Tess Madgen 250 WNBL Games

December 8, 2023 | WNBL news

Written by Corey Kennedy

Tess Madgen Celebrates 250 WNBL Games: A Journey of Dedication and Triumph


Sydney Flames and Australian Opal Tess Madgen will notch up her 250th WNBL game tonight against the UC Capitals.

Madgen, a former WNBL Champion for the Melbourne Boomers and Captain of the Bronze Medal winning Opals team at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in 2022, brings up the milestone in front of her home Sydney fans.

After an injury interrupted last 18 months, Madgen is back and firing with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in just her second game for the season against Adelaide in the round 6 clash on Wednesday night.

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Now in her 14th WNBL season after stints with the Boomers, Townsville, AIS and Bendigo, Madgen teamed up with former coach Guy Molloy to try and recreate their championship run in 2021 with the Boomers for her new side.

“I feel really grateful and humbled to have played in the WNBL since I was 16, it’s been more than half my life now.” Madgen said.

“I would not be the person or player I am today without this league and all the wonderful people involved.”

“My fondest memory is obviously the championship with the Boomers, but it is also the friendship and connections I have made that will last with me forever.”

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Madgen says that playing in the WNBL was always her dream and to now do that and be an Opal is more than she could ever hope for.

“Being a professional athlete is a tough gig for our support networks so a huge shoutout to my partner Taylor, my amazing parents, siblings and friends.”

There is one special relationship that has been a constant in Madgen’s WNBL career.

“The coach who has coached me the most games in my career, Guy a huge thank you to him.”

Madgen began her basketball career with South Australian club Eastern Mavericks, Madgen earned selection in multiple junior Australian national championships.

Madgen first represented Australia in 2008 as part of a gold-winning junior team in the Oceania World Qualification series. Madgen then made her Opals debut three years later, when she was named to a senior Australian side for the Oceania Olympic qualification series against New Zealand.

In the milestone Madgen will earn WNBL life-membership.

Her current coach Guy Molloy is thrilled to see “one of the most special and more important people in my life” achieve this milestone.

“Few players are better competitors and winners than Tess, she has worked so hard to get to where she is now.”

“Seeing the results of tremendous dedication, hard work and overcoming adversity, for her to become such a great leader and winner makes it even more special.”

“I am so unbelievably proud of her.”



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