With the Blitz on this weekend, update to season rosters
Pirini, Miotti, Kidner, Stiendl, Land
New coach Charles Nix has formed a formidable starting line-up in 2019 and on paper pre-season favourites. With 4 Lynx squad members lead by Kayla Stiendl one of the best bigs and MVP contender last season. The guard unit is super strong with Pirini a Top 3 PG, Denehey a top 3 defensive guard leading the way.
Jones, Barr, import, import, Roscoe
Hepburn, 2x throns
A lot will come down to whether Stirling bring in two quality imports into this group. D'agostino has recruited well getting championship centre Sam Roscoe back to her junior club from Lakeside and landing SEABL scoring machine Stacey Barr. Two quality unrestricted Aussies are gold.
Janae Johnson (import), Flynn, B Fisher, Heart, E Fisher (after college season)
Coach Fisher is slowly turning this group of young players into a team with future potential, Johnson was good in the back half of 2018 for Stirling and will provide interior muscle and a good tandem with the emerging Eryn Fisher. Hopefully a 2nd import is on its way.
Mansfield, Deegan, Jakens, Import*, Williams
Coach Allen did a great job of coming in late to the program and picking up a stud in Lauren Mansfield. The lynx guard is as good as it gets and paired with WA and AIS guard Rosie Deegan this team will be quick and fun to watch in 2019. Don’t sleep on this team.
Williams, Montroni, Import, import, Rintala
Losing Edwards to the new SEABL league is tough to replace but a naturalised Rintala helps big time, A lot will come down to the quality of the two imports in 2019. Great pick up in U20 player Carla Drennan moving over from Willetton for game time prior to college.
Jones, priestly, Kelly, import, import
Ayliffe, Counsel, Harper, T Miotti
A transition year for Coach Parker as he develops the next generation prior to a big 2020 with new stadium, this team will be competitive with two imports to come in.
Byrnes, Luaulu-Summers, Import, Grant, Ironmonger
Van Chee, Jacobs twins
The reigning WSBL champs lost a lot of talent over the off season. League MVP Schwagmeyer, Fipps, Roscoe and Moyle all gone. But don’t underestimate Coach Mansfields ability to find import studs to go along with a great junior group coming through. Summers is a combo guard with good range that will pair well with Byrnes in 2019.
Pitcher, Benn, Muir, Lee, Michaels
Tough news at cougar land in losing BJ Moyes to injury just weeks prior to the season starting. Moyes is a consistent scorer that worked well with scoring machine Lee. Hopefully an import replacement is on its way. Kisha Lee to continue the scoring load in 2019.
Adams, Armstrong, Boag, Garbin, Allen
Burrows, Hetherington, Kennedy
Coach Reynolds has been able to bring in one of the premier forwards in the competition in Darcee Garbin to pair up with DPOY and Lynx big Maddie Allen. To add to the imposing frontline is Chris Boag with twin sister of Mandurah’s Carly Boag. Janelle Adams a quick PG with WNBL experience at Canberra and young U20s gun Tayah Burrows has joined the team from Bunbury. A deep team in 2019 to contend with the top teams in the league.
Milo, Bailey, import, C Boag, Palusna
Miegel, B Klastourney, E Klastourney, Halleen, Sidebottom
Talk is the import will be a 3/4 and is a stud. Magic are going all in this year to chase that elusive title. Palusna was the most damaging big in the league last year and a 100% Boag will give them perhaps the biggest Wall to contend with the likes of the Flame and Wolves. The bench is super deep with Casey Miegel back from a year off. This team is a legit contender in 2019.
Donovan, Dyer, Parsons, Bayliss, Montgomery
Nathan Grover has had to deal with the loss of four starters as he came into the program this year. Both Burrows and Denehey having moved up to Perth Clubs. Montgomery looks to be a stud, the Canberra Capitals Academy big put up good numbers in SEABL. The clubs has a good set of juniors coming through for Coach Grover to build a long term program.