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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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WNBLWNBA player Rachel Jarry is the latest star recruit to join the new South East Queensland women’s basketball team in the WNBL. Jarry is one of Australia’s most successful women’s basketball exports, currently playing for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. In 2013 the team went on to win the WNBA Championship, making Jarry only the eighth Australian to achieve such an honour. She was also a member of the Australian Opals squad in the 2012 Olympic Games and has played with the Melbourne Boomers in the WNBL. Jarry has signed on to the new Logan-based club alongside dual WNBA championship winner and Olympic silver medalist Erin Phillips. SEQ Basketball announced earlier this month that it had secured a licence for the yet to be named SEQ team to compete in the 2015-2016 Wattle Valley WNBL. Four-time Olympian Shane Heal will coach the team. Shane Heal said Rachel Jarry was an outstanding addition to the team. “To have another motivated and hard working Australian representative that also plays in the powerful American league is a real coup for our program and for basketball in South East Queensland,” he said. “It’s also a statement of our intention to challenge the top teams in our first year. Rachel’s best basketball is in front of her and I know we can help her game to another level. To have her teaming up with Erin Phillips makes me really eager to get on court and start building the team.” Rachel Jarry said she was excited for the opportunity to join the SEQ team. “I’m looking forward to working with Shane Heal and also Erin Phillips who I have been lucky enough to have as a team mate with the Opals,” she said. “I think the WNBL always needs a team in this part of the country and I think it’s great that we will have a presence here once again. I can’t wait to be a part of this team and to help build the profile of women’s basketball in South East Queensland.” SEQ Basketball Chairman Jarrod Sierocki said the signing of Rachel Jarry marked an “explosion of Australian talent” being attracted to South East Queensland who are currently playing in the WNBA. “South East Queensland is a wonderful place in which to live, play and show support for our sporting clubs.  We have so much talent amongst our Australian players and now we have the opportunity to attract the best Australian players to our home state which is something we should be very proud of,” Mr Sierocki said. “I am proud to officially welcome Rachel to SEQ Basketball and Queensland.  She is an outstanding athlete that we believe can be adopted as a Queenslander and proudly represent SEQ Basketball and Queensland in women’s sport. “We are very excited to have Rachel as a foundation player for SEQ Basketball which will debut next season.” 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. ENDS Media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs on 0419 828 440
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