Keely Froling to play a bigger role for UC Capitals season opener
The UC Capitals will be leaning on Keely Froling for Round 1 of the 2019-20 season as the team deals with delays.
Marianna Tolo, who spent the entire offseason recovering from an ongoing foot infection, is out for the first round to ensure her return isn’t rushed, while Mikaela Ruef is still awaiting permanent residency to be eligible to play.
This means that Froling will play a bigger role and will join Kelsey Griffin as the starting bigs.
“I had a talk to Keely yesterday and it’s just really opened up an opportunity for her but one she deserves with what she’s done in the last 12 months,” said Goriss.
Froling played at her best in the finals in the WNBL 2018-19 season and then backed it up in the offseason representing Australia in the World Universiade Games and 3×3 World Cup, as well as claiming the Waratah League’s MVP title.
“This is her opportunity to help us and help our front court deliver a win on Sunday,” said Goriss.
The Season Opener will also be Olivia Epoupa’s WNBL debut and the setbacks haven’t unnerved her despite only joining pre-season training two weeks ago.
“I know the time is short so I have to be quick and have good adaption. It doesn’t matter if we have injuries, we just have to be ready. There’s no excuses,” said Epoupa.
Kia Nurse is also set to arrive Thursday morning ahead of the UC Capitals season launch. To purchase tickets, click here.