Mildura Weekly : February 28 2014 Vol 8 No 17
Mildura Weekly – 28/02/14 73 www.milduraphonebook.com.au Lady Heat import a forward thinker By ADAM LUITJES MILDURA Lady Heat coach Ang Wall is excited with the prospect of having Ameri- can import Sarina Sim- mons at her disposal for the 2014 season. Simmons – who arrived in Mildura last Thursday – is an 185cm forward with an impressive resume. She attended the pres- tigious Marquette Univer- sity – the same as NBA star Dwayne Wade – averag- ing 9.9 points and 4.8 re- bounds in her final year. After graduating col- lege, the 23-year-old played a season in Romania before being snapped up by the Lady Heat. “We are very lucky to have Sarina,” Ang said. “She became available the same time a contract fell through with another play- er, so it was good timing. “She has arrived in fantastic shape, and has impressed with her strong work ethic.” “It’s great that she’s ar- rived and we can finally end the speculation.” With Sarina’s ability to play a variety of offensive roles, Ang is expecting big things from the Milwaukee native. “Her versatility will suit our game plan,” she said. “In college, Sarina proved she could score inside and outside the three-point pe- rimeter. “Vanessa Power (cap- tain) is already a three- point threat, so we are spreading the offence by having two talented shoot- ers. “I’m expecting Vanessa to have an excellent season, because teams can’t afford to double-team her and leave Sarina open.” With Sarina’s arrival capping off a successful pre-season, Ang said her aims were high for season 2014. “Finals is the expecta- tion,” she said. “We aren’t doing the one week at a time thing, we want to make finals... anything else will be a failure.” Having never been to Australia before, Sarina said that she was excited to line up for the Lady Heat. “I can’t wait for the sea- son to start,” she said. “I was so excited coming to Australia because I knew it would be something I’d treasure for the rest of my life. “I have come here for a new experience, and hope- fully I can contribute to team success.” Having tasted finals ac- tion during her college ca- reer, Sarina said her focus is to help the Lady Heat make the top four. “I want to become a leader,” she said. “I have played in big games, so I believe I have a lot to offer. “I don’t want this to be my show, it’s about playing as a team and building that chemistry, so we can fulfil expectations. “Marquette was a young team, so I need to learn how to take direction from older players... which will make me a better player.” With a number of Lady Heat juniors aspiring to play in the American col- lege system, Sarina said she’s “here to help” her younger teammates. “I’d love to be a role model,” she said. “For the girls wanting to go to col- lege, I have that experience, so I can help them along their journey.” The Lady Heat are play- ing in a Central Australian Basketball League pre- season tournament in Ad- elaide this weekend. • STAR SARINA: Mildura Lady Heat’s new import Sarina Simmons is ready for the 2014 season. Photo: DARREN SEILER WORKERS-Gol Gol women’s cricket team is looking to continue a per- fect 2013/14 season as they take on Merbein South in tonight’s Sunray- sia Cricket Association semi-final at Alcheringa. Currently on the top of the lad- der with 10 wins, Workers Gol Gol are in the box seat to win their third straight Sunraysia Cricket Associa- tion premiership. Having beaten Merbein South by only one run in their previous encounter, Workers Gol Gol captain Mel Keating is expecting a tight con- test. “It’s going to be a close match,” she said. “We were lucky last time to getthewin,soweneedtobeontop of our game “They have two quality all-round- ers in Elisa Henderson and Jess Pot- ter who we need to keep quiet. “Because it’s a knock-out compe- tition, we don’t get another chance, so we need to be positive and not leave anything on the field.” In her fifth year at the helm, Mel said she has enjoyed leading “a good bunch of girls.” “We have a lot of fun,” she said. “The team gets along really well, and there is always plenty of laughter out on the ground. “I think that’s the secret to our success – we don’t take ourselves too seriously. “We don’t have any star players, everyone just plays their role and works as a team.” With Nichols Point playing Coomealla Wentworth in the sec- ond semi-final, Mel is predicting an equally tight tussle. “I’m tipping Nichols Point in a close game,” she said. “They are al- ways tough to beat, but Coomealla Wentworth won’t go lying down so it’ll be an entertaining game. “All the games are Twenty20, so no teams can afford to get off to a slow start.” Tonight’s first semi-final will be played at Alcheringa, with the sec- ond semi-final at Nichols Point. Both games start at 5.45pm. Workers-Gol Gol on track for cricket three-peat • THREE’S A CROWD: Workers-Gol Gol players Sonia Drew, Mel Keating (captain) and Alecia Brook are are hoping to continue their winning form in tonight’s Sunraysia Cricket Association Women’s Division semi-final against Merbein South, having won the past two Grand Finals.
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