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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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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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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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