the Spirit have made some wholesale changes which brings in fresh faces to the franchise.

With club legends Kelly Wilson and Gabe Richards out of the line-up for the six-week bonanza, the Spirit have always found ways to promote their own and continue their rise up the table at the same time.

Carley Ernst and Tessa Lavey will have the responsibilities of keeping this team going forward, while the likes of Cassidy McLean and Demi Skinner return.

Bendigo welcome Alicia Froling and Amelia Todhunter whilst bolstering their roster not only for now but also the future with rising stars Paige Price and Piper Dunlop.

Roster

2 – Mary Goulding

4 – Amelia Todhunter

5 – Shelby Britten

6 – Cassidy McLean

9 – Alicia Froling

11 – Georgia Pineau

16 – Piper Dunlop

18 – Carley Ernst

21 – Paige Price

23 – Demi Skinner

24 – Tessa Lavey

31 – Jennie Rintala

 

Vic Connection

Shelby Britten – Shepparton, Victorian High Performance Pathway; Georgia Pineau – Melbourne, Victorian High Performance Pathway; Piper Dunlop – Bendigo, Victorian High Performance Pathway; Paige Price – Knox/Southern Peninsula. Victorian High Performance Pathway; Tessa Lavey – Swan Hill/Eltham, Victorian High Performance Pathway


The WNBL season tips off on November 11, make sure you’re supporting your team by becoming a member and score discounted access to watch every game live on Kayo!

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