Former Adelaide Lightning, Dandenong Rangers and AIS player Samantha Woosnam will receive WNBL Lifetime Membership at a special presentation at Friday night’s Round Seven clash between the Rangers and the Logan Thunder.

In a career that spanned 16 years and 259 games, Woosnam made her name as a hard-nosed forward who would be an integral member of three WNBL Championship-winning teams, including captaining the Adelaide Lightning to the 2008 WNBL title.

Like so many before her, Woosnam made her WNBL debut as a 17-year-old at the AIS, playing one season in Canberra before returning to her native South Australia and the Adelaide Lightning in 1997.

In just her second season at the Lightning, Woosnam would be a part of the 1998 championship team under the legendary Adelaide and Jayco Australian Opals Head Coach Jan Stirling – the team’s fourth title in five seasons.
Woosnam would continue to develop in Adelaide before making the move to Europe after the 1999/2000 WNBL season, enjoying successful stints in Austria, Germany, France and Portugal.

A chance to return to Adelaide presented itself in 2004, with Woosnam taking on the opportunity to become a leader of the team under new coach Chris Lucas. Enjoying the most productive season of her career in 2006/07, Woosnam was named Club MVP, averaging a career-high 12.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists as the team reached the preliminary final.

It was in 2007/08 season that Woosnam added a second WNBL Championship to her collection, captaining the Lightning to their first title in a decade.
After playing nine consecutive post-seasons with the Lightning, the team missed the playoffs in the 2009/10 campaign, with Woosnam leaving the club after 197 games to join the Dandenong Rangers.

Woosnam played two seasons at the club, ending her WNBL career on the highest note as part of the 2012 WNBL Championship-winning team.

Honoured by the accolade, Woosnam said the joy of winning WNBL Championships and forming life-long bonds still has her looking back fondly on her playing days.
“It has come as a bit of a surprise, but I’m very happy and honoured to be receiving WNBL Lifetime Membership. It’s nice to be recognised for something I’ve dedicated so much of my time and life,” Woosnam said.

“The championships were all great times to look back on, but the whole experience of being involved in the team environment and the people you meet, many of who I am still friends with now, are the things you remember the most.”

The 185cm forward was not lost to basketball, playing for the Sandringham Sabres in the SEABL before taking on the head coaching role at the Kilsyth Lady Cobras for the 2014 season.

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