Following the announcement of new owners and the appointment of Lauren Jackson to a front office executive role, the Melbourne Boomers have quickly started to assemble their playing roster for the coming 2016/17 WNBL season.
The process to transfer the Boomers licence has commenced with Basketball Australia and subject to approval the Boomers will soon launch an array of partnership news, memberships and corporate hospitality packages, but first and foremost the focus is on delivering a competitive squad to represent Melbourne with pride.
“We’re a little behind the eight-ball with the roster, which is to be expected given we have only just made some significant announcements in regards to the Boomers ownership, however much of the groundwork had already started prior to this transition and we aim to assemble a roster reasonably quickly,” said General Manager, Justin Nelson.
The first of the player announcements is confirmation young scoring guard and decorated Deakin University student Maddie Garrick will be in Boomers colours again this season.
Thrust into the spotlight in her debut season with the club, Garrick quickly became a crowd favourite and capitalised on her opportunities to finish the season with 13.3pts per game, along with 57 triples at a 41 per cent clip.
“I’m extremely excited for what’s in store for the Melbourne Boomers in the upcoming WNBL season, from both a player and club perspective,” said Garrick.
“The new ownership group has been working extremely hard to ensure the continual progress of the club. Having such a professional and methodical consortium is exciting in itself, as well as being a vital part in our future success, particularly for the season coming.”
For Garrick, who originates from Shepparton and also played much of her junior basketball at Bulleen, the opportunity to once again play at the State Basketball Centre in front of big crowds has her buzzing.
“I’m looking forward to playing in front of our amazing and supportive fans, and sponsors, and hope that we can expand our family with new supporters coming along to see us play.”
“And off the court with our newest staff member Lauren Jackson joining Justin in the front office, it will be very exciting. I cannot wait to put on Boomers jersey again and represent all of the Melbourne basketball community in the WNBL,” added Garrick.
Coach Guy Molloy is pleased Garrick is raring to go for another season.
“We signed Maddie a year ago as a young player ready to make her mark on the league,” said Molloy, adding, “In a season of adversity for the team, Maddie was a shining light and ultimately named our MVP.”
“Clearly she is an outstanding shooter and one-on-one player, but we are also ready to see other parts of her game flourish as she learns to impact games in multiple ways,” added Molloy.
Stay tuned for more player announcements at the Boomers continue to prepare for their 33rd season in the WNBL.