Dandenong Basketball is happy to announce that Olympic Opal Rachel Jarry has signed with the Jayco Rangers for WNBL19.
The former Junior Ranger will return to Dandenong for her first WNBL season in Rangers colours, ten years after being a part of our WNBL Development Squad in 2007/08.
While the London & Rio Olympian dealt with an injury plagued season in WNBL18, Rachel stated that her body is feeling great and she is ready for a big season ahead with some great young talent.
“It’s nice to be back!’, said Jarry.”I’m really excited to have the opportunity to play for Larissa and with such a young and exciting team. I think my leadership and versatility will be really valuable and I’m hoping I can make a great contribution to the Jayco Rangers program in 2018-19.”
Rachel suffered multiple concussions during WNBL18 and began to consider retirement following a tough fall on Dandenong Stadium whilst playing with the Canberra Capitals. But the off-season break has been great for Rachel’s health on & off-the-court, with doctors giving her the all clear to return to full-contact basketball.
“The past 12 months have been pretty tough for me with some unfortunate concussions”, said Jarry. “I had some time off at the doctor’s request but because I’ve had no ongoing symptoms I’ve been able to get my body right during that break. I’m playing with Sandringham for SEABL right now and my body is feeling great and I’m having a lot of fun!”
An Olympic medallist, WNBL Champion & WNBA Champion, Rachel will no doubt be looking to have a big season this year in the lead up to what will be a huge event for basketball at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with both 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 medals up for grabs.
Adding an Opal of that calibre to your squad is likely to make any WNBL coach happy and Rangers Head Coach Larissa Anderson is no exception, telling Dandenong Basketball that she expects Rachel to make another large impact on the WNBL in her return.
“I am really excited about what Rachel will bring to our group”, said Anderson. “Rach’s resume speaks for itself and her experience and leadership will make her a welcoming presence in what is still a relatively young squad. I have no doubt that she will not only make others better but will be a force to be reckoned with in WNBL19.”
With Rachel’s signing that makes it eight Jayco Rangers confirmed for WNBL19! We’ve got another one to announce next week Rangers fans, any guesses?
The 2018-19 WNBL Season will kick off in October, with the WNBL19 schedule to be released soon. For all Jayco Rangers updates follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter or visit www.dandenongbasketball.com.au.