Clarke named in Perry Lakes’ 50th anniversary side

August 29, 2023 | Sydney Flames news

Sydney Flames wing Emma Clarke has been acknowledged for her exceptional commitment and performances for Perry Lakes, by being named in the club’s prestigious 50th anniversary side.

Clarke, who started her hoops career with the Hawks as a 13-year-old, is one of 12 players named in the women’s 50th-anniversary side.

Joining the 23-year-old in the squad are Carli Boyanich, Chelsea Boyanich, Natalie Burton, Clare Hotchin, Tanya Kelly, Jenny Marsh, Megan McKay, Kim Morcom, Kate Simkovic, Mel Sinfield and Deanna Smith – with Rick Morcom as coach.


“It’s a tremendous honour to be recognised in the 50-year team with all high-level and talented players who have all had very successful careers and some even as a junior I looked up to and aspired to be like,” Clarke said.

“The Hawks are a very successful and prestigious organisation and I’m sure other clubs would agree that the level of quality that comes through the women’s program is very high, so again to be named alongside the other 9 women by a club that is highly regarded and respected, is an honour.

“I did all my juniors with the Hawks until leaving for AIS in 2017.

“I signed my first SBL (State Basketball League) contract with the club at 14 and although I didn’t play much, just being a part of the squad at such a young age, I believe has contributed enormously to my growth and development as a player.

“Being surrounded week in and week out with national team players, Olympians, 200-game veterans and high-quality coaches, who pushed me and provided grassroots for my game today, have all played a part in my journey.”


This was just one of the accolades Clarke received at the club’s 2023 presentation night, which also saw her take out the women’s NBL1 MVP award after averaging 19.71 points, 8.82 rebounds and 3.35 assists per game.

Former King Tom Garlepp was also recognised on the night, being named in the men’s 50-year side.

Clarke, who recently helped the Australian Gangurrus claim silver in China, will return to the harbour city next month for the start of WNBNL24 pre-season.