Dandenong Rangers

Coordinates: 37°57′51.4″S 145°13′36.4″E / 37.964278°S 145.226778°E / -37.964278; 145.226778

The Dandenong Rangers were an Australian professional women's basketball team competing in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL). The club is based in Dandenong, Melbourne, Victoria. The team was founded as the Dandenong Rangers, however before the 2019–20 WNBL season began the team was rebranded to the Southside Flyers, adopting a new logo, colour scheme and nickname.

Dandenong Rangers
Dandenong Rangers logo
LeaguesWNBL
Founded1992
HistoryDandenong Rangers
1992–2019
Southside Flyers
2019–present
ArenaDandenong Stadium
LocationDandenong, Victoria
Team colorsBottle green and gold
Main sponsorJayco
Head coachLarissa Anderson
Championships3 (2004, 2005, 2012)

HistoryEdit

Historically, they have been one of the more successful franchises in league history, regularly making the playoffs, but have struggled over recent years to make the grand final, falling short in earlier stages. The Rangers appeared in the Grand Final six times, winning the championship in 2004 and 2005 both against Sydney, and then again in 2012 against Bulleen. The Rangers fell short in the Grand Final in 1992, 2006 and 2017 against Perth, Canberra & Sydney respectively. They are strong rivals with the cross-town Melbourne Boomers.

On 31 July 2019, it was announced the Rangers would undergo an entire rebrand to become Southside Flyers for the 2019–20 WNBL season.[1] The Flyers will replace the classic bottle green and gold identity of the Rangers, with a colour scheme of aqua, navy blue, cyan blue and white expected to feature.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season Standings Regular season Finals Head coach
W L PCT
Dandenong Rangers
1992 3rd 14 6 70.0 Won Semi Final (Canberra, 67–65)
Won Preliminary Final (Melbourne, 67–57)
Lost Grand Final (Perth, 54–58)
Alex Palazzolo
1993 4th 10 8 55.5 Lost Semi Final (Perth, 68–83) Alex Palazzolo
1994 5th 10 8 55.5 Did not qualify Alex Palazzolo
1995 8th 4 14 22.2 Did not qualify Alex Palazzolo
1996 6th 9 9 50.0 Did not qualify Steve Barr
1997 4th 9 9 50.0 Lost Qualifying Final (AIS, 66–76) Steve Barr
1998 6th 7 5 58.3 Did not qualify Steve Barr
1998–99 7th 6 15 28.5 Did not qualify Mark Wright
1999–00 5th 11 10 52.3 Did not qualify Mark Wright
2000–01 4th 15 6 71.4 Won Semi Final (Adelaide, 83–71)
Lost Preliminary Final (Sydney, 72–78)
Mark Wright
2001–02 3rd 15 6 71.4 Lost Semi Final (Sydney, 85–98) Mark Wright
2002–03 5th 11 10 52.3 Did not qualify Gary Fox
2003–04 1st 17 4 80.9 Won Semi Final (Sydney, 85–68)
Won Grand Final (Sydney, 63–53)
Gary Fox
2004–05 1st 19 2 90.4 Won Semi Final (Bulleen, 63–59)
Won Grand Final (Sydney, 52–47)
Gary Fox
2005–06 1st 14 7 66.6 Won Semi Final (Adelaide, 75–70)
Lost Grand Final (Canberra, 55–68)
Gary Fox
2006–07 4th 12 9 57.1 Lost Semi Final (Adelaide, 61–66) Gary Fox
2007–08 4th 12 12 50.0 Won Semi Final (Canberra, 60–54)
Lost Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 64–74)
Dale Waters
2008–09 7th 7 15 31.8 Did not qualify Dale Waters
2009–10 7th 7 15 31.8 Did not qualify Dale Waters / Dean Kinsman
2010–11 4th 12 10 54.5 Lost Elimination Final (Logan, 73–83) Mark Wright
2011–12 3rd 14 8 63.4 Won Semi Final (Townsville, 77–66)
Won Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 91–78)
Won Grand Final (Bulleen, 94–70)
Mark Wright
2012–13 2nd 19 5 79.2 Lost Semi Final (Bendigo, 71–78)
Lost Preliminary Final (Townsville, 64–78)
Mark Wright
2013–14 2nd 16 8 66.6 Lost Semi Final (Bendigo, 62–71)
Lost Preliminary Final (Townsville, 71–74)
Mark Wright
2014–15 3rd 12 10 54.5 Lost Semi Final (Sydney, 80–89) Mark Wright
2015–16 3rd 15 9 62.5 Lost Semi Final (South East Queensland, 82–86) Larissa Anderson
2016–17 2nd 15 9 62.5 Won Semi Final (Perth, 2–1)
Lost Grand Final (Sydney, 0–2)
Larissa Anderson
2017–18 7th 7 14 33.3 Did not qualify Larissa Anderson
2018–19 5th 9 12 42.8 Did not qualify Larissa Anderson
Regular season 328 255 56.2 3 Minor Premierships
Finals 14 18 43.7 3 WNBL Championships

Source: Dandenong Rangers

PlayersEdit

Final rosterEdit

2018–19 Dandenong Rangers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht.
G 1   Cole, Rebecca 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
F 2   Pedersen, Kayla 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
G 3   Reid, Stephanie 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
G/F 4   Laney, Betnijah 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
G 5   Lavey, Tessa 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
F 7   Pizzey, Rebecca 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
F 10   Rowe, Kiera 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
F 11   Mijović, Carley 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
F 12   Jarry, Rachel 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
G 14   Todhunter, Amelia (C) 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
F 15   Blicavs, Sara 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
C 22   Roberts, Tayla 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
G 23   Whatman, Bree 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Updated: 10 October 2018

Former playersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SOUTHSIDE FLYERS – A NEW LOOK TEAM IN THE WNBL". wnbl.com.au.

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