Southern Telegraph - - News - Stu­art Hor­ton

Rock­ing­ham will host a pre-sea­son friendly be­tween WNBL teams Perth Lynx and Bendigo Spirit at Mike Barnett Sports Com­plex on Sun­day.

It is the first time Rock­ing­ham will host a WNBL match and will fea­ture the Flames’ Mad­die Allen, who signed for the Lynx af­ter a stand­out SBL sea­son, and Flames coach Ryan Petrik on the bench as an as­sis­tant.

Allen said host­ing the game in Rock­ing­ham was a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal girls to see there is a ca­reer path­way in bas­ket­ball.

“I think so of­ten in WA, be­cause we’re so far away from the rest of the coun­try, we can’t see a path­way or don’t know the path or what it takes to com­mit to be that good (to make the Lynx),” she said.

“To have a game down here will be re­ally good for girls who have never seen bas­ket­ball at that level; we’re lucky to have it here so that girls can see a path­way to the top.”

Allen has pre­vi­ous WNBL ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing been a rookie for Can­berra Cap­i­tals in the 2016/17 sea­son.

For the Lynx, how­ever, the 25year-old is more as­sured in the role she will play.

“I’m a de­fender and that’s what I'm good at and that’s what I’m hap- py do­ing,” she said. Allen hoped for a big crowd on Sun­day, and said the crowds dur­ing the SBL sea­son was one rea­son she had re­signed to play for the Flames in 2019.

Doors open on Sun­day at 10.15am for a 10.45am tip-off.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the door.

Pic­ture: Stu­art Hor­ton

Rock­ing­ham Flames' Mad­die Allen will suit up for Perth Lynx in the up­com­ing WNBL sea­son.

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