Clarke to spearhead Hawks’ NBL1 West campaign
Sydney Flames’ Emma Clarke will be looking to build on her strong debut season with the club in the off-season, after announcing she has re-signed with Perry Lakes for the 2023 season.
This will mark Clarke’s sixth senior season with the Hawks and second in the NBL1 West competition.
“[There is] definitely some unfinished business from last season,” said Clarke, who averaged 22.50 points, 10.20 rebounds and 3.05 assists last season with her junior club.
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“Craig Mansfield is a high-quality coach who I know will hold me to a high standard and challenge me in all areas.
“I also love the club and the community.”
The 22-year-old is confident the upcoming campaign with the Hawks can be her best yet, after a strong first year with the Hoops Capital club.
“I’ve definitely learnt a lot this season from our coaches – both in training sessions and in games,” the former Colorado Buffalo said.
“With more opportunity on the court, the WNBL experience will be a big asset going back to NBL1 West.”
Despite losing Wednesday’s nail-biter to the Southside Flyers, the Sydney Flames took plenty of positives from the Quaycentre fixture. Flames import Jocelyn Willoughby was proud of her side’s achievements on Wednesday with the crowd’s support!
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When she returns out west, Clarke has specific personal and team goals for the season, which tips off for her Hawks on Friday, March 31 against East Perth.
“The ultimate goal for me personally is to keep developing and growing every season,” she said.
“So I’m going to do everything I can to lead the Hawks to success week in, week out – in particular, the ability to create for myself and my teammates as well as being a lockdown defender.
“For the team we have, a top-four finish is definitely something we can achieve.”
Tickets for the Flames’ next home game against Perth on Saturday, January 21 are available here.