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