The major news of the week was that Tall Ferns coach Kennedy Kereama has been appointed coach of Sunbury in the Victorian Big V League.
Coach K has secured a two-year contract as head coach of the Women’s team and also as Director of Coaching for the Sunbury Basketball Association.
Kereama will soon be relocating from his current base in Perth; the new appointment will not interfere with his Tall Ferns coaching commitments.
Talking of Perth Friday night was one to forget for Toni Edmondson and the Perth Lynx in the latest round of the Australian WNBL. The Lynx slumped to a 73-67 home loss at the hands of the Bendigo Spirit and Edmondson had a night to forget scoring with just 1 of 13 attempts. Obviously given the green light by the Lynx coaching staff the Tall Ferns guard put up eight attempts from the three point arc, the most by any player on either side, but made just the one finishing the game with three points the Lynx now 3-2 for the season
Townsville Fire won their first away fixture of the season defeating Dandenong Rangers 83-75 on Saturday. Micaela Cocks (7p/4r/5a) helped the Fire establish a ten point first quarter cushion (26-16) and they were never headed thereafter.
It wasn’t such good news for the Fire on Monday night, defeated 84-75 by Melbourne Boomers. Cocks (3pts/3assists) scored her only basket of the game on the final play of the first half to give the Fire a 40-39 advantage. However the Boomers won the second half 45-35 to clinch the victory and move their record to 3-2, identical to that of the Fire, equal second on the WNBL ladder. Chevannah Paalvast snared a steal in just three minutes of action.
After four successive losses Adelaide Lightning finally got their first win of the campaign defeating Bendigo Spirit 76-68 in the Cathedral City. Adelaide began the game with an 8-0 run, led 19-10 at quarter time, and although Bendigo closed to within 4 points in the final quarter the Lightning held on for a desperately needed win.
Jess Bygate came off the bench for the Lightning and contributed 4 points, 4 rebounds and a steal.
In Italy Le Murra Lucca secured their fifth straight victory with a comfortable 71-50 road win against Dike Napoli. Lucca stormed to a 26-10 opening quarter advantage and was in cruise mode thereafter. Jillian Harmon was once again in great scoring touch recording her third twenty plus haul in five games. The Tall Ferns forward finished with 26 points (12/19FG), 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
The win helps keep Lucca joint top of SerieA with a 5-0 record.
Erin Rooney was not in action as the French league took a break over the All Saints Day long weekend.