Australian Opal Natalie Burton returns home to join the Flames

July 30, 2020 | Sydney Flames news

The Brydens Sydney Uni Flames are thrilled to announce the signing of Australian Opal Natalie Burton ahead of the 2020-21 WNBL season.

After spending time with the Melbourne Boomers and Perth Lynx between 2014-2018, Burton has most recently been tearing it up in Europe with Herner TC in Germany where she secured a DBBL Championship, and French team Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut.

Now back on home soil, the talented power forward is looking forward to continuing her career in Sydney.

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a professional team as the Flames as I return to the WNBL after playing in Europe for a number of years” Burton Shared.

An integral member of the Australian Opals, Burton represented Australia at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, as well as winning two gold medals for the green and gold at the 2013 and 2015 FIBA Oceania Championships.

Having established herself as an elite defender and rebounder, she provides an additional inside force for the Flames as they continue to load up on talent heading into the upcoming season.

“A welcomed addition to our group, Nat brings great international experience having been an Olympian but also spent the last few seasons playing in Europe” Flames Head Coach Katrina Hibbert shared.

“She’s an exceptional defender with great length, athleticism and versatility, which allows her to switch onto guards and match up with taller opponents”

“With her combined experience and leadership, she is going to perfectly complement the mix of aspiring and seasoned players we have” Hibbert said.

Burton’s signing takes the Brydens Sydney Uni Flames roster count to eight ahead of the 2020-21 WNBL season set to tip-off on November 20.

She joins Shanae Greaves, Kiera Rowe, Funda Nakkasoglu, Alison Schwagmeyer, Lauren Mansfield, Anneli Maley and Lauren Scherf as contracted players with more player announcements to be announced over the coming weeks.