Perth Lynx

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The Perth Lynx are an Australian women's professional basketball team in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL). Based in Perth, Western Australia, the Lynx are the only team representing the state in the WNBL.[1] After being owned and operated by Basketball Western Australia from 2001 to 2015, the team's license was transferred to the Perth Wildcats and their chairman and owner Jack Bendat for five years. In March 2020, the club's license was transferred back to Basketball Western Australia.

Perth Lynx
Perth Lynx logo
LeaguesWNBL
Founded1988
HistoryPerth Breakers
1988–2001
Perth Lynx
2001–2010; 2015–present
West Coast Waves
2010–2015
ArenaBendat Basketball Centre
Capacity2,000
LocationPerth, Western Australia
Team colorsRed and black
         
CEORob Clement
Head coachVacant
Team captainVacant
OwnershipBasketball Western Australia
Championships1 (1992)
Websitewnbl.basketball/perth/

HistoryEdit

The franchise debuted in the WNBL in 1988 as the Perth Breakers. After withdrawing midway through their second season in 1989, the Breakers returned to action in 1990. The team appeared in the WNBL finals every year between 1991 and 2000 (except 1997), winning a championship in 1992 under coach Tom Maher. They also reached grand finals in 1993 and 1999.

In 2001, the franchise came under the ownership of Basketball Western Australia. As a result, the team was rebranded as the Perth Lynx.[2] In 2010, another rebrand saw the team become the West Coast Waves. In Basketball WA's 14 seasons of operations, the team failed to make a finals appearance.

In April 2015, the team's license was purchased by the Perth Wildcats and their chairman and owner Jack Bendat. The team was subsequently rebranded back to the Perth Lynx moniker.[3][4] In their first season under Wildcats management, the Lynx qualified for the finals for the first time since 2000.[5] They went on to reach the WNBL Grand Final, their first since 1999, where they lost to the Townsville Fire.[6]

In 2017/18, a 14-game win streak saw the Lynx clinch their maiden minor premiership.[7] However, they lost their final four games of the season to bow out of the finals.[8]

In March 2018, the licence agreement with the Wildcats was extended.[9]

In March 2020, the licence was transferred back to Basketball WA.[10][11]

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season Standings Regular season Finals Head coach
W L PCT
Perth Breakers
1988 9th 6 16 27 Did not qualify Dave Hancock
1989 Withdrew midseason Dave Hancock
1990 8th 10 14 42 Did not qualify Don Sheppard
1991 3rd 15 7 68 Won Semi-final (North Adelaide, 82–72)
Lost Preliminary Final (Hobart, 74–61)
Don Sheppard
1992 1st 17 3 85 Won Semi-final (Melbourne, 54–52)
Won Grand Final (Dandenong, 58–54)
Tom Maher
1993 3rd 12 6 67 Won Semi-final (Dandenong, 83–68)
Won Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 68–66)
Lost Grand Final (Sydney, 65–64)
Guy Molloy
1994 4th 12 6 67 Won Semi-final (Sydney, 62–58)
Lost Preliminary Final (Melbourne, 74–64)
Guy Molloy
1995 4th 12 6 67 Lost Semi-final (Melbourne, 60–39) Guy Molloy
1996 4th 11 7 61 Won Qualifying Final (Brisbane, 95–62)
Won Semi-final (Bulleen, 75–58)
Lost Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 87–55)
Guy Molloy
1997 8th 5 13 28 Did not qualify Murray Treseder
1998 3rd 8 4 67 Lost Semi-final (AIS, 84–70) Murray Treseder
1998–99 2nd 14 7 67 Lost Semi-final (AIS, 81–62)
Won Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 67–46)
Lost Grand Final (AIS, 88–79)
Murray Treseder
1999–00 4th 11 10 52 Lost Semi-final (Bulleen, 61–60) Murray Treseder
2000–01 7th 4 17 19 Did not qualify James Crawford
Perth Lynx
2001–02 7th 4 17 19 Did not qualify Rick Morcom
2002–03 7th 6 15 29 Did not qualify Rick Morcom
2003–04 8th 0 21 0 Did not qualify Murray Treseder
2004–05 8th 1 20 5 Did not qualify Craig Friday
2005–06 7th 4 17 20 Did not qualify Paul O'Brien
2006–07 7th 3 18 14 Did not qualify Paul O'Brien
2007–08 10th 5 19 21 Did not qualify Joe McKay
2008–09 9th 4 18 18 Did not qualify Joe McKay
2009–10 9th 2 20 9 Did not qualify Joe McKay / Vlad Alava
West Coast Waves
2010–11 8th 8 14 36 Did not qualify David Herbert
2011–12 9th 2 20 9 Did not qualify David Herbert
2012–13 9th 4 20 17 Did not qualify Kennedy Kereama
2013–14 9th 1 23 4 Did not qualify Kennedy Kereama
2014–15 8th 4 18 18 Did not qualify Kennedy Kereama
Perth Lynx
2015–16 2nd 16 8 67 Won Semi-final (Townsville, 91–72)
Lost Grand Final (Townsville, 0–2)
Andy Stewart
2016–17 3rd 15 9 62 Lost Semi-final (Dandenong, 1–2) Andy Stewart
2017–18 1st 15 6 71 Lost Semi-final (Melbourne, 0–2) Andy Stewart
2018–19 4th 13 8 62 Lost Semi-final (Canberra, 0–2) Andy Stewart
2019–20 5th 8 13 38 Did not qualify Andy Stewart
Regular season 242 418 36.6 2 Minor Premierships
Finals 11 17 39.2 1 WNBL Championship

Source: Year By Year

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Perth Lynx roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht.
F 3   Williams, Nes'eya 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
G 5   Mansfield, Lauren (C) 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
G 6   Williams, Jewel 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
G 7   Atkins, Ariel (I) 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
G 8   Strelein, Emma (DP) 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
G 9   Winter, Hayley (DP) 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
G 10   Ebzery, Katie (C) 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
C 11   Allen, Maddison 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
F 12   Payne, Nadeen 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
G 15   Burrows, Tayah 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
G 21   Whittle, Marena 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
G 32   Schwagmeyer, Alison 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Updated: 12 September 2019

Notable former playersEdit

Honour rollEdit

 
The Lynx's retired numbers and championship banner, on display at Bendat Basketball Centre in January 2018
WNBL Championships: 1 (1992)
WNBL Finals appearances: 13 (1991–96, 1998–2000, 2016–2019)
WNBL Grand Final appearances: 4 (1992, 1993, 1999, 2016)
WNBL Grand Final MVPs: Tanya Fisher (1992)
WNBL All-Star Five: Michele Timms (1991, 1992, 1994), Gina Stevens (1996, 1999), Deanna Smith (2006, 2009), Carly Wilson (2007), Sami Whitcomb (2016, 2017, 2018), Courtney Williams (2018), Asia Taylor (2019)
WNBL Coach of the Year: Tom Maher (1992), Guy Molloy (1995), Andy Stewart (2016, 2018)
WNBL Defensive Player of the Year: Robyn Maher (1992), Tully Bevilaqua (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000)
WNBL Top Shooter: Gina Stevens (1996), Deanna Smith (2006), Sami Whitcomb (2017), Asia Taylor (2019)
Retired numbers: 4 – Tina Christie, 13 – Melissa McClure, 14 – Melissa Marsh, 41 – Tully Bevilaqua

Source: Perth Lynx Achievements

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of the WNBL". WNBL.com.au. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Perth Wildcats purchase WNBL license". NBL.com.au. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Perth Wildcats purchase WNBL license". NBL.com.au. 16 April 2015. Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  4. ^ Rynne, Nick (16 April 2015). "Wildcats creating waves with Lynx". Yahoo.com. The West Australian. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  5. ^ Robinson, Chris (27 February 2016). "Perth Lynx coach Andy Stewart confident his side can match it with ladder-leading Townsville Fire". PerthNow.com. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  6. ^ "LYNX SMASH FIRE, QUALIFY FOR GRAND FINAL". PerthLynx.com. 28 February 2016. Archived from the original on 28 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  7. ^ "CLINICAL LYNX CLINCH FIRST PLACE". PerthLynx.com. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  8. ^ O'Donoghue, Craig (6 January 2018). "Perth Lynx call for WNBL change after semifinal heartbreak against the Melbourne Boomers". TheWest.com.au. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  9. ^ O'Donoghue, Craig (7 March 2018). "Jack Bendat keen on helping Perth Lynx break WNBL title drought after extending the club's licence". TheWest.com.au. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  10. ^ "PERTH LYNX TO ENTER NEXT PHASE OF GROWTH". wnbl.basketball/perth. 12 March 2020. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020.
  11. ^ "MEDIA RELEASE – PERTH LYNX". basketballwa.asn.au. 12 March 2020. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020.

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