Discarded Western Australian product Darcee Garbin will make a homecoming of sorts on Saturday night when she lines up for the JCU Townsville Fire against Perth in the opening Wattle Valley WNBL Grand Final.
Having debuted in the WNBL with the AIS, Garbin spent the past three seasons with the West Coast Waves – now the Perth Lynx – collecting three wooden spoons as they combined for just nine wins across 69 games.
The 21-year-old was released following last season and the Fire swooped on the former under-19 Australian representative to support their star front court and Garbin has repaid their faith in spades.
Coming off the bench behind Opals duo Suzy Batkovic and Cayla George, Garbin is averaging 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds, crashing the boards and hustling at both ends of the floor.
“I was saying to someone that I would have already booked a trip to Bali or something by now, but it’s very exciting and to be playing against Perth is really cool as well considering it’s my old club,” Garbin said.
“Going home to Perth and playing in front of my family is really exciting, but it’s just another game and I think whoever we were playing we’d just be as hungry to win.
“I didn’t sleep yesterday morning — I tried to sleep in but I couldn’t — so yeah I’m really excited.”
The Fire departed for Perth yesterday and will continue their preparation ahead of Saturday night’s opening Grand Final.
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