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The SEQ Dealer Trade Stars have started their inaugural WNBL season in grand style with an impressive 80-63 win over last year’s finalists Bendigo Spirit at Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on Friday night. A delighted Stars coach Shane Heal said, “I was really happy for the team as they’d put in so much hard work to get us to this point, so it was nice to be rewarded early. “Considering the challenges in not having two of our best players available through injury this shows the depth in our squad and augers well for the season ahead.” The team’s two US imports were outstanding. Ify Ibekwe (19 points, 9 rebounds) and Denesha Stallworth (24 points, 10 rebounds) were an exciting combination and very athletic up against Bendigo’s taller players. Guard Amy Lewis’ defensive effort and intensity was outstanding for the Stars with Rachel Jarry (14 points, 5 rebounds) providing great leadership in her first game back in the WNBL for a while. Lauren Mansfield with 8 assists and only one turnover stepping up from the SEABL was a big addition and lead the team like a veteran. “I couldn’t have been prouder of their desperation and the way they played together, showing intense defence but also playing with a high scoring style,” Heal said. “The team withstood two challenges from Bendigo in the second and last quarters which was very pleasing.” The Stars next game is this Friday against Dandenong in Melbourne. Shane Heal said about the task against Dandenong, “The two teams are very even and it will be a big test for us to replicate our great first-up effort. “Dandenong are used to being in the playoffs so this will be a tough battle for us.”  
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South East Queensland Basketball’s inaugural team in the Women’s National Basketball League has appropriately been named, SEQ Stars. The name is the result of public nominations from fans in online feedback to name the team that will represent South East Queensland and compete from its Logan base in the 2015/16 Wattle Valley WNBL Championship. Coach Shane Heal made the team announcement today and unveiled the final roster for the team. “We’re delighted with the team name and think it’s very appropriate given the level of talent we’ve been able to attract,” Heal said. “To have three Australian Opals on the team and a deep roster gives us great reason to expect to compete for the finals in our first year.” SEQ2 SEQ Stars roster for the season is Erin Phillips, Rachel Jarry, Rebecca Allen, Amy Lewis, Nadeen Payne, Bree Fraley, Stephanie Bairstow, Denesha Stallworth, Ify Ibekwe, Aja Parham, Lauren Mansfield and Emma McKenzie. Heal also revealed the full draw for season 2015/16 for the WNBL which will see nine teams compete for the championship. The team’s first game will be against last year’s WNBL finalists, Bendigo Spirit, at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre at 7.30 pm on Friday, 9th October 2015.
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150409---SEQ-Basketball---Opals_0042SOUTH East Queensland’s new women’s national basketball team has unveiled its three star WNBA and Australian Opal players courtside at Logan Metro Sports Complex today. The club has recently signed Rebecca Allen, Rachel Jarry and Erin Phillips to be its nucleus for next season, all of whom will shortly leave for the USA and their WNBA clubs before returning in time for the start of the Wattle Valley WNBL 2015/16 championship season. “With the recruitment of Australian players Bec Allen, Rachel Jarry and Erin Phillips, we are determined to be a serious contender in the league and are going to challenge the top teams for the championship,” inaugural coach and four-time Olympian Shane Heal said. “These three women will be great role models for South East Queensland girls and they demonstrate their abilities on and off the court in their professionalism.” Guard Amy Lewis has also joined the club as it fills out its roster. Trials will soon be held to add further depth and provide an avenue for local players to join the team. SEQ Basketball chairman Jarrod Sierocki said he was delighted with the support the team has received from the community, council and government. “They all recognise the importance of this team for young women, aspiring athletes and the broader community in South East Queensland,” Mr Sierocki said. “We’re particularly pleased with the support that Mayor Pam Parker and Logan City councillors have provided as we look to be based out of Logan, the geographic centre of South East Queensland.” A public social media competition will soon be launched to provide the name of SEQ Basketball’s WNBL team and give the fans input into the team. SEQ Basketball From L to R – Coach Shane Heal, Mayor Pam Parker – Logan City Council, Erin Phillips, Bec Allen and Rachel Jarry. The WNBL team will be managed by a diverse team that has significant experience in the delivery of professional basketball programs to the local community. The team is: · Jarrod Sierocki – Chairman · Samuel Miszkowski – Deputy Chairman and Government delegate · Phil Stoneman – Sponsorship and Corporate Strategy · Phil Binder – Operations and Community Programs · Rodger Smith – Basketball Development · Shane Heal – Head Coach SEQLM_20150409_EPX13285_8x12inch300ppi Media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs
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SEQ-Logo-FinalSOUTH East Queensland’s new women’s national basketball team has further expanded its roster by signing guard Amy Lewis for the 2015/16 Wattle Valley WNBL season. Lewis joins SEQ Basketball from the Adelaide Lightning after previously playing for the Townsville Fire. This signing comes following the confirmation that three WNBA stars, Bec Allen, Rachel Jarry and Erin Phillips will join the team as the new club looks to seriously challenge for the title in its inaugural season. Coach Shane Heal said, “Amy is the perfect player to compliment the three Opals players we have signed. Her tenacity, desire and skill set on defence will help set a standard and make us a tougher team. “Amy has shown she can score but more importantly has the smarts and experience that will help lead our young team. Amy will play a very valuable role for us.” Amy Lewis said, “I am really excited to have the opportunity to be part of this new franchise. I am looking forward to the change of scenery and the opportunities and challenges it will bring. I look forward to working with Shane, and developing my game in Brisbane with my new team mates.” SEQ Basketball Chairman Jarrod Sierocki said the first four players signed signaled the club’s intentions to set a high standard for others to aspire to and become role models for young women and athletes in the community. A public social media competition will be soon be held to provide the name of the team and give the fans an opportunity for input. SEQ Basketball also has plans to develop a community engagement program to grow the sport in SEQ. The program would include a SEQ Basketball Academy, camps and clinics and a school partnership program.
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SEQ-Logo-FinalSOUTH East Queensland’s new women’s national basketball team has secured another major coup with the addition of a third WNBA player to its lineup. WNBA player Rebecca Allen has signed on to play with SEQ Basketball’s yet to be named Logan-based team in the 2015/2016 Wattle Valley WNBL. She joins fellow WNBA recruits Rachel Jarry and Erin Phillips. Rebecca Allen, 22, is one of basketball’s rising stars, signing with New York Liberty for the WNBA‘s 2015 season in February this year. She is a forward with the Australian women’s basketball squad, the Opals, and has played with the Melbourne Boomers and the Dandenong Rangers in the WNBL. Last year, she was awarded the WNBL Robyn Maher Defensive Player of the Year award. “It is an exciting time for Queensland to be able to attract three amazing Australian women who play in the WNBA at the highest level and for our Australian Opals team,” said SEQ Basketball chairman Jarrod Sierocki. “With the signings of Rebecca Allen, Rachel Jarry and Erin Phillips, we are intent on showing that we are a serious contender in the league and are going to challenge the top teams for that Championship. “These three women will be great role models for South East Queensland girls and they demonstrate their abilities off and on the court in their professionalism.” Coach Shane Heal said it was an incredible start for the club. “Rebecca has an athleticism and quickness to her game in both offence and defence that will create havoc for other teams,” he said. “Rebecca is the perfect player to complement both Erin and Rachel. I can’t wait to work with her and I know that our style of game will maximise her skill set. “These three Australian Opals create a nucleus of our team that will be sure to excite all of our fans and sponsors alike and they give us the chance to seriously compete with the best teams in our very first year.” Rebecca Allen said she was looking forward to playing for the team. “It’s not often that you get a chance to be a part of an exciting new franchise and I know after speaking to Shane Heal that this is a great opportunity for me,” she said. “What really impressed me was that the SEQ Basketball group was intent on building a team right from the start that would compete successfully for the WNBL title. That’s something that I want to be a part of. “I can’t wait to meet the fans in Queensland. I know that Shane is keen to deliver a brand of basketball that everyone in SEQ will be proud of and will want to support.” Media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs
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SEQ Basketball has been granted a licence to enter a team in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL). The WNBL team will compete in the 2015-16 Wattle Valley WNBL competition. Olympic silver medallist and former LA Sparks player in the USA’s WNBA, Erin Phillips, has signed onto the team, while four-time Olympian and basketball legend Shane Heal has been appointed inaugural head coach. SEQ Basketball Chairman Jarrod Sierocki said the WNBL team would offer a new elite pathway for female players currently not accessible in the South East Queensland region. “I am proud to be involved in returning a WNBL team to South East Queensland especially in light of recent events in the sport,” he said. “I am confident that with our strong team, the support of Government, Basketball Australia, Basketball QLD and South East Queensland, we can deliver a high quality product and really engage with youth and fans alike. “We are committed to returning a high quality team to South East Queensland and are extremely excited to announce that Erin Phillips has been signed for the coming season.” Mr Heal said he was excited about joining SEQ Basketball. “I’m looking forward to setting the right culture in our team and recruiting girls that want to work hard and who aim to be the best possible players they can be. We want to seriously compete for the Championship every year and play with the sort of passion that will make our fans proud,” he said. “To have Erin Phillips as our first signing is exciting for the fans and for me as a coach. Erin plays extremely hard and her competitive nature will set the tone for the rest of our team. She is a great defender, can score and distribute the ball. She is the sort of player who inspires teammates and fans alike. “We want to show young people that it’s achievable to play professional basketball in the SEQ region.” Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Anthony Moore said he was thrilled with the inclusion of a new team in the fast growing South East Queensland market into the Wattle Valley WNBL. “We had two strong bid applications and the process we set in place to review was designed to ensure that the successful bid team was here for the long term. I congratulate Jarrod Sierocki and his bid team for their professional approach throughout the process,” he said. “With the Townsville Fire securing its first WNBL Championship, the opportunity for an in-state rivalry to begin next season adds a little something to the 2015/16 Wattle Valley WNBL Season.” Moore added. A public social media competition will be launched to provide the name of SEQ Basketball’s WNBL team and give the fans input into the team. SEQ Basketball also has plans to develop a community engagement program to grow the sport in SEQ. The program would include a Bullets Academy, camps and clinics and a school partnership program. The WNBL team will be managed by a diverse team that has significant experience in the delivery of professional basketball programs to the local community. The team is: · Jarrod Sierocki – Chairman · Samuel Miszkowski – Deputy Chairman and Government delegate · Phil Stoneman – Sponsorship and Corporate Strategy · Phil Binder – Operations and Community Programs · Rodger Smith – Basketball Development · Shane Heal – Head Coach ENDS Media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs
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