Kelly Wilson excited by Bendigo Lady Braves recruiting

FOCUSED: Kelly Wilson is back with Bendigo Lady Braves ad will assume a leadership role with the proud SEABL club. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
FOCUSED: Kelly Wilson is back with Bendigo Lady Braves ad will assume a leadership role with the proud SEABL club. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

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FRESH from a third WNBL championship, Kelly Wilson is already eyeing a SEABL one with Bendigo Lady Braves.

The star point guard has re-signed with the Lady Braves for a fourth consecutive season and is amazed by the influx of talent in new coach Megan Moody’s short reign at the top.

Names like Wilson’s close friend and two-time WNBL championship teammate Gabe Richards, Bendigo Spirit 2017-18 season MVP Nadeen Payne and Ash Karaitiana.

Kelly Wilson

Kelly Wilson

Wilson, a veteran of more than 300 WNBL games and more than 220 in the SEABL, said there was certainly a buzz around the team despite the official start of pre-season not arriving until next week.

“It’s always dependant on how a team gels together, but with the players we have recruited, I think we are all looking forward to getting on the court next week and seeing what we can do,” she said.

The 33-year-old said the new season would take on special significance after being reunited with Richards.

The duo were former Victoria Country team-mates as juniors and long-time team-mates at the Spirit where they won a pair of championships in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

They also won a SEABL championship together with Knox Raiders in 2014, but have not played basketball together since Wilson’s last season with the Spirit in 2015-16.

However, they were netball team-mates at Golden Square in 2017

“It’s well known I love playing with Gabe, we started playing together when were really young and have been in a lot of big matches together,” Wilson said.

“Having her back made my decision to re-sign even easier.

“Having her back made my decision to re-sign even easier. I think having her back on court is going to be something special for both of us.”

Wilson, whose 300th WNBL game arrived during the 2011-18 finals, said a decision on whether she suited up for a 17th season in the national league was still a ways away

 “Right now I’m just happy to be back in Bendigo and excited to be suiting up for the Lady Braves and looking forward to round one,” she said.