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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
HistoryBendigo Spirit
ArenaBendigo Stadium
LocationBendigo, Victoria
Team colorsDodger blue, orange
Main sponsorBendigo Bank
Head coachSimon Pritchard
Championships2 (2013, 2014)

Notable past and current players for the team include World Championship winner Kristi Harrower, Canadian national team member Chelsea Aubry and Kelsey Griffin.



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

Source: Bendigo Spirit

Current rosterEdit

2018–19 Bendigo Spirit roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht.
C 2   Tomlinson, Louella 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
G 3   Tessari, Kara 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
F 6   McLean, Cassidy 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
F 12   Payne, Nadeen 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
G 13   Wehrung, Abigail 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
G 15   Rennie, Jessie 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
G 16   Hurst, Natalie (C) 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
G/F 21   Whittle, Marena 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
F/C 32   Tobin, Rebecca 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
F 34   Wild, Maddison 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
G/F 35   Turner, Barbara 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Updated: 18 November 2018


  1. ^ "WNBL Media Guide 2016–17" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-11-28. Retrieved 2017-02-19.

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