Spirit readies for heat at start
BENDIGO Spirit is bracing for a hot start when the Women’s National Basketball League’s 2023-24 tips off next month.
It’s consecutive home games for Spirit at Red Energy Arena as the faces reigning champion Townsville Fire in round one on 4 November, and Sydney Flames at the West Bendigo stadium on 10 November.
Spirit general manager David Ingham said membership numbers were on the rise.
“There is growing interest in the Spirit and women’s sport in general,” Ingham said.
Spirit supporters can choose from a variety of membership packages.
“You can choose an eight-game package, which includes admission to all Bendigo home games, a four-game package, or a supporter package designed for those who want to stay updated on the Spirit, but may not be able to be courtside for matches,” Ingham said.
“As Bendigo’s sole representative in a national competition we take pride in making our home games accessible to all.”
Memberships and game tickets can be accessed via the club’s website at bendigospirit.com.au.
On court the Kennedy Kereama-coached Spirit will have a mix of experience and rising stars.
Four-time WNBL champions, twice with Bendigo and twice with Canberra, Kelsey Griffin and Kelly Wilson will play key roles as the Spirit strives to qualify for the play-offs.
This season will be Wilson’s 21st in the WNBL.
The league’s games record-holder, Wilson surpassed the 400-mark in the 2022-23 campaign and played a key role in the Bendigo Braves being this year’s unbeaten NBL1 champions.
Spirit recruits for a new season include New Zealand’s Esra McGoldrick, centre Ruth Davis, and forward Mehryn Kraker.
They will join forces with the likes of Alicia Froling, Casey Samuels, Abbey Wehrung and Ally Wilson.
Spirit’s pre-season campaign includes a match against Deakin Melbourne Boomers on 21 October at Keilor Basketball and Netball Centre from 7pm.