The Queensland Comets have claimed their spot in the 2017 Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League (WNWBL) Finals Series, to be held in Queensland at the end of the month.
In the last round of the WNWBL in Sydney, the Comets needed a win over the Red Dust Lady Heelers despite missing their top scorer Mari Amimoto who had to return to Japan for national team duties. The return of Australian Glider Shelley Cronau after playing in Spain bolstered the Comets, but a late injury to Alison Herring prior to the round provided further challenges to the team.
In a gritty effort, the Comets defence limited the Lady Heelers offence, restricting all of their players under double figures and to just 28 points for the game. Veteran Paralympian Alison Mosely proved pivotal, coming off the bench to contribute 14 points, 12 rebounds and three steals, with great support from Glider Ella Sabljak and Georgia Bishop-Cash who each had 10 points.
The Comets dropped a close game to the Be Active Western Stars from Perth during the weekend, but were confident that with the return of Mari to the team for finals, they would be well placed to take on the Stars in their must win semi-final at 8pm on Friday 28 July.
In the other semi-final, the two Sydney teams who finished in first and second place on the WNWBL ladder will battle it out for a chance to progress to the grand final on Sunday 30 July. The Sydney Metro Blues are favourites for the WNWBL title, however the Sydney Uni Flames have shown they also have what it takes to be serious contenders.
The last time the Queensland Comets hosted the finals in 2014, the team surpassed expectations and claimed the WNWBL title. The team encourages locals to come along to provide home crowd support to help them ensure they can repeat history and win this year’s title.
Semi finals commence at 6pm on Friday 28 July at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, with the preliminary final at 6pm on Saturday 29 July and the grand final at 12pm on Sunday 30 July. Download the flyer for details.