Aubry and Oliver re-sign with the Bendigo Spirit

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Spirit stars Chelsea Aubry and Heather Oliver at the Bendigo Stadium. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Spirit stars Chelsea Aubry and Heather Oliver at the Bendigo Stadium. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

TWO-TIME defending WNBL champions, the Bendigo Spirit, have re-signed two of its key players for the upcoming season. 

Canadian Chelsea Aubry and guard Heather Oliver have signed on the dotted line and will remain at the Spirit for another year. 

Aubry, who has been one of Bendigo's most consistent players, said she wasn't sure if she would be back for her sixth season but after winning a second consecutive title she was convinced to stay on. 

"Bernie (Harrower) asked me during the season if I wanted to play and I really wasn't sure but after taking a couple of months off I knew I wanted to play," she said. 

The forward said the group would aim high this season, she hoped Bendigo could win its third title in as many years. 

"It is going to be another fun season and the fact that we have the kept the group together over the last couple of years is great," she said. 

"Our chemistry is probably what is our biggest strength is."

Head coach Bernie Harrower said it was crucial to re-sign Aubry. 

"Chelsea has become a major part of our foundation with the Bendigo Spirit," he said. 

"Her versatility has proven to be a difficult match-up for opposing teams." 

Oliver said she was excited to be back on board.

"We want to play for each other, it is probably why we have been successful," she said.

Harrower said Oliver has an outstanding work ethic and attitude. 

"She can defend multiple positions and her perimeter shooting puts a lot of pressure on opposing defences," he said. 

Aubry and Oliver join Gabe Richards, Kelsey Griffin and Belinda Snell who have all signed with Bendigo. 

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