Coach Jason Knight welcomes back three players who were involved with WNBL programs in 2007-08.  Clare Papavs has been a regular fixture for the Dandenong Rangers, while Erica McMenamin and Sarah Parsons both trained with the Bulleen Boomers throughout the preseason.

The success of the Kilsyth Lady Cobras has always been due to the strong make up of local talent and 2008 will be no different, with the core group of players being asked to step up their productivity.  Sarah Parsons and Clare Papavs will have added responsibilities after both having the opportunity to be involved with the WNBL this year. 

“We are very pleased with the retention of our core group of locals. The group that we have has made very good progress last season and the coaching staff is aware that the players we have retained are looking for a bigger and better year in 2008,” said Knight.

In addition to the WNBL experience being returned, the Lady Cobras welcome back Gemma Kerr, Caitlin Mulhall, 2007 Kilsyth Players Award winner Hayley Moffatt, former player Tiffany Hodgson, after a short stint in Queensland, and rookie Brooke Nisi who has made the jump from Youth League after captaining the side in 2007.

“With a small, and bitter taste of playoff basketball in 2007, the group looks to have much to prove to themselves and supporters this season.  The likes of Gemma Kerr and Erica McMenamin will be leaned on for a level head and guidance, Sarah Parsons will need to back up from her breakout season in 2007.  A lot will be expected week in week out of WNBL Dandenong Rangers rookie Clare Papavs, as will 2007 Kilsyth Players Award winner Hayley Moffatt.”

“The coaching staff are very happy with the teams attitude and look forward to a hard season and another tilt at the playoffs.  We also know that our playoffs chances do not rest with the signing of two quality restricted players, but the work ethic and desire of our local core of players,”  

The Club Kilsyth Lady Cobras take on the Knox Raiders in a practice match on Sunday 24th February 2008 at the Kilsyth Sports Centre tip-off is 2.00pm.