Maddie Garrick has certainly done some miles during her junior and senior basketball career, but for the 24yr old the hundreds of long drives between Shepparton and Melbourne as a junior have all been worth it.
After cutting her teeth in her home town of ‘Shepp’, Maddie spent much of her junior career at Bulleen, before rising through the ranks to take up a spot with Bendigo Spirit as a teenager and play behind the likes of Kristy Harrower.
Maddie’s acceleration has been strong, resulting in multiple appearances for the Opals over the last 18 months.
This Sunday Garrick will step out for her 150th WNBL game, a career milestone that comes when she is quickly rising to the peak of her powers. Cemented in Melbourne’s starting unit, Garrick joined the Boomers last season after an initial stint at Bendigo and she has never looked back.
Popular with the fans and one of the team’s most recognised players, Garrick has taken her game to the next level under the coaching of Guy Molloy.
“Maddie just loves to work, she is at the court most days, putting up shots and working on her game,” said Coach Molloy, adding, “For any junior out there wondering what it takes to play 150 games in the WNBL, you need look no further than Maddie.
“Opportunity presented last season with our spate of injuries and Maddie grabbed that opportunity with both hands. She hasn’t looked back. Maddie’s development and commitment to the game is something all of us in the Boomers family are really proud of,” added Molloy.
A big crowd is expected to congratulate Maddie on Sunday when, ironically, she will celebrate the milestone whilst playing against her former club.
To support Maddie, get along to Sunday’s showdown between the Boomers and Spirit at the State Basketball Centre. It’s a 2pm tip-off, tickets are available at the door or online by clicking HERE.