The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - ALEXAN­DRA BERNARD @bernard_lexie

THE North Gold Coast Sea­hawks women are on the hunt for a win­ning 2019 af­ter sign­ing last sea­son’s star Casey Sa­muels.

Sa­muels fin­ished the 2018 QBL sea­son with a team-best 345 buck­ets, an av­er­age of 19.75 a game, so it was no sur­prise that the Sea­hawks would want the 24-year-old back. Since then Sa­muels has been picked up by the Townsville Fire WNBL team but is ex­cited to be re­turn­ing to the Coast.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it, play­ing with a great bunch of girls back on the Gold Coast,” she said.

The Sea­hawks fin­ished their in­au­gu­ral sea­son at eighth, hav­ing been de­feated by Townsville Flames in the first round of fi­nals and Sa­muels is look­ing for more next sea­son.

“We want to do bet­ter than that. We’ve got a lot of the same girls com­ing back and hope­fully we’ll get some­one new that can add to our strengths,” she said.

Sa­muels is orig­i­nally from Syd­ney and shot her first hoop for the Bankstown Bru­ins af­ter fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of her sib­lings.

Coach Robert Sleaford is con­tin­u­ing his role into the 2019 sea­son and is ex­cited to have Sa­muels back on board.

“She was a big part last year with our suc­cess,” he said.

“It’s great to have her back, with her lead­er­ship and as a role-model for the young girls as well.”

Sa­muels is the first ma­jor sign­ing for the Sea­hawks with more ex­pected in the com­ing weeks.


Casey Sa­muels will re­turn to North Gold Coast in next sea­son’s QBL

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