Free Agency: One Month in
It has been an exciting four weeks for the Chemist Warehouse WNBL clubs, with the Free Agency period showing to be a huge success. This week we saw many new players sign for their debut season in the WNBL, some make the cross-country move and others recommit with their current club.
All this information, plus more, can be found through our Chemist Warehouse WNBL Free Agency Player Movements Tracker!
Despite two weeks of silence, the doors have re-opened at the Adelaide Lightning, and they have not held back! The week started with the signing of NBL1 Central West Adelaide Bearcats young, dynamic guard, Jasmin Fejo. Fejo joins the team with an abundance of experience, specifically with her ties to the Australian Indigenous Basketball (AIB) and the Aboriginal Basketball Academy (ABA) in South Australia. Joining Fejo is 23-year-old NCAA Boston College Eagles graduate guard, Taylor Ortlepp. Ortlepp has played all around the world and will bring her invaluable knowledge of the game to the Lightning.
After a big week for the team of the south, who will be next on their roster?
The Bendigo Spirit announced their first Development player for the 20/21 season. Piper Dunlop, a 16-year-old 6’2” Centre, is a familiar face at the club. Dunlop followed the Braves Pathway through Juniors, NBL1 and was also a training player with the Spirit last year.
Stay tuned for next week to see who will be the new Spirit recruit!
Deakin Melbourne Boomers
The Deakin Melbourne Boomers announced that Kalani Purcell would be donning the purple uniform for her fourth consecutive season. Purcell, the Boomers’ forward and New Zealand Tall Fern Captain, will return to the 20/21 season after being named in the top 10 average steal per game during the 19/20 season (1.5 STPG). Purcell will be reunited with fellow kiwi Toni Farnworth. Farnworth, a pioneer of the game, has signed for her second season with the Boomers. After reaching a career milestone of 250 games last season, the 5’9″ guard will be looking to make new records this season.
Who will be the next BOOMer to join the squad?
Jayco Southside Flyers
Three weeks of radio silence from the Jayco Southside Flyers and we are still eagerly waiting for any announcements.
JCU Townsville Fire
Courtney Woods is the latest recruit for the JCU Townsville Fire. Woods, a 23-year-old 6′ Queenslander, signed a two-year-deal with the Fire this week. The NIU All-Time Leader In Three-Pointers Made (323) and the Second all-time at NIU in scoring (2,216 points) will join the squad with a tremendous amount of basketball skills and talent.
Which player will be joining the Fire next?
Alex Ciabattoni, the WNBL 2015/16 Rookie of the Year, has sealed the deal for her return to the Chemist Warehouse WNBL 20/21 season. Chibba, as she is known by in the basketball world, has returned after her successful stint in Italy. No stranger to the Perth Lynx, Maddie Allen is set to return for another season with the team in the west. Allen received the 19/20 Perth Lynx Defensive Player of the Year accolade after an outstanding season (4.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game).
After an exciting month for the Lynx, we are keen to see who their next announcement will be. Keep your eyes peeled!
Bryden’s Sydney Uni Flames
Coming off a big week, the Bryden Lawyer’s Sydney Uni Flames dropped a significant signing with Perth Lynx’s Alison Schwagmeyer. Schwagmeyer, or more affectionately known as Swags, was the recipient of the inaugural WNBL’s Sixth Woman of the Year award last season, due to her incredible season (15.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists).
The Flames hinted we might have to wait a bit for the next update…watch this space!
University of Canberra Capitals
It’s another week of silence from the University of Canberra Capitals, but we are hopeful that week five will bring some momentum to the club!
Keep an eye out on their socials…