In a huge boost for the team and the WNBL, Liz Cambage, one of the best women’s basketball players in the world, has signed with Southside Flyers for the 2020/21 WNBL season.
The three-time WNBA All-Star centre missed the current WNBA season with the Las Vegas Aces due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will return to playing in Australia for the first time in three years.
“I am really looking forward to playing for the Flyers in the WNBL this season. I know they had a great first year and I am keen to help the team go one better and win the Championship,” Cambage said when confirming her decision to join Southside Flyers.
“It will be great playing with a number of Opals teammates and of course our coach, Cheryl Chambers, who is an assistant coach with the Opals. Flyers captain Jenna O’Hea is one of my favourites, she is also the Opals captain, she is like my captain on and off the court,” Cambage added.
For Flyers coach Cheryl Chambers the addition of Cambage to the line-up is very exciting.
“Liz is a superstar of women’s basketball and we know what she will bring to the team on the court which is really exciting for us. She has a great attitude and will be great for the team, not only on the court, but also off the court and in the community. Her profile will be great for the Flyers and the WNBL,” Chambers said.
Returning to train at Dandenong will complete a full circle for Cambage who played her junior basketball at Dandenong before taking to the world stage. Her professional career started with the Dandenong Rangers in the WNBL in 2007 and has included six seasons in the WNBL, seasons in China and the WNBA. She has been an All-Star in every competition she has played since 2010.
Flyers owner, Gerry Ryan is also thrilled that Liz has decided to return home to where it all started and that she will be part of the team this season.
“It is exciting to welcome Liz home. I remember her playing for Dandenong in 2007 as a young up-and-coming star. It will be great to see her in action for Southside Flyers this season and I am sure it will be a real bonus for the WNBL,” he said.
Cambage will join several of her teammates for some unofficial training, under strict COVID-19 protocols, at the Dandenong Stadium this week before official training commences in September.
“While the coronavirus interrupted my WNBA career, it has given me the opportunity to play in Australia. I have always enjoyed playing in the WNBL, it is one of the best competitions in the world and I hope to see more supporters get behind the Flyers this season.
“I want to thank Gerry Ryan, not just for giving me the opportunity to play in Australia for the Flyers but for the incredible support he continues to provide women’s sport and of course women’s basketball. He has been a great supporter for many years,” Cambage said.
The 2020/21 WNBL season will be important for Cambage and members of the Opals squad as they finalise preparations for the Tokyo Olympics next year.
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