April 24, 2018 | Bendigo Spirit news

Spirit sign seven-time WNBL Winner

The Bendigo Bank Spirit has added some big-time experience to its roster, with seven-time WNBL champion and World Championship winning guard Nat Hurst joining the club for the 2018-19 season.

Nat was called up for the Opals squad 12 months ago, and coach Simon Pritchard is excited with what the 35-year-old will offer the team and the city.

“Nat is more than just a player, she is an experienced coach on the floor,” he said.

“She brings multiple years of leadership and international experience, having played right across Europe.

“As a seven-time WNBL winner, she has done it the hard way and will be integral in Kara Tessari’s continued development, and a key to extracting all the talent from the playing group.”

Simon said Nat would be a crowd favourite.

“Her plucky court sense is a joy to watch and she has an uncanny rebounding ability for someone with such a small frame,” he said.

“Coupled with her ability to play mismatches, she will be a key to our march back into the finals.”

The former Canberra Capitals star said she can’t wait to get started.

“I’m super excited to join the Bendigo Spirit and I’m really looking forward to working with the club, and working with Simon,” he said.

“I believe the club has some great youth coming through and I’m looking to sharing my experience to them.

“I am grateful to have been a part of the Canberra Capitals for so long. I have had a lot of success there, but this move to Bendigo has given me and my family a whole new lease on life.

“This move is like a breath of fresh air and I can’t wait to get to Bendigo and start this new journey.”