PLAYER TO RETURN
IMPORT BOOST FOR 2019 SEASON
American big man Josh Ritchart will return to the Rockingham Flames for the 2019 State Basketball League season with unfinished business.
Ritchart played 10 games for the Flames in 2018 before his stay was cut short by a serious foot injury.
The University of California Davis graduate made an impact in his handful of games, averaging 26.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 blocks a game, and gained selection to the SBL AllStar game.
Rockingham Basketball and Recreation Association president and SBL director Warren Boucaut said the return of the 206cm powerforward would be a huge boost and Ritchart was keen to repay the club’s support.
“We feel there’s some unfinished business from 2018 with Josh, who unfortunately had to return home after getting a serious foot injury,” Boucaut said.
“We were keen for him to return from the moment he left because he’s a quality player. We stayed in touch in the period he was back at home and Josh said he felt very supported by the club. We tried to get him expert analysis of his injury and the best medical support
. . . for that he wanted to come back.”
Boucaut said the club was putting together two “really exciting” teams for 2019 including new men’s coach Ryan Petrik, former Wildcats captain Brad Robbins and the returns of Ritchart, Chudier Pal
and exciting teen Luke Travers. He teased there would be “another couple of high-profile signings” added to the roster.
Meanwhile, the women’s team has added South West Slammers teen Tayah Burrows to its roster alongside the re-signed Maddie
Allen, Ariana Hetherington, Janelle Adams, Chelsea Armstrong, Jesni Cooper and Zahli Jolly. Boucaut said supporters’ passion made 2018 a season to remember and hoped it could again provide the impetus for a tilt at both titles in 2019.
Rockingham Flames have re-signed import Josh Ritchart for the 2019 SBL season.