Significant changes have been made to the Lady Cobras program during the off-season. Former WNBL Coach of the Year Cheryl Chambers replaced Championship Coach Jason Knight in October, after he made the decision to step aside as Coach.
Since then Chambers has rebuilt the roster with both experience and local talent. Sarah Parsons (Launceston) and Clare Papavs (Dandenong) both made the decision to play with other Clubs in 2010 which has given a new group of young players the opportunity at the SEABL Level.
Jordyn O’Shea, April Manton, Caitlin Mulhall, Kate Ebzery (Development Player) and Rebekah O’Donnell (Development Player) have all been promoted to the Senior list while Erica McMenamin, Gemma Kerr, Hayley Moffatt and Brooke Nisi remain from the 2009 squad.
With a quality group of local players Chambers began the process of signing the remaining pieces. First on her list was former Kilsyth Junior Deanne Butler. Butler returns to Kilsyth for a second stint with the SEABL team after playing with the Club as an under 16 and 18. Butler has had an illustrious WNBL and international career and Chambers was pleased to secure Butler as her first signing.
“Dee brings experience, strength and scoring power. Her experience in the WNBL will allow her to be a dominate player in the SEABL. She is athletic, enabling her to defend point guards to 3 type players. Her game is almost complete with the ability to knock the open jumper, 3 pointer and get to the rack,” said Chambers.
Complementing the signing of Butler was that of 6″3 forward Ellie Manou, teammates at the Sydney Flames, Chambers is expecting big things from the young Manou.
To complete the roster Chambers was able to secure another young forward in Alice Kunek after she completed her scholarship at the AIS and the services of explosive high scoring guard Deanna Smith.
Smith will join the Swinburne Lady Cobras after recently being named to the 2010 Australian Opals Squad.
Be sure to get out and support your Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras in 2010 as they look to return to the finals are narrowly missing a berth in 2009.
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The Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras will play their home opener when they take on Hobart on Sunday 21 March 2010 at 12.30pm. This will follow their Saturday night clash against Knox when they battle out for the right to hold the Cystic Fibrosis Cup.
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Star point guard Adi Tomada has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Tomada enjoyed a standout 2023 season with the Cobras, leading the team in assists (4.6apg) and steals (1.4spg), ranking second in scoring (19.5ppg) and three pointers made (2.0 3PM), while finding his way to the free throw
Star guard Nikita Young has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Young put together an impressive second NBL1 season with the Cobras, ranking third on the team in scoring (12.7ppg), rebounds (5.4rpg), assists (2.3apg), while her quick hands and anticipation saw her rank fifth in the league in steals (2.3spg).
The Kilsyth Cobra Women have made their first move for the 2024 NBL1 season, re-signing rising star, Georgia Booth. Booth enjoyed a breakout season with the Cobras, leading the team in three point makes while ranking second on the team in scoring. The lightning quick guard blossomed into a high level scorer, averaging 17.5