Elsworthy primed for second WNBL stint

July 7, 2024 BY

Geelong United's Sarah Elsworthy was named to the club's WNBL side late last month. Photo: MARCEL BERENS/SPORTS MEDIA IMAGES

GEELONG United’s NBL1 women’s captain Sarah Elsworthy is excited to make her long-awaited return to the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL).

Elsworthy, who has served as United’s NBL1 captain for the past two seasons, was announced as the third member of the club’s inaugural WNBL team.

The return is also marks Elsworthy’s return back to the competition for the first time since 2020, where she spent four seasons with the Adelaide Lightning.

“Getting my second chance in the WNBL was something I thought I’d never get,” Elsworthy said.

“Playing in the first Geelong United WNBL team in a community I really care about, it’s such a great opportunity.

“I just want to be a great teammate and work hard. I’m really looking forward to being a part of something so special for Geelong.”

Known for her high work rate, versatility and defensive prowess, Elsworthy is enjoying another strong NBL1 campaign, averaging 14.3 points, 3.7 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Elsworthy said she was ready to make the Geelong jersey proud as the region embarked on its next sporting chapter.

“Obviously I’m not from here originally but being part of this community for a number of years now, I’m proud to represent this region and this club.

“It’s all about valuing and playing for the jersey. We now get to create that team culture and pride in playing for Geelong United and represent the region like it should be represented.”

Geelong United head coach Chris Lucas coached Elsworthy previously during her time at the Lightning, and said he was excited to work with her again in the WNBL.

“Sarah’s consistency this NBL1 season has been tremendous.

“Her defensive pressure has always been her strength, but there’s aspects of her game that have made significant improvement.

“She’s found ways to improve her offensive game, her penetration game has improved, her passing and three point shot have improved, she just works extremely hard and will play her role within the team perfectly.”