2020 Bendigo Spirit season

The 2020 Bendigo Spirit season is the 14th season for the franchise in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL).

2020–21 Bendigo Spirit season
Head CoachTracy York
CaptainTessa Lavey
VenueBendigo Stadium
Results
Record0–13
Ladder8th
FinalsDid not qualify
Leaders
PointsLavey (15.2)
ReboundsErnst (7.5)
AssistsLavey (5.9)
< 2019–20 2021–22 >

Ahead of the 2020 season, the Spirit announced that local property development company, Villawood Properties, would serve as naming rights partners after signing a two-year deal in September 2020.[1] Their leadership team for the season was announced with Tessa Lavey as captain, alongside Carley Ernst and Amelia Todhunter as co-vice captains.[2]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a North Queensland hub is set to host the season.[3] The season was originally 2020–21 and would be traditionally played over several months across the summer, however this seasons scheduling has been condensed. The six-week season will see Townsville, Cairns and Mackay host a 56-game regular season fixture, plus a four-game final series (2 x semi-finals, preliminary final and grand final). Each team will contest 14 games starting on 12 November, with the grand final scheduled for 20 December.[4]

RosterEdit

2020 Bendigo Spirit roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht.
F 2   Goulding, Mary 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
G 4   Todhunter, Amelia 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
G 5   Britten, Shelby 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
G 6   McLean, Cassidy 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
F 9   Froling, Alicia 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
G/F 15   Paalvast, Chevannah 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
F/C 16   Dunlop, Piper 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
F 18   Ernst, Carley 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
G 21   Price, Paige 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
F 23   Skinner, Demi 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
G 24   Lavey, Tessa (C) 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
F/C 31   Rintala, Jennie 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  •   Injured

Updated: 13 November 2020

StandingsEdit

# WNBL Championship ladder
Team W L PCT GP
1 Southside Flyers 11 2 84.6 13
2 Townsville Fire 9 4 69.2 13
3 Canberra Capitals 9 4 69.2 13
4 Melbourne Boomers 9 4 69.2 13
5 Sydney Uni Flames 5 8 38.5 13
6 Adelaide Lightning 5 8 38.5 13
7 Perth Lynx 4 9 30.8 13
8 Bendigo Spirit 0 13 0.0 13

ResultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location Record
1 November
12
Southside 60–102 Ernst (16) Froling (11) Lavey (3) Townsville Stadium 0–1
2 November
14
Sydney 63–100 Lavey (15) Goulding, Lavey (6) Lavey (10) Townsville Stadium 0–2
3 November
16
Canberra 56–76 Ernst (15) Ernst (10) Lavey, Todhunter (3) Mackay Multisports Stadium 0–3
4 November
18
Perth 65–78 Ernst (28) Ernst (10) Lavey (9) Mackay Multisports Stadium 0–4
5 November
21
Townsville 81–91 Goulding, Lavey (19) Ernst (8) Lavey (11) Townsville Stadium 0–5
6 November
24
Townsville 51–99 Goulding, Rintala (10) Ernst (6) Todhunter (4) Townsville Stadium 0–6
7 November
25
Adelaide 83–89 Lavey (33) Ernst (10) Lavey (6) Townsville Stadium 0–7
8 November
28
Canberra 51–87 Lavey (17) Price (5) Lavey (4) Townsville Stadium 0–8
9 December
1
Perth 79–95 Lavey (23) Ernst (8) Ernst, Lavey (5) Townsville Stadium 0–9
10 December
5
Melbourne 52–84 Ernst (8) Ernst (7) Froling, McLean,
Paalvast, Rintala (2)
Cairns Pop-Up Arena 0–10
11 December
6
Sydney 54–62 Lavey (17) Ernst (7) Lavey (6) Cairns Pop-Up Arena 0–11
12 December
9
Adelaide 59–69 Ernst (32) Ernst (15) Lavey (6) Cairns Pop-Up Arena 0–12
13 December
11
Melbourne 70–91 Lavey (16) Lavey (9) Lavey (10) Cairns Pop-Up Arena 0–13

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BENDIGO SPIRIT SHOOTS HOOPS WITH VILLAWOOD". Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Bendigo Spirit (@bendigo_spirit)". Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  3. ^ Elkerton, Matthew; Charles, Caitlan (22 September 2020). "Townsville launches bid to host bubble for upcoming WNBL season". TownsvilleBulletin.com.au. Retrieved 22 September 2020. A council report has detailed a proposal to host, and be central to, the 2020/21 WNBL season within a coronavirus 'bubble'. It's understood the WNBL has plans to host the games wholly within North Queensland, taking advantage of state government grants funding.
  4. ^ "QUEENSLAND SET TO HOST 2020 CHEMIST WAREHOUSE WNBL SEASON". wnbl.basketball. 9 October 2020. Retrieved 9 October 2020.

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