LIKE most imports in the WNBL, Chelsea Aubry arrived at the Bendigo Spirit in 2008 expecting to play one or two seasons and then move on.
However, the Canadian didn't estimate the profound impact the Spirit as a team and Bendigo as a city would have on her.
From what the 29-year-old forward had expected to be a brief stay with the Spirit has now extended into its fifth year and on Friday night she will play her 100th WNBL game for the club when it hosts West Coast at the Bendigo Stadium from 7.30pm.
"When you're an import you tend to jump from country to country and change teams every year, but I've been very lucky to find a team in Bendigo that is a great club, has great people and is part of a great community," Aubry said on Thursday.
"I was very fortunate my agent got me the job here in Bendigo and I've just kept signing on season after season.
"The club has treated me really well, and it has been great to have played with so many of the same girls over the five years, which has made a huge difference."
Adding to Aubry's fondness for Bendigo and the Spirit was being part of last season's championship-winning team.
"Winning a championship was very special and something I didn't expect, but it sealed the deal of just how great a place this is," Aubry said.
The Spirit will carry a three-game winning streak into Friday night's clash with West Coast, with the side beginning to click following a poor lead-in to the season.
Bendigo (3-1) is coming off comfortable road wins over Canberra (23 points) and Sydney (16) last weekend to move to third on the ladder.
The Waves are (1-2), losing their last game to Logan by eight points at home last Sunday.
Bendigo holds a 15-3 head-to-head advantage against West Coast.