Lynx race to sign Sch­wag­meyer

The West Australian - - SPORT - Craig O’Donoghue

Perth Lynx have suf­fered a blow ahead of tonight’s home game against the Dan­de­nong Rangers, with star im­port Court­ney Wil­liams ruled out be­cause of a shoul­der in­jury.

Wil­liams in­jured her left AC joint div­ing for a ball against Mel­bourne last week­end and could be side­lined for the next three games.

Wil­liams’ in­jury fol­lows Toni Farn­worth break­ing her left wrist dur­ing pre-sea­son and leaves the Lynx with­out two of their best play­ers.

Perth have ap­plied for SBL MVP Ali­son Sch­wag­meyer to re­place Wil­liams against Dan­de­nong.

She dom­i­nated last sea­son for Lake­side and won the league MVP by a whop­ping 33 votes.

The 27-year-old Amer­i­can has been train­ing with the Lynx since pre-sea­son and is at­tempt­ing to be­come a per­ma­nent Aus­tralian res­i­dent.

The Lynx are try­ing to com­plete the re­quired pa­per­work for her to play tonight.

“It’d be a dream come true,” Sch­wag­meyer said. “I’m ex­cited. If I get to play I will try to bring some en­ergy and some in­tan­gi­bles, get some re­bounds and do what­ever the team needs me to do to get the win.

“It’s been a while in the mak­ing.

“It’s a re­ally cool at­mos­phere with the team and I have been at prac­tice ev­ery day, so I’d like to get on the court.”

Tonight’s match will see for­mer Lynx pair Tessa Lavey and Car­ley Mi­jovic re­turn to face their for­mer team­mates for the first time.

They re­turned to Vic­to­ria af­ter two sea­sons in Perth and have re­united with close friends Sara Bli­cavs and Tayla Roberts.

The quar­tet played for the AIS as teenagers.

Pic­ture: Michael Wil­son

Ali­son Sch­wag­meyer

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