2014/15 WNBL Fixture Announced
The fixture for the 2014/15 Wattle Valley Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) has been released, highlighting an exciting new season ahead.
As the Jayco Australian Opals prepare for the upcoming FIBA World Championship for Women, many of the national team stars will return from Turkey to headline the Wattle Valley WNBL season, with the competition’s star power at an all-time high.
The return of four-time WNBL MVP Lauren Jackson to the University of Canberra Capitals is one of many exciting additions, with fellow Jayco Opals superstar Liz Cambage returning to her junior club, the Dandenong Rangers.
The two stars will come face-to-face in Round Three, when the Rangers travel to Canberra for a Saturday afternoon clash in what promises to be one of the most anticipated match-ups of the season.
The 2014/15 campaign tips-off with a bang from 17-18 October, with some big time clashes to mark the start of the new season.
Action gets underway on Friday 17 October when last season’s surprise packets, the Melbourne Boomers welcome Jackson and her Capitals team to the State Basketball Centre.
It shapes as a massive first round for the Boomers and Capitals, with Melbourne suiting up on Saturday afternoon to take on the Dandenong Rangers in the first of three Michele Timms Cup games.
The Capitals return to home comforts, welcoming the Sydney University Flames for the first ‘Battle of the Universities’.
Saturday is headlined by the marquee match-up of the round, with the Townsville Fire hosting the Bendigo Spirit in the rematch of the past two Wattle Valley WNBL Grand Finals.
A new-look West Coast Waves will be out to repeat their amazing win over the Adelaide Lightning from Round One last season when the two teams meet to open their respective campaigns at the WA Basketball Centre.
Basketball Australia Chair Scott Derwin said with so many of the Wattle Valley WNBL’s stars taking on the world at the FIBA World Championship for Women, the excitement for the new season continues to build.
“It’s a very exciting time for women’s basketball and the Wattle Valley WNBL,” Derwin said.
“We have so many of the league’s biggest and brightest stars representing the Jayco Opals on the world stage it builds huge momentum going into the new season.
“The Wattle Valley WNBL is regarded as one of the world’s best competitions and the proof is in the ability to attract and retain our best home grown talent and stars from all over the globe.
“We see Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage committing to the Wattle Valley WNBL in a significant coup for the league. In addition we have WNBA stars such as Kelsey Griffin (Bendigo Spirit), Monica Wright (Dandenong Rangers) and Lindsay Moore (West Coast Waves) looking make their impact.
“This season promises to be one of the most competitive and exciting in recent memory and we all can’t wait for the action to get underway on Friday 17 October.”
The eight-team competition will see each team play 22 games over 17 rounds, culminating on Sunday 8 March with the 2014/15 Wattle Valley WNBL Grand Final.