CHILCOTT SET TO RETURN FOR THE SPECTRES
NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | The Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres have re-signed captain Izzy Chilcott for the inaugural Elite League season, the team announced today.
“It’s a great day for our team, our program,” said Spectres Head Coach Paul Flynn.
“Izzy came into our program last season, adding championship experience, leadership and an incredibly versatile skillset that allowed us to play her in varying roles any given night.”
“Izzy’s a competitor, she wants to win and wants to help her teammates be successful. She’s exactly the type of player you want to play alongside, that I want to coach, and I know she’s going to drive this team towards achieving its goals.”
Chilcott played 21 games for the Spectres last season, returning 13.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per outing, while shooting 45.5% from the field. She led the Spectres to a third-place regular season finish and one game shy of the team’s first Grand Final appearance since 2008.
“I’m pumped to be back with the Spectres again this coming season. I loved playing for Flynnie this year and I’m confident that he’ll put together a team that will once again push for a championship,” Chilcott said on her return to Nunawading.
“Nunawading is such a great organisation and I feel very proud to be a part of the team and to be able to represent the entire association.”
“Coming back was a no brainer, it just feels like home.”
Originally for the Gold Coast, Chilcott has spent time in the WNBL with the Logan Thunder and Perth Lynx along with time abroad at Pensacola Junior College and the University of San Diego in the US collegiate system.
This off-season Chilcott has been honing her skills on the FIBA 3x3 circuit, an integral member of the Spectres i-Athletic squad that claimed Pro Hustle honours in 2018 and Team Melbourne that recently challenged the 3x3 Official World Games in Japan.
“We’re looking forward to the benefits of Izzy competing in world class 3x3 events this off-season, Flynn added.
“Her skillset naturally lends itself to an attacking style of play and we’ll look to capitalise on that more this season and adding the right pieces around her.”
“We want to provide our incredible supporters a fun energetic style of basketball to watch, absorb and be a part of and know that the team we put on the floor gives our juniors something positive to aspire towards.”
In what has been a dramatic off-season to date, the Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres are set to take part in the inaugural season of the Elite League (yet to be formally named), established to replace the South East Australian Basketball League.
The Elite League will feature teams from across Victoria and Tasmania, with more local rivalries on the cards as Eltham, Knox and Ringwood join a host of clubs that made up the now defunct SEABL. All games across the season are set to be live-streamed, including a multi-camera Game of Week feature adding excitement to the season tip-off scheduled for March 29.
Nunawading Basketball will be making further roster announcements for both women’s and men’s teams leading into Christmas. Be sure to logon to www.nunawadingbasketball.com.au to stay up to date as more details on the 2019 Elite League season are released.