Stars return for WNBL grand final
THE star wattage for next Sunday’s WNBL grand final is set to soar, with Bulleen’s Jenna O’Hea and Canberra’s Suzy Batkovic both expected to return from injury.
Bulleen guard Kylie Reid remains in doubt with a rib injury, with the Boomers contacting local AFL clubs in a bid to gain knowledge to accelerate her healing process.
Defending champions Canberra kept alive hopes of a third straight grand final win over the Boomers with an 83-78 preliminary final home win over Bendigo on Saturday.
The seven-time champions managed to overcome the Spirit without calling on Batkovic, who also missed their two previous games with an elbow infection.
The Opals star suited up for the game, but remained on the bench, though Caps coach Carrie Graf was adamant Batkovic would definitely play in the season decider. ‘‘ Absolutely,’’ Graf raid. ‘‘ She will have a full week of practice with us and be ready to go full tilt in the grand final.
‘‘ Putting her back in is definitely going to be a plus for us, particularly with the size of Bulleen, the size obviously of ( Liz) Cambage and ( Elyse) Penaluna
‘‘ They’ve got ( Rachel) Jarry back in their mix, so they are a big team and to have Suzy’s size back in there is going to be critical for us.’’
Bulleen coach Tom Maher said Batkovic represented a 20-point difference to Canberra
‘‘ With Batkovic to come back, they are formidable,’’ Maher said.
Maher was optimistic guard O’Hea would play in Melbourne ON Sunday after being sidelined for four weeks with a knee issue.