Bendigo Spirit

Bendigo Spirit is one of three Victorian basketball teams in the Australian Women's National Basketball League.[1] The team, based in the regional city of Bendigo, Victoria, joined the competition from the 2007/08 season.

Bendigo Spirit
Bendigo Spirit logo
LeaguesWNBL
Founded2007
HistoryBendigo Spirit
2007–present
ArenaBendigo Stadium
Capacity4,000+
LocationBendigo, Victoria
Team colorsDodger blue, yellow
Team managerBen Harvey
Head coachTracy York
Championships2 (2013, 2014)

HistoryEdit

The Bendigo Spirit were formed in 2007 and started playing out of Bendigo Stadium, the first side based in regional Victoria. Coached by Bernie Harrower, the team was led by his daughter, Australian Opal and captain, Kristi Harrower. The Spirit have won the WNBL Championship twice (2013 & 2014) led by the likes of Harrower, Gabrielle Richards, Kelly Wilson as well as imports Chelsea Aubry and the now naturalised, Kelsey Griffin.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season Standings Regular season Finals Head coach
W L PCT
Bendigo Spirit
2007–08 7th 10 14 41.6 Did not qualify Bernie Harrower
2008–09 5th 14 8 63.6 Lost Elimination Final (Adelaide, 73–81) Bernie Harrower
2009–10 5th 13 9 59.1 Lost Elimination Final (Townsville, 73–84) Bernie Harrower
2010–11 3rd 15 7 68.2 Won Semi Final (Logan, 74–53)
Lost Preliminary Final (Canberra, 78–83)
Bernie Harrower
2011–12 6th 12 10 54.5 Did not qualify Bernie Harrower
2012–13 1st 21 3 87.5 Won Semi Final (Dandenong, 78–71)
Won Grand Final (Townsville, 71–57)
Bernie Harrower
2013–14 1st 22 2 91.6 Won Semi Final (Dandenong, 71–62)
Won Grand Final (Townsville, 94–83)
Bernie Harrower
2014–15 2nd 15 7 68.2 Lost Semi Final (Townsville, 63–82)
Won Preliminary Final (Sydney, 85–77)
Lost Grand Final (Townsville, 65–75)
Bernie Harrower
2015–16 6th 12 12 50.0 Did not qualify Simon Pritchard
2016–17 6th 13 11 54.1 Did not qualify Simon Pritchard
2017–18 8th 4 17 19.1 Did not qualify Simon Pritchard
2018–19 7th 7 14 33.3 Did not qualify Simon Pritchard
2019–20 7th 5 16 23.8 Did not qualify Tracy York
Regular season 163 130 55.6 2 Minor Premierships
Finals 6 5 54.5 2 WNBL Championships

Source: Bendigo Spirit

PlayersEdit

Current 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

Former playersEdit

Coaches and staffEdit

Head coachesEdit

Bendigo Spirit head coaches
Name Start End Seasons Regular season Finals
W L PCT G W L PCT G
Bernie Harrower 2007 2015 8 121 61 66.4 182 6 5 54.5 11
Simon Pritchard 2015 2018 4 36 54 40.0 90 0 0 0.0 0
Tracy York 2019 Current 1 5 16 23.8 0 0 0 0.0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WNBL Media Guide 2016–17" (PDF). wnbl.com.au. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 November 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2017.

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