New Zealand Tall Fern, Penina Davidson is set to make an impact in her third season with the Deakin Melbourne Boomers.
Davidson is in her second year of a two-year contract with the Boomers and is looking forward to WNBL 2021/2022.
It rounds out a big week for Davidson, awarded New Zealand Basketball’s Female Player of the Year and overall MVP, last weekend.
Davidson claimed her accolades after strong performances across the board in 3×3 and five-a-side, whilst representing her country at an International level.
She was a key contributor in helping the Senior Women’s 3X3 National Team qualify for the 2019 FIBA 3X3 World Cup, taking home a bronze medal at Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico.
Davidson rose to the challenge for the Tall Ferns at the FIBA Asia 2019 Pre-Olympic Qualifier Tournament, bringing her best to lead in rebounds at the tournament, averaging 11.3 boards per game. In addition, she averaged 16 points per game to finish fourth in overall scoring.
After a year or so of delays and changes to plans, Davidson is looking forward to finally playing in front of the fans in Melbourne.
“After the hub season I cannot wait to play at home with our crowd & just generally be back in Melbourne.”
She admits that last season being held as a hub format in Far North Queensland had its upsides, but there are definite positives to being able to play home games and travel to play the opposition in their home cities.
“I actually loved getting to see more of Queensland, saw some pretty cool sights. But I’m also really happy to be back home (Melbourne) & seeing more of Australia with the regular season.”
Davidson is excited to take on the upcoming season with the Boomers and continue to improve her game with her teammates.
“To get to train with some of the best posts in the world is such a blessing.”
Davidson joins Ezi Magbegor and Cayla George in the front court for the Boomers, which is set to provide plenty of headaches for opponents.
Davidson is playing with Nunawading Spectres in the NBL1 this season, coached by Boomers Assistant Coach Paul Flynn. With plenty of high-quality games under her belt, expect big things from Davidson this season.