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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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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 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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