Bendigo Spirit development squad holding tryouts for prospective players


The Bendigo Bank Spirit has finalised the playing list of its development squad — the Bendigo Angels.

The 10-player squad is: Chelsea D’Angelo (Gippsland), Jessie Rennie (Bendigo), Alexandra Strawhorn (Bendigo), Jorydn Grubisc (Diamond Valley), Abbey Sutherland (Hamilton), Madi Sexton (Bendigo), Taylah Wynne (Ballarat), Ahlise Hurst (Mildura), Charlotte Brancatisano (Bendigo) and Abbey Noblett (Southern Peninsula).

The Angels will work with Spirit coach Simon Pritchard and Assistant Coach Andrea Walsh throughout the 2015-16 Wattle Valley WNBL season.

“The local girls will begin individual training with us in the mornings before school from the start of next term,” Pritchard said.

“In the Christmas holidays we will have a series of squad training sessions to work on their games as part of a team environment.

“We will also involve some of the girls on the bench during the pre-season games, especially those who come from the Ballarat or Gippsland areas.

“It will be a buzz for them and their families to be part of what will be special experiences for the club and the team.”

Pritchard said The Angels will also be involved with The Spirit throughout the year.

“They will be involved with parts of training and they will all have a chance at some time during the regular season to sit on the bench and be part of The Spirit’s match-day preparation and atmosphere,” he said.

“I want to try to create an appetite in these girls to play WNBL. I believe if I can create that appetite the work rate will follow.

“It is a great opportunity for The Angels to see what it takes to play at the highest level in this country, and it is part of this administration putting the club’s long-term interest first.

“The Angels is just another way fans can be involved with the club as well. If you buy a membership you will not just have a great opportunity to watch and meet our current stars, but the stars of the future as well.

“Jump on for all our great membership deals.”

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