The VYC Cobra Women have announced named roster ahead of the 2021 Big-V season.
The Cobra Women are headlined by Sarah Haberfield and Erin Burgoyne, who were members of the NBL1 Cobra Women’s championship-winning group in 2019. Also returning are explosive guards Lauren Bird, Miranda Gartner and Nikita Young, alongside Alannah Anderson, who returns for a third season.
Caitlyn Groves, Bella Clarke and Caitlyn Shannon are back to anchor the Cobras frontcourt, while Tia Wotherspoon and Victorian Metro representatives Georgia Booth and Mariah Derksen will make their VYC debuts. Rounding out the 2021 roster is Lizzie Tzouvelis, who will serve as a development player.
Head coach Claire Knight returns to the helm for a fourth year, and will look to build on successful 2018 and 2019 campaigns which saw her lead the Cobras to back-to-back playoff berths. Knight will be joined by U14-1 Girls head coach, Michael Walsh, who will serve as the VYC Women’s assistant coach.
The Cobras are set to tip-off their 2021 campaign in mid-March, with the league regular season schedule expected to be released in mid-February.
The NBL1 Cobra Women have secured their floor general for the 2021 season, signing Santa Clara point guard Tia Hay. A Victorian native, Hay returns home following a remarkable high school and collegiate career in the United States. A Santa Clara University graduate, Hay’s electric blend of scoring, ball handling and playmaking – coupled with
Point guard Mitch Dielemans has re-signed with the NBL1 Cobras for the 2021 season. Dielemans joins the Cobras for his first full-time season in the NBL1 following a dominant 2019 season with Kilsyth in the VYC. Dielemans led the VYC (Victorian Youth Championship) competition in scoring for the second straight season in 2019, averaging
The NBL1 Cobra Men are set to return some elite versatility to the perimeter, re-signing Kilsyth junior Ben Ursich for the 2021 season. Ursich returns to his home club for a fifth season, having established himself as one of the top young ‘3-and-D’ players in the league. While his numbers were down from his