The “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” philosophy applies to the Dandenong Rangers. The reigning WNBL Champions have kept the key pieces and added some high-quality youth to ensure they will be among the title contenders come the business end of the season.
Website: Dandenong Rangers Homepage
Home Stadium: Dandenong Basketball Stadium
WNBL Championships: 3 – 2003/04, 2004/05, 2011/12
2011/12 Record: 14-8 3rd – WNBL Premiers
Major Player Movement
Ins: Sara Blicavs (AIS), Carley Mijovic (AIS)
Squad: Jenna O’Hea, Aimie Clydesdale, Tegan Cunningham, Stephanie Cumming, Carley Mijovic, Clare Papvas, Alison Downie, Rosie Fadijevic, Sara Blicavs, Krista Phillips, Kathleen MacLeod, Hope Terdich, Tenaya Phillips
Star Player: Jenna O’Hea
While she didn’t reach the heights of her 2010/11 campaign, O’Hea came up big in the WNBL Finals proving her worth to the team. An impressive Olympic campaign will provide the launching pad for the Opal to again propel her team to WNBL success.
New Face: Sara Blicavs
Adding one of the brightest young talents in the WNBL to a championship-winning roster equals exciting times for Rangers fans. Took on the scoring and creative responsibilities for a banged-up AIS last season and flourished under the responsibilities.
Keys to Success: As good as the Rangers finish to the season was they will be eager to avoid the situation that led to it. Depth at the guard positions gives the Rangers a multitude of offensive options suited to a high-tempo style. Expect to see Dandenong really push the game and run their opponents off their feet.
Prediction: A stronger and deeper roster than last season, led by O’Hea and Kath MacLeod will have the Rangers again fighting it out for the rare honour of back-to-back WNBL Championships.
v Bulleen (H)
v Bendigo (H)
v West Coast (H)
v Townsville (H)
v Bendigo (A)
CLICK HERE to download 2012/13 WNBL fixture.