It’s been a fast start to the return to basketball for all of our teams, from the Junior Rangers to our NBL1 Seniors, but none more so than our VYC Women! With COVID, niggling injuries and state team commitments all wreaking havoc it’s been a frantic time for VYC Women’s coach Michelle Gubbels but both her and her team are ready to kickstart the season starting this weekend.
They’ll tipoff 2022 with back-to-back outings, taking on the Bendigo Braves on Saturday night followed by their home opener against the Diamond Valley Eagles on Sunday March 2oth. This fast-paced start continues the theme of the VYC Women’s preseason but Coach Gubbels feels that her team is ready for an exciting year ahead.
“It’s been a frantic start to the season and I think we are exactly where we should be right now,” said Gubbels. “I want us to be defensively focused and I am trying to build a great culture and an accountability mentality, which the girls have responded well to throughout the preseason. We were lucky enough to have Larissa Anderson (DBA General Manager) organise the YL Preseason Tournament which was a huge success, giving us a chance to come together and play after interruptions during the leadup to Round 1.”
While COVID and injuries have played a part a lot of those interruptions were state team callups, a healthy sign for our Youth League and junior development pathways. Coach Gubbels is quite happy to have these positive interruptions, giving the team strong examples to aspire to and allowing some of our development players the chance to step up.
“Very proud of Georgia Sewell and Georgia Taylor being selected in the U/18 Vic Metro team, also very proud of Myah Healy and Grace Montgomery being selected to the U/20 Vic team,” said Gubbels. “Their commitments to Victoria come first and we respect that and can’t wait to have them all back in the rotation. Also looking forward to seeing the development players flourish when they take their leave for those state duties in 2022.”
One of the original WNBL Rangers, Michelle knows exactly what it takes to succeed on the basketball court and what it means to represent Dandenong at the elite level. She has now built an extensive resume on the sidelines along with her playing career, currently coaching for Wesley College and previously coaching for Bulleen, Nunawading and Knox.
Her team will feature the aforementioned Victorian selections along with NBL1 Rangers Alannah Chatfield and Makaela Zeldenryk, adding some experience to a strong Rangers lineup. Joining them will be a number of young, up and coming stars who are ready to make their mark at VYC level in 2022.
Check out the full team list for the VYC Ranger Women below:
Teagan Barry, Evie Curtis, Paige Galucho, Myah Healey, Eve Hyams, Ava Kelman, Grace Montgomery, Alicia Purdham, Nihaal Saunders, Georgia Sewell, Georgia Taylor, Catelyn Van Es, Sofia Villalba, Makaela Zeldenryk, Kailey Neave, Manny Puoch, Ella Johnson, Eden Millard, Alannah Chatfield
Join our VYC teams this Sunday for a huge double-header, with our VYC Women taking on the Diamond Valley Eagles at 12:00pm and our VYC Men battling the Ballarat Miners from 2:00pm! Entry is available for just FIVE BUCKS at the door, see you then!