Rangers Celebrate 25 Years

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A quarter-century of Jayco Rangers history came together on Saturday afternoon for DBA’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, with legends from past & present converging on Dandenong Stadium as we counted down the Top 25 Jayco Rangers of All-Time.

Penny Taylor headlined the returning all-star cast, giving Australian basketball fans the opportunity to farewell the Opals, WNBA and Ranger legend after an outstanding basketball career. A packed Dandenong Stadium did exactly that on Saturday, with all 1,710 Rangers fans giving Penny a huge ovation upon her arrival to the Show Court.

Penny was joined at the 25th Anniversary Pre-Game Function by Rangers superstars from the 90s, 00s and 10’s including Emily McInerny, Lucille Baillie (nee Hamilton), Allie Douglas and even a former Boomer and FIBA Legend in Michele Timms, as the Jayco Rangers & Melbourne Boomers prepared to battle for the Michele Timms Cup.

DBA’s sponsors were also a big part of the 25th Anniversary, with Dandenong Basketball CEO Graeme Allan personally honouring Jayco Australia and in particular Gerry & Val Ryan for their massive contribution to the Jayco Rangers program. We thank them once again for their amazing support, we know without them there might not have been a 25 year celebration! Berwick Mazda, Festool & Pancake Parlour were also in the house to help us celebrate the occasion, displaying brand new activations to engage our Jayco Rangers fans.

But the Jayco Rangers still had a game to play around all the festivities, and what a game it turned out to be! After going back and forth for four quarters the Rangers were drawn with Melbourne after four quarters, taking the game to a nerve-wracking overtime. Jumping out to a quick lead after some huge threes, the Jayco Rangers never looked back from that point on, picking up the W and putting the finishing touches on a historic 25th Anniversary. An outstanding win by an outstanding team, we’ve now celebrated 25 years while on top of the WNBL ladder! We hope to see all of you, whether you’re a Jayco Rangers legend, sponsor or fan, again many more times over the next 25 years!!

With the 25th Anniversary of the Jayco Rangers now in the books, we can now present to you the Top 25 Jayco Rangers of All-Time as presented by Rangers MC Nathan Strempel . An elite list of basketball superstars, here are the Top 25 Jayco Rangers of All-Time in alphabetical order:


Alison Downie 

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Renowned for her defensive tenacity

Dandenong Rangers 2000 – 2016

326 WNBL Games

WNBL Rookie of the Year Award 2002

3 WNBL Championships – 2004, 2005, 2012

Drafted to the Carlton Football Club to play in the 2017 Inaugural Womens Football League


Alison Tranquilli

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242 games for Australia

2 time Olympian – 1996 Atlanta Bronze Medal and 2004 Athens Silver Medal

1993 WNBL Rookie of the Year Award (Betty Watson Rookie of the Year Award)

WNBL Top Shooter Award – 1998

Inducted into the Basketball Victoria Hall of Fame 2016

Top score in WNBL with the Rangers was 33 points. 309 points in the one season, averaging 17.2 ppg and shooting 92% from the free throw line. 60 assists in one season (top 3 of the 25 years)

 

Allie Douglas

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Played with the Rangers from 1996 – 2004/5 seasons (total 10 seasons) totaling 182 games in the green and gold

Top field goal percentage season 2000-01 WNBL Season at 53.5 %

4 of these seasons Allie scored in double figures

5 of these seasons Allie averaged between 45-55% shooting percentages

2000/01 season highest average at 13.5 ppg along with highest recorded no. of rebounds in a season in Rangers history – 243 total.

 


Caitlyn Ryan

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Deadly 3 point shooter. Only ever played with Dandenong

2014 & 2005 WNBL Championship with Dandenong Rangers

1998/99 Rookie of the Year Award

1999/2000 – WNBL

199 WNBL games

 

Carly Wilson

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2x WNBL Champion in 2004 & 2005

2010’s Dandenong Rangers Team of the Decade

2006 Commonwealth Games – Gold

FIBA Oceania U21 Women’s Championships 2009 – Gold

Australian u21 Champions 2002 – Gold

 

Cappie Pondexter

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Dandenong Rangers 2014/15

Total points 391, 84% free throws, averaged 17 ppg at 46%

5 x WNBA All Star

Averaging 18.5 ppg in the WNBA

2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medallist

 


Emily McInerny

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307 WNBL Games (Ranks 8th overall)

Played at Dandenong 1998/99 – 2008/09 – totaling 205 games with Dandenong

WNBL Robyn Maher Defensive Player of the Year a record total of 9 times

2006/7 Awarded WNBL Life Membership

World Championships – 2006 Brazil Gold Medal

Commonwealth Games – 2006 Melbourne Gold Medal

Oceania Championship – 2005 New Zealand Gold, 2007 New Zealand Gold

World Junior Championship – 1997 Brazil Gold Medal

 


Jacinta Kennedy

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Dandenong Rangers 1998-99, 2003-06, 2015 – present

WNBL All Star 5 – 2003/04 & 2005/06

3 x WNBL Championships – 2002, 2004 & 2005

WNBL Grand Final MVP – (2005)

Commonwealth Games Gold medal 2006

 

Jessica Bibby

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Betty Watson Rookie of the Year 1996 in her debut season

2012 Opals Squad for 2012 London Olympics

2009 FIBA Oceania Championship – Gold

All-time record for most WNBL Games – 394 games

WNBL Championships – 2003/04 & 2004/05 with Dandenong

 

Jenna O’Hea

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2005-2007 & 2011-2014 with Dandenong

2013/14 best season averaging 20.5 ppg, 46% shooting percentage, 43% 3 point percentage

2x WNBL Champion

4x WNBL All Star 5 – 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2014

WNBA – 2011-13 Los Angeles Sparks & 2014 – present Seattle Storm

Australian Representation

2012 London Olympics Bronze Medal

French Cup Winner with Arras (French League)

FIBA World Championship 2010

FIBA U21 World Championship 2001 – Silver

 

Kathleen McLeod

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2003 WNBL Rookie of the Year

3 x WNBL All Star – 2008, 2011, 2012

1 x WNBL Champion 2012

Australian Representation

2012 London Olympics – Bronze Medal

 

Larissa Anderson

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Player –
1995, 2006 – 08 Dandenong Rangers

Coach – Second year as WNBL Head Coach – 2015-16 Semi Finals WNBL – coach of the month December and January

SEABL Coach of the year – 2004, 2010, 2011, 2015

Victorian Coach of the year – 2004, 2010, 2011, 2015

4 x SEABL Championships including 3-peat – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015

 

Lucille Baillie (nee Hamilton)

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377 WNBL Games – this equalled the all-time record held by Rachel Sporn until broken by Jessica Bibby in November 2015.

Awarded WNBL Life Membership in 1998

Australian Representation

1989 Junior World Championships Spain – Bronze Medal

1990 World Championships Brazil

 

Michelle Brogan

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1996 Atlanta Bronze and 2000 Sydney Olympics Silver

1991 Betty Watson Rookie of the Year Award

World Championships 1998 Germany Bronze & 2002 China Bronze

World Junior Championships 1993 Seoul Gold

WNBL Life Member

Current assistant Coach with the WNBL Dandenong Rangers & SEABL Women’s Program

 

Michelle Gubbels

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Australian Junior National Team that won Australia’s first ever gold medal

Victorian State Teams

WNBL Games – 117

1993 3PT percentage leader (47%)

 

 

Monica Wright

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University of Virginia – averaged 19 ppg across the 4 years

Selected 2nd draft pick to Minnesota WNBA In 2010 and played there until 2015

Seattle Storm 2025 – 16

5 years in the Euro competitions

2 x WNBA Champion 2011, 2013

 

Penny Taylor

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AIS – 1997 – 1999

Dandenong 1999- 2002 & 2014 – 2015

Overseas – Italy, Russia, Istanbul, China

Phoenix Mercury – 10 Seasons

WNBL Champion – 1999 AIS

2 x WNBL Top Shooter (2001, 2002)

2 x WNBL MVP (2001, 2002)

3 x WNBL All Star 5 (2001, 2002, 2015)

3 x WNBA Champion (2007, 2009, 2014)

All WNBA First Team (2007)

All WNBA Second Team (2011)

3 x WNBA All Star (2002, 2007, 2011)

Euroleague All Star – 2006, 2007, 2010

Russian Superleague Champion 2009

Australian Representation

World Championships – 2014 Turkey Bronze Medal (Captain), 2006 Brazil Gold Medal, 2002 China Bronze Medal,

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79 Games for the Rangers across 4 seasons

Out of the 4 seasons, 3 season averaged between 51% – 58% shooting percentage

Total of 1,089 points

Total of 700 rebounds

Sally Phillips

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World Junior Championships Gold Medal

AIS Scholarship holder

Current Head of WNBL

Former Commercial Operations Manager Dandenong Basketball Association


Sam Richards

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2012 London Olympic Games Bronze

Australian U19 & U21 National Teams

2007 World Uni Games team member

Dandenong Rangers 1998, 1998/99, 2001 – 2007

2003/4 WNBL Championship

Dandenong Rangers 2000’s Team of the Decade

 

Sam Thornton

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Sam was on the National Team roster from 1989 – 1995.

World Championships – 1990 in Malaysia & 1994 Sydney

Dandenong Rangers 1992-1996

Robyn Maher International Player of the year 1989

2 x WNBL All Star 5 – 1991 & 1993

1993 WNBL Top Shooter award with 359 points at an average of 18.9 ppg

 

Shelley Burnston (Hammonds)

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Dandenong 2005/06 & 2007/08

210 WNBL Games

WNBL Rookie of the Year 1999/00

WNBL All Star 5 2002/03 & 2003/4

 

Shelley Sandie (Gorman)

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306 games for Australia

Selected to play for Australia at the age of 18

Australian Gems team 1989 and co-captain winning bronze

Olympics – 1996 bronze and 2000 silver

321 WNBL Games

Dandenong – 1991 (half season before heading to Europe) & 1992

5 WNBL Championships

WNBL all Star 5 x 6 times

WNBL MVP 1994

WNBL 25th Anniversary team

Basketball Australia Hall of Fame

 

Steph Cumming

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2 x WNBL Champion – 2012 Dandenong and 2015 Townsville

2016 WNBL Defensive Player of the Year

2015 SEABL MVP

2 x SEABL All Star Team 2013 7 2015

U19 Australian Team Captain

 

Tracey Browning

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Opals Team – 1990 World Championships

282 WNBL Games

Dandenong Rangers 1992 – 1995

WNBL Life Membership

5 wnbl Champion

Current Board member at Dandenong Basketball Association

 

WNBL Corporate Partners

Dandenong Rangers Corporate Partners