Luuuc
Earlier this year

WNBL Off-Season 2022

@BendigoSpirit

Thank you and farewell
Head Coach Tracy York has made the difficult decision to finish up her coaching position with Bendigo Spirit.
Thank you Tracy for your dedication over the last few years and all that you have achieved for our team!


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WBF  
Earlier this year

She must have something lined up.

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Weedy Slug  
Earlier this year

She's coaching nbl1 central districts men, maybe a potential nbl assistant job again under CJ?

Molloy, Goriss, York to be replaced for 22/23.

If sandy fails again at the WC, Seebohm is the likely replacement.

Chambers job safe?, well liked but a good coach? Debatable.

Lucas has had a few health issues, not going to be around forever.

Lots of senior/graduate women returning from college, expect several players to be pushed out to make room.

A couple of retirements for sure.

New teams not on the cards until 23/24

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Weedy Slug  
Earlier this year

Likely or possible new recruits from college

5'10 M.Goodchild SG
5’10 C.Gould SG
6’0 A.Atwell SF
6’2 C.Horvat CF
6’2 C.Bibby CF


COE or WNBL DP players who could go pro

5’6 D.Loughridge PG
5’11 I.Borlase G/F
6’0 T.Brazel G/F
6’1 S.Burrows SF
6’2 N.Puoch SF

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Relaxed coach  
Earlier this year

Is Tom Maher coming back? The coach with the most championship wins in WNBL history? He's back living in Melbourne.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Is that perhaps why Molloy is departing? Makes sense if big money Melbourne with Gerry's money hire the GOAT Aussie women's coach. Still, as of this afternoon, the only coach to lead Perth to a WNBL title and he did it in only one year of tenure.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Bendigo Spirit future locked in for another 10 years, SEN to acquire licence

From April 2022, Sports Entertainment Network (SEN) will acquire the Bendigo Spirit WNBL licence from Bendigo Stadium Limited (BSL).

Sports Entertainment Group (SEG) proposed the acquisition of the Bendigo Spirit WNBL basketball team, with licence to remain in Bendigo for a period of 10 years. BSL will also have the first right of refusal to re-acquire the Bendigo Spirit licence if SEG wish to dispose of it in future.

"There have been key considerations during this process and we are confident in this move forward to ensure the viability of the team. This transaction provides a guarantee of support for the Spirit Brand, BSL and Bendigo." Said Dennis Bice, BSL Chief Executive Officer.

The Bendigo Spirit WNBL have been challenged over the journey both off court and on despite having success (2 WNBL Championships).

The team has been supported by a number of dedicated supporters both financially and emotionally, credited to the ongoing success and survival of the Bendigo Spirit.

BSL have held the WNBL licence for a period of four years (previously held privately for 11 years) and during that time have found it challenging to not only financially support the WNBL team but also to enable the team to advance to the next level required to continue to successfully compete at the WNBL level.

During the negotiation period the BSL CEO has consulted several supporters to gauge their thoughts and response to the transaction. All have supported the proposal to allow the acquisition of the Bendigo Spirit WNBL licence to the SEN group.

“We are committed to the success of Bendigo Spirit and this agreement will ensure the longevity of the Bendigo Spirit. BSL will continue to support elite women's sport in Bendigo and the pathways it makes available for our younger basketball community.” Said Dennis Bice.

Key points:

* The WNBL team will continue to be known as the Bendigo Spirit.
* The Bendigo Stadium will continue to be the home of the Bendigo Spirit with home games played at the Stadium.
* Bendigo Stadium has sought first right of refusal should SEG not wish to continue at any stage with the licence.
* SEG financial support and resources will allow for the further development of the Women’s WNBL program and pathway for Bendigo players.
“We couldn’t be more excited with this agreement and look forward enhancing our already strong connection to the local Bendigo community. We are committed to grow opportunities on and off the court via the SEN network, while supporting the team to deliver a third WNBL Championship.”  Said Richard Simkiss, CEO Ballpark, Rainmaker & Publishing, Sports Entertainment Network.

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Weedy Slug  
Earlier this year

Just move the license to Tassie...
And call it tasmanian spirit.

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Wnblfan  
Earlier this year

UC Caps announce former WNBL legend and AIS COE coach Kristen Veal as head coach

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Weedy Slug  
Earlier this year

Good for Canberra, bad for Coe.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Congrats to Vealy!

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JJ  
Earlier this year

When will she be leaving the COE

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Weedy Slug  
Earlier this year

August

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Weedy Slug  
Earlier this year

Likely Sarah graham takesover.

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Weedy Slug  
Earlier this year

Really looking forward to opals selection.

The entire list over the last few years has been extensive + those talked about.


PG
Lavey, Reid, Rocci, Heal, Mansfield, Mangakahia

SG
Whitcomb, Madgen, Wallace, Nicholson, Cole, Melbourne, Garrick

SF
Talbot, Allen, Blicavs, Kunek, Sharp, Atwell, Horvat, Bibby

PF
Magbegor, Smith, Maley, Garbin, Froling, Griffin

C
George, Tolo, Bishop, Scherf, Aokuso, Jackson



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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Basket Case WNBL Roster Tracker


Official free agent list is due on Monday

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Weedy Slug  
Earlier this year

A see quite a few cuts being made, imports for every team and new Aus/nz talent entering.

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Luuuc  
Two months ago

A note about salaries for next season

CAP & SALARY INCREASES

In line with the launch of free agency, is the release of the Salary Cap for the upcoming season, which for 22-23 increases to $430k per team (up from $420k in 21-22). As part of that each Club may designate a 'marquee player' of which $66.5k (15.5%) is included in the Cap. The minimum wage for the 22-23 Season also increases to $15k (up from $13.5k in 22-23).

Clubs’ stipend contribution to athletes for Private Health Insurance also increases in the upcoming season, moving up to $200 per month per player (up from $100 in 21-22).

These increases provide more to existing athletes of the WNBL, and also provide greater enticement for those considering the league from both overseas and locally.

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Luuuc  
Two months ago

With the free agents list now online: Link, the names that are NOT on it are as follows:

ADELAIDE
Brooke Basham
Chelsea Brook
Ella Batish
Sam Simons
Steph Talbot
Tayla Brazel

BENDIGO
Anneli Maley
Mary Goulding

CANBERRA
Jade Melbourne
Shaneice Swain

MELBOURNE
Cayla George
Lily Scanlon
Lou Brown
Penina Davidson
Tess Madgen

PERTH
Sami Whitcomb
Tayah Burrows

SOUTHSIDE
Abby Bishop
Aimee Rocci
Maddison Rocci
Rebecca Cole
Sara Blicavs

SYDNEY
Shyla Heal
Kiera Rowe
Kalani Purcell
Keely Froling

TOWNSVILLE
Lara McSpadden
Steph Reid
Lauren Nicholson
Courtney Woods
Zitina Aokuso


...courtesy of Basket Case 2022 WNBL offseason tracker

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

Better backup bigs outthere than batish imo.

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

Some new additions ?

Mangakahia
Goodchild
Atwell
Puoch
Horvat
Bibby
Jackson

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

Magbegor and Kunek sign in euroleague for the current champions, sopron basket(hungary)

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

Sykes also to the same club.

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Luuuc  
Two months ago

With the late arrival penalties starting to kick in next season in the WNBA (though only in a minor way compared to 2024) it will be interesting to see if there is any change with where players sign and whether any European leagues start to tweak their schedules.

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Shotblocker  
Two months ago

Magbegor and Kunek sign in euroleague for the current champions, sopron basket(hungary)

so no Ezi for Boomers
Lindsay Allen was waivered in the WNBA too, be interesting to see just who they appoint as new coach and hopefully they can get a decent big to replace Ezi, shes a big loss to the league.

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Luuuc  
Two months ago

Chris Lucas to Melbourne Boomers is official

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

Adelaide-Vacant
Bendigo-Vacant
Canberra-Veal replaces Goriss
Melbourne-Lucas replaces Molloy
Perth-Petrik
Southside-Chambers
Sydney-Heal
Townsville-Seebohm


Names mentioned.
Hurst, Brassard, Hibbert, Anderson, Snell, Kereama, Alabakov, Maher

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

atleast 2 new coaching roles in the next few years with brisbane and Tassie likely wnbl franchises

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Nightwing  
Two months ago

Hurst is the new Lightning coach.

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Wang whipper  
Two months ago

Cooks is going to be the difference here methinks

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

For future teams, I'd nominate

Brisbane - Aja parham ammar
Tasmania - David Herbert

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Footloose  
Two months ago

Aja coaches men doesn't she?

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

Now men but before women.

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Wnblfan  
Two months ago

Caps re-sign Britt Smart

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Wnblfan  
Two months ago

Caps re-sign Britt Smart

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Luuuc  
Two months ago

Kennedy Kereama announced as the new Bendigo coach


Bendigo Spirit has announced the appointment of Kennedy Kereama as head coach for the upcoming 2022/23 WNBL season.

Kereama brings years of experience to the role, including nearly a decade as the head coach of the New Zealand Tall Ferns and most recently as assistant coach at the Canberra Capitals.

"For myself, my new role is about giving the Bendigo athletes and the community as much as I possibly can to help grow the game and for the players to realise their ambitions," he said.

“We want to be a team that competes for championships and to be a contender every year.”

Kereama takes over the role from Tracy York, who resigned as head coach after three years in the top job.

In what marks a fresh era for the Spirit, with new ownership under SEN and Kereama now as head coach, there's plenty to accomplish.

“I am really appreciative of the opportunity to work with the new SEN ownership group and to be based out here at Bendigo at the Red Energy Arena,” Kereama said.

“What attracted me to the role the most was the opportunity to come in and work with such outstanding athletes.

“Reigning MVP Anneli Maley will be fresh off WNBA experience with the Chicago Sky and her ability to rebound will be crucial to our team.”

The 23-year-old won the Suzy Batkovic Medal as the league’s MVP - the second Bendigo Spirit player to win the award after Kristi Harrower (2009-10).

In addition to a host of other key players, Kereama couldn’t be more keen to get a group together and get the season underway – which is expected to commence around October this year.

“If I had my choice we’d be starting tomorrow,” he laughed.

Kereama already has his own plan in place for how he will get the best out of the 2022/23 Spirit roster.

“It’s important that I am able to get to know the athletes on a personal basis and learn about their ambitions,” he said.

“Irrespective of it being my first year, we want to put ourselves in a position to be playing finals.

“Just as it is for the other seven WNBL teams, finals is the focus.

“In order for the team to achieve this we need to perform at our best consistently and then there’s no doubt we’ll be in a position to win more regularly.”

With more than 15 years of coaching experience behind him, Kereama is excited to put all his knowledge into action this year with the Spirit.

“In the past I’ve been supported by some great coaches who’ve helped me learn a number of different things,” he said.

“Now is my chance to apply it all on the court and I look forward to the challenges that will come.”

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Nightwing  
Two months ago

Nat Hurst officially announced as Adelaide Lightning Head Coach

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Footloose  
Two months ago

Love the Nat Hurst signing! High IQ PG, with 2 years as an AC under her belt. Hope she does well

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Luuuc  
Two months ago

Ditto. Best of luck to her.

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Luuuc  
Two months ago

Tiana Mangakahia & Emma Clarke -> Sydney Uni Flames

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

Perth likely getting atwell and keeping Sharp pushing out Clarke.

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

Likely will see Mansfield in Bendigo or Adelaide now.

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

Sydney?

Mangakahia-Nakkasoglu
Heal-Yaeger-DP
Import-Rowe-Clarke
Froling-Local-DP
Import-Purcell-DP

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Maude  
Two months ago

Funda would have better options on the table than a return to Sydney.

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

New aflw schedule is late august to early February.

WNBL should be late Feb to late June in the future imo with nbl 1 moved to July-October.
Nbl november to April.

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

HC lineup 22/23

Adelaide-Hurst replaces Lucas
Bendigo-Kereama replaces York
Canberra-Veal replaces Goriss
Melbourne-Lucas replaces Molloy
Perth-Petrik
Southside-Chambers
Sydney-Heal
Townsville-Seebohm


Only $$$ will save chambers this year Imo.
Both Southside n Melbourne need a pf. Both likely after smith.

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Maybe  
Two months ago

Nat Hurst announcement could have been made long time ago - was always going to happen.
Hopefully this means she gets the chance to choose her own players.

Not all the new coaches are likely to be so lucky, the word on the street is that some clubs have already signed a lot of players, but just not publicly announced yet.

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

H.Sjerven signs with flames

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Luuuc  
Two months ago

Ryan Petrik re-signs with the Lynx for 3 years

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

Need to go to 12 player rosters.
Starting to become difficult to fit good players in.
Need atleast 1 more team next year.


Some squad predictions after early signings and performances...


Adelaide - Hurst

(I)-Fejo
Wehrung-Basham-Brazel
Wilson-Simons-Borlase
Talbot-Brook
(I)-Batish


Bendigo - Kereama

(I)-Mansfield
Garrick-Goulding-Mclean
(I)-Whittle
Maley-Bibby-Boag
Mckay-Ernst


Canberra - Veal

(I)-Melbourne
Smart-Swain-Tupaea
(I)-Potter-?
Griffin-Froling
Ruef-Bunton


Melbourne - Lucas

(I)-Scanlon
(I)-Brewster-Gould
Madgen-Beck-?
Smith-Brown
George-Davidson


Perth - Petrik

(I)-Burrows-Gandini
Whitcomb-Ciabittoni-?
Sharp-Atwell
Garbin-Isenbarger
(I)-Allen


Southside - Chambers

Rocci-Rocci-Loughridge
Cole-(I)
(I)-Horvat-Puoch
Blicavs-Jarry
Bishop-Scherf


Sydney - Heal

Heal-Nakkasoglu
Mangakahia-Yaeger
(I)-Rowe-Clarke
Froling-?
Sjerven(I)-Purcell-West


Townsville - Seebohm

Reid-(I)-Cubillo
Wallace-Goodchild
Nicholson-Woods-?
(I)-Payne
Aokuso-Mcspadden


Overseas list current.

Kunek
Magbegor
Tolo

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Maybe  
Two months ago

WS - interesting predictions - for what it is worth I think there will be some rotations between Adelaide , Bendigo and Canberra . Also not every team will go with 2 imports, some maybe with none ,to keep cost down and to build stability.

For sure Mansfield is not going to Bendigo to play behind Lavey or she would have been there already over the last couple of years - more likely to return to Adelaide.

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Weedy Slug  
Two months ago

Lavey playing football could mean she will no longer play big minutes at Bendigo, might be on a cheaper backup role or not at all.

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Turnover  
Two months ago

Nice list Weedy... assume you just guessing a lot of these squads?

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Weedy Slug  
Last month

https://wnbl.basketball/blog/news/22-23-wnbl-season-key-dates-structure/

Yes... make it during the exact same time as aflw season.
Poor decision.

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Luuuc  
Last month

Seems fine to me. I'm happy we are finally able to return to a somewhat normal schedule.

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Luuuc  
Last month

KEY DATES
* Start of Pre-Season 21 September 2022
* Rd 1 commences 3 November 2022
* 84 regular-season games (21 games per team)
* Last day of Regular Season 5 March 2023
* Semi-Finals (Best of 3) 8-16 March 2023
* Grand Final (Best of 3) 18, 22, 25 March 2023

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Dr Dre  
Last month

Yaeger - Adelaide
Griffin - Bendigo
Wehrung - Bendigo
Ernst - Southside

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Luuuc  
Last month

In the last few days, Lynx have re-signed Burrows & Scherf, and signed Atwell

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Maybe  
Last month

Wilson = Bendigo

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Luuuc  
Last month

Jessie Edwards returns to Perth

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Maybe  
Last month

Bendigo = 2 x wilson

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Weedy Slug  
Last month

Garbin to europe

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Weedy Slug  
Last month

All of last years imports unlikely to be coming back.
90% have already signed in europe.

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Weedy Slug  
Last month

Fiebich, the German international now in nbl1 makes me think she might have been signed by Perth to replace Garbin.

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Weedy Slug  
Last month

My bad, just signed in Spain 2 weeks ago. Must be keepin fit in the off season.

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James Harvey fan  
Last month

Lauren Mansfield joins Adelaide.

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Anon  
Last month

Garrick to Italy

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Weedy Slug  
Last month

Guy Molloy sacked already in nz

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Perthworld  
Last month

Guy Molloy sacked already in nz

Hahahaha.

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Dog 55  
Last month

KG23 confirmed back in Bendigo for three years.

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Weedy Slug  
Last month

Karlie Samuelson to the fire

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Luuuc  
Yesterday

Jocelyn Willoughby is a nice get for the Flames.

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